Steelers scouting profile: Javonte Williams can do it all

Javonte Williams #25 of the North Carolina Tar Heels. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Javonte Williams #25 of the North Carolina Tar Heels. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Javonte Williams #25 of the North Carolina Tar Heels (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

Williams Projection

After reviewing his game, Williams is a good running back prospect who would fit well with what the Steelers are looking for. His game looks like a better version of Conner. He has more burst and vision at the line, but he has that similar issue of long speed is a concern. His playstyle seems like a fit for the Steelers.

While he is getting some first-round hype, I personally don’t see it. Williams does a lot of things well, but he will still need to be put behind a really good offensive line if he wants to be a dominant running back at the NFL level. With the Steelers rebuilding their line, he may not have the best rookie season as this line begins to rebuild itself. That said, his ability to make plays on the outside can help him succeed with even an average line.

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For the Steelers specifically, I would have no trouble taking Williams in the second round assuming he falls that far. Anything before that, even a trade back into the early second round, would be a price too high for me. His tape was solid, and his play should translate well to the next level. He runs with the power that the Steelers love, so he should fit well into the offense. As long as the line improves in the run game enough, Williams should be able to find success with this team assuming they were to draft him.