The rich running back crop from last week’s NFL Draft must be having mixed feelings right now.
On the one hand, the time that has been predicted for the last couple of years — when they would swarm the league, break the drought at their position and remake what had become a passersfirst sport — had arrived.
On the other hand, the contracts for Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles and even Eddie Lacy are a dose of sobering reality.
Maybe Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey are poised to join Ezekiel Elliott, Le’Veon Bell and the other young backs in a runninggame renaissance, proof a position that has been increasingly devalued by teams has regained its worth and will only gain more in the near future.
Although he needs to get stronger as a route-runner, his other attributes set him up to succeed while he’s working to round out his game.
Williams’ coach at Clemson, Dabo Swinney, didn’t need to make a hard sell to those teams that his former No. 1 can remain that kind of game-changer in the NFL.
“With Mike Williams, if there’s only one (defender) on him, he’s open. If there’s two, they better be real tight on him. He’s a handful and definitely NFL ready,” Swinney said.
Ross can flat-out fly. The other wideout vying to be the first off the board at the position, Western Michigan’s Corey Davis (6-3, 209 pounds), rivals Williams as a big target in the Cheap Football Jerseys Xxl red zone, but he is more limited as a deep threat.