Jamaal Williams – RB – BYU
With the Bucs’ second round selection they fill the sudden need at running back. Jamaal Williams out of Brigham Young University has shown proof of the ability to be a bell cow back in the NFL. With the issues surrounding Doug Martin, the Bucs may look for another back to help their run first offense which struggled mightily in 2016.
Williams is a big bodied back who is flying up draft boards in an already talented group of running backs due to his potential. Williams has shown phenomenal acceleration and vision for a back, with it showing in his 2016 campaign where he averaged 5.7 yards per carry. This running back may not look like your stereotypical Dirk Koetter back due to his limited work in the pass game and suspect blocking ability, but he may be just what this offensive line needs.
When the Bucs signed Jacquizz Rodgers off the streets, it was evident that his patience for the holes to develop was exactly what they were missing. Even with Martin back from injuries, he was unable to see these holes developing, and it was exactly why he was benched in favor of Rodgers versus the Dallas Cowboys in a prime time game. Drafting Williams gives the Bucs a younger, patient, bruiser of a bell cow back that they have so desperately needed.