Darrel Williams, RB, LSU
A year ago, a back-up in college burst onto the NFL landscape and took home rookie of the year. The New Orleans Saints’ were wise enough to grab Alvin Kamara despite his limited role in Tennessee and he rewarded them with a fantastic season. This year there is another collegiate back-up that could be a strong contributor in the NFL.
Darrel Williams of LSU has sat behind two potential first round picks in Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice. Being a back-up was not for a lack of skill. Williams is a powerful back at 6-foot-1 and almost 230 pounds. However, he is not a plodder that his size may suggest. In fact, Williams showcased a well-rounded game every time he would spell either Fournette or Guice.
A slow 40-time hurt Williams’ stock entering the league, but he more than showcased his skills during the two games he was able to start for the Tigers. His best bet for making a roster is as a power back. He also showed the capability to catch the ball out of the backfield, something not typically asked of the running backs in Baton Rouge.
There will be a team who gambles on Williams and it pays off. This is a deep running back class and Williams will likely be a forgotten man. He can be a back that spells a work-horse type back or simply a change of pace back for a team that’s looking for more physicality out of the position.