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Karlos Williams | Running Back

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/4/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 225

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Bills selected Florida State RB Karlos Williams with the No. 155 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
Williams (6'1/230) converted from safety to tailback for his final two college seasons, tallying 1,419 yards and 22 TDs on 241 carries (5.89 YPC). He caught 37 passes. Williams posted a head-turning Speed Score at the Combine by running 4.48 at 230 pounds, adding a 9-foot-9 broad jump and 33 1/2-inch vertical. Stiff, upright, and not a smart runner between the tackles, Williams is a 22-year-old project who must be groomed at a position where NFL teams don't typically "groom." He's a flier pick and unlikely to make much early-career impact. May 2 - 2:48 PM

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FSU RB Karlos Williams posted the best Speed Score of all 2015 running backs.

He ran a 4.48 forty at 230 pounds. Williams' Speed Score of 114.2 was the only one in the class at the combine above 110 (Todd Gurley and Tevin Coleman didn't run), typically viewed as the benchmark of a first-round pick. The brother of Steelers LB Vince Williams is a favorite of Football Outsiders scouting writer Matt Waldman. "Karlos is a former five-star recruit who played safety originally, then gradually transitioned to running back in his 2013 junior season, averaging 8.0 yards per carry (730 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 91 carries)," wrote ESPN's Aaron Schatz. "However, he disappointed a bit with only 4.6 yards per carry as a full-time running back in 2014, and has had some off-the-field issues that teams will need to consider."
Feb 28 - 8:04 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that FSU RB Karlos Williams "is talented enough to get drafted but may have to work his way onto a roster based on special teams and could be one slip away from getting cut if he is given an opportunity."

"A former safety turned running back, Williams looks the part of an NFL standout with a chiseled frame and impressive speed but he lacks agility and balance and therefore scouts question where he'll fit best in the NFL," Rang wrote. Williams, of course, comes with off-field baggage. Tallahassee police investigated Williams on a domestic battery case, though no charges were ever filed. He was also investigated in a robbery case. No charges were filed in that case either.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 17 - 12:16 AM

FSU RB Karlos Williams' "character will be combed over carefully," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Tallahassee police investigated Williams on a domestic battery case, though no charges were ever filed. "He seemed almost content to lose his job in 2014 and teams will be turning over every rock looking for information on his character," Zierlein wrote. "As a one-cut runner with exceptional burst and rare physical traits, Williams could become a very good starter in a zone-based scheme, but his floor is very low based on character and scheme fit." Added an NFC director of scouting: "Disappointing to see what he became as a runner this year. My grade dropped two full rounds on him and that is before the character stuff. He still has a very high ceiling though and that's in my report."
Feb 9 - 10:04 PM

FSU senior RB Karlos Williams will not play in the ACC Championship due to a concussion.

Williams exited the contest against Florida with the head injury. Expect to see a lot of Dalvin Cook against Georgia Tech, and it will be interesting to see if the freshman can shoulder the full workload from the start. Williams will likely be ready for the College Football Playoff if the Seminoles win against Georgia Tech.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 09:25:00 AM

FSU senior RB Karlos Williams will miss the remainder of the game against Florida with a concussion.

Williams is the school's starting running back, but Dalvin Cook is easily their top ball carrier. Still, Williams has been an important piece to the puzzle. Florida State will play Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship next.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 06:21:00 PM

FSU senior RB Karlos Williams is "no longer a likely Day 2 pick," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Kiper listed Williams as the draft's biggest RB faller. "Todd Gurley's stock took an unfortunate hit with his torn ACL, but Williams' has dropped while healthy," Kiper wrote. "The senior has a powerful frame and good speed but lacks elite balance, explosiveness and the ability to break tackles (2.8 ypc between the tackles, fourth fewest among Power 5 RBs). He'll get drafted, but he's no longer a likely Day 2 pick and needs to run well during the evaluation process." Williams has only 571 rushing yards this year.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 03:26:00 PM

FSU senior RB Karlos Williams rushed for 10 yards on four carries in Saturday's win over Miami.

Four for 10 is not a good stat-line, but Williams was part of one of the more odd bounces in this current Florida State winning streak. In the third quarter, Jameis Winston dropped back to pass at the 11 and fired a pass to Williams. A Miami defender got a hand up and deflected the pass into the air. Williams never had to break stride as he caught the ball and strolled into the end zone. These sorts of things happen when you're undefeated, unless you're Mississippi State. Then they don't.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 08:07:00 PM

The Tallahassee Police have dropped the investigation for an alleged domestic assault by FSU senior RB Karlos Williams.

"We believe he didn’t do anything wrong in the first place," said Tim Jansen, an attorney representing Williams. During the investigation, Williams continued to play for Florida State. Yesterday, he thanked his team for its support, saying that he "just [had to] keep moving forward." It should be easier for the senior to move forward now that this investigation is no longer hanging over his head.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 06:25:00 PM

FSU senior RB Karlos Williams said that he wanted to focus on "things he could control," rather than his assault investigation.

The senior is being investigated by the Tallahassee Police Department for an alleged domestic assault incident. He has continued to play football during the investigation and rushed for 70 yards and two scores against Virginia on Saturday. "I have great teammates, great family," Williams said. "Things are going to happen, and I have to learn to roll with the punches and just keep moving forward."
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 08:41:00 PM

FSU senior RB Karlos Williams rushed for 70 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over Virginia.

Williams' two touchdowns were of the short variety, as he scored from two yards out and three yards out. The senior was held to a long carry of just 10 yards and was unable to bust out for any runs that could utilize his elite speed. We were high on Williams' potential at the beginning of the season, but he hasn't produced the way that we were hoping. Other than a 126-yard game against NC State in September, Williams hasn't done much. Against Virginia he only averaged 3.3 YPC.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 10:16:00 PM

FSU senior RB Karlos Williams rushed for 72 yards on 16 carries in the school's 42-31 win over Louisville.

Williams never missed practice or playing time after being accused of domestic battery, and those accusations were later dropped. After displaying intriguing running back talent behind Devonta Freeman last year, Williams has struggled to consistently break tackles at the line of scrimmage this season and appears to be a straight-line athlete.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 09:56:00 AM

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher announced senior RB Karlos Williams will play Thursday against Louisville.

Fisher declined to comment on Williams' case. Williams is being investigated for domestic battery. On Tuesday, the alleged victim's attorney asked the Tallahassee Police Department to drop its investigation. "She doesn't want to make any comments on the facts of the case," the alleged victim's lawyer, Nathan Prince, said. "There aren't any witnesses that have provided testimony." Prince believes someone alerted the school and police after internet rumors swirled over the weekend that Williams' girlfriend had been beaten.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 07:05:00 PM

The alleged victim in the case involving FSU senior RB Karlos Williams has asked for the Tallahassee Police Department to drop their investigation.

The news comes from the alleged victim's lawyer, Nathan Prince. "His client, he said, will not talk to investigators, has not filed a complaint and did not notify TPD or FSU about any alleged domestic battery incident," beat writer Sean Rossman writes. The alleged victim and Williams have a child together and another is on the way, but the report states they are no longer together. It will be difficult for Williams to be arrested if the alleged victim will not testify. The senior running back did practice with the team on Monday.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 01:45:00 PM

FSU senior RB Karlos Williams practiced on Monday and his current status is "under review."

Williams is being investigated for alleged domestic battery, but no suspension has been handed down while FSU collects more information. "Domestic battery is a felony offense," beat writer Brendan Sonnene notes. "FSU policy states that athletes may not participate in events if they are charged with a felony." At this time, Williams has not been charged with a crime. Head coach Jimbo Fisher declined to talk to reporters on Monday. ESPN reported on Monday that a state attorney wants to question Williams regarding an armed robbery, but Williams declined.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 09:53:00 AM