2017 NFL DRAFT

Karlos Williams, RB

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Davenport, FL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 230 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
181175-6
Player News
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

02/16/2015 - 2015 NFL DRAFT, RED FLAG RUNDOWN: Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State...The Concern: Investigated (but not charged) for a domestic violence assault on his girlfriend (and mother of their two children) in October 2014. Also was investigated for playing a role in July 2014 robbery of a Florida State student. The Bottom Line: A former safety turned running back, Williams looks the part of an NFL standout with a chiseled frame and impressive speed but he lacks agility and balance and therefore scouts question where he'll fit best in the NFL. Williams is talented enough to get drafted but may have to work his way onto a roster based on special teams and could be one slip away from getting cut if he is given an opportunity. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/16/2015 - 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEWS: RB Karlos Williams, Florida State...Although he wasn't formally charged, trouble seemed to follow Williams this past year as he was investigated for domestic abuse and his part in a drug deal gone bad. It was a very disappointing year for Williams both on the field and off. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/12/2014 - Florida State's Karlos Williams not charged following investigation...Florida State running back Karlos Williams is not being charged following a domestic assault investigation by the Tallahassee Police Department. The department released an incident report detailing the investigation. According to the report, the investigation ended because "without a statement or additional evidence there is no way to further this case." It remains "open/inactive."

The report also confirmed that it was contacted by Florida State general counsel Carolyn Egan after Egan saw social media posts from the woman in the alleged incident. Neither Williams nor the woman spoke with the police about the incident, and Williams was never arrested. Williams did not miss any action during the investigation, and he leads the Seminoles with 520 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. He's expected to start against Miami Saturday. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com

11/11/2014 - Florida State running back Karlos Williams spoke with the media Tuesday for the first time since the Tallahassee Police Department announced he was being investigated for an alleged domestic battery two weeks ago. Williams said, "I have great teammates. Great teammates, great family. Try not to focus on those things. Focus on things that I can control, which is school and football. And just try to move on. Try to move forward and progress in life. Things are going to happen, and I have to learn how to roll with the punches and just keep moving forward." He did not address any specifics of the investigation. The lawyer for the woman has asked police to end the investigation. Williams, a senior, has not been charged, arrested or missed playing time. - AP Sports

10/29/2014 - Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters Tuesday that senior running back Karlos Williams will play against Louisville Thursday night. Fisher would make no other comment regarding Williams, referring to the school's statement Monday that his status was "under review." In that statement, Florida State announced it would wait for "more information" on the incident that led Tallahassee police to announce Monday it was investigating an alleged domestic battery that involved Williams. An attorney for the alleged victim in the incident told the Tallahassee Democrat Tuesday that she had not filed a complaint with police and had not asked for such an investigation, and was requesting that Tallahassee police drop the case.

That attorney, Nathan Prince, said he believed the investigation was opened after authorities were alerted to Internet rumors regarding a possible domestic violence incident. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Williams' girlfriend posted photographs to social media indicating she had been a victim of domestic violence, but did not specifically name Williams. Florida State plays at Louisville at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Seminoles are 3.5-point favorites. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

10/28/2014 - Seminoles RB Karlos Williams being investigated for domestic battery...The Tallahassee Police Department announced it is investigating an alleged domestic battery incident involving Florida State senior running back Karlos Williams. According to a post on the City of Tallahassee Police Department's Facebook page, the TPD received the case on Saturday night and it was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. The case was described as an "active on-going investigation" and the TPD would not discuss any further details. "Once the case is complete, it will be released under the guidelines of Florida Public Law," said Officer David Northway, spokesman for the TPD. One Friday, Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher had a strong reaction when asked about a report that Williams was facing a suspension, saying it was "as far from the truth as it can get. "There's another false report, and that's amazing how things happen. "Whoever has sources, whoever has rumors, needs to check who they are talking to - because that is about as far from truth as there is."

Williams is considered one of Florida State's top prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. He is currently graded as the No. 3 senior running back by NFLDraftScout.com and a borderline top-100 pick. However, if the current allegations are true, they will change how NFL teams view Williams and could keep him from being drafted or even getting a chance to play at the NFL level. But right now, there are only allegations and NFL teams will wait until the police complete their investigation to make any final conclusions on Williams' future. Through seven games, Williams leads the Seminoles with 378 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/28/2014 - The Tallahassee Police Department has confirmed Florida State starting running back Karlos Williams is being investigated for an alleged domestic battery incident. Police received the case Saturday night and assigned it to the Criminal Investigation Division. Williams, a senior, has not been charged or arrested. He participated in practice Monday and an athletic department representative said neither Williams nor coach Jimbo Fisher would be made available to the media afterward. Tallahassee police spokesman Dave Northway said in a statement Monday, "Florida Law does not allow TPD to discuss the details of any case while it is on-going." Williams is being represented by Tallahassee lawyer Tim Jansen, who declined comment on Monday.

The athletic department released a statement saying, "until we receive more information regarding the alleged incident (Williams) status with the team will be under review." The investigation is the latest involving a Florida State football player. Quarterback Jameis Winston is currently facing a student code of conduct hearing after a woman said he sexually assaulted her. Charges were never brought against the quarterback as a Florida prosecutor said there was not enough evidence in the case. Florida State also is currently being investigated by the Department of Education on how hit handles possible Title IX violations. The woman who said Winston assaulted her filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, which decided the university should be investigated for possible Title IX violations over the way it responds to sexual violence complaints. - AP Sports

10/28/2014 - The attorney for the victim in an alleged domestic battery case involving Florida State running back Karlos Williams told the Tallahassee Democrat on Tuesday that he has asked the Tallahassee Police Department to drop the investigation. From the Democrat: Tallahassee attorney Nathan Prince said he has informally told TPD to stop the investigation and today will formally submit a request terminate it. His client, he said, will not talk to investigators, has not filed a complaint and did not notify TPD or FSU about any alleged domestic battery incident.

Tallahassee police announced via Facebook on Monday that they had opened an investigation into an alleged domestic battery incidnet involving Williams on Saturday night but offered no further details. Florida State issued a statement Monday saying Williams' "status" with the Seminoles was "under review" until it received further information. The player was a full participant in practice that afternoon. No. 2 Florida State plays at Louisville Thursday night. Prince said he believed the investigation was opened after authorities were alerted to Internet rumors regarding a possible domestic violence incident. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

10/08/2014 - Top-ranked Florida State could be missing three starters when the Seminoles play at Syracuse on Saturday. Coach Jimbo Fisher announced Monday center Austin Barron is out with an arm injury and will be replaced by redshirt freshman Ryan Hoefeld. Leading receiver Rashad Greene suffered a concussion in last weekend's 43-3 win against Wake Forest and has not been cleared to return. Running back Karlos Williams injured his ankle during the game and is in a walking boot.

Redshirt sophomore Mario Pender would replace Williams if he is unable to play and freshman Dalvin Cook would be the primary backup. Pender and Cook have run for a combined 382 yards and five touchdowns. "If I had to give a percentage, I would say yes" Williams will miss the game, Fisher said. "But it's how guys heal and where they're at." Sophomore Jesus "Bobo" Wilson could start in place of Greene, but freshman Travis Rudolph is also a candidate. Greene is four receptions from setting the school record for career catches. The Seminoles could also be a play away from an emergency situation at quarterback. Backup Sean Maguire is out after injuring his hand against Wake Forest. Fisher said Jameis Winston's backup would either be redshirt freshman John Franklin or walk-on redshirt freshman Troy Cook. - AP Sports

08/08/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON ALL-ACC TEAM (MEDIA): RB Karlos Williams, Florida State (37) 6-1 219 Senior Davenport, Fla.,...Will play primarily tailback for the first full season of his career after coming to FSU as a highly-touted safety. Expected to begin season at the top of the depth chart in FSU's running back rotation after scoring 11 touchdowns and averaging 8.0 ypc on the ground following the position switch heading into the second game of 2013. Tall, powerful runner with world-class speed and instincts. Tough enough to gain yards between the tackles and fastest enough to burst around the edge. - Florida State football

08/04/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Karlos Williams, Florida State, Running Back, Senior...One of the most athletic and versatile players on the team...two-year letterwinner at safety moved to running back prior to second game of the season against Nevada... also started on special teams...first offensive touch of his career was a 65-yard touchdown run against the Wolf Pack...ranked second on the Noles with 730 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns...his 8.0 yards per carry average ranked sixth in the nation and second in the ACC...his 11 rushing scores tied for 10th-most in a single season in FSU history and tied for the seventh-most in the ACC on the season...had two 100-yard games, including 110 yards on eight carries in his debut against Nevada. - Florida State football

07/21/2014 - Other Florida State prospects to watch in 2014: RB Karlos Williams...Versatile and extremely athletic running back and special teams starter who converted from safety to garner 730 rushing yards and 11 TDs in 2013, while posting an 8.0 yards-per-carry average. Williams possesses speed, cutback ability and power, and demonstrated improved vision over the course of his lone season at tailback. Has the talent to be an elite running back at the next level if he can continue to improve. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

 
 
Player News
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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