30 for 29: This is the fourteenth in a daily series of looks at 30 prospects the Patriots may consider selecting with the 29th overall pick at the 2014 NFL Draft.
A look at 30 prospects the Patriots may consider selecting with the 29th overall pick at the 2014 NFL Draft.
Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
5-11, 230 pounds, 8/28/92
2013: 355 carries, 2,177 yards, 18 touchdowns
Spent first two years of high school before moving to Pennsylvania. Played as a true freshman at BC. Went through torn ab muscle and torn labrum during 2011 and 2012 seasons. Heisman Trophy finalist when he became the workhorse for Boston College.
TO THE GOOD
Runs very hard and gets downhill in a hurry. Runs through contact and has a nice stiff arm and excellent second effort. Hugely productive senior season in which he was a Heisman Trophy finalist. Ran a 4.56 40, has a 38-inch vertical and ran Combine-best 20 and 60-yard shuttles and had longest broad jump among running backs. Massive lower body giving every indication he can be a bell-cow and goal-line/short yardage back. Excellent student whose character was lauded at BC.
TO THE BAD
Limited experience in the passing game, Abdominal tears will be concerns. Doesn’t string moves together and would serve him well if he can increase his lateral quickness at the second level and get some shimmy.
The Patriots are almost certain to take a running back in this draft with both Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley up after this season. Additionally, losing LeGarrette Blount in free agency puts the team in the market for a player like Williams who can run well behind zone-blocking schemes (which the Patriots seemed to be using more often) and can deliver in short yardage. Not a first-round prospect, definitely an option in Round 2 or 3.
Projected as a later-round pick.