With the New York Giants‘ fourth pick of the NFL Draft, the Giants selected Running Back Andre Williams from Boston College. Williams had a fantastic senior season in college, leading the nation in rushing yards with 2,177 yards as well as being a finalist for the Heisman trophy. He was a consensus All-America selection and he won the Doak Walker award for being selected as the nation’s top running back. Williams averaged 167.5 rushing yards per game in 2013, which lead all Division I players, and has great size at 5’11” and 230 lbs. Although Williams does not possess good pass-catching abilites (0 receptions in 2013), he is still a great fit for the Giants in 2014.
The New York Giants struggled mightily at the running back position last season after David Wilson turned out to be a huge bust. Andre Brown, who is now with the Houston Texans, barely produced with the workload he was given. The Giants signed Rashad Jennings this past off-season. Jennings played well for the Oakland Raiders in 2013 and he will be the no. 1 back for the Giants in 2014. Williams will fill in very nicely at the no. 2 spot because Wilson is still a huge question mark as he attempts to return to football after a serious neck injury.
Williams is a down-hill runner, picks up chunks of yards at a time and often requires two or more tacklers to bring him down. The Giants found a real gem in the fourth round of the NFL Draft and nobody should be surprised if Williams steals the no. 1 role from Jennings late in the 2014 season.
In addition to Williams’ fantastic and special running abilities, he was a teaching assistant during his years at Boston College and is also a poet. His offensive line at Boston College nicknamed him “Edgar” after the great poet Edgar Allen Poe. Williams was a quality teammate in college, was loved by the coaches and he will be loved by the fans of the Giants as well.
Cian Lynch is a New York Giants writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @CianL1