Seahawks running back draft prospects: Combine report
By Derek Tweedy
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Darrel Williams – 6’0″ – 225 lbs. – 32″ Vertical – 9’1″ Broad – LSU
Williams didn’t hit the explosion measurables, but I see him as a similar player to Tre Madden. I think he might be a fullback in the making. He Stutter stepped on the cone drills on the cut back. Not a lateral runner. Williams fought the ball to catch it, but tracked the ball over the shoulder very well. That is usually the tougher catch, so I think he just needs more work. Coming out of LSU, he rarely saw passes come his way. Williams is big and very strong. His lower body is thick, and his leg drive is impressive. Brings special teams value right away. He loves contact. This guy is relatively unknown, he was the 2nd back at LSU. Williams was highly productive, even as the second running back he averaged 5.1 yards per carry, and was named the MVP of the bowl game this season.
Kerryon Johnson – 5’11” – 213 lbs. – 40″ Vertical – 10’6″ Broad – Auburn
Johnson fit the explosion numbers and measurables exceptionally well. He is a long strider. Johnson looked smooth, but rounded the cones in drills. Johnson can correct this with better NFL coaching. He looked the ball in well showing nice hands. I was concerned that he runs high, this will lead to unnecessary big hits. It gives defenders more space to hit. Johnson has some wiggle to him to make people miss. He was highly productive this past season in college against high level competition. When he was on the field for Auburn, they were national title contenders. He looks like a gamer and a player for us to keep an eye on.
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Ryan Nall – 6’2″ – 232 lbs. – 33″ Vertical – 10’2″ Broad – Oregon State
I didn’t want to write about this Nall. Nall just kept showing up, however. He wasn’t great in any drill, but he was good in everything. He feels like maybe a running fullback/goal line type of player. With a little more bulk, he reminds me of a Peyton Hillis/Mike Alstott type. This guy will help on special teams right away and should be a player you can find a spot for.