RB Darrell Williams, Louisiana St.

6’0″ – 225 lbs. – 4.72

Thickly-built back who looks like a fire hydrant, with short arms and a well-developed chest. Ran out of pro-style formations in college, including I-Formation. Moves well for his size, but overall speed and burst are just average and will probably grind out tough yardage or break occasional chunks rather than hitting home-runs at the next level. A bit of a battering ram who doesn’t make the first man miss very often, but has good vision to identify rushing lanes and who runs with a no-nonsense style. Capable of running behind his pads and pounding the ball between the tackles or carrying the ball on stretch plays; more effective outside the tackles than his athletic profile would indicate. Has good footwork for his size. Could potentially fit in a one-cut offense because he does a good job of recognizing cutback lanes. Can bounce off of would-be tacklers in the hole and look for other lanes outside. Has enough leg drive to churn out some yardage after contact and does a good job of falling forward at the end of his runs. Consequently, came onto the field in some short-yardage situations in college and could potentially do that at the next level as well. Wasn’t used much in pass protection during the games reviewed, and technique looks like it needs to be cleaned up; ducks his head and doesn’t consistently make use of what length he has. Appeared to catch the ball relatively well as a safety valve out of the backfield and may present a size mismatch for opposing defensive backs with the ball in his hands on the outside. A big back with good vision, some power to his game, and a straightforward running style, he made the most of his touches this past season. He spent his collegiate career stuck behind Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice, but is a legitimate prospect in his own right and could work his way into a running back rotation. Lack of athleticism will probably relegate him to a late-round selection.

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