Thursday, May 1, 2014
Daily draft dish: Andre the giant
By Rich Cimini
With draft day (May 8 ) rapidly approaching, we'll whet your appetite with a daily factoid, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information. We'll keep it New York Jets-centric, sticking to team needs, possible selections, trends, etc.
The Jets' running-back need was reduced with the signing of Chris Johnson, but you never can have too many running backs, especially when you rely on the ground game as much as they do. The Jets are showing interest in Boston College's Andre Williams, a 230-pound freight train who could be picked in the middle rounds.
Williams, a Heisman Trophy finalist, gained 963 yards after contact last season, 110 more than any player from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference. To put that into perspective, only 32 AQ players ran for more than 963 total rushing yards. Williams produced 26 runs of at least 20 yards, the most in a season by an FBS player since Central Florida's Kevin Smith (26) in 2007. Williams's 11 touchdowns on such runs were the most for any player in the last 10 seasons.
Scouts are cautious, though, because he already has a lot of mileage -- 704 rushing attempts.