Darrel Williams

LSU
RB

Prospect Info

College
LSU
Hometown
Class
Marrero, LA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
225 lbs
31”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.37
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.72
Seconds
 
Bench Press
22
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
109.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
--
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.21
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
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Playing behind Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice limited Williams' playing time during his first three seasons in Baton Rouge. The four-star recruit and top-12 running back prospect nationally moved from quarterback to running back as a high school senior, topping 2,200 rushing yards and 32 scores on the ground. Williams managed to get 64 carries for 302 yards and three scores in 12 games as a true freshman at LSU (6 receptions, 63 yards receiving) in 2014. The following year he had similar numbers (60 carries, 296 yards, four touchdowns rushing; fur receptions, 31 yards receiving) in 12 games. With Fournette out early in 2016, Williams got two starts but ended up with fewer carries for the year (52 carries, 233 yards, three touchdowns rushing; five receptions, 37 yards receiving) with Guice becoming the workhorse.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Peyton Barber
Overview
Physical, well-built running back who opened the eyes of NFL scouts with a strong season as a replacement for, and complimentary piece to Derrius Guice. Williams has NFL size and toughness and his ability to handle short-yardage carries as well as passes out of the backfield do nothing but increase his chances of making a roster.
Strengths
  • Built like a bruiser and runs with good physicality
  • Sturdy base absorbs hits and maintains balance
  • Doesn't get cute
  • Makes decisions early and lives with them
  • Keeps pads square to line of scrimmage and slides from gap to gap without losing momentum when searching for the best running lane
  • Has good lateral jump cut to elude initial tackle attempts at the line of scrimmage
  • Runs under his pads with good forward lean near the goal line
  • Has size to be utilized as a short yardage option
  • Very comfortable handling swing passes and check downs and showed an ability to extend drives out of the backfield
  • Highly respected teammate and named a team MVP this season
Weaknesses
  • Doesn't feel running lanes developing, needs to see it
  • Burst through line of scrimmage is below average
  • Doesn't have the feet and instincts to sting moves together
  • Doesn't search for late cuts and may not be able to make them anyway
  • Doesn't generate as many yards after contacts as teams might like
  • Won't get many unexpected yards
  • Slow to gather and cut downhill when asked to run an outside track
  • Needs downhill play calls
  • Top heavy running style limits ability to make sharp backside cuts

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league