14 Eagles Participate in 2014 NFL Pro Day
March 12, 2014
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (AP) - Former Boston College running back Andre Williams burst onto the scene last season, becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist. Now, he's hoping he impressed NFL scouts with a faster 40-yard dash than he had last month at the scouting combine.
Williams and a total of 14 Eagles' prospects were part of the school's pro day on Wednesday under a temporary bubble at Alumni Stadium.
Williams, the Doak Walker winner who set the school's single-season rushing records with 2,177 yards on 355 carries, wanted to show NFL scouts that his workouts are paying off.
"Today, for me, I really wanted to improve on my 40 and just perform better at catching the ball," he said. "I think I did very well on both of those and it was a good day for me."
The 6-foot, 227-pound back is a punishing runner with a burst of speed.
"Obviously, what I've said all along is he's a tremendous kid, high caliber, a good guy and a BC graduate. A tremendous worker on the field," BC coach Steve Addazio said. "A lot of NFL teams are looking for big strong running backs, first and second-down running backs that can pass protect. He's tremendous in pass protection and can stop a linebacker on a dime. He can get that four-yard carry for you and he has home run hitting capability, and I think that's what makes him very attractive."
BC's pro day attracted representatives from 29 of the NFL's teams. Also on hand was former BC quarterback Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons, the third pick in the 2008 draft.
Williams said the scouts told him he improved on his 40 from last month. He said his time was 4.56 in front of the scouts in Indianapolis.
"I don't have any official times, but they told me I did better than I did at the combine," he said. "They gave me times, but I'm not really trying to put them out there."
He seemed to run it a few more times than a number of his former BC teammates.
"I ran it a few times," he said, breaking into a smile. "One time just because I wasn't doing everything today."
Williams feels he can fit into any NFL-style offense.
"Running back is such a versatile position. I know I'm going to have a role to play when I get to the league," he said. "I'm a power back that has a unique combination of speed and size."
Also on hand were quarterback Chase Rettig, offensive lineman Matt Patchan and Ian White, linebackers Steele Divitto and Kevin Pierre-Louis, tight ends Mike Naples, C.J. Parsons and Jake Sinkovec, defensive linemen Kasim Edebali and Kaleb Ramsey, and kicker Nate Freese, the school's all-time leading scorer.
Freese nailed a kick from 60 yards in front of the scouts. He was a perfect 20 for 20 on field goal attempts last season.