2019 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Trayveon Williams
Position: Running Back
School: Texas A&M
Weight: 200 pounds
Round Projection: 3-4
When watching Williams on film, watch his patience with the ball. Instead of running up the leg of his guards, he waits for the smallest opening. Granted, A&M loved to send him directly up the middle, yet he is not a power runner. If the defense collapses tight, Williams will bounce to the outside in a hurry. On top of that, he runs to daylight, in the open field.
With the ball, Williams uses an arsenal of jump cuts. Inside, the shift, combined with a slight shoulder roll, which forces the defender to slow his own feet. On the other hands, in space, the jukes elongate. For example, watch any of the embedded clips and focus on the knees. When William starts rolling downfield, the ability to stop/restart gives him a tangible advantage.
From the handoff, you can see the burst that Williams possesses. Blessed with acceleration under any circumstance, he will test the pursuit angles and team speed on any defense. Despite corners with the advantage, Williams will blur through. For this reason, any time he steps on the field, the home run threat exists.
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During his career in College Station, Williams developed sure hands and the trust of his quarterback. However, his small catch radius may bother some coaches. Yet, he will extend for passes, make clean snares, and gain yardage. In addition, singled up in the flat, should favor Williams each and every time.
Within the offense, Williams does not try to do too much. He is not a power back, so he will not truck defense. Moreover, when called upon to block, Williams will attempt to occupy the rusher.
Now, the Raiders do not appear to have any concrete idea of what the rushing attack will resemble. In 2019, the backfield continues to have questions. Yet, Williams could give the team a change-of-pace back with actual explosion. Yes, Jalen Richard may look similar. However, Williams displays for more speed and explosion. Not to mention, Richard could command a serious pay raise and should see multiple suitors. Teams like the Texans could look to add him as a complementary piece. The Raiders could go the cheaper route with Williams, which would cost them a third or fourth-round pick.