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NFL Draft Profile: Florida State RB Karlos Williams

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NFL Draft Profile: Florida State RB Karlos Williams

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of 200 prospects, including what the scouts around the league are saying and video interviews with each player.

Karlos Williams (RB) Florida State

6'1" | 230 lbs.

2014 stats:

150 ATT, 689 YARDS, 11 TD; 29 REC, 265 YARDS, 1 TD

Projection:

5th-6th round

What scouts are saying:

"Exciting combination of size, straight-line speed and power. Looks the part of an NFL athlete with a tapered, well-built frame. Possesses speed, cutback ability and power, and demonstrated improved vision over the course of his collegiate career at running back. Williams has light feet and flexible ankles to make strong cuts and redirect his momentum quickly. While decisive and smooth, he also runs with forward lean and a physical style that makes him a tough guy to slow down once he gains steam." - Dane Brugler and Derek Stephens, CBSSports.com

"Former safety with aggressive, physical temperament. Taller and longer than most running backs, but has exceptional burst to trim the corner and go. Angular running style. Makes subtle changes of direction without gearing down. One-cut daddy on outside zone plays. Has good top-end speed. Can be a factor on swing passes and will body up in pass protection. Lowers pads and delivers a blow on the move. Falls forward and is a pile mover when pad level is right. Natural footwork for an inexperienced back. Slams it between tackles when asked and doesn't look to bounce outside. Shows patience and uses head fakes to freeze defenders in space. Hard to tackle and keeps feet churning at impact." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

"Upright runner. Has issues playing with leverage when challenged suddenly in the hole. Needs to see contact coming to get pads low enough. Has just two years of running back experience. Instincts and feel are very hit and miss. Runs himself into trouble and might not fit all running schemes. Doesn't make many defenders miss on second level. "Explosive Rushes" (15-plus yards) fell off substantially in 2014. Gained additional weight preseason, which appears to have slowed him. Lost starting job to freshman. Was investigated by Tallahassee police in domestic battery case, but no charges were filed. Character will be combed over carefully." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Fit for the Bears:

It's no secret the Bears will spend most -- if not all -- of their first few picks in the 2015 NFL Draft to fix up a defense that ranked one of the worst last season. But what will the Bears do in the later rounds? With Matt Forte in a contract season, finding a running back for the future may be something Ryan Pace & Co look at. The Bears signed former Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers to a one-year deal to provide some depth behind Ka'Deem Carey, who was drafted in the fourth round last year. However, a downfall for Karlos Williams is that he only has two years of running back experience, transitioning from a cornerback freshman year.

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Giants name Daniel Jones starting QB, Bears to face rookie in Week 12

Giants name Daniel Jones starting QB, Bears to face rookie in Week 12

The New York Giants officially named rookie Daniel Jones as the team's starting quarterback, replacing two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning after two uninspiring weeks into the 2019 season.

Jones was selected by the Giants with the sixth pick overall in the 2019 NFL draft, a selection that was widely criticized by draft analysts and fans across the country. The former Duke star was considered a fringe first-round pick for much of the run-up to the draft, but few big boards had him rated as a top-10 pick. 

Jones silenced most of his critics this summer with a superb preseason. He completed 29-of-34 passes (85.3% ) for 416 yards and two touchdowns over four games and sparked an unexpected quarterback controversy as the calendar flipped to September. The general consensus was that Jones would sit until the Giants fell out of playoff contention, and while an 0-2 start certainly isn't great for a team's playoff hopes, the season isn't quite over yet.

Still, there was no point in delaying the inevitable. Manning looks washed, and with the Giants going nowhere in 2019, it makes sense to give Jones some experience. 

And this could end up being bad news for the Chicago Bears come Week 12. 

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New York suddenly has a more dangerous offense with Jones under center, and while rookie quarterbacks usually give defenses like the Bears' an opportunity to create turnovers, he'll also be a tougher out than Manning because of his ability to make plays with his legs.

Jones will also have several starts under his belt by the time he comes to Soldier Field on November 24. 

Regardless, the Bears should be heavy favorites by the time their tilt with the Giants rolls around, regardless of who New York sends out at quarterback.

 

LOOK: Matt Nagy triple-booms after Eddy Pineiro's 53-yard blast

LOOK: Matt Nagy triple-booms after Eddy Pineiro's 53-yard blast

Say what you want about Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy and his questionable start to the 2019 season as a play-caller, but no one can argue his intensity and passion for the game. He's all-in, fully invested in this team and their quest for a Super Bowl, and he wore his emotions on his sleeve in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos.

History suggests teams that start a season 0-2 have about a 10% chance of making the playoffs. That's why Sunday's game was so important; if the Bears lost, and dropped to 0-2, the odds would've been stacked against another appearance in the post-season. And if that happens, calling the 2019 season a letdown would be a massive understatement.

So, yeah, emotions ran high after Eddy Pineiro connected on the game-winner as time expired. Count Nagy among the many who let his passion flow after the kick went through the uprights.

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