Jonathan Williams   RB   Arkansas

Jonathan could easily be considered one of the best running backs in this draft. He has extremely quick feet and has the lateral explosion you look for in a running back that can play in more than one style of offense. Jonathan has good hands catching the ball out of the backfield and, in space, can make players miss, but at the same time makes his cuts north and south to gain yardage and not east to west just to fake out his opponent. Jonathan is a three down back who can pick up the blitz to protect his quarterback with excellent techniques. He has the size to run between the tackles and the mental toughness that all good running backs need to be successful for the next level. There are a lot of excellent running backs in this draft that fit a lot of different styles of offenses, but Jonathan has the athletic talent, natural running skills, lateral explosion and team leadership skills to be successful in any offensive system and thatís why he is one of the best in this draft.

Jonathan does run high and at the next level, ball security and injuries are the two main issues that most teams are leery of for a running back that runs high. Jonathan right now has a foot injury that kept him out of the entire 2015 season. At the college level Jonathan didnít seem to have a problem with fumbling, but that is a concern for the NFL level.

The first time I saw Jonathan on film, the hair on the back of my neck stood up. For those of you are new to The Huddle Report, that means that player will be scrutinized and no stone will be left unturned because of the fear I might overreact and screw up my profile. So, to combat a possible overreaction what I do is simply wait. Iíve watched more film on him than any other player in this draft and more years of film on him than any other player in this draft. I think what impresses me the most is how many times his own teammates help him off the ground after he runs the ball. Thatís respect and when you see that rolled up into the athletic package that Jonathan possesses with the natural ďplaygroundĒ like talent or how he dominates a game when running the ball, there is no doubt of his potential to be excellent at the next level. He reminds me a lot of RB LeSean McCoy without the ďentitlementĒ attitude. Now the question is with a broken foot that kept him out of the entire 2015 season, what round would you select Jonathan in for this draft? I would expect it to happen at some point after the third round unless he can workout at some point before the draft and do all that is required. If there is no problem with his foot medically, then the team that selects him will be drafting a potential Pro Bowl running back. In the 2014 season, Jonathan scored 14 touchdowns for his team sharing carries with another Arkansas running back who many consider a potential excellent running back also. I donít have any information that suggests Jonathan is having any problems with his foot healing so for me I have to rate him along with the other running backs in this draft as first round talent. The fact is that there are a lot of excellent running backs in this draft and Jonathan is one of them. I donít care what round you draft him in, heís still an excellent running back.

Drew Boylhart  APR.2016