by Drew Boylhart
SR Staff Writer
January 2005
Carnell Williams   RB   Auburn
Strengths
Carnell has good size and strength for his position. He has excellent speed and natural running back skills. He has a good burst in the hole and very good lateral movement. He runs with very good lean and has good leg strength. I like his ability to see the whole field when he runs and his ability to cut in the hole with strength and quickness. He has the potential to be a franchise back in the NFL.
 
Needs to Improve
Carnell needs a lot of improvement in protecting the QB in the passing game and has only adequate hands in catching the ball out of the backfield. There is a reason why this talented RB shared this position and it is my opinion that it all started with his lack of ability in these two areas: blocking and receiving.
 
Talent Board Round  1

There is no doubt that Carnell has excellent talent and should be a big time talent in the NFL, but I do have some nagging concerns about his hands, football instincts and abilities to pick up all the nuances of his position for the NFL team. Auburn runs a pro-style offense. Carnell has shared his position and has shown great character and grace in doing this. In doing this he has not fully developed in the position beyond his natural abilities. He is not a tough runner between the tackles, does not block well and he has not developed his receiving skills out of the backfield. Right now, these undeveloped areas are not noticed because he can be replaced on the field by another back in difficult situations. Carnell has great speed and is no doubt going to be a great back in the NFL, but he will have to be used as he has been used in college until he can develop those other skills. I have no doubt he will do it and these issues will not affect his draft status because of his character and natural running back skills. Carnell should be a very high draft choice, but the team that drafts him will have to go slow in breaking in this brand new Cadillac.