Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room analyzes a 72-yard run from Texas A&M running back Trayveon Williams, a potential 2019 NFL Draft prospect.
Trayveon Williams is a good college football runner but based solely on his 2017 tape, he’s not ready for the NFL. Williams isn’t a complete player — at least not yet. His pass protection requires more physical and mental effort, his ball security is too lax, and the power element to his game isn’t good enough to earn significant playing time between the tackles on Sunday.
Right now, Williams fits along a spectrum of backs that has Devonta Freeman at the ideal end and Aggies alum and Cowboys camp hopeful Trey Williams at the bottom end. Freeman has power and passing-down skills. Trey Williams—when he was in college—lacked both.
After his sophomore year, Trayveon’s game is closer to Trey’s. I’ll discuss these deficiencies — or highlight his improvement — as the season progresses. What the Williams backs and Freeman have in common are footwork, vision, acceleration, and decent long speed.
At this point in his college career, Williams is an exciting running back who might not make an NFL roster if he were entering the league this year. However, Williams has growth potential in the weak areas of his game that could make the difference between him ending his career as a Saturday player and continuing it on Sundays.
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