Originally slated to have picks 40 and 114, the Broncos traded with the Falcons for spots 35 and 218.
And at No. 35, the Broncos got University of North Carolina running back Javonte Williams.
BEAST. #BroncosDraft x Javonte Williams pic.twitter.com/eNXOxbBjRk— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 1, 2021
“We feel he’s a three-down back. He’s got incredible instincts, incredible contact balance,” George Paton said. “He was one of our favorite players in the Draft.”
Paton added that he thinks Williams is a great player and great person, and that he’ll fit right in with the team’s scheme and culture.
Asked whether he felt the Broncos needed to move up five spots to secure them, Paton was certain of it.
“He would’ve been gone,” Paton said decidedly. “We kind of had a good feel for the top of the round, and he was going to go quick.”
Javonte Williams will run over whomever he wishes and he does not care about your feelings as he does. #UNC #JavonteWilliams #NFL #NFLDraft #NFLDraft2021 pic.twitter.com/nHxpIeToK4— Tyler Moss (@TylerMossNFL) January 6, 2021
Williams, who holds the titles of 2020 second-team All-American and second team All-ACC, was the third running back taken.
Williams has soft hands for catching a ball, great vision/field reading, and explosiveness. His power allows him to get through the hole and take the ball several yards per carry. He’s also great at pass protection, which Paton also noted.
Williams has been compared to Nick Chubb for his style of play - and while the running back appreciates that comparison, he’s just trying to be his own player.
“I don’t try to play like Nick Chubb. I kind of feel like my own person,” Williams said. “Nick Chubb is a great player, so if I’m getting that comparison, then I’m doing something right.”