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Bills were 1st team to meet with RB Williams

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2014 – 10:11 am

As we told you last weekend, Boston College RB Andre Williams confirmed that he interviewed with the Bills at the NFL Combine. In a Monday Morning QB profile of the BC back, it was reported that Buffalo was the first team that interviewed him.

MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas is following Williams through the pre-draft process and essentially confirmed the approach in the interview room that the Bills take. As we outlined earlier this week, GM Doug Whaley, Director of College Scouting Kelvin Fisher go all football for the 15 minutes they have with a prospect and did just that with the BC power back.

Here’s an excerpt of what MMQB had on his meeting with Buffalo, and the other clubs behind closed doors.

The Bills immediately started rolling his game tape from last season, asking him about his pass protection responsibilities and the reads he was making. The Bengals, meanwhile, opened with a version of a psychological test: Williams first had to memorize a list of words, then perform a word association game (how is a fork like a spoon?), then organize a string of words and letters, and finally, recall the original list of words. Williams, who is writing a philosophical memoir called “A King, a Queen and a Conscience,” felt good about these mental gymnastics. More difficult was gleaning clues about what coaches and executives thought about his fortunes at the next level.

Vrentas said that Williams also met with the aforementioned Bengals, Ravens, Jaguars, Chargers and Giants. She also wrote that eight Bills coaches and personnel staff were in the room with him.

Williams is projected as a mid-round pick, an area in the draft where the Bills figure to consider a running back to groom behind Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.

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RB Williams says he’s meeting with Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 21, 2014 – 4:41 pm

Boston College running back and Heisman trophy finalist Andre Williams is the definition of a power back. He said the Bills were one of a handful of teams he’ll be interviewing with here at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

“I’ve got it written down,” said Williams when a reporter asked who he’s meeting with for interviews. “Bills, Ravens, Jaguars and Bengals.”

Williams, who ran for over 2,100 of his 3,700-plus career rushing yards in his senior season, has been compared to Earl Campbell as a runner.

“I would say I’m a downhill runner,” said Williams. “I’m best when my shoulders are square to the line. I make a quick cut I get upfield and I use my shoulders and hands as weapons. I like to punish the defense and punish the DBs and I like to finish in the fourth quarter.”

Williams was plagued by a late season shoulder injury, which was why he pulled out of the Senior Bowl. He said Friday he’s feeling a lot better. A telling sign of his shoulder health is whether or not he participates in the bench press. Williams is projected between the third and fifth rounds.

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