Javonte Williams Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

North Carolina RB Javonte Williams is profiled for the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft

Name: Javonte Williams 

School: North Carolina 

Year:  Junior 

Position: Running back 

Measurements:  5’10 220lbs 

 

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General Info: 

Attended Wallace-Rose Hill High School in Wallace, North Carolina. Rushed for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns in his state championship final. Rushed for 2271 yards and 27 touchdowns and caught 13 passes for 363 yards and five touchdowns in his high school senior year. Also competed in track and field and won the state title in the 4x100 meter relay. He was a low ranked 3 star player coming out of high school. Ranked the 94th best back in the nation. Played in all 11 games as a freshman. Played special teams and on offense. He had 43 carries for 224 yards and five touchdowns. Even had six tackles on special teams. Rushed for 933 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore and caught 17 passes. As a junior he rushed for 1140 yards on 157 carries. Averaged 7.3 yards a carry. Caught 25 passes for 305 yards and 3 touchdowns. Had 236 yards and 3 touchdowns against University of Miami(Fla). Opted out of their bowl game to prepare for the NFL draft. 

 

Positional Skills:

Strengths: 

Has an almost perfect running back build. Low to the ground but not too short. He has good size and bulk at 220 to take the rigors of the position. He is a better athlete than given credit for. Good agility and speed. Explosive, especially once he gets past the line of scrimmage. Amazing contact balance. Breaks a lot of tackles just with his balance. Williams has very good vision. Physical runner. Keeps his legs churning when he has the ball. Has a good stiff arm. Rarely brought down by the first tackler. He will use a hurdle step, juke, stutter step, or spin move to get extra yardage. Good pass blocker. Williams falls forward for extra yardage almost every time. Can even lead block in a two back set occasionally. He does a good job of pressing the hole. He doesn’t dance behind the line of scrimmage. He is patient. He knows how to wait for his blocks to develop. Good hands out of the back field.  

Weaknesses: 

Lacks real elite physical traits. He has average to slightly above average speed for a back. He is not a threat to rip off a 60+ yard run. Does get a little high sometimes and gets knocked back. Occasionally will try to get more than is there and ends up getting knocked back. He will occasionally get beat as a pass blocker when he doesn’t stick to his technique. Spin move isn’t very effective. Routes are very basic, wheel routes, flat routes, DV or Texas routes. Needs to develop a variety of routes so he can be split out and offer more versatility.  

Fit with the Packers:

He would be a great partner with AJ Dillon. Although their games are somewhat similar in that they both bring a physical brand of football Williams is more versatile and could even play on 3rd downs. His agility, quick feet, vision, power, pass blocking, and hands out of the back field allow him to be an every down player. His contact balance is very similar to Aaron Jones. He has very few negatives. He could be a little more consistent and needs to develop his route running a little more. He also lacks home run speed, but his speed is good enough. He would come in as a rookie and immediately be the #2 back and 3rd down back as well. It would be like a thunder and thunder backfield. 

 
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ricky's picture

February 18, 2021 at 08:56 pm

This guy is the reason you don't overpay for a running back. Will he be as good as Jones or Jamaal Williams? Maybe not as good as Jones, but serviceable. If he can learn to be a receiver, get his blocking up to speed, and learn the offense quickly, he could be an acceptable replacement. Though I have to admit on having a "man crush" on Jamaal. The guy is just so likable- and he's the guy who does all those "little things" you don't notice until he's not there. So, if at all possible, keep two Williams' in the backfield to rotate in fresh legs on a regular basis.

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jannes bjornson's picture

February 19, 2021 at 05:32 pm

Both of N.Carolina's RBs are good players. Their TE will be in the draft next year. A solid year for RBs, they could pick two.

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stockholder's picture

February 18, 2021 at 09:23 pm

This guy should be picked by the end of rd. 3. . To many other need firsts. Nice fit, but this draft has a lot of WR /rbs later.

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Leatherhead's picture

February 18, 2021 at 11:41 pm

How many fumbles?

Actually, I checked. Zero lost fumbles last season, two the previous season.

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jannes bjornson's picture

February 19, 2021 at 05:30 pm

He's a NFL type guy.

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Stroh's picture

February 18, 2021 at 09:50 pm

He would not be a great compliment to Dillon. Just a less talented version of Dillon. A compliment brings a different set of skills that Dillon doesn't possess.

He sounds to me like a replica of J Williams. Hard pass!

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jannes bjornson's picture

February 19, 2021 at 05:36 pm

He's better than Williams.

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February 19, 2021 at 07:19 am

No thanks, we need to draft by using one of our late picks or pick up a cheap FA that has a different running style than Dillon so we can mix up our schemes. If AJ is gone as expected, I believe Dillon is going to have a highly successful year. Think 1200 yards and 35 receptions.

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Leatherhead's picture

February 19, 2021 at 07:34 am

If he stays healthy. If he doesn’t, what’s the plan?

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murf7777's picture

February 19, 2021 at 07:39 am

Good question...I suspect Williams will be back or they will have a different solid vet, think Gore, Bell or AD. Of course, there will be many available especially this year with the lower SC.

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February 19, 2021 at 10:02 am

I think the Packers will use a Day Three pick at RB. I don’t think Williams or Jones will be back, and I don’t think we can go through a season with Dillon, Ervin, and Dexter.

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February 19, 2021 at 09:00 am

I think his teammate Carter or Hawkins from Louisville would be better fits as they have speed. We should use one of our 4th rounders to draft Hawkins as he will probably be available then.

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