NFL Draft

Kyren Williams
Team: Notre Dame Fighting IrishHeight: 5-9 Born: N/A
Position: RBWeight: 199 Hometown: Saint Louis, Missouri
Class-Eligibility: Jr-So

Scouting Report

40 Time: 4.56

3rd round

Overview: While few redshirt sophomores tend to declare for the draft, Williams' decision to opt-in shouldn't be a surprise given his college resume. Controlled, agile, and versatile are the best ways to describe him, as he provides three-down potential assuming his body can handle the workload. A finalist for the 2020 FWAA Freshman of the Year and 2020 Doak Walker Award semifinalist, Williams collected more than 2,100 yards during his two seasons as the lead back for the Irish.

Strengths: Lower half is twitched up and allows for immediacy with movement. Plays far above his weight class in pass protection and will light up blitzers on their way in. Passing game value comes both in the backfield and from the slot. Consistently breaks through arm tackles without having to gear down. Finishes runs hard and earns every yard he can. Nimble enough to slip through gaps. Trustworthy hands as a receiver. Vision and creativity pop in the open field.

Weaknesses: Undersized by NFL standards. Doesn't have ideal power to push the pile and drive back defenders on contact. Long speed isn't ideal for breaking off bigger runs. Likely to lose some of his contact balance and physicality as he steps up to a higher level of competition.

Pro Comp: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs -- Edwards-Helaire's compact build, pass-catching value and slippery running style match up well for what Williams will succeed at in the league. Neither have ideal home run speed, but the ability to create in space and win tough yardage is a commodity in NFL runners.

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