Javonte Williams
Javonte Williams is one of the best running backs in the 2021 NFL Draft. Let’s check out his skill set in our draft profile series! (Jeffrey Camarati/UNC)

The broken tackle god, AKA Javonte Williams, is one of the most exciting running back prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. Williams was part of that tag-team duo with Michael Carter at North Carolina. In a down running back class, Williams has a chance to become a star. Let’s take a look at the Javonte Williams 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

Williams is coming off a fantastic 2020 season at North Carolina. Williams checked in at 5-foot-10, 212 at his UNC pro day. He was clocked in at a 4.55 which was to be expected. No, he’s not a burner, per se. However, Williams is a terrific pure runner. This past season, Williams rushed for 1,140 yards on 157 carries (7.3 YPC) and 19 touchdowns.

One thing that needs to be mentioned with Williams is his lack of carries in college. There’s a lot of tread still left on those tires. The North Carolina starting running back only had 366 career carries. That’s fewer carries than Jonathan Taylor had in one year at Wisconsin. How long is the shelf life on Taylor? There are no worries here with Williams.

Williams was a bit of a late bloomer. Just a two-star recruit but he switched to running back late in his football career. He switched positions during his senior year of high school and accepted a late offer to UNC. The positive is that he played all 11 games as a true freshman and was ready to rock right away. He’s also a really smart player. Williams was his class valedictorian with a 4.6 GPA in high school.

Williams is an underrated pass catcher. While 50 career receptions in college aren’t eye jarring, it doesn’t tell the full story. Michael Carter is just a really excellent pass catcher in his own right. Williams catches the ball more than fine. I know this because North Carolina trusts him to play on the hands team and recovered an onside kick against Wake Forest.

Williams is a violent runner. He’s got a hell of a stiff arm and is not afraid to pull out the truck stick. Williams broke .48 tackles per carry and led the nation with 75 total. He breaks tackles on another level. Williams is also really quiet on his feet. He has some cuts that give you the chills. He’s going to be great in short yardage. He only has two career fumbles as well. He’s also got that knack for keeping his balance at first contact.

Javonte Williams is one of my favorite running backs in this class. So much so that I have him ranked as the second best in the class just behind Najee Harris at Alabama. The way Williams is able to bust tackles should make any team drafting him confident they’re getting a capable player.

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