3 running backs the Buffalo Bills should watch closely at the NFL Combine

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Notre Dame’s Kyren Williams (23) pushes off North Carolina’s Tomon Fox (12) before setting off on a long touchdown run during the Notre Dame 44-34 win over North Carolina in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in South Bend.Notre Dame Beats North Carolina /

Kyren Williams, Notre Dame

Measurables: 5-9, 200lbs

Kyren Williams has two straight 1,000 yard rushing seasons with over 13 touchdowns for Notre Dame. That sort of production will get the attention of NFL scouts. Williams also is a solid pass-catcher who has had 77 receptions in the past two seasons. Williams has excellent physicality and speed as a runner, making for an ideal combination of speed and power.

Williams is the type of do-it-all running back perfect for a backup or complementary role in the NFL. His lack of limitations really allows him to excel as a three-down back who can enter a game in any situation.

Williams’ weakness is that he is a jack-of-all-trades master of none type of player. When you watch his good reps, nothing pops off the film as “elite,” but you rarely question anything he does. He may need a little work as a pass blocker, but he is willing to engage and take on more prominent defenders protecting the QB.

Williams could use a good Combine to move up draft boards. There are some questions on his athletic abilities, and he could easily rise or fall on draft boards with his Combine performance.
Williams would fit with the Buffalo Bills as a true backup to Devin Singletary. He is not nearly as limited as Zack Moss and would compete to be the direct backup to Singletary.

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Williams would be a solid player on the Buffalo Bills because he could step onto the field and contribute in several different ways. Williams can impact the run game both between and outside the tackles while also being a receiver out of the backfield.