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Jonathan Williams | Running Back

Team: Arkansas Razorbacks
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/2/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 223

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Bills selected Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams with the No. 156 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
Williams (5'11/220) was an emerging star before he missed the entire 2015 season with a foot injury that required surgery, earning second-team All-SEC as a junior and logging a 406-2,321-16 (5.72 YPC) career rushing line with 26 receptions. Williams recovered in time for the Arkansas Pro Day, running 4.63 and excelling in agility drills. Quick footed with surprising lateral elusiveness for his size, Williams also flashed passing-game chops before his injury. If he's fully recovered, Williams has the skill set of an NFL feature back. Apr 30 - 2:50 PM

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Pro Football Focus calls Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams the class' second most underrated runner.

The site believes Williams would have been one of the top runners in the class of 2014 had he declared. Williams elected to return to school and suffered a season-ending foot injury in August, depressing his draft stock. He tested well at the Arkansas Pro Day. In 2014, Williams forced 65 missed tackles and was the nation's 12th-best RB, according to PFF.
Apr 13 - 6:08 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney wrote of Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams that "scouts could be hesitant to invest an early pick in a back that missed all of last year."

"When healthy, [Williams] shows the elusiveness, burst and power to project nicely to the NFL," Cooney noted, "but scouts could be hesitant to invest an early pick in a back that missed all of last year." The 5-foot-11, 220-pounder suffered a left foot injury which required surgery before the start of the 2015 campaign. He is still working his way back from the bum boot, perhaps a reason why he managed just 4.59 seconds in the 40-yard dash during his Pro Day. Cooney was less than impressed by that mark, though it is reasonable to expect that Williams could run faster in the NFL the further removed he becomes from his foot woes. NFL Films' Greg Cosell cares not for these injury questions, though, and indicated in late March that he sees Williams being in the same tier as consensus No. 1 RB Ezekiel Elliott. That is a stretch in our books.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 10 - 6:39 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes that Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams could represent a steal in April's draft.

"Williams has been "out of sight, out of mind" after missing the 2015 season due to a foot injury. While he didn't "wow" the crowd at the Reese's Senior Bowl (after being out for an entire season) or his [P]ro [D]ay," Zierlein noted, "Williams possesses loose hips and good foot quickness." The analyst has previously compared him to former Alabama and current Jaguars back T.J. Yeldon, while NFL Films' Greg Cosell has gone so far as to say that he belongs in the same tier as consensus No. 1 RB Ezekiel Elliott. That is too rich for our blood. It's too rich for NFL Media's Chad Reuter, too, as in his five-round mock draft published on Monday, Reuter failed to type in Williams' name until he pegged him to the Giants with pick No. 109, in the fourth round.
Mar 29 - 7:27 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams is in the same tier as Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott.

Just to refresh your memory, Williams missed the entire 2015 season and Senior Bowl with a foot injury, so there is an "injury factor" at play here. "I think he's a little quicker, laterally, than Elliott," Cosell began when discussing Williams. "He has all the traits... to function well in an NFL environment." Needless to say, this is high praise. Williams split carries with Alex Collins during his time at Arkansas, and most believe Collins is the superior prospect.
Mar 23 - 10:34 AM

Since Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams' foot injury may cause a slide down the board, NFL Media editor Jim Reineking believes he may be a perfect fit for the Eagles if they don't take a running back early.

The Sam Bradford trade left the organization without a second-round pick and the DeMarco Murray trade left it without a running back. If the Eagles elect not to take a runner in Round 1 or 3 -- Ezekiel Elliot is a hot name for Philly at No. 8 at the moment -- they're going to have to go discount shopping on Day 3 assuming the hole hasn't first been filled in free agency. That's where Williams, injured all of last year, might come in. "If he's fully recovered, Williams could be an instant-impact presence in the pros," Reineking wrote. "At 5-11, 220, Williams is thick, but brings quick feet and a little tread wear from his college career."
Mar 11 - 12:25 PM

Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams will be limited to the bench press at the NFL Combine.

Williams isn't quite ready to test the foot that cost him the season upon an August injury. The runner says he'll do agility drills at his pro day on March 16. "Whoever drafts me will be happy for years to come," Williams said. CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler wrote recently that Williams' medical examinations in Indy will be crucial to his draft standing. Williams rushed for 1,190 yards (5.6 YPC) and 12 touchdowns in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 25 - 3:31 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler included Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams (foot) among the prospects whose medical examinations will matter most at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"Over the summer, Williams was considered the top senior prospect at his position," Brugler writes of the 6-foot, 223-pounder. Alas, the Razorback suffered a foot injury in August camp and did not play a snap during the 2015 campaign, this after having rushed for 1,190 yards (5.6 YPC) and 12 touchdowns in 2014. He did perform drills in a limited capacity during the Senior Bowl practice week.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 21 - 2:49 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein compared Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams to Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon.

Williams missed the 2015 regular season with a foot injury, but in his last healthy campaign back in 2014, he rushed for 1,190 yards (5.6 YPC) and 12 touchdowns. Zierlein believes, "Williams is one of the more creative runners in tight quarters that you will find in this draft, but teams won't have to sacrifice too much toughness in order to take advantage of his slashing style." Keep an eye on his NFL Scouting Combine physical results next week, as they could be key to determining his position in the draft. While fellow NFL Media-er Chad Reuter doesn't have Williams being drafted in the first four rounds in his most recent mock draft, he does include him as a player worthy of being selected in that range.
Feb 19 - 10:57 PM

Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams (foot) will participate in Senior Bowl drills in a limited capacity.

Williams will not take part in full-contact drills. Williams missed the 2015 season after suffering a foot injury in August. The 6-foot, 223-pound Williams rushed for 1,190 yards in 2014.
Jan 26 - 5:47 PM

Arkansas senior RB Jonathan Williams had the screws removed from his foot on Monday.

Williams accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl and this seemingly puts him on track to participate in the event. Williams has missed the entire season after undergoing left foot surgery. Foot injuries have a tendency to repeat themselves, so the situation is worth monitoring.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 10:41:00 AM

Arkansas senior RB Jonathan Williams has accepted his invitation to compete at the Reese's Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot, 223-pound Williams suffered a season-ending foot injury in August, which forced him to miss the entire season. Last year, Williams rushed for 1190 yards, while averaging 5.6 yards a carry, with 14 total touchdowns on his resume.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 03:31:00 PM

Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams received an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

Williams has missed the entire season after undergoing left foot surgery, and shortly after the running back said he would likely make the jump to the NFL rather than take a medical redshirt. Williams was a part of a two headed rushing attack, with Alex Collins, prior to the injury. Six running backs are usually invited to the event.
Source: Instagram
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 11:52:00 AM

Arkansas senior RB Jonathan Williams said that he will "most likely" leave school for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Williams is expected to miss the 2015 collegiate season with a left foot injury. He could still theoretically take a redshirt and return to the Razorbacks next season, but this does not seem a probable path for the 6-foot, 223-pound senior. Williams opted not to split for the draft last season, when he was projected as a possible third-round pick. It's unlikely that he suits up at any point over the next four months, but the senior tried to put on an optimistic face, saying "I'm still definitely 100 percent [part of Arkansas' team], so later in the season if I'm fully cleared and I feel good about being able to play and being healthy, I'll definitely try to play."
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 05:42:00 PM

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema confirmed senior RB Jonathan Williams will miss the entire regular season.

It was reported yesterday Williams would miss an extended period of time after undergoing left foot surgery, but now "extended" means the entire regular season. Williams, who is likely headed for his final season with Arkansas, might return for the school's bowl game. He led the SEC in broken tackles last season with 65.
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 12:50:00 PM