Report: Steelers Have Some Level Of Interest In Boston College RB Andre Williams

The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t brought in many running backs for pre draft visits thus far, but that doesn’t mean they are ignoring the position entirely.

According to the National Football Post on Friday, Boston College running back Andre Williams is drawing some level of interest from the Steelers.

Williams, who will likely be drafted in the second or third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, was the 2013 Doak Walker Award winner after rushing for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns last season.

At the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Williams, who measured in at just over 5’11” and weighed 230 pounds, ran a 4.56 40-yard dash and posted a vertical jump of 38 inches.

Williams is widely considered a power back and with the Steelers signing LeGarrette Blount this offseason to serve as the primary backup to starter Le’Veon Bell, it would be pretty surprising if the Boston College product wound up landing in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers have already brought Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk in for a pre draft visit and it isn’t clear whether Williams will make his way to Pittsburgh for a visit prior to the draft.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Andre Williams is my favorite RB in the draft. I think he’s going to be an absolute beast in the NFL.

    Having said that I think it’s odd the Steelers are showing interest, considering they sort of have two clones already on the roster in Bell and Blount.

    Colbert cracks me up sometimes. Sometimes he loves bringing in the same type guys. Wide Receiver: Sanders, Wallace, Brown, Wheaton, Moore. But sometimes he’s all over the board. Defensive End: Hood, Heyward, Woods, Thomas, Arnfelt, Williams.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I will add though, the one difference with running back is that their shelf life is so short you really do need to have 2 or 3 at all all times. Because when the lose it, they lose it fast.

  • Andrew

    Only had 10 career receptions in college, zero his Sr. year.

  • steeltown

    Somewhat surprising if true, no knock on Williams just surprising to be interested in a 230lb back at this point

  • steeltown

    Could you imagine though, Bell, Blount and Williams talk about wearing down a defense

  • Big White

    Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

  • steeltown

    I read he worked hard at pass catching over the last few months, even took up juggling, apparently impressed at his pro day

  • chris ward

    That would be a lot of power in the backfield with Bell, Blount, and Williams, but I see the Steelers getting a scat back type of RB in the later rounds, that can pass protect and catch the ball out of the backfield.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    That would be pure power football. This is pure speculation but I think since Bettis retired, the Rooneys have been disappointed in losing the “Steeler Way” of running the ball.

    Parker, Mendenhall, Dwyer, Rainey, Jones. These are not physical running backs. And it had a huge effect on our offense.

    I would not be surprised if the owners stepped in and told Colbert, “No more pussies at RB. Start bringing in some physical north south talent or we’re going to consider some new GM options.”

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    On a side note, Williams is one of the better pass protectors in the draft.

    I know he doesn’t fit the traditional 3rd down role, but if we did bring him in on 3rd and long, he would pick up the blitz a lot better than some of these smaller backs.

    Having said that, I also see a pass catching back as a more useful option.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Remember he did run a 4.45 official forty with a 1.56 ten yard split at the combine. That’s faster and quicker than D’Anthony Thomas.

  • Could be a smokescreen, I am sure they have a level of interest in every prospect.

  • cp72

    I laughed a little bit imagining Dan Rooney saying the P-word.

  • cp72

    Yeah saw few interviews with him around heisman time and seemed like a humble hard working kid. I remember ESPN saying his parents had to fly back that night after the heisman presentation because they had to be at work at 5:30 am the next morning. I thought that was really cool.

  • Paddy

    So few picks and too many choices

  • wdhammer

    Like I said with Mike M at OL coach you’re going to see a different line play this yr .Smash mouth in your face ball control … Get this kid in, and draft a fast WO and the rest is history baby…

  • Toddy Bravo

    They have one thing in common–size. His DEs must be around 6’5″ +/-, 300 lbs +/-.

  • Brian Miller

    Some people like him, I do not. He literally falls forward if someone brushes his leg, he has no wiggle, stiff hips, and he needs half a mile to get up to speed running with the ball. Not sure what the mindset is, but a complimentary back to Bell and Blount he is not. I would much rather prefer Freeman, McKinnon or Archer. Heck, I would prefer Tre Mason.

  • Sabbie

    Maybe I am reading into visits, and I try not to, but I am sensing that the Steelers are preparing for a possible trade down scenario. JMO

  • Weiss Chad

    Smokescreen …gotta be why spend a two on a third string rb?Too many holes to fill elsewhere ..It would be very strange

  • Steve

    Common 4.45 in the 40 is not a 1/2 mile.

  • Brian Tollini

    We already have the thunder, need to add the lightning.

  • Kyle Owens

    Is that a direct quote from Rooney?

  • Brian Miller

    He does not run a 4.45 40, I don’t care what he was timed at his pro day or combine…I have seen him play in person…just think he is a lesser version of what we already have.