2021 NFL Draft Profile: Pooka Williams Jr.

Williams is undersized but also possesses big-play ability

Teams looking to give their backfield a boost will have plenty of running back options to choose from in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Pooka Williams Jr. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on Williams.


(This profile is one of 230 featured in the Athlon Sports 2021 NFL Draft Guide. With in-depth scouting reports on the top prospects, position rankings, and more, no source will have you better prepared for draft day. Click here to get your copy.)


Pooka Williams Jr. Draft Profile


College: Kansas
Class: Jr.
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 170


Strong Points

A diminutive, electric back, Williams has the kind of speed, vision and creativity to create something out of nothing. He’s a patient runner when he is approaching the line of scrimmage and consistently finds cutback lanes, with the lateral agility to exploit them. He goes 0-to-60 in a flash, getting through running lanes and breaking off the big play. He’s tougher than his size suggests, as he ran through arm tackles regularly at Kansas. In the passing game, Kansas used him frequently, including downfield routes out of the backfield, where he proved to be adept at tracking the ball and catching away from his frame.


Weak Points

Size is going to be the biggest issue for Williams, who likely won’t hold up as a workhorse or do much between the tackles. He’s also a bit of an all-or-nothing runner who will learn the hard way that he’ll have to settle at times.



He may only be a part-time back, but Williams is a big-play threat who should be dangerous in space, while also bringing value as a return specialist.


Final Grade: 3rd/4th round


2018 11 161 1,125 7.0 7 33 289 2
2019 11 203 1,061 5.0 3 27 214 2
2020 4 51 196 3.8 2 6 31 0
Career 26 415 2,382 6.0 12 66 534 4


Athlon Sports 2021 NFL Draft Guide


(Top photo by Jeff & Laura Jacobsen/Kansas Athletics)

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