This is the second of my series for day two and three NFL Draft coverage. The first article featured Clemson’s Amari Rodgers in a Mid-Round Edition. This one will focus on your late round players. Today we focus on Kansas Jayhawks running back Pooka Williams Jr.
For starters, he has a name that just sounds awesome when it is broadcast on the TV. Just watch a Kansas game and hear “touchdown Pooka”, and you’ll enjoy it. Pooka played three seasons for the Kansas Jayhawks. He had 415 rushing attempts for 2,382 yards and 12 touch downs. He also had 66 receptions for 534 yards and 4 touchdowns. He averaged 5.7 yards per carry. He may not be the biggest running back, but he’s got wheels.
Pooka stands at 5’10 and weighs 170 pounds. Don’t let his size fool you. His speed is one of his best assets. He has a quick burst when he hits the open hole and is able to accelerate quickly. He also has a good one-cut, and has the agility to be shifty. He is also used in the pass game with good hands and is able run some good routes out of the back field.
He is also an asset in the return game. Over his career he had 18 returns for 443 yards and one touchdown. He averaged 24.6 yards per return.
Overall, Pooka seems to be a running back that would be best successful in a running back by committee styled offense. I see him being a 6th or 7th round pick as of right now. For instance, a team like the Kansas City Cheifs or the Miami Dolphins. He brings value to make a big play and can serve many different roles on the offense and special teams. He may not be the guy that gets the bulk of the carries, but he will be serviceable when his number is called.
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Dylan Davis is a graduate of the State University of New York at Canton, where he obtained a B.A.A in Sport Management. He is a former athlete of football and baseball and sports fan for much of his life. Dylan creates content for 366 Sports and New York Giants 366, and is also a host on his own show, “The J&D Sports Show”.