2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Ryan Williams, Va. Tech

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Ryan Williams- RB- Virginia Tech

5-10 210lbs Sophomore

Stats:

2009- 292 carries, 1655 yards, 21 touchdowns

Pros:

I am predicting the Williams will be rising up our draft board come the beginning of the season.  He is extremely talented and his skills translate well to the next level.  He is a punishing runner always delivering the blow rather than absorbing it.  This style of running usually translates to better durability through the longer NFL season.  He has nice size but could stand to add a few more pounds of muscle.  He has a lightening quick burst that allows him to get through holes quickly and before they close.  His burst and vision allow him to always manage positive yardage.  What makes Williams special is his patience which is rare for such a young running back.  He lets his blocks develop and then makes the proper cut and bursts through the hole.

Cons:

Right now the biggest thing going against Williams will be his carry total.  Virginia Tech will see the return of another talented running back Darren Evans from injury.  Evans will no doubt take carries away from Williams.  Having less opportunities may impact his results.  We mentioned above that he could stand to add a few extra pounds in order to better with stand the beating running backs receive.  NFL scouts and teams will be concerned with his lack of receiving production.  The NFL game heavily relies on backs making an impact out of the backfield and unless Williams makes a few more plays this will be an area scouts questions.  And as for almost all young running backs pass blocking will be something people focus on.

Thoughts:

Williams has the making of an every down back in the NFL and could likely bolt early.  As of right now he is on the bubble of our 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Big Board but I anticipate him making his debut soon enough.

Projected Round:

I feel that Williams’s upside will make him a 1st round lock as team are always looking for the next great running back.

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