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Javonte Williams 2021 NFL Draft Profile

The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Javonte Williams 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

Javonte Williams Background

Position: Running Back

Size: 5-foot-10, 220 pounds

Class: Junior

2020 stats: 157 carries, 1,140 rushing yards, 19 touchdowns, 7.3 yards per carry, 25 receptions, 305 receiving yards, 3 touchdown catches

Over the last two seasons, Williams made a name for himself in the North Carolina offense. Because of this, he decided to leave the Tar Heels and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

While he wasn’t the highest-rated recruit, Williams did enough in his home state of North Carolina to get a scholarship from the Tar Heels. As a freshman, he had 43 carries for 224 yards and five touchdowns as a reserve back. His role increased when he was a sophomore and he produced. Williams rushed for 933 yards, had 176 receiving yards and six total touchdowns. The Tar Heels won seven games and finished the year with a win over Temple in the Military Bowl. For his junior season, Williams and Michael Carter both had great years out of the backfield. He finished the season with 157 carries for 1,140 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground, while also putting up 25 catches for 305 receiving yards and three touchdown catches. North Carolina won eight games, but lost to Texas A&M to finish the year off, as Williams started preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft.

After having a solid college career, Williams has proven his worth as a prospect. He is a projected second day pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Strengths

Javonte Williams 2021 NFL Draft Profile
Javonte Williams

Williams has a great build for a running back at the NFL level. He stands at 5-foot-10 and 220 pounds, which allows him to have power. He should be able to handle the wear and tear of being an NFL running back. Williams can be a load to bring down because of his good size.

His contact balance is among the best in the class. He has good power and simply runs through arm tackles. Williams is the human example of a weeble wobble because he may get hit, but he doesn’t fall down easily. His low pad level helps him generate his power and makes him hard to knock off balance. Williams also runs hard, which makes him even more powerful.

He is also very elusive, especially given his size. Williams can make defenders miss and demonstrates an ability to make the right cuts in the open field. His ability to move in small areas and make defenders miss will help him maximize his touches at the NFL level.

Weaknesses

While he did improve in this area, Williams is not the greatest pass catcher. He will be able to play three downs in the NFL, but Williams needs to add to his route-tree. There were also times when Williams dropped contested passes and didn’t display the best hands. He’ll need to continue to improve to really be a weapon out of the backfield.

He has good burst, but his long speed isn’t the greatest. Williams can make defenders miss, which helps him get big gains up to a certain point, but he doesn’t have that break-away speed that is coveted. Williams can be a good running back, but he won’t be a home run threat.

Williams has the potential to be a very good pass protector. He needs to show better awareness of where pressure will be coming from. Then he needs to work on squaring up defenders who are rushing. He has the size and strength to make this a very positive aspect of his game.

Projected Draft Range: Second Round Pick-Third Round Pick

 

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