Atlanta Falcons scouts are in attendance at this week’s Senior Bowl activities. They’re there to see college players showcase their abilities with their own eyes, but they’re also there interview these young men.
According to the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter, Falcons scouts interviewed LSU running back Darrel Williams yesterday. Williams was a four year (backup) player at LSU and has 43 college games under his belt. He played behind Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice.
I’m not surprised the Falcons are looking at running backs. The Brian Hill experiment failed. And Terron Ward, while capable and possessing an uncanny knack for sticking on this roster, may not be in the Falcons’ long-term plans.
So is Williams someone who could legitimately help this team? Well, he racked up 9 touchdowns last season and accrued nearly 1,200 yards from scrimmage. Scouts think he will go in the fifth or sixth rounds, which is about where I’d be comfortable with the Falcons taking another developmental running back. Williams has a large frame (6’1, 230 pounds) but will surprise you with his burst. He’s also got a reputation for doing everything well (blocking, receiving, rushing), so that’s encouraging.