Javonte Williams NFL Draft Profile, Highlights, and NFL Comparison

  • 2021 NFL Draft
  • 2021 NFL Draft Prospect
  • 2021 NFL Draft Prospects
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  • Javonte Williams
  • North Carolina
  • North Carolina Tar Heels
  • Pro Day
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  • RB
  • Running back
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By Tyler Lawrence April 2, 2021 0 Comment
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Javonte Williams is a 2021 NFL Draft Prospect

Javonte Williams is a running back for the North Carolina Tar Heels and a prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Williams is a two-year starter for the Tar Heels while splitting carries with Michael Carter. He really broke out in his junior season.

In 2020, Williams played in eleven games where he was named the team’s Offensive MVP in an offense that included quarterback Sam Howell, running back Michael Carter, and wide receivers Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome. He was a finalist for the Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award. Additionally, he made the AP All-American Second-Team. He is widely viewed as one of the top running backs in this year’s upcoming NFL Draft.

According to Pro Football Focus for 2020, Williams earned a 94.3 offensive grade, and a 95.9 rushing grade, both of which ranked first overall. That’s in comparison to top running backs in this draft that includes Najee Harris and Travis Etienne. In fact, that is the highest grade awarded to a running back in the history of PFF.

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Javonte Williams was a dynamic running back in college, helping his team win its fourth State Championship in a row. He finished his senior year with 2,271 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns while also catching 13 passes for 363 yards and five scores. As a result, He was invited to the 2017 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Unfortunately, he was lightly recruited out of college but received an offer from North Carolina.

As a true freshman, he received some playing time, rushing for 224 yards and five scores. Also, He was a core special teamer that season. Williams received much more playing time as a sophomore gaining 933 yards on the ground and five scores while getting used more in the passing game. As a junior, he made a case as the best running back in the nation, leading the NCAA with 75 avoided tackles. He had 1,140 yards and 22 total scores last year while only receiving about 50% of the rushing snaps in a split backfield.

Williams is one of the most enticing runners in the NFL draft and should be a day two pick. He can be a solid contributor for a team looking for a power back with some mobility and great vision. His biggest weakness was in the passing game, and he improved in that area this past season. He has the ability to be a bell cow in an era that has a bigger emphasis on splitting the workload.

Scouting Capsule

Javonte Williams NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Tyler Lawrence, Kyle Fahey, Daniel Kitchen, and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements & Pro Day

At North Carolina, Javonte Williams was listed at 5’10” and 220 pounds. After his pro day, his measurement came back at 5’9 5/8″ (5095) and 212 pounds. He has 30 7/8″ arms, 9 3/8″ hands, and a 74 7/8″ wingspan.

Williams ran a 4.55 40-yard-dash, which shows up on film. In addition, his three-cone was 6.97, and he posted a 4.09 shuttle. He also put up 225 pounds on bench press 22 times. Williams leaped 36.0″ the vertical and 123″ (1003) in the broad jump. As a result, he was graded 8.33 in the Relative Athletic Score (RAS)

Highlights


Strengths

  • Aggressive downhill runner with low pad level able to punish defenses late in games
  • Great vision and surprising mobility in traffic to make defenders miss
  • Enough burst to hit a crease in running lanes.
  • Great balance, doesn’t go down easy and finds a way to stay on his feet during contact.
  • Efficient blocker in the backfield, willing to take on blitzers. Stays employed
  • Real asset in the red zone and short-yardage situations.
  • Not much tread on the tires. He split carries his whole career

Weaknesses

  • Not a dynamic option out of the backfield. Needs to grow in the passing game
  • Has some drops in his career. Not going to come down with many contested opportunities.
  • Lacks true homerun speed—more of a between-the-tackles runner.

NFL Comparison

Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints 2011 -2017 | Baltimore Ravens 2019 – 2020 | Houston Texans 2021-present

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