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Prospect Profiles: Ryan Williams


Triangle Numbers: 5-10, 202, 4.45

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Very stout build, can handle a pounding with his frame… Has above-average speed, can run away from defenders… Extremely athletic, has a 37″ vertical jump… Doesn’t have any problems holding onto the ball, did not fumble the ball in 2009 with over 300 touches… Great at making the first man miss… A very smart player who knows how to avoid the big hit… Powerful runner… Plays bigger than he is, has great toughness… Runs with an attitude, focused on the end zone… Gives a great second effort, can push the pile with his legs… Great vision… His ability to see the field is probably his best asset… Has an ability to see things before they happen that cannot be coached… Shows soft hands out of the backfield… Very productive freshman season, ran for 1,655 yards and 21 TD… Strong character… Very mature, took care of his brother most of his life who has an intellectual disability… Idolizes Walter Peyton… Has returned punts in the past, can contribute on special teams… A good combination of a north/south runner who can make plays to the outside… Tons of upside, has just scratched the surface of his potential.

Negatives: Only 202 pounds, would like to see him add 10-15 pounds to take the pounding of the NFL… Won’t blow anyone away with his measurables… Still needs to improve his pass blocking, redshirted his freshman year to focus on pass protection… Would like to see him featured in the passing game more… Went through an injury riddled sophomore season, missed four games… Coming off a very disappointing sophomore season that saw him amass only 477 rushing yards… Wasn’t able to dominate this year like he had in the past.

FF Toolbox:

Ryan Williams burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman in 2010. With fellow Virginia Tech running back Darren Evans on the sidelines, Williams was forced into action. He would have worked his way into being a nice change of pace back for Evans, but instead he took over the offense. On 293 carries, Williams rushed for 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns. He even caught 16 passes for 180 yards and a score. That is quite impressive for a player who barely saw the ball during the spring until Evans got hurt.

Unfortunately for Williams, this year Evans is back and it is he who is spending some time on the sidelines with an injury. Williams started the 2010 campaign off by rushing for three touchdowns in the first three games, but was injured in that contest and missed the next four games…and counting. He should be back by the end of the year since the hamstring injury does not appear to be that serious, but the lack of playing time is putting a damper on his draft status.

Heading into the year Williams was probably one of the top four or five draft eligible running backs, but others are passing him by while NFL teams start to wonder if he can build off of his freshman campaign or if he will develop into a player who struggles with injuries. His 3.0 yards per carry this season will not get him drafted very high and right now he would be wise to return to the Hokies for another year.

1/15 Update: Williams came back in late October and slowly regained his form and showed everybody why he was considered one of the best draft eligible running backs. On November 20th in Miami Williams rushed for 142 yards on just 14 carries and reached the end zone twice. The following week he added two more touchdowns. Building off that success, Williams is leaving early for the NFL. On most draft boards he will be the second to only Mark Ingram in the running back pecking order and that means he could easily be off the board by the end of the first round.



  • Deceptive strength
  • Big-play ability
  • Patient runner with very good vision
  • Excellent burst and acceleration – can turn the corner with ease
    • Agility and body control
    • Awareness in the passing game
    • Soft hands
    • Avoids big hits
    • Strong stiff arm
    • Competitive
    • High upside


    • Ball security – tends to forget to cover with two hands in traffic
    • Injury problems in 2010
    • One-year wonder?
    • How will he translate to a more conventional offense?
    • Good speed but is caught from behind more than you like to see
    • Lacks ideal bulk
    • Suspect pass blocker


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    GiantsGab Thoughts:

    Ryan Williams had a great sophomore season, but did not follow it up with a good junior campaign. A complete back, he’s a bit thin, but that can be rectified. Has explosive playmaking ability, while can also go in between the tackles. Reminds me a lot of Ahmad Bradshsaw. He’s going to be a 2nd round pick. If Bradshaw does not re-sign, Williams would be a great replacement. If he does, then you have two very similar guys. Still a lot of potential, a lot to like, if he can find consistency, he’ll be a very good player

    Gabe Carimi

    OL Anthony Castanzo

    Rodney Hudson

    Derek Sherrod

    Marcus Gilbert

    Mike Pouncey

    Clint Boling

    Stefen Wisniewski

    Nate Solder


    Brandon Harris

    Jimmy Smith

    Davon House

    Johnny Patrick

    Ras-I Dowling


    Kyle Rudolph

    DJ Williams

    Luke Stocker


    Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

    Bruce Carter North Carolina

    Greg Jones, Michigan State

    Dontay Moch, LB, Nevada

    Mason Foster, LB, Washington

    KJ Wright, LB, Mississippi State

    Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M

    Quan Sturdivant, LB, UNC


    Mark Ingram

    DeMarco Murray

    Roy Helu, Jr

    Graig Cooper


    Jerrel Jernigan

    Randall Cobb

    Titus Young


    Aldon Smith

    Jarvis Jenkins

    Phil Taylor

    Corey Liuget

    Pernell McPhee

    Christian Ballard

    Ryan Kerrigan


    Ahmad Black

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    One Response to “Prospect Profiles: Ryan Williams”

    1. jeremy P. says:

      This is a clear example how a good RB could always be found in the middle rounds of a draft. This perticular RB has all the tools to be exceptional and it wouldn’t cost us any more than a 4th or 3rd round pick.

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