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February 21, 2014

Combine profile: Boston College RB Andre Williams

Name: Andre Williams

Position: Running back

Height/weight: 5-11/230

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.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on February 21, 2014 at 05:55 PM | Permalink

Comments

I WOULD LIKE PANTHERS TO GET ANDER WILIAMS.

Posted by: tony | Mar 25, 2014 5:11:15 PM

ANDER WILIIAMS IS A GOOD RUNNING BACK FOR THE PANTHERS. HE CAN RUN OVER PEOPLE VERY GO BACK FOR THE PANRTHERS.

Posted by: mike | Mar 25, 2014 5:14:02 PM

ANDER WILIAMS can run I see that but how would he be in the pros. he a big back!

Posted by: SAMMY .B | Mar 25, 2014 5:19:36 PM

WILIAMS you can teach me how to block he a big back DEANGELO miss block last year he can't block ether.

Posted by: SAMMY .B | Mar 25, 2014 5:27:29 PM

ANDER IS THE SAME RUNNING BACK AS TOLBERT BUT BOTH OF THEM CAN RUN PEOPLE OVER AND TAKE NO SHIT WHEN IT COMES TO RUNNING THE BALL. ANDER RUN FASTER THIN TOLBERT THAT THE DEFERRED.

Posted by: ASHLEY | Mar 25, 2014 5:43:31 PM

IF YOU PICK ANDER WILLIAMS AND PUT HIM WITH TOLBERT YOU WILL HAVE TWO GOOD BACK THAT CAN'T BE STOP OR PUT HIM WITH BARNER THAT A PROBLEM ON THE FIELD.

Posted by: TAYOL | Mar 25, 2014 5:56:16 PM

look at KA DEEM CAREY HE A GREAT RUNNING BACK.

Posted by: BIG DADDY | Apr 2, 2014 3:58:56 AM

now very team what Ander Williams that a mess! if we DON GET Williams . we need to get KA DEEM CAREY!

Posted by: BIG DADDY | Apr 19, 2014 3:54:42 AM

we need to pick first (WR) then second (RB)

Posted by: BIG DADDY | Apr 19, 2014 4:01:53 AM

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