By: Hussam Patel
Juice's Top Running Backs Series
Javonte Williams was actually a run stopper before he turned into a RB, playing as a linebacker in high school, and converting to a RB at North Carolina. Understanding blocking concepts due to his time as a linebacker, Williams developed a sense of patience, he waited for his linemen to make open holes, and then ran straight through them.
Williams can make the smallest of gaps look like a truck could fit through it. He can be a slasher, cutting on a dime through a hole in a defense and gashing it for a massive gain. He is compactly built, using his low center of gravity to cut sharply and play with excellent contact balance.
He is a very hard and physical runner, frequently breaking or bouncing off tackles for significant yards after contact. The Tar Heel Running back is a reliable pass catcher out of the backfield as well, frequently running check-downs, flats, slants and Texas concepts. He has excellent hands, helping out his quarterback as a receiver in pressure situations.
Williams is not a blow-by runner who will separate with speed; he will churn out yardage with his hard-nosed running and stiff arms to shed tackles. To be a consistent three-down running back, he’ll need to get better at his pass protection to be able to play in crunch-time moments