Javonte Williams

RB

North Carolina

6'2"

Height

Weight

212

Final Grade

7.71

Injury History

Games Evaluated

Virginia Tech (2020), Notre Dame (2020), Boston College (2020)

Team Fit

Strengths 

Williams is a complete back that can do it all. His running style, which can only be described as violent and explosive, stands out among other backs in this class. He possesses elite burst and an uncanny ability to make tacklers miss; leading the nation with 75 forced broken tackles (Pro Football Focus). Williams is well built and looks the part of an NFL feature back. Explosiveness is truly special and immediately catches your eye on tape. He gives max effort to everything he does, including pass protection and carrying out ball fakes. He's always moving forward and gets to the second level in a hurry. Williams has the power in his lower half to run through arm tackles and maintain his balance, as well as push the pile and pick up an extra yard. While he's not a finished product in pass protection, he shows the desire, mentality, and strength to excel in this area. A lot of tread left on his tires.

Weaknessess

Williams only eclipsed 1,000 yds once in college career and has always worked in tandem with another back; raising questions about his ability to handle a full-time role. He has a tendency to run tall at times which negates some of the power he possesses in his base. When his pad level rises, his base becomes more narrow and Williams rounds his cuts instead of making explosive jumps cuts to evade defenders. His breakaway speed doesn't match his explosiveness and he's not the true home run threat that his intial burst would indicate. Hands, route running, and pass-blocking all show up at times on film but would like to see more consistency in technique.

Big Picture

Williams has the potential to be a feature back in the NFL and while most view him a tier below Harris and Etienne, he could provide more value on Draft Day. If he played for Alabama or Clemson, he may be ranked higher than the aforementioned backs. His explosiveness is second to none and his versatility should allow him to compete for a starting role from Day 1. His running style and all-out effort jumps off the tape and will endear him to coaches and fans. Williams draft stock has ascended quickly due to a strong 2020 season. He checked nearly all of the boxes with his performance this past season, with the exception of his ability to handle a full workload. Based on his makeup and build, his rotational work in college was more likely as result of getting other talented backs involved in the gameplan than the fact that Williams couldn't carry the load himself. His violent running style makes him a fun player to watch and will undoubtedly add "juice" to an offense. NFL teams covet explosiveness and versatility and Williams has it in spades. I'd look for him to be selected in Round 2 by a team that can ease him into a starting role. He has the skillset and makeup to carve out a long career as a versatile lead back; getting 15 touches a game and contributing on the ground and in the passing game.

Player Comp

Draft Projection

Athleticism:

7.85

Has the ability to chage direction behind the line if opening isn't there. Nearly at full speed when he hits the line and does so violently. Has enough balance and power in his legs to run through arm tackles and barely break stride. Explosiveness is a part of everything he does; nothing is done at half speed. Gear change at the second level is noticeable. Long speed is enough to keep defenses honest but does not match his short area burst. Has the turbo button and uses it.

7.56

With Ball In Hands:

Big Play Ability

Legs are always moving forward; no hesitation in his game and little wasted movement. Can move a pile with powerful leg drive and manufacture additioal yards after contact. Pad level can get high causing him to round cuts instead of using explosive base to jump cut. Needs to run lower, behind his pads to maximize his ability. Aggressive style and power to have success beteween the tackles.

Receiving:

7.75

Hands are serviceable. Not heavily used in the pass game but showed he can contribute when called upon. Dropped 3 of 27 catchable balls this last season (Pro Football Focus) which shows that there is area for improvement. Showed ability to catch the ball downfield and displayed strong hands in limited sample size. Accelerates quickly in space on screens and tough to tackle in the open field.

Blocking:

7.81

7.25

Puts forth a good effort as a blocker. Keeps his head on a swivel looking to deliver a shot in pass protection. Aggressive running style carries over to this element of his game. Can get reckless; ducking his head and lunging at blitzers which results in him falling off blocks. Technique needs to be cleaned up but there is no questioning his effort and potential to excel in pass protection.

Competitiveness:

7.5

Puts forth a good effort as a blocker. Keeps his head on a swivel looking to deliver a shot in pass protection. Aggressive running style carries over to this element of his game. Can get reckless; ducking his head and lunging at blitzers which results in him falling off blocks. Technique needs to be cleaned up but there is no questioning his effort and potential to excel in pass protection.

Intelligence:

7.5

Puts forth a good effort as a blocker. Keeps his head on a swivel looking to deliver a shot in pass protection. Aggressive running style carries over to this element of his game. Can get reckless; ducking his head and lunging at blitzers which results in him falling off blocks. Technique needs to be cleaned up but there is no questioning his effort and potential to excel in pass protection.

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