Vision -Thrives on lean, undermanned boxes and got a lot of his chunk plays from three man fronts and having defenses sell out vs. the pass. Not asked to do a lot of mental processing at the mesh point and generally looks to just try to get north without rhyme or reason.
Feet/Change of Direction -His feet come in two parts: coming out of the backfield and once he's got the ball in his hands. He's springy and shows enough COD to break off of LBs in coverage. Like his natural foot quickness. His cadence in the backfield feels like all one speed.
Durability -Minimal wear and tear, as he was almost never used as a ball carrier in the traditional sense, especially not at a high use rate. Is not a grinder and doesn't have the skills/capacity to really wear out defenders down the stretch.
Balance -He's smooth through his cuts and shows admirable control through soft tackle challenges to contort his body, but he's always in control. Never overextends himself and shows effective upright posture on his hips as he cuts off a defender.
Pass Protection -Limited, lean frame. Will mitigate a lot of his value because he's not going to have a lot of reps playing in pass protection, so he's somewhat of a specialist's specialist. He doesn't have the physicality to stand up linebackers.
Elusiveness -He's got some pretty nifty quicks in short spaces. Have seen him turn a few defenders inside out trying to hang with him in head up scenarios. Nice little burst to get out of pursuit angles and flash up the field. Good reactive quickness.
Receiving Ability -Terrific receiving threat. He's a real mismatch in this capacity and is a threat to expose underneath coverage any and every time he touches the football. Was worked in the slot in addition to running his routes out of the backfield.
Short Yardage Skill - Will not be one to push the pile, he's pretty lean and doesn't offer a lot of lower body power to push the pile effectively. He's capable of getting skinny but his forward push gets stuffed up far too easily to task him with this at the next level.
Football Intelligence -Stemming from an Air Raid offense, he's pretty limited with his skills working between the tackles. As a runner in general he's pretty vanilla and won't offer much of anything special. Like his instinct in the open field and his sense of timing as a pass catcher.
Effort -Pretty average build and doesn't bring the hammer. Not easy for him to churn his feet through contact and bowl over the defender in head up tackle scenarios. Instead, he's a finesse, space player who has a clear niche in the pros.
PROSPECT COMPARISON - James White
BEST TRAIT - Receiving Ability
WORST TRAIT - Vision
BEST FILM - Oregon (2018)
WORST FILM - Washington (2018)
RED FLAGS - None
James Williams projects favorably as a pass catching threat out of the backfield. No, Williams doesn't have explosive physical qualities, but his skills as a back are notable and will present a lot of problems for linebackers at the next level. Williams isn't strictly a gadget player either, despite coming out of a college spread. He possesses soft hands and will be a valued asset on third down. His usage will be limited in early downs, however, as he doesn't feel or see defensive flow well
Round Grade - Seventh Round