PROS: Although shorter, Williams frame is not frail. Has the burst and quick feet to get through creases up front, doesn’t need a large gap to get to the second level. Can redirect as needed behind the line of scrimmage, vision is generally strong and can find backdoor creases to get north. Has enough acceleration to bounce and win the edge when the defense over-commits inside.
Experience as a receiver is vast, both working from the backfield and split out wide. Was surprisingly adept in pass protection despite lack of size, showed good technique and tenacity to stay on blitzing linebackers. Improved his ball security significantly last season.
CONS: Smaller back without the size, power or frame to absorb a beating as an inside runner. Fails to break tackles and is regularly brought down by first contact. Seemed to predetermine going to the ground too often last season. Would have liked to see more fight through tacklers and better finishes. Pretty much got what was blocked for him all year, no more, no less.
Burst is fine, but has looked special in the past. Seemed slower and more hesitant in 2017. Generally shows good vision, but made 1-2 strange decisions as a runner in a couple of the games I watched. Seemed to indicate either a lack of understanding or a lack of communication around him. Takes awhile to cut and go as a zone runner, might be better suited for a downhill style despite his lack of power. Froze up on the second level too often last season, didn’t seem to access moves readily.
For all his potential and usage as a receiver (39 catches in two seasons), has really failed to make a big impact with the ball in his hands, totaling just 283 yards and zero touchdowns. Did not appear as elusive in space in 2017, failing to make defenders miss or show dynamic ability with the ball in his hands.