DeAngelo Williams RB 5'9 208 Memphis
By: Robert Davis
Over the past three years, there may not have been a better college RB than DeAngelo Williams. He played as a true freshman and ran for 684 yards on 103 carries, and found the end zone 6 times. As a sophomore though, he put his name on the national map, rushing for 1,430 yards on 243 carries, with 10 touchdowns. He also added 35 catches for 384 yards and three scores. Williams was named C-USA POY for his success. In 2004, Williams ran for 1,948 yards and 22 touchdowns, again earning C-USA POY honors. He did not disappoint coming back for his senior season, as he finished the year with 1,726 yards and 15 touchdowns on 279 carries.
Williams is a workhorse at RB. He has topped the 240 carry mark each of the last three seasons. He shows the ability to run in between the tackles and pick up the tough yardage. He is built very well and runs hard, and does not go down easily. His acceleration to and through the hole is excellent. Williams is not just an interior runner though. He shows the ability to turn the corner and make people miss to break off the big run. His hands are also very good and is a threat out of the backfield.
Williams is not the most physically gifted back in the draft. He is on the small side, having checked in at just 208lbs on his 5'9 frame at the Senior Bowl. Williams may also lack the elite timed speed for a player his size at his position. He has also carried the ball a lot, and has a lot of miles on him.
DeAngelo Williams is just a football player. He is a natural in the backfield. He won't wow you with his physical ability, but you cannot watch him and not come away impressed. He is without question the top senior back in the draft, but the talented juniors that declared have pushed him down a bit. Williams will provide an immediate impact, and should be an outstanding NFL running back. He could be the second back off the board, but some teams may rate a power guy like LenDale White higher on their boards.
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