2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech

by Cory J. Bonini on March 21, 2011 @ 04:15:08 PDT

 


Running back Ryan Williams leaves Virginia Tech with two years of eligibility remaining. He is coming off a down year that was marred by a lingering hamstring strain, which cost him nearly five games of play.

Despite missing time, Williams, 5-foot-10, 202 pounds, found the end zone 10 total times in 2010. In '09, the freshman back ran for 1,655 yards and scored 22 total touchdowns (5.6 yards per carry).

Strengths

  • Deceptive strength
  • Big-play ability
  • Patient runner with very good vision
  • Excellent burst and acceleration - can turn the corner with ease
  • Ryan Williams, draft prospect
    A solid second-rounder
    Agility and body control
  • Awareness in the passing game
  • Soft hands
  • Avoids big hits
  • Strong stiff arm
  • Competitive
  • High upside

Weaknesses

  • Ball security - tends to forget to cover with two hands in traffic
  • Injury problems in 2010
  • One-year wonder?
  • How will he translate to a more conventional offense?
  • Good speed but is caught from behind more than you like to see (official 4.59-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine; unofficial 4.45 at his Pro Day)
  • Lacks ideal bulk
  • Suspect pass blocker

Expected draft placement

Williams is an intriguing prospect because of his huge 2009 season and equally as disappointing campaign last year. He would probably have been best served staying in school for another year, but Williams still projects to be a high second-round pick. It's tough to envision any team taking a shot on him in the first round, but stranger things have happened in the draft.

Teams that may have interest in Williams in the second round: New England Patriots (No. 33), Cincinnati Bengals (No. 35), Washington Redskins (No. 41) and Denver Broncos (No. 46). 

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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