Williams is listed at 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds. He played in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2010 and led the team in rushing touchdowns in 2011. Williams did not participate in spring practice in 2012 after he had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Despite missing time and playing just nine games, Williams went on to lead the team with 599 rushing yards. He missed the last three games of the 2012 season with a torn abdominal muscle on his left side.
Williams led the nation in rushing yards during the 2013 season with 2,177 and was a finalist for the Heisman trophy. He went on to win the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s premier running back and was a consensus All-America selection.
During the NFL Combine, Williams was the third best running in the broad jump at 10’9″, the second best running back during the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.06 and the third best running back at the 60-yard shuttle with a time of 11.62.
Scouts say that Williams has good vision and runs with urgency, but add that he only had 10 career catches.
NFL’s draft projector had Williams being selected in the second or third round.
“Honestly, I’m just elated right now,” Williams said after he was drafted. “Honestly, the Giants are just the team from the beginning that I really resonated the most with. I had a great interview at the combine with Coach Coughlin and everybody, the whole staff there. We really just had a good vibe flowing in the room.
“I just had a feeling from the moment that this would be the team that would end up picking me up. It’s right in an area that I”m really familiar with in the northeast, so I’m just glad it worked out this way.”
John Fennelly, Lead WriterYou knew the Giants had their eyes on this very productive BC player. Williams is a highly regarded scrimmage runner who led college football in rushing in 2013. An intelligent, young, strong workhorse of a back that will more than help Giant fans forget Andre Brown. Durable. Only detriment is he not a pass-catching threat out of the backfield.
He will be in the mix with Rashad Jennings, Peyton Hillis, Michael Cox and David Wilson – when he comes back. Nice pickup who fits the trend the Giants set with the first three picks: durable, tough, smart, with no off-field issues. Clean.