Texas A&M football: Updated Trayveon Williams 2019 NFL Draft stock

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Texas A&M football running back Trayveon Williams tested well in some events at the NFL Combine; here is what some NFL Draft experts are saying now.

Trayveon Williams did a lot to help his NFL Draft prospects during the 2018 season. Those who had watched Texas A&M football games in the 2016 and 2017 season knew there was a special player being under utilized in Kevin Sumlin’s system. Jimbo Fisher took over and unlocked that potential with an offense tailored to take advantage of a player like Williams.

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The result? Williams broke several school records and had the best season by a running back in school history. He set the single-season school rushing, yards from scrimmage and all-purpose yards records (with no return yards) in 2018. He also set a school record for most games with over 200 yards rushing in his career. If he played all three years with Jimbo he may have set all the career rushing records available.

This didn’t necessarily mean NFL scouts were super-impressed with Williams. Some analysis of him pointed out he is too small and not fast enough to justify his smaller stature. This ignored Williams’ elite vision, finding the hole and making quick decisions to pick up yards, and his ability to hurt you in the passing game. The NFL Combine was Williams’ chance to prove he has straight line speed and he did just that.

Williams ran a 4.51, which isn’t elite speed but it’s also fast. His time ranked No. 9 among running backs in this year’s draft class. His SPARQx score was No. 3 among running backs. It impressed most in attendance and the NFL Draft experts have noticed. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller tweeted the below.

Another analyst compared Williams to Duke Johnson

That’s pretty phenomenal how similar at which those two measured and worked out. The important thing to note is Williams was a much more productive as a runner in college than Johnson. NFL.com Lance Zerlein echoed the sentiments of the above analysts.

"“He’s a calm runner who stacks moves and eludes defenders to post his fair share of chunk runs. He’s tough but undersized and might get pigeon-holed as a committee back with above-average third-down value thanks to his tenacity as a pass-blocker.”"

Williams has the potential of being an every down starter, but in today’s NFL he’ll probably find a home in a multiple-back system. He won’t be asked to carry the load as he did in Fisher’s first season. Hopefully he gets drafted by a team willing to use him in year one.

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