Johnathan Williams

RB Arkansas

5-11.1, 216, (O) 4.59, 9'8 Broad, 

6.97 3-Cone, 4.29 Short Shuttle,

31.5" Arm, 16 Reps,

Day Three Steal? If Healthy.

By TOM

Williams has been a very productive RB since day one. He came to Arkansas in 2014. He played in 11 Games as a true freshman. He earned two starts. He showed he could make big plays. He also showed he was not just a runner, but could play on passing down as well:

Freshman (2012): Played in 11 games and made two starts … Finished the season with 45 rushes for 231 yards and eight receptions for 208 yards and two touchdowns … vs. Kentucky (Oct. 13): Made first start and collegiate catch, a 74-yard touchdown pass on the Razorbacks’ first offensive play and also added a 77-yard touchdown catch, making him the only player from the SEC to have two 70-plus yard receptions in the same game and one of two freshmen in the NCAA to have two 70-plus yard touchdown catches in the same game … Finished the game vs. the Wildcats with three catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns … at Texas A&M (Sept. 29): Had a season-high nine carries for 40 yards … at Auburn (Oct. 6): Gained 34 yards on six carries in a 24-7 win … at No. 12 South Carolina (Nov. 10): Had a career-high 61 rushing yards and caught a career-high-tying three passes for 13 yards … vs. No. 8 LSU (Nov. 23): Started the season finale and had two carries for four yards and one catch for 37 yards.

He took over as the starter in 2013. He earned 11 more starts. And ran through the SEC with power and speed:

Sophomore (2013): Played in all 12 games and made 11 starts … Finished the year with 150 rushes for 900 yards and four touchdowns, seven receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns and threw a 21-yard touchdown … Average of 6.0 yards per carry ranked 12th on Arkansas’ single-season list … Teamed with Alex Collins to produce Arkansas’ second pair of teammates to each rush for at least 900 yards in the season … vs. Louisiana (Aug. 31): Rushed 18 times for a career-high 151 yards and a 75-yard touchdown … His 151 yards were most by a Razorback in a season opener since Darren McFadden had 151 in 2007, and Williams was one of only 11 players in the NCAA with a 70-plus yard rush in week one … vs. Samford (Sept. 7): Rushed 17 times for 126 yards and one touchdown in the 31-21 win … vs. Southern Miss (Sept. 14): Totaled 116 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries … at Rutgers (Sept. 22): Rushed 12 times for 25 yards, caught two passes for five yards and completed a 21-yard touchdown pass at Rutgers on his first collegiate pass attempt, making him the first Razorback to record at least one rushing, receiving and passing touchdown in one season since Darren McFadden in 2007 … vs. No. 10 Texas A&M (Sept. 28): Rushed 10 times for 53 yards and caught a career-high four passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns to open conference play … at No. 18 Florida (Oct. 5): Rushed eight times for 32 yards and one touchdown … vs. No. 8 Auburn (Nov. 2): Rushed 15 times for 104 yards.

Even though he missed the 2015 season with a foot injury, he still earned 24 starts in the SEC:

Junior (2014): Appeared in all 13 games with 11 starts … Named to the AP All-SEC second team and an Earl Campbell Award semifinalist … Completed the season with 211 carries for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns, including a season-long 90-yard run … His 1,190 rushing yards was pegged No. 8 on the program’s single season rushing chart … Paired with Alex Collins’ 1,100 rushing yards, the duo were the only FBS teammates to each rush for 1,000-plus yards in the 2014 season … Checks in at No. 10 on Arkansas’ career rushing yards chart with 2,321 yards … Teamed with Collins to become the first Arkansas running back pair to collect 10-plus rushing touchdowns since Darren McFadden (16) and Felix Jones (11) in 2007 … Finished the season ranking No. 4 in the SEC and No. 34 in the nation in rushing yards … Tied Collins for a team-leading 12 rushing touchdowns, good for fourth in the conference and 36th in the nation … Twelve rushing touchdowns ranks tied for 12th on the Razorbacks’ single season chart.

It's tough to say what he will be in the NFL. He missed all of last season with a foot injury. So who he will be next season is hard to say. He's got a lot of starts and carries in the SEC in his first three years, but he also split carries with Alex Collins about 50-50. If his foot is fine, than getting the last year off could put another year on his knees. He actually had a pretty good workout at his Proday. He should continue to get stronger and faster right through training game. 

He is surprisingly good in pass pro, and that goes a long way to getting him back on the field. He can be a terrific blocker on blitz pick up out on the edge, when he goes low. He moves towards the blitzer and get lows and wide, but he gets his hands out wide as well, like he does for balance sometimes. He needs to keep his hands inside. When he is in the middle, and the blitzer comes up the middle, he is very good. He can get low, get his hands inside and pop him back. He can pick up on of the blitzers, and then shove him back into the second blitzer.  

Additional Notes:

Texas Tech 2014: He's not the kind of back that gets a lot of yards on his own. He needs lanes, cutback lanes, and blocks to cut off of so he can use his speed. He such nice explosion sideways. He can make guys miss in the hole with lateral explosion. He can use nice subtle cuts to change direction away from defenders who are not well blocked, while still heading up field. When you give him a lane he looks fast on the field. Texas Tech (Sept. 13): Earned CFPA RB Performer of the Week Honorable Mention after he rushed a career-high 22 times for 145 yards and four touchdowns, a new career-high and the most for a Razorback since Darren McFadden punched in four rushing scores in 2007, while Arkansas posted over 400 yards on the ground against the Red Raiders.

A&M 2014:  He has great vision finding lanes to the outside when the middle is clogged. He is so tough to bring down sometimes. He has some nice shiftiness in the hole, and along with his power and strength, it can take a lot of defenders to bring him down. He is a good slasher, who is very good at cutting against the grain. So he might hold more interesting for Zone blocking teams. He doesn’t have great long speed, but he has the speed to get outside and turn the corner. And when he turns the corner, DBs can be reluctant to hit him. vs. No. 6 Texas A&M (Sept. 27): Rushed 18 times for 95 yards and a touchdown

Mississippi 2014: He has nice hands catching the ball out of the backfield. They don't ask him to block much, or ever. Collins is a much better blocker. But will struggle to make guys miss out in space after the catches. Which limits him in the pass game as well. vs. UAB (Oct. 25): Registered 18 carries for a career-high 153 yards and touchdown, while adding two receptions for 13 yards and a touchdown in the Razorbacks’ homecoming victory … vs. No. 8 Ole Miss (Nov. 22): Rushed 20 times for 81 yards to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark for the season in Arkansas’ second-consecutive shutout win …

Georgia 2014: He likes to cut back at the LOS of lot. He doesn't always burst laterally with great balance, as his arms are always winging around when he makes big lateral cuts. When he can go full speed and make quick cuts, he looks like the real deal. He can catch the ball on the sidelines. He is so tough to bring down. It usually takes two or three guys to take him down. Great on tosses when he can get in space and slash past smaller guys. When he gets close to the goal line he does a nice job lowering his head to get the TD. Follows blockers well.  Terrific nifty feet changing direction. Grabs the ball with both hands and has nice ball security.

Hauled in 11 catches for 65 receiving yards and two touchdowns and a season-long 23-yard reception … Ranked No. 4 in the conference in scoring touchdowns with 14 … vs. Nicholls (Sept. 6): Rushed four times for 143 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown, tied for the third-longest in program history and tied for the sixth longest rushing play in the NCAA in 2014 …  …  … vs. No. 10 Georgia (Oct. 18): Tallied 18 carries for 108 yards …  vs. Missouri (Nov. 28): Notched 13 carries for 72 yards and a season-long 23-yard touchdown reception.

Williams Vs Alabama 2014:

He makes a nice lateral cut inside on the Dive. Those are some nice feet right there, but he whips the ball around like a loaf of bread a little too much to make me comfortable (:01). I like how he always gives a little shoulder fake as he approaches the line (:11). He approaches the line, and sees Alabama defense has clogged it up. He moves laterally outside nicely as he tries to turn the corner (:19). When he is running with speed to the line he is at his best (:27). He slashes to the right twice to pick up as much as was there. 

This is a real nice run here. They pitch it outside to him, so he can run away from Alabama's giant D-line. He cuts back nicely, and burst to the second level between three blockers. That cutback was too quick for the defense. Then he spots a blocker, and cuts left to run behind it. Then gets his legs taken out, but falls forward for a 1st (:34). He fakes the play action, sneaks through the line, and turns outside to make himself available to the QB (:49). He catches is smoothly and naturally. Then absorbs the hit and reaches out for the 1st. 

He completely ignores the play action. then curls down the LOS. He catches the ball out in space with his hands again. But just can't make the defender miss. But he still is able to power forward for four (:58). You have to remember this is the Alabama defense. Which is more like an NFL defense. So he is not going to look as good (1:23). He gets the ball, and a defender is already closing on him from the edge. He reads him very well, and cuts inside a little to make him miss Then he turns outside and bursts the corner with interesting speed, and jukes the DB and turns up field for the 1st.

He makes a real nice cut outside, and looked liked he should have tried to get outside of #26. But watch the blend of power and quickness as seven Alabama defenders hit him before he goes down. Sometimes the best runs are the ones where the RB gets nothing (1:52). I love when he uses his lateral burst to make guys miss in the hole (2:00). When he gets a lane to the endzone he can really look fast. I like him the best when they give him a toss, and he can use his speed (2:17). He reads the middle, and sees it clogged up. I really like how he cuts under edge guys who burst into the backfield (2:45). I don't see him as a guy who gets a lot on his own, but he does here. Watch him run through the arm tackle into the Safety. But the Safety ducks his head, and he is half spun. So he continues, and spins himself out of the tackle and into another defender. He runs over him, and gets to the sideline. That was a truly great run, against a great defense.

Williams Vs Alabama 2014:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=595l8H6n-7E

 

Williams Vs Texas Tech 2014:

We saw him against a great defense, now lets see him against a terrible defense. Watch this blitz pick up on the edge. He gets in front of the rusher, and then dives into his legs and takes him out. He is a big strong guy, and it does show when he is blocking (:19). Watch him get great position in the hole. He gets low and wide, and then brings his arms up and punches the first blitzer into the hole (:29). If those two blocks are indicative of ability as a blocker in pass pro than he is the best RB in pass pro in this Draft.

Watch him turn the corner here with power as he gets as low as a duck in water, and shoulder bursts through the linebacker, and somehow floats into the endzone. That is a great run (1:08). He is at his best when he can use his speed to slash through a hole (1:26). You saw the power now watch the nifty. He cuts outside to make the LB miss. He is at his best when he make quick short angle cuts (2:12). Then he does another quick short angle cut up field to let his blocker wipe out the defender. Then he tries to hop over the DB, watch his nifty feet as he skips over the DB and scores.

If you let him get to speed and duck his head he is a beast (2:48). I like him on Toss plays the best (3:00). He is a better receiver than I though. He can catch the soft touch pass on the sideline and keep his feet in bounds (3:58). This is a great run here. Watch the blitzer on the left, and how he cuts back up the middle for the long gain. Zone blocking teams are going to go crazy for this guy (5:15). He definitely has a nose for the endzone, but that is a terrible defense. That's why I did the Alabama Tape first. So you could see more what he might look like in the NFL, and not his absolute potential if everything goes right. Because nothing ever goes completely right. 

He is a surprisingly good blocker. Watch him hit the hole in the play action. And then shuffle outside to stay in front of the OLB. Then he gets impatient and hits him (7:22). Was that really his fourth TD. Texas Tech must really have a great offense, because I don't know how they got to a Bowl game in 2014 with that defense. He is such a good slasher when they run tosses to him and defenders have to try and hit him on the move (8:44). He looks like he could be the steal of the Draft. Because I don't know how a team takes him before the 4th Round. Unless it is the Patriots of course, with pick 98. He missed all of last season because of a foot injury that needed surgery, and he has a lot of carries in the SEC.

Williams Vs Texas Tech 2014:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tImD6F-OLOs

 

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William's Official Bio:

Senior (2015):
Selected preseason All-SEC second team by media and Athlon … Earned All-SEC third team honors from coaches and Phil Steele … Named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, given annually to the nation’s top college football player … Suffered a foot injury in fall camp and will miss the 2015 regular season.
Junior (2014): 
Appeared in all 13 games with 11 starts … Named to the AP All-SEC second team and an Earl Campbell Award semifinalist … Completed the season with 211 carries for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns, including a season-long 90-yard run … His 1,190 rushing yards was pegged No. 8 on the program’s single season rushing chart … Paired with Alex Collins’ 1,100 rushing yards, the duo were the only FBS teammates to each rush for 1,000-plus yards in the 2014 season … Checks in at No. 10 on Arkansas’ career rushing yards chart with 2,321 yards … Teamed with Collins to become the first Arkansas running back pair to collect 10-plus rushing touchdowns since Darren McFadden (16) and Felix Jones (11) in 2007 … Finished the season ranking No. 4 in the SEC and No. 34 in the nation in rushing yards … Tied Collins for a team-leading 12 rushing touchdowns, good for fourth in the conference and 36th in the nation … Twelve rushing touchdowns ranks tied for 12th on the Razorbacks’ single season chart … Hauled in 11 catches for 65 receiving yards and two touchdowns and a season-long 23-yard reception … Ranked No. 4 in the conference in scoring touchdowns with 14 … vs. Nicholls (Sept. 6): Rushed four times for 143 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown, tied for the third-longest in program history and tied for the sixth longest rushing play in the NCAA in 2014 … vs. Texas Tech (Sept. 13): Earned CFPA RB Performer of the Week Honorable Mention after he rushed a career-high 22 times for 145 yards and four touchdowns, a new career-high and the most for a Razorback since Darren McFadden punched in four rushing scores in 2007, while Arkansas posted over 400 yards on the ground against the Red Raiders … vs. No. 6 Texas A&M (Sept. 27): Rushed 18 times for 95 yards and a touchdown … vs. No. 10 Georgia (Oct. 18): Tallied 18 carries for 108 yards … vs. UAB (Oct. 25): Registered 18 carries for a career-high 153 yards and touchdown, while adding two receptions for 13 yards and a touchdown in the Razorbacks’ homecoming victory … vs. No. 8 Ole Miss (Nov. 22): Rushed 20 times for 81 yards to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark for the season in Arkansas’ second-consecutive shutout win … vs. Missouri (Nov. 28): Notched 13 carries for 72 yards and a season-long 23-yard touchdown reception.
Sophomore (2013): 
Played in all 12 games and made 11 starts … Finished the year with 150 rushes for 900 yards and four touchdowns, seven receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns and threw a 21-yard touchdown … Average of 6.0 yards per carry ranked 12th on Arkansas’ single-season list … Teamed with Alex Collins to produce Arkansas’ second pair of teammates to each rush for at least 900 yards in the season … vs. Louisiana (Aug. 31): Rushed 18 times for a career-high 151 yards and a 75-yard touchdown … His 151 yards were most by a Razorback in a season opener since Darren McFadden had 151 in 2007, and Williams was one of only 11 players in the NCAA with a 70-plus yard rush in week one … vs. Samford (Sept. 7): Rushed 17 times for 126 yards and one touchdown in the 31-21 win … vs. Southern Miss (Sept. 14): Totaled 116 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries … at Rutgers (Sept. 22): Rushed 12 times for 25 yards, caught two passes for five yards and completed a 21-yard touchdown pass at Rutgers on his first collegiate pass attempt, making him the first Razorback to record at least one rushing, receiving and passing touchdown in one season since Darren McFadden in 2007 … vs. No. 10 Texas A&M (Sept. 28): Rushed 10 times for 53 yards and caught a career-high four passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns to open conference play … at No. 18 Florida (Oct. 5): Rushed eight times for 32 yards and one touchdown … vs. No. 8 Auburn (Nov. 2): Rushed 15 times for 104 yards.
Freshman (2012)
Played in 11 games and made two starts … Finished the season with 45 rushes for 231 yards and eight receptions for 208 yards and two touchdowns … vs. Kentucky (Oct. 13): Made first start and collegiate catch, a 74-yard touchdown pass on the Razorbacks’ first offensive play and also added a 77-yard touchdown catch, making him the only player from the SEC to have two 70-plus yard receptions in the same game and one of two freshmen in the NCAA to have two 70-plus yard touchdown catches in the same game … Finished the game vs. the Wildcats with three catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns … at Texas A&M (Sept. 29): Had a season-high nine carries for 40 yards … at Auburn (Oct. 6): Gained 34 yards on six carries in a 24-7 win … at No. 12 South Carolina (Nov. 10): Had a career-high 61 rushing yards and caught a career-high-tying three passes for 13 yards … vs. No. 8 LSU (Nov. 23): Started the season finale and had two carries for four yards and one catch for 37 yards.

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