3. Dexter Williams
General manager Brian Gutekunst decided to add to the backfield on the final day of April’s draft, selecting Dexter Williams in the sixth round. Williams had an excellent final season at Notre Dame, averaging 110 rushing yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game. Williams only failed to score a touchdown in two of the nine games he played last season.
Opportunities for carries might not be there too often early in the season, barring an injury to either Aaron Jones or Jamaal Williams. But Matt LaFleur will need each of his top three running backs to contribute throughout the season.
Something to watch will be how involved Dexter Williams is in the passing game. Marek Mazurek of Fighting Irish Wire wrote that “Williams is also an explosive receiving threat out of the backfield”. It could earn him more snaps early on. Wes Hodkiewicz of Packers.com wrote earlier this week about LaFleur’s aim to get the running backs more involved in the passing game.
Both Jones and Jamaal Williams were also Day 3 draft picks who made a big impact in their rookie seasons. Can Dexter Williams do the same? Even in a backup role, Williams will have the chance to make an impact in 2019.