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.
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.