Giants select RB Andre Williams

NCAA Football: Boston College at SyracuseWith the No. 113 pick in the NFL Draft, the Giants selected running back Andre Williams out of Boston College.

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 Writer

You 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.




75 comments
Skookaloop
Skookaloop

5th. OLB A. Hubbard 'Bama

5th. WR B. Coleman   RU

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

What's the deal with David Yankey? Why is he still available? Could the Giants scoop up both Yankey and Arthur Lynch in round 5?

Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

Led college in rushing yards? Sounds good to me

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

John, this must be typo...no? Wide Receiver? Dude is a RB unless I'm having a migraine..


>>>During the NFL Combine, Williams was the third best wide receiver in the broad jump at 10’9″, the second best wide receiver during the 20-yard shuffle with a time of 4.06 and the third best wide receiver at the 60-yard shuffle with a time of 11.62.<<<

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

We seem to love guys from BC, LSU and Syracuse...for what its worth.

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

need pick and i'm fine with it. 


the giants essentially have rashad who is already 28, hillis was on the street until the giants picked him up. don't know what to make of cox and wilson may come in late. solid pick. 



rico
rico

I like this one.! 

Big strong battering ram, short yardage guy.  

 Don't be mistaken this was a need and I think a good pick. 



jaymanjay
jaymanjay

Bigger needs elsewhere. Took Wilson signed Jennings I don't see where he fits or who he replaces he is far from explosive. Is he any better than cox? Not so sure. Could have had better value selection like kieth McGill or seantrel Henderson. Once again okay selection bad value they continously do this. Going to Boston College shouldn't be reason to select a guy. Giants have one good value selection this entire in richberg.

manchu
manchu

Big strong battering ram at 230 lbs with the ability to outrun some folks.. great pick

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

A running back who can't catch the ball out of the backfield yup great selection. 

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

@Peter Sinapi  


Arthur Lynch could be a good value pick in the fifth round. Was projected to go in the fourth round. We still could use some TE depth. I like Lynch as a possibility...

spider43
spider43

@Peter Sinapi  .....  Why would we need another Guard?  The starters are projected to be Schwartz and Snee. We already have Mosley and Brewer backing them up, as well as Dallas Reynolds, though I think he is likely to get cut. We also have Jerry and Brown who are Guard capable. I don't see Guard as a need. If you were going to spend a pick on an OL, it seems like a better idea to go after a Tackle as insurance and depth against Beatty starting the year on the PUP list.

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

@fast_eddie

I think the Scouts Have GIRLFRIENDs at:

LSU

BC

Syracuse

............. and FREE BAR TABs

manchu
manchu

@jaymanjay

Henderson is a weed head and is in danger of not being drafted period and you want him in the 4th as a value pick? I can see Henderson going with one of the 5th rd picks or a 6th.. im not leaving a need at running back on the board and reach for a guy who may go the way of Will Hill in a few years

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

You basically drafted a 4th round special teams player not great. And the way Tom treats running backs he will not see much time. Wasted value once again.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@bleedblue4  How do you know he can't catch the ball out of the backfield? Just because they didn't throw the ball to him, doesn't mean he can't do it. Jake Ballard did not catch passes at Ohio State, and he ended up being a secret weapon on a Super Bowl team!!!

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

@bleedblue4  


Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs were not great at catching the ball out of the backfield either and I'd say that worked out pretty well for us. No complaints from me on this one. We needed a RB and this BIG dude fits the bill nicely...

manchu
manchu

@bleedblue4

were not asking him to be that guy.. we still have Jennings and Wilson for that purpose.. we need him for the short yardage situations

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

I think it's more because everything I read about Yankey was that he was a round 2 Guard. What happened?

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

@spider43 @Peter Sinapi  


We also have G Eric Herman in the mix,  who we drafted just last year. He didn't see any action except on the practice squad, but I think the Giants are still pretty high on him. He has a mean streak...might still be a player for us.

Anthony Giammattei
Anthony Giammattei

@Skookaloop @fast_eddie I think Tom Coughlan was a running back at Syracuse and a Head Coach at Boston College and has connections there.  Girlfriends all at LSU - the house of the rising sun.

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

Hendrsons a first Round Talent. and don't be naive Half The league smokes pot.

rico
rico

@jaymanjay  the way running backs break down, he'll end up starting in september



Skookaloop
Skookaloop

@SNYGiants @bleedblue4  

WHOA WHOA....

TE Jake Ballard had 3 TD's his Senior Year,

In a RUN RUN RUN OHIO State O...

thats 1 less the TE Ebron....

there was NEVER any Questions about his Hands...

plus

I Rather have a Rookie RB who can,

RUN & Pick-Up the Blitz & NOT Catch..then

RUN & Catch & not Pick-Up the Blitz.....


bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@SNYGiants @bleedblue4 Please read all the scouting reports, every report says the same. They said the same when he was picked. And Jacobs came out with the same report and still has hands of stone.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@fast_eddie @bleedblue4 And Jacobs wasn't a good short yardage back either. Needed a CB as well with two pretty damn good ones sitting right there.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@manchu @bleedblue4 Ah so you wasted a pick on a short yardage back cool not like this team doesn't have more pressing needs.

spider43
spider43

@willymayshays.... Yes, they were drafted as Tackles, but they were switched to Guard last year, which to me was disappointing, because I thought Mosley would be more than capable of playing at least the RT position. Apparently the coaching staff thinks otherwise.

spider43
spider43

@Peter Sinapi  .... Don't know what happened, but perhaps devalued for some unknown reason. But moot point now, the Vikings just selected him in the 5th round. Good value for them, I think.

rico
rico

@willymayshays @bleedblue4 @Vic Scarpelli  No science to this, sometimes guys go bust.  Ron Dayne was one of them.  He was a guy most Giants fans drooled over until he failed and then it was the FO fault. 


Not every player is Ron Dayne, Cedric the Not so entertaining Jones, William Joseph etc…or in other NY sports Jason Bay, Fred Weiss, Renaldo Balkman, Andy Rautins Yinka Dare, Dennis Hopson, etc etc etc…


They can't all be word beaters, that's why they play the games

manchu
manchu

@jaymanjay

Oh yes your right about the weed, but I don't want my 4th rd pick looking like Will Hill in a few years. Im not saying hes not worth a flyer, just not here, now if hes there next round or the 6th I wouldn't mind grabbing him

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

@bleedblue4 @fast_eddie @rico @jaymanjay  


I understand that, but I don't usually talk down to people - as long as they are not insulting me of course. Not everybody has the same knowledge....just the way it goes. This is a blog not an encyclopedia. 

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@fast_eddie @bleedblue4@rico@jaymanjay I hate people who speak who just talk out of their ass. Do some research then talk it makes you look better. This is actually for Rico Considering he said he doesn't know who Bill Polian is or cares who he is. As well a made a dump statement about RB's getting hurt.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@rico @jaymanjay Actually do some Research the Giants have had more CB's/S's hurt then RB's over the last 3 seasons.

spider43
spider43

@bleedblue4....  Perhaps, about Bryce Brown. But it was a conditional 4th rounder, which could upgrade to a 3rd rounder in 2016. I'm not sure about a 3rd round pick. But even so, even if he were worth a 3rd round pick, I doubt the Eagles would have traded Brown to a division rival.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@manchu Thurmond nothing special, DRC had 1 year and what a surprise it was a contract year. And Prince isn't as good as people make him out to be.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@manchu My point is both were supposed to be big strong backs but were the biggest wimps when it came to short yardage situations.

manchu
manchu

@bleedblue4 @fast_eddie

Cmon now Jacobs had good seasons for the Giants.. Dayne I agree was a bust for where he was drafted at (1st rd) Jacobs was a 4th rounder... Ok you don't like the pick, but you cant say Jacobs was a bust

manchu
manchu

@bleedblue4 @fast_eddie

I think CB is pretty much set with DRC, Prince and Thurmond patrolling the area.. Running back position is more unstable than CB

manchu
manchu

@bleedblue4

Really? Bradshaw was hurt, Jacobs hurt then left to the niners, came back and was hurt again, Wilson hurt... Da Rel Scott, hurt, Andre Brown.. hurt  we got Hillis off of his sofa to come play for us... Towards the end of the season it was Hillis and Cox and pray neither one of them got hurt.. on the DB side, Webster pulled his hammy, Prince held up nicely, Terrell Thomas bounced back, and Hosley got hurt... I think RB was more of a necessity this time around than CB

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@manchu @bleedblue4 Let's see DRC had 1 season and surprise it came in a walk year, Thurmond isn't anything special. Giants have had more CB's/ Safeties hurt then running backs over the last 3 seasons.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@Billy Suede @rico@bleedblue4@manchu Thank you Billy

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

@rico @bleedblue4 @manchu  the guy who built the jim kelly/thurman thomas bills teams, the expansion panthers and presided over the colts until two years ago. pretty close to being the nfl equivalent to jerry west as a gm. 


he's kind of a big deal. 

rico
rico

@bleedblue4 @rico @manchu  no I watched a few BC games and saw him running hard, "down hill style", punishing opponents, thought "good jacobs replacement", young legs, 


I don't know who Bill Poiian is or care. Does he have a show on the cooking channel?



manchu
manchu

@bleedblue4 @manchu

pick a solid corner that you hope never hits the field... because McGill is not better than DRC, Prince or Thurmond... Williams has a chance to contribute right away

rico
rico

@manchu @bleedblue4  Hillis is good but he doesn't hit the hole very fast on short yardage. Me likey!

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@manchu @bleedblue4 You could've gotten a solid back in the 5th you won't find a solid CB in the 5th. And if this guy isn't from B.C I doubt he's drafted by the Giants in this spot.

manchu
manchu

@bleedblue4 @manchu

we need a running back.. this guy was a Heisman candidate, we get him in the 4th round, this is a good spot for him.. we don't know how Wilson will be coming off an injury, Hillis is getting long in the tooth and Cox is still a raw and unknown commodity..i think this was a solid pick