BC’s Andre Williams could be a fit for Big Blue

RB Andre Williams of Boston College is entering this spring’s NFL Draft as somewhat of a dark horse. Even though Williams was bestowed with the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top back, he is still widely unknown. That is sure to change over the next six weeks.

From Joe Vasile of Giants Rush:

With the Giants rushing game ranked 30th in DVOA in 2013, according to Football Outsiders, certainly there is a great need to infuse some new talent into the ground game.  Reese has already started that process by signing guard Geoff Schwartz and running back Rashad Jennings, while allowing lineman Kevin Boothe to leave via free agency, cutting center David Baas, and not resigning backup lineman Jim Cordle, or Brown or Scott.

It would not be surprising to see the Giants continue to rebuild what was once one of the best running games in the NFL when the draft rolls around in two months.

A name to keep an eye on is Boston College’s Heisman Trophy candidate Andre Williams.  CBS Sports has Williams projected as a fourth-round talent, and if he’s on the board when the Giants pick in the fourth, he is a no-brainer.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Although I like Williams, he is at a disadvantage this season because the draft is very deep and there are a slew of backs ahead of him on many teams’ draft boards. That does not mean he won’t get drafted. He will. But it may not be until late in Day Three.

The Giants have always been very much a-tune to the happenings in Chestnut Hill. John Mara graduated from there. Tom Coughlin coached there. And three current Giants (Chris Snee, Mathias Kiwanuka and Mark Herzlich) played there college ball there. So, they know about Williams and are likely impressed. It’s just a matter of how things pan out come draft day.




8 comments
thatfunk
thatfunk

If the Giants decide to draft a RB from this year's draft class after round 2/3, Charles Sims from West Virginia MUST be the pick! He's got the talent to be an every down back, and most importantly he can pass protect and catch passes! 

mcfly
mcfly

Would rather target tre mason

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

Would Williams really be ANY better than Michael Cox, a RB who we just drafted last year very late in the draft? Anyway, It seems it takes RBs 2 or 3 years until they break into the Giants system (although I realize we now have a NEW system). I would pass on this guy and address more important needs that could help us more immediately...

btucker
btucker

I completely disagree. Although Williams is a capable runner, he has hands of stone and is virtually useless as a pass catcher out of the backfield. His dismal college numbers back this up as did his embarrassing performance at the Combine. In McAdoo's offense, it is essential that backs are effective weapons catching passes out of the backfield.

Williams would be a terrible pick for the Giants ( and for Eli ).

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

I had Williams slated as a possibility for the Giants in the 4th round, however; since the signing of Jennings, not sure they will select a RB in this years draft. The Giants still need to address the TE, LT, C positions so I would expect them to address those needs through rounds 1-4. 4th round will still have plenty of talent aside from Williams, so if Willams is still on the board, its not a given the Giants will select him.

mcfly
mcfly

Last year I was a huge proponent of Giovanni Bernard (under a different name, before the switch). This year I want mason. He isn't a speed demon who can catch like Gio, but he is an absolute work horse. He is the type of HB that gets better with each carry in the game. I honestly don't understand why his draft grade is so low (I will admit I haven't seen him block which could be a big factor).

spider43
spider43

@mcfly  .... I'm with you, I wanted Bernard too. Reese is just too short-sighted sometimes to think outside-the box in improving the running game. This year, he had no choice, thus all the FA signings.