Kansas – Pooka Williams, Running Back, Junior
Les Miles has a steep uphill climb in Kansas that will take time to build. Until he can fully right the ship it will be difficult for the Jayhawks to provide a steady pipeline to the NFL via the draft. For now, Pooka Williams is the closest the team will come, which isn’t a bad option by any means.
During the 2019 season Williams logged 1,061 rushing yards, but only scored three times. Williams also added 214 receiving yards and two more touchdowns through the air. Regardless, he was still named First Team All-Big 12 following the season. Now with another year in the program under his belt he should see more strides forward.
Although his sophomore campaign was a bit disappointing, Williams had a strong freshman season in 2018. Having over 1,000 yards rushing at 1,125 and totaling seven touchdowns, he has proven the potential he has.
Having back-to-back consistent seasons with rather low wear and tear compared to other backs in the conference, Williams could start to see 2021 NFL Draft consideration. He would be a late-round selection with high upside, but that might be exactly what some teams are looking for. Consistency and potential with low wear is a great combination for a running back entering the NFL.