BOSTON (CBS) – Boston College running back Andre Williams finished off his NCAA career rushing for 75 yards and a touchdown against Arizona in BC’s loss in the Advocare V100 Bowl, and now has his sights set on the NFL Draft.
The Boston Globe’s Michael Vega joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Thursday to discuss Williams’ draft stock. While most NFL teams are shying away from taking a running back high in the draft, as the position has been a bit devalued recently with such an emphasis on the spread offense, Williams may be able to change that thought process in May.
“He has this incredible blend of strength and speed, which is a unique combination that is going top make some NFL scouts and GMs rethink the value of the running back position,” said Vega.
One area that Williams will be focusing on as he prepares for the NFL combine is catching the football. He finished his BC career with just 10 receptions in four years, and didn’t catch a pass at all this season.
“He was really never able to catch the ball out of the backfield, because what (Boston College) asked him to do was run it. He hasn’t had a chance to show that or that he is a blocker,” said Vega. “In the bowl game against Arizona, in a matchup that was supposed to be between the nation’s top two running backs, they went into the spread and it seemed liked he was out of his element. When they tried to run the ball, he couldn’t get to that second level. So he didn’t have that game everyone expected.”
“I don’t think it diminishes what he did in the season. He ended up with 2,177 yards, which is fourth-best rushing effort in the history of college football,” Vega added. “So that’s pretty impressive, what he was able to do.
Vega doesn’t think any Eagles will be selected on the first day of the NFL Draft, but Williams could change that with a good showing at the combine.
“It all depends on how they do at the combine. If Williams goes in and wows everyone, which he is expected to do, his draft stock will certainly climb and it may induce someone to take that roll of the dice and go with a running back in the first round.”
“He’s a guy that is dedicated to his craft. He’s very thoughtful and very cerebral, and those are things that when NFL scouts and GMs interview him, they will really fall in love with Andre Williams,” said Vega.