by J.T. Toth
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Today’s Spotlight - Ohio State, Running Back, Miyan Williams
Name- Miyan Williams
Team- Ohio State
HT/WT- 5’9” 226 lbs.
Home – Cincinnati, OH
Williams attended Winston Woods in Forest Park, Ohio and was a consensus three-star prospect. He finished his career with 5,823 yards and 68 touchdowns. He was named the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest District Division II offensive player of the year during his senior season. He originally committed to Iowa State but changed his commitment and elected to play football at Ohio State.
During his true freshman season in 2020, Williams ran the ball 10 times for 64 yards. Ohio State had Trey Sermon and Master Teague getting most of the carries during the season and only used him in clean up situations. In 2021, he played in 10 games and shared carries with Teague and TreVeon Henderson, finishing the season with 507 yards on 71 attempts and 3 touchdowns.
Last season, he led Ohio State in rushing with 825 yards and 14 touchdowns, getting a bulk of the handoffs in a talented Buckeyes backfield.
Williams has a strong, compact build and when he stays low to the ground, he is tough to bring down one-on-one. He is always fighting for extra yards and is successful more times than not in short yardage situations. Williams can run at different speeds, which allows him to beat linebackers when he uses his burst to get around the outside. He shows patience when running and will set up his blocks nice, by changing speed or making solid cuts. He has the body and the running style to be a #1 back on a team that likes to run the ball. Sharing a backfield for 4 years with NFL talent has helped him to learn and he has more tread on the tire than some backs making the transition, having taken less of a beating. He is an effective blocker and is big enough to take on a larger defender one-on-one and knows when to step up during blitzes and put a hit on a defender.
Though there are some positives for him playing in a crowded backfield, some scouts may like to see what he can do as a workhorse. He is quick but not fast and will struggle at times to get the edge against bigger, faster defenders. Williams has not had much of a chance to show his pass catching abilities, and will be behind other running backs in terms of route running and what he can bring to an offense. He has moments when he runs too upright and loses his capability of running through tackles. This usually happens in games when he gets more carries and he begins getting tired. For a larger back he still tends to take the play outside, instead of attacking straight ahead.
Draft 412 would compare Williams to another “Williams”— Javonte Williams of the Denver Broncos. Javonte Williams was not known for his hands at North Carolina and ran the ball in the same style that Miyan Williams does at Ohio State. Both won’t beat you with speed but both will be productive in gaining yards from carry to carry.
Low pads/Compact build
Can get too upright
Miyan Williams is a unique prospect who could be a high draft pick while being a backup in college. Williams has the skills to be a workhorse running back in the NFL. He will need to work on route running and pass catching to be a three-down back.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction- 3rd round or 4th round