February 21, 2014
Combine profile: Boston College RB Andre Williams
Name: Andre Williams
Position: Running back
School/Class: Boston College/Senior
Projected round: 3rd-5th
Career highlights: A first-team All-American, Williams finished fourth in Heisman voting after a sensational season at BostonCollege. He led the nation with 2,177 rushing yards, including a 339-yard performance against N.C.State, and won the Doak Walker Award in 2013.
Did you know?: Williams is writing a book that he classifies as a “philosophical memoir” called A King, a Queen and a Conscience.
Quotes: “I think I was inspired the most by Adrian Peterson. He’s just a violent runner. He knows how to use his arms to get yards after contact. People have compared me to Earl Campbell and Jim Brown. I would say . . . I never got to see Earl run or Jim Brown run in person. But I did get to see Adrian Peterson run. Marshawn Lynch run.. And I really admire their run styles. In terms of me, I would say I’m a downhill runner.
“I think my game is going to have to evolve. I think I’m going to be called upon to catch the ball more, pass protect more, know what’s going on, on defense more. Make reads on fronts and coverages faster than before. That’s part of becoming a professional from the amateur level. Upping your level of preparation.”
Panthers’ level of interest: I don’t see Williams as a high priority for the team. Ignoring the glut of running backs, their hefty contracts and the fact Carolina drafted Kenjon Barner last year, Williams struggles in pass protection, and that’s a big reason Barner rarely saw the field in 2013. With its offensive line struggles, the Panthers need a running back that can block as well as DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert, and Williams isn’t that type of blocker.
Posted by Observer Sports on February 21, 2014 at 05:55 PM | Permalink
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