Going into the 2013 season, some clubs didn't have Boston College running back Andre Williams rated as a draftable prospect. Let's take a look.
Andre Williams Running Back In his first three years, he played mostly as a rotational back and never ran for more than 600 yards in a season. In 2013, Williams has run for more yards than he did in his first three years combined and looks like he will be a Heisman trophy finalist. The BC passing game has been good for only 1800 yards.
Williams has very good running back size at about 6'0- 228. He plays with good vision and instincts and makes good decisions. While not used in the passing game, Williams is willing as a pass blocker and flashes as a face-up blocker.
The fact that no running backs were taken in the first round is not an anomaly. Because Williams has never been part of the BC passing game, scouts and coaches will questions his skills in that area. The problem is, he doesn't play every game like the Nebraska game. I viewed five games of this player (Penn State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Iowa) and I saw up-and-down play in each game.
Hageman is a fifth-year senior and a three-year starter. He plays in a strict rotation playing about 55% of the defensive snaps. He usually plays as a one-technique but will also play at the three-technique position.
He is listed at being 6'6 315. I would estimate he will run in the 5.10-5.15 area.
He shows good initial quickness, and when he stays low, he can be explosive. It's frustrating watching him as there are plays when he gets off the ball, sheds a block quickly, and makes the play, but then, other plays, he is a non-factor. I have seen plays where he jolts his opponent with a hand punch and drives him back to the QB. He has to play lower more often and play with intensity on a more consistent basis. He has the talent to be drafted in the late second to third round, but his inconsistent effort and production may drop him down a round.
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