Karlos Williams, RB

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Davenport, FL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 230 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.432.661.6016 33 1/29'9"4.467.16

Player Overview

At Florida State, the talent is so rich coaches can fight over prospects and expect immediate results when players switch positions. Williams, a former five-star safety recruit who wowed in limited duty at running back as a junior, rushingfor 730 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 8.0 yards a carry.

While scouts are intrigued by Williams' frame, physicality and speed, there are questions as to his fit at the next level. He did not make the expected improvements as a runner in 2014, looking more hesitant in the hole and showing some stiffness in changing directions. After 2013's breakout success, Williams' 689 yards and 11 touchdowns were viewed by some as a disappointment. It was clear as the 2014 season went on that freshman phenom Dalvin Cook was the most instinctive back on the roster.

These same questions about fluidity could lead to problems for Williams if his future NFL team elected to move him back to defense. There is no question that Williams offers special teams prowess - but how early will a club be willing to invest a draft pick on a player whose only contributions early on may come there?

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Exciting combination of size, straight-line speed and power. Looks the part of an NFL athlete with a tapered, well-built frame. Possesses speed, cutback ability and power, and demonstrated improved vision over the course of his collegiate career at running back. Williams has light feet and flexible ankles to make strong cuts and redirect his momentum quickly. While decisive and smooth, he also runs with forward lean and a physical style that makes him a tough guy to slow down once he gains steam.

Terrific special teams player. Consistently beats opponents down the field and is a willing, aggressive hitter. Intriguing athlete whose speed and physicality could warrant yet another position change. Good bloodlines. Brother is former FSU standout and current Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Vince Williams.

WEAKNESSES: Being a safety-to-back convert, Williams' instincts and feel need time to develop as he clearly looks more comfortable on the outside rather than between the tackles, where he doesn't show the same game-breaking ability. Allows holes to close because of his hesitancy and choppy footwork at the line of scrimmage, displaying questionable instincts. Above all, he needs to do a better job running behind his pads to maximize balance. He runs too upright and struggles to break tackles necessary as an effective inside runner. Comes with some character red flags. Was investigated (but not charged) for a domestic violence incident in November, 2014.

--Dane Brugler/Derek Stephens

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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Bills' six picks: Round 5/155 -- Karlos Williams, RB, 6-1, 225, Florida State...This pick didn't make a lot of sense. Running back is a deep position for the Bills, even if Ryan ends up cutting Bryce Brown, who he doesn't seem enamored with. With LeSean McCoy, Fred Jackson, and Boobie Dixon on the roster, adding even more depth to a position where you rarely would have more than three active on game day was perplexing. Williams did have a knack for finding the end zone (22 touchdowns in two years), and he could contribute to special teams. - The Sports Xchange


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