A week from today the NFL Draft will come to a close in Philadelphia. More likely than not, Stanley “Boom” Williams will not hear his name called.
The Kentucky running back declared for the draft immediately after the TaxSlayer Bowl, forfeiting his final year of eligibility by signing with an agent. A 1,000-yard rusher in 2016, Williams was still just a borderline draft pick at the time of his decision. Since then his stock has not improved.
A top performer in the 20-yard and three-cone shuttle at the NFL Combine, his best 40-yard dash time was disqualified. The “Bottom Line” on his NFL.com Combine Analysis is not flattering.
Scat back with outstanding burst who can create for himself in space, but is not about that life when asked to run between the tackles. Williams doesn’t have the blocking or the hands to be a full-time third-down back and he lacks the decisiveness and vision necessary to handle snaps as a backup. While he does have plus athletic ability, Williams may be too limited in what he can offer a team from a roster flexibility standpoint.
Being an above-average scat back is Boom’s best shot at having an NFL Career, but the scouts don’t see those skills. In three years at Kentucky Boom only caught 38 passes, which is just an average of about one screen pass per game. To make matters worse, Williams did not do anything Earth-shattering at his Pro Day and he has limited experience as a special teams player.
As we enter the heart of mock draft season, Boom is nowhere to be found. Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, the two most well-known draft prognosticators, only predict the first two rounds, but ESPN does have a service that ranks every prospect. Williams is considered the No. 319 player overall. There are only 253 players selected in the NFL Draft.
Only a few outlets conduct mock drafts for all seven rounds. Of the following four, Boom was not featured in any mock drafts.
It’s difficult to foresee a home for Boom in the NFL Draft, but that’s ultimately for the best. As a free agent, he’ll get to choose the team that provides the best opportunity, rather than going to a team that chooses him. He’ll get a shot, but it probably won’t be through the NFL Draft.
The good news is the BBN has someone to cheer for in Philadelphia. Jon Toth will be selected somewhere in between the third and sixth rounds and nobody will be happier than Freddie Maggard.