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Jamaal Williams | Running Back

Team: Brigham Young Cougars
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200

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Packers selected BYU RB Jamaal Williams with the No. 134 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
Williams (6’0/212) led the Cougars in rushing all four years, compiling a career 726/3,901/35 (5.4 YPC) rushing line with 60/567/1 (9.5 YPR) receiving. Williams appeared in only 17 games over his final two seasons due to knee and ankle injuries and a suspension for violating multiple team rules. His catch totals also dropped every year at BYU (27 > 18 > 8 > 7). Williams was exposed as a sub-par athlete at the Combine with eight-percentile SPARQ results and a plodding 7.25 three-cone time. A decisive, downhill grinder on college tape, Williams is a two-down back with a ceiling in the Alfred Morris range. That said, he could find himself with a big rookie role behind Ty Montgomery. Sat, Apr 29, 2017 01:35:00 PM

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Pro Football Focus compared BYU RB Jamaal Williams to Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore.

"Williams doesn’t have as compact of a build as Gore, but they share similar running styles," notes the PFF analysis team. "They lack long speed, but move well enough laterally to make their ways through traffic, and are aggressive, physical runners who gain more yards after contact than most sub-220-pound running backs." The 6-foot, 200-pounder rushed for a hearty 1,375 yards (5.9 YPC) and 12 touchdowns in 10 games this past season, but there are concerns as to whether he possesses the requisite athleticism for NFL work. Or as one AFC West regional scout put it, "[h]e's not very dynamic as a runner." That scout believes that Williams would be well-served to work on covering kickoffs, as that might be his fastest path to consistent playing time.
Tue, Apr 18, 2017 05:22:00 PM

An AFC West regional scout said that BYU RB Jamaal Williams "hasn't been a special teams guy but he better start."

"He's not very dynamic as a runner so he needs to carve out a niche for himself as a physical backup who can go cover on kickoffs," the scout explained. Williams was unable to impress at the NFL Scouting Combine, testing in the 7th percentile with results including a 4.59-second 40-yard dash, a 30-inch vertical jump and a 7.25-second run through the three-cone drill. He is a likely Day 3 selection in the draft, though he might have his work cut out for him at the next level.
Sat, Mar 18, 2017 12:40:00 PM

BYU RB Jamaal Williams tested in the 7th percentile at the NFL Combine.

Running backs have succeeded with low composite scores, like Thomas Rawls and Chris Ivory, so don't write Williams off yet. However, it is worth noting that both of those running backs were undrafted free agents. We like Williams aggressive running style and anticipation to cut off defenders.
Mon, Mar 13, 2017 11:15:00 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes that BYU RB Jamaal Williams' "40-yard dash time might be one of the most important of any player at the [C]ombine."

Reuter colleague Daniel Jeremiah sees Williams running the 40 in the vicinity of a relatively modest 4.60-4.65 seconds. That might not be fast enough to ease the concerns of NFL squads. Noted Reuter, "There's no questioning his physicality as a runner, nor his willingness to be a workhorse. He looks like he's able to get moving fast enough to leave college defenders in the dust -- but what about veteran linebackers and safeties that he'll have to face at the next level?" Should he test out respectably enough, Reuter thinks he has the potential to land as a late second-round pick come this spring's draft.
Tue, Feb 21, 2017 08:41:00 PM

The Falcons met with BYU RB Jamaal Williams and UCLA OT Conor McDermott.

The Falcons are pretty set at running back, but it's never a bad idea to explore depth-related options. Williams checked into the Senior Bowl at a lower-than-expected 211 pounds. The issue with that is NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes he'll run a 40-yard dash time in the 4.60-4.65 second range at the Combine. The 6-foot-8, 305-pound McDermott could stand to add some bulk himself.
Source: Draftwire
Fri, Jan 27, 2017 03:12:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes that BYU senior RB Jamaal Williams has the chops to succeed at the pro level despite questions about his top-end speed.

Jeremiah predicts that Williams will rip off a 40-yard dash time in the vicinity of 4.60-4.65 seconds this coming spring. The analyst isn't particularly concerned about that pedal-to-the-metal deficit, though, writing that the 6-foot, 200-pound senior's game should "[translate] very well at the next level." Jeremiah notes that Williams tends to run upright, but has shown the ability to "crouch down and lower his shoulder to break tackles." BYU's standout back rushed for 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns in 10 games this season and will be taking his talents to the Senior Bowl next month in preparation for a 2017 NFL Draft that will be stocked to the gills with talent at the position.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:37:00 PM

BYU senior RB Jamaal Williams was phenomenal in Wednesday's 24-21 win over Wyoming in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, rushing for 210 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.

Williams proved to be the most devastating offensive weapon by either team in the Poinsettia Bowl. He rolled through the Cowboys at an 8.1 YPC clip while logging a long run of 36 yards. That 36-yard scamper went for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and extended BYU's advantage to 24-7 in the process. Wyoming would score a pair of touchdowns in that quarter to draw within the 24-21 final. The 6-foot, 200-pound Williams wraps his 2016 season having rushed for 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns across 10 contests played. Wednesday's big yardage effort marked his sixth game of at least 130 yards on the ground. He will be playing in the Senior Bowl in January as he begins his prep for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 12:17:00 PM

BYU senior RB Jamaal Williams accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

After sitting out the 2015 season while rehabbing a knee injury, Williams has been downright dominant in 2016. The 6-foot, 200-pounder has rushed for 1,156 yards (5.6 YPC) and 11 touchdowns in just nine games this season. Had he not missed three games due to injury, a 1,500-yard campaign might have been within reach. As is, the 2016 season marked the second time in his career that he has surpassed 1,000 yards on the ground. In mid-October, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that Williams' style of running is "somewhat reminiscent of Eric Dickerson's," noting that the BYU standout "runs with lean as well as strength."
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 06:56:00 PM

BYU senior RB Jamaal Williams rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in the school's 28-10 win over Utah State.

Williams returned to the field for this contest after dealing with an ankle injury. Some evaluators really love what they see in Williams, and he will have a chance to win others over at the Senior Bowl. It is a loaded running back class.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 08:51:00 AM

BYU RB Jamaal Williams (ankle) is expected to play Saturday against Utah State.

After a two-game absence owing to his bothersome ankle, Williams returned to practice earlier this week. BYU head coach Kalani Sitake indicated to reporters that the offense "will run through" Williams again if he's fully healthy. Sitake also said the Cougs, headed to the Poinsettia Bowl, will "empty the tank" against 3-8 Utah State and use the next month to recover.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 03:26:00 PM

BYU RB Jamaal Williams has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

You might remember that Williams produced a 286 rushing yards and five touchdown game against Toledo. Williams did miss tow games earlier in the year due to injury and sat out all of 2015 due to personal reasons. He has looked great in his return. It is worth noting that Williams' college career started in 2012, so he is likely older than many of his peers.
Source: Desert news
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 08:57:00 AM

BYU HC Kalani Sitake could not offer a definitive answer as to whether redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams (ankle) will be able to play against UMass on Saturday.

Williams' ankle injury prevented him from playing against Southern Utah over the weekend. The 6-foot, 200-pound redshirt senior has now missed two out of the last three games due to that ailment. His playing status for this weekend should clarify over the course of the practice week. In eight relatively healthy contests, Williams has rushed for 1,034 yards and seven touchdowns.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 02:09:00 PM

BYU redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams (ankle) rushed for 92 yards on 25 carries in Saturday's 20-3 win over Cincinnati.

At one point in the third quarter, Williams was lifted due to an injury concern -- he is dealing with an ankle tweak suffered in late October -- but he managed to return to action a short time later. For the game as a whole, the 6-foot, 200-pounder was kept in check, relatively speaking, averaging 3.7 YPC with a long run of 14 yards. In eight games played (he sat against Boise State due to the aforementioned ankle injury), Williams has now rushed for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Cougars improved to 5-4 with Saturday's win. They will need to win one of their final three games to become bowl-eligible. BYU's November will wrap with contests against Southern Utah, UMass and Utah State. It wouldn't be a surprise if they won all three of those contests.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 06:42:00 PM

BYU HC Kalani Sitaki said that redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams (ankle) should be able to play against Cincinnati on Saturday.

Said Sitake, "I think [having this past bye week to rest up is] going to be huge for him, and his development, and his progression in becoming 100 percent." He added that the 6-foot, 200-pound redshirt senior "should be good to go." An ankle issue sidelined Williams just prior to the bye, as he sat out against Boise State on October 20. In seven games this season, he has rushed for 942 yards (5.7 YPC) and 10 touchdowns. He has surpassed 100 yards rushing in four contests.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 04:46:00 PM