Whether it was the second round, third round, fourth round or whenever, Boston College running back Andre Williams knew, eventually, he'd end up with the New York Giants. He even tweeted at Big Blue linebacker Mark Herzlich alluding to such long before his name was called on Saturday afternoon.
"It’s not necessarily when I got picked up, it’s where I got picked up. Like I said, from the start I had a feeling it was going to be the Giants and it really ended up turning out that way," Williams said. "I’m really just glad that it turned out that way. Patience is a really valuable thing. It worked out the best possible way it could, no matter what round it ended up being. Whether it was after the fourth round had I came to the Giants, I would have been just as happy. The round doesn’t really bother me at all."
Despite his lack of receptions in 2013 and throughout his career, as well as his somewhat suspect pass protection, General Manager Jerry Reese views Williams as a closer of sorts; a Mariano Rivera, if you will. And perhaps it's for that reason both sides felt like this would be an ideal fit.
"He comes through the line of scrimmage and 22 eyes are looking at him and he still rushes for 2,000 yards. We’re very impressed with that and, again, this is the kind of guy that if you want to pound the rock," Reese said. "If you get up in a game and you’re trying to run the clock out in that four-minute drill at the end, this is the kind of guy that you can get the ball to over and over and over and he’ll get first downs for you."
Both Reese and Vice President of Player Evaluation, Marc Ross, admitted they were surprised when Williams fell into their lap. Ross even acknowledged that the team placed a second round/third round grade on him and that they expected him to be taken right before them in the fourth when the run on running backs began. But, ultimately, he fell and the team wasted no time snatching him up.
"I am sure you have seen or heard that this guy is a big, strong, downhill violent runner. He is going to break tackles and pound out yards. He is going to be physical," Ross said.
Although it's entirely too early to project what Williams will mean to the Giants' offense, you have to be happy with this addition. Williams has the potential to be a solid power option for Big Blue for quite some time.
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