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The defending champion Los Angeles Rams have drafted former Notre Dame standout running back Kyren Williams with the 164th pick in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Williams rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons, going for 1,125 in 2020 and 1,002 this past season while playing behind a poor offensive line. Williams thrived at getting to the end zone, racking up 27 rushing touchdowns the last two seasons.

Williams was also a major weapon in the pass game, hauling in 77 passes for 672 yards and four more touchdowns the last two seasons. The St. Louis native also developed into a very strong pass blocker for the Irish.

Being named a team captain in 2021 is an example of the leadership Williams brings to the table, and he plays the game with a great deal of emotion and energy.

Williams was named a second team All-American by Sporting News in 2020 and was a second team All-ACC selection that season.

BIO;

  • HEIGHT: 5’9 1/4″
  • WEIGHT: 194
  • HAND: 9″
  • ARM: 28 5/8″
  • WINGSPAN: 5’9 7/8″
  • 40-YARD DASH: 4.65
  • 3-CONE: DNP
  • SHUTTLE: DNP
  • VERTICAL: 32″
  • BROAD: 9’8″

POSITIVES

— Better play speed than timed speed (4.65) with very good quickness and balance to make defenders miss in tight spaces. Fights to stay upright despite contact.

— Consistently runs with the right tempo to let blocks develop. Has the burst to plant his foot and take advantage of holes created. Knows when to lower his shoulder and get north.

— Tough runner despite smaller frame.

— Very good route-runner with flashes of an advanced route tree.

— Good hands. Comfortable snatching the ball.

— Excellent in pass protection. Eyes constantly go to the right place for his assignment and is a very willing blocker.

— Has experience returning punts.

NEGATIVES

— On the smaller side for the position.

2021 STATISTICS

204 ATT, 1,002 YDS (4.9 AVG), 14 TD, 42 REC, 359 YDS, 3 TD

NOTES

— 2021 All-American (Sporting News).

— 2020 second team All-ACC.

— 2020 ACC Rookie of the Year.

OVERALL

Kyren Williams has an interesting combination of traits that will give him value for whatever NFL team selects him.

Williams has good vision in the run game and shows an understanding for various run concepts. He will press the hole when needed or throttle back to allow his blocks to develop. He does not dance in the backfield, and he knows when to get north.

Williams is also a good overall athlete with the quickness and burst to take advantage of holes created. He is a complete back who will provide value on passing downs right away. Williams is a comfortable catcher of the ball who flashes the ability to run more advanced routes when split out as a receiver. He is also a very good pass protector, with good eyes to find potential blitzers and the toughness and physicality to meet defenders and sustain on his blocks.

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