Experts react to RB Andre Williams selection

Posted May 10, 2014

Media experts discuss the Giants' fourth round draft pick

Read rapid reactions on the Giants’ fourth-round selection of Boston College running back Andre Williams. Let us know your grade of the draft so far in the comments section below.

Derek Stephens,

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“Williams is a tough, big, physical back who carried the load for Boston College in '13. Possesses nice burst, and an ability to move defenders on contact. Was non-existent in the passing game for the Golden Eagles, which leads to a drop here, but he's one of the most talented backs in this draft, and is known as a high-character, reliable teammate.”

Mike Mayock, NFL Network

"He had 355 touches last year for nearly 2,200 yards. But, he had no receptions and does not have natural hands; and that is why he slid a little bit. Off the field, his offensive linemen call him 'Edgar' because he's a poet and he's writing a book."

Nolan Nawrocki,

“Very strong, stocky, powerful runner with the instincts, contact balance and toughness to carry a heavy workload. Really emerged as a senior, when he led the nation in rushing, and proved worthy of a starting role.”

Dan Graziano,

“Not a surprise. The New York Giants crave depth at running back and love guys who (a) perform at a high level statistically in college and (b) went to Boston College. Williams led the NCAA with 2,177 rushing yards on 355 carries in 2013 and was one of the finalists for the Heisman Trophy. He's a big, downhill power back who doesn't catch the ball out of the backfield, and if he makes a contribution this year, it's likely to be as a short-yardage guy or maybe at the goal line. The Giants signed Rashad Jennings and Peyton Hillis in free agency and expect to have 2012 first-round pick David Wilson back from neck surgery to go with 2013 seventh-rounder Michael Cox.”