Green Bay Packers: Evaluating Matt Miller’s 7-Round Mock
By Dan Dahlke
Round 2 (59th pick): Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU
Here’s a pick that makes a lot more sense for Green Bay. Eddie Lacy has been in and out of the lineup the last couple of years with several different injuries. He’s also set to hit free agency this offseason and it’s unclear at this point whether the Packers will bring him back.
Ty Montgomery could make a permanent switch to halfback next season, which would help appease the need in the backfield. However, the Packers could still use a featured back to complement the dynamic former Stanford wideout.
My Take: I personally love this pick for Green Bay, and in my opinion, this is the right spot in the draft for the Packers to address the running back position. Williams is one of my favorite running backs in this class, and if it wasn’t for some nagging injuries over his collegiate career, I feel more people would be talking about him as one of the top backs in this draft class.
Williams is a downhill bruising runner, and at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, he has the size to handle 20 carries a game. Despite missing three games this season, Williams still ran for 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns, while averaging 5.88 yards per carry.
He capped his productive collegiate career by carrying BYU to a Bowl win in December against Wyoming with 210 rushing yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.
Even while facing a stacked box, Williams averaged 5.5 yards per carry in his four-year career, while also rushing for 35 touchdowns. He’s an explosive runner with breakaway speed, and he’s also not afraid to lower his shoulder and run over defenders.
Williams would bring a physical presence to the Packers backfield, and he’d pair well with Montgomery’s elusive running style.