NEW YORK GIANTS
With the 13th pick in the 4th round (113th overall) of the 2014 draft the New York Giants select....
RB Andre Williams, Boston College
Weight: 230 lbs
Arm Length: 33 1/2"
Hand Size: 9"
College: Boston College
The Pennsylvania prep rushed for 1,913 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior. Lived in Georgia for his first two seasons of high school. Appeared in all 13 contests as a true freshman in 2010, starting the final two, and rushed 95 times for 461 yards (4.6-yard average) and two touchdowns. Led the team in rushing touchdowns in '11, posting 124-517-4 (4.2) in 10 games (seven starts). Missed two games due to injuries Clemson (ankle) and Florida State (abdominal). Did not participate in '12 spring practice after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Was the team's leading rusher in the fall despite only playing in nine games (eight starts) and logging 130-584-4 (4.5). Missed the final three games with a torn abdominal muscle (left side) suffered against Wake Forest. Had a stellar senior campaign in '13, leading the nation in rushing yards (2,177), being a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and winning the Doak Walker (nation's premier running back) in addition to being a consensus All-America selection. Ran for 335-2,177-18 (6.5) in 13 starts and became the 16th player in FBS history to top the 2,000-yard mark. Rushed for more than 200 yards in a game five times, including an ACC and school record 339 yards (42 attempts) against N.C. State. Averaged 167.5 yards per game on the ground to lead all Division I players. Was not used much as a receiver in his career, catching 10 passes for 60 yards (6.0-yard average) in four years. Graduated in December.
Has very long arms with good overall musculature, wide shoulders and a thick, power base. Good vision to find creases. Runs with urgency and steps downhill fast. Shows an extra gear to kick it into overdrive and outrace defenders to the end zone. Good finishing speed -- did not see him get tracked down from behind. Can power through arm tackles, brush off contact and clear his feet through traffic -- very good contact balance. Solid anchor in pass protection. Keen blitz recognition. Smart and competitive. Caught the ball extremely well at his pro day.
Much of his production is blocked for him -- produced many runs of 20-plus yards untouched. Is not dynamic or creative and makes few tacklers miss. Can do a better job selling routes and settling into soft spots in zones. Minimal receiving production -- 10 career catches.
Very strong, stocky, powerful runner with the instincts, contact balance and toughness to carry a heavy workload. Really emerged as a senior, when he led the nation in rushing, and proved worthy of a starting role. Limitations in the receiving game could diminish his value.