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2017 NFL DRAFT

Jonathan Williams, RB

School: Arkansas  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Allen, TX
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 220 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
11383-4

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
4.63--16 ----

Player Overview

A foot injury in August sidelined Williams for the 2015 season. Close to 100 percent healthy, he accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl and a chance to remind NFL teams that he is capable of being a featured back in the NFL.

Arkansas' leading rusher from 2014, Williams averaged 91.5 yards per game and 5.6 yards per rush in 2014 for the Razorbacks. He was slated for significant playing time again in 2015 before suffering the foot injury in August that required surgery.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: He runs light for his 224-pound build with the body strength to run through arm tackles, lowering his pads and driving his legs to pick up tough yards between the tackles. Shifty feet and clean lateral burst to juke and quickly regain his momentum.

WEAKNESSES: Has a bad habit of running upright. Foot surgery wiped out his 2015 season, and the injury will lead to extensive medical checks. Important for Williams to show scouts before the draft that his foot is close to fully healed.

IN OUR VIEW: He was set to enter the 2015 season as one of the top senior running backs on the NFL radar, but his August foot injury sidelined him from the year and cast a cloud over his draft stock. There are three running backs competing to be the first senior drafted in April, including Williams and Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon. The other is Utah's Devontae Booker, who is rehabbing from knee surgery.

--Dane Brugler (1/25/16)

 
 
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08/31/2015 - Jonathan Williams has consistently earned the praise of teammates and coaches over the years for his selfless nature. The Arkansas running back put on his best display of that trait on Thursday while speaking publicly for the first time since suffering a left foot injury that's expected to keep him out for the entire season - and lead to his likely departure for the NFL. Williams, who led the Razorbacks with 1,190 yards rushing last season, was injured during a scrimmage almost two weeks ago - an injury that led to surgery to insert two screws to help ligaments heal. While he said the rehabilitation is expected to take 4-5 months, he still holds out the hope of being able to play at Arkansas again this season. And he was very clear, whether the plays or not, that he's still an active member of the Razorbacks, who elected him as a team captain last week.

"I'm still definitely 100 percent on this football team, so later in the season if I'm fully cleared and I feel good about being able to play and being healthy, I'll definitely try to play," Williams said. Williams said he has no regrets about bypassing the NFL draft following last season, even though he was a projected third-round pick. The senior did say, however, that while redshirting this season and returning for another year was possible, he's "most likely" headed to the professional ranks following this season. The only frustration for Williams has been working through the feeling that he let his teammates down because of his injury. - AP Sports

 

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