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With the NFL Draft only a few weeks away and a lot of prospects on the board, one player to consider drafting is running back Andre Williams. Former Boston College running back Andre Williams has a candidate for the Heisman Trophy award this past fall. A senior at BC, Williams led the nation in yards with 2,177 yards along with 18 touchdowns with 355 carries this year. His senior year was by far his best year, including a game when had a career-high five touchdowns for BC with a 48-27 win over Army.
At the NFL combine, Williams said he is aware that he has to work on his pass protection in the backfield, as well as coming out of the back field as a receiver. He doesn’t need to worry about his running ability, after he finished with 3,739 yards and 28 touchdowns with 704 carries.
The Patriots did lose former running back LeGarrette Blount to free agency so they have to look for someone to fill his spot. There are still a few veteran running backs on free agency like Michael Bush, who the Patriots have contacted, along with Andre Brown. Other free agent running backs include Felix Jones, Ronnie Brown and Willis McGahee. Although these are not huge names in the NFL, there were still a few successful years for these veteran players.
Will the Patriots think to sign a veteran player or could the Patriots be looking for a fresh start and draft Williams as a rookie running back?
He said the Pats would be a “great fit” for him when asked at the combine if he would like to play for the Patriots. Williams said he likes the area and wouldn’t mind sticking around for a few more years.