The Broncos selected Williams in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, 35th overall. Denver traded up ahead of Miami to get the top running back on the board, nabbing Williams out of North Carolina. Williams broke out as a junior in 2020, taking 157 carries for a whopping 1,140 yards and 19 touchdowns in just 11 games. Running through defenders is his standout trait, as he broke 50 tackles in 2020. However, he did not test as a standout athlete, checking in with a 4.58-second 40-yard dash at 5-foot-10 and 212 pounds. He split time with Michael Carter during his time at North Carolina and will likely be in a committee behind Melvin Gordon in Denver.
The Raiders selected Leatherwood in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, 17th overall. This comes as a bit of a surprise given that Virginia Tech's Christian Darrisaw and Oklahoma State's Teven Jenkins were still on the board, but Leatherwood nonetheless fills a need. The Alabama product won the Outland Trophy as the nation's best offensive lineman as a senior in 2020 and has experience at both guard and tackle. His projection to the next level is a bit trickier, though, as there are questions regarding his ability to handle speed rushers. He's still a powerful blocker with size to stick at tackle or guard and is an instant improvement to a revamped Las Vegas line.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@New York Giants||17||17.50|
|3||09/26||New York Jets||20||18.00|
|6||10/17||Las Vegas Raiders||29||22.38|
|8||10/31||Washington Football Team||3||14.24|
|12||11/28||Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|13||12/05||@Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
|16||12/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||29||22.38|
|17||01/02||@Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|