It's that time of the year again! I will be highlighting some of the players I would like the Patriots to pick in this year's draft. We have already highlighted some players and reported some private work outs, so be sure to follow us for updates! On the right hand side of this page, the "2016 NFL Draft" category will keep track of all potential Patriots players.
While a foot injury cut Williams' senior season short in mid-August, a 12-touchdown, 1,190 yard junior campaign in 2014 has NFL scouts salivating at the prospect of taking a flyer on this talented back in the later rounds. At 5-foot-11, 220 pounds, Williams is the big back that the Patriots have been looking for ever since Legarrette Blount went down with an injury last season.
Simply put, Jonathan Williams has the ability to be one of the better backs in this draft if he is able to stay healthy in the NFL. With limited wear-and-tear in college (only 406 carries while at Arkansas), there is potential for him to be a three-down back. With a unique blend of size and speed, Williams has the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. Additionally, Williams is reliable in 3rd-and-short situations and can protect the quarterback when needed.
On the flip side, because of Williams' foot injury, he has developed a relatively thin lower body and will needed to add strength and muscle back into his legs if he wants to be the same player. Behind a phenomenal line at Arkansas that rivals the Dallas Cowboys, Williams will have to learn to make his own situations and redirections, which has been an issue for him in the past.
With no clear-cut plan for a running back next season, the Patriots will need to decide if they want an every-down player or a "running back by committee." As a likely 5th or 6th round pick, Williams could provide the low-risk, high-reward scenario that Bill Belichick feasts off of.