What to expect from Javonte Williams in his rookie season with the Broncos

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The Denver Broncos had a great haul from the 2021 NFL Draft. Among them was North Carolina running back Javonte Williams with the No. 35 overall pick.

Not only did the Denver Broncos add an excellent complimentary weapon to Melvin Gordon in their backfield, but they did so in the second round and insured they got great value for their pick.

Javonte Williams was ranked by many to be the best running back in the 2021 NFL Draft Class over guys like Najee Harris and Travis Etienne, but the Broncos managed to swipe him up early in the second round.

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NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein provided some intriguing analysis about Williams prior to the 2021 NFL Draft. His projection was that he would be selected in Round 2 with an NFL comparison of Kareem Hunt.

“Big, broad bully back who runs with an exciting blend of animosity and feel as a future every-down starter in the league. With just 366 carries under his collegiate belt, Williams hasn’t seen much tread come off the tires, but teams might speculate that his running style could lead to some in-season wear and tear. He’s a terror behind his pads, creating yardage by battering and discarding tackle attempts. He sees the front fairly well and has above-average hips and the creativity to add to his rush total with more than just power. He lacks run-away speed for the long touchdowns but runs with above-average vision and contact balance to succeed at a high rate near the goal line. He tends to trust the blocking scheme and keep his runs on track but can recalibrate when needed. Williams is best-suited to gap, power and inside zone rather than flowing wide, where he lacks one-cut quickness. He will drop passes from time to time but has the route-running and protection toughness to take over as a three-down RB1 fairly early in his career.”

Williams had a breakout season in 2020 for the North Carolina Tar Heels and that helped skyrocket his draft stock significantly.

Javonte Williams has excellent vision and breakaway speed that he uses to his advantage and he very rarely puts the ball on the ground. He also has the ability to make athletic plays catching the ball as well, and he put those skills on full display during his three year career at North Carolina.

While Williams wasn’t a first round pick, he could see first round success as he is going to a great team where he will get an opportunity to play meaningful snaps.

Javonte Williams is an excellent complement to Melvin Gordon in the Broncos backfield and he could be a dark horse candidate to outshine some of the other running backs selected in the Draft this year.

2021 Production Predictions: 100 carries for 402 yards and two touchdowns along with 10-15 receptions for 70-90 yards and possibly another score.