KC Chiefs: Mid-round running backs who make sense in 2022 NFL Draft

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 31: James Cook #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs carries the ball in the second quarter of the game against the Michigan Wolverines in the Capital One Orange Bowl for the College Football Playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 31, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 31: James Cook #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs carries the ball in the second quarter of the game against the Michigan Wolverines in the Capital One Orange Bowl for the College Football Playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 31, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 02: Kyren Williams #23 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs the ball for a touchdown during the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Notre Dame Stadium on October 2, 2021 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 02: Kyren Williams #23 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs the ball for a touchdown during the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Notre Dame Stadium on October 2, 2021 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

Kyren Williams

Kyren Williams doesn’t have the upside of either Dameon Pierce or James Cook, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be a good fit in Kansas City. Williams may not be a flashy home run hitter or someone that can be a Pro Bowler caliber runner at the NFL level, but his abilities as a 3rd down back will still make him incredibly valuable for a pass-heavy team like the Chiefs.

Williams is a great pass-catching option out of the backfield. While not the dynamic pass-catching option that Cook is, he still could be motioned out of the backfield and used as a receiving weapon there as well. Plus, Williams is pretty much universally regarded as the best pass protector in this class and that is a skill that teams really covet in their third-down backs.

While everyone seems to be a fan of Williams’ 3rd down back potential, both because of his pass-catching and pass protection, I think this quote from Kyle Crabbs’ scouting report for TheDraftNetwork.com sums up his actual running style best:

"Williams runs harder than his size as a fringe 200-pound back, but he’s by no means a power runner and is best suited for a wide zone system that will allow him and his nimble feet to string out the POA before locating and attacking a vacant gap."

Williams is capable of playing on all three downs. I don’t know that I would draft him with the goal to utilize him in that role, but if your primary rusher was banged up, Williams could do a solid job filling that role while he was out. In fact, if a team had a tendency to ignore the run game and focus primarily on the pass, Williams would likely become the back that was on the field for the large majority of the game. Do you know of any teams like that?

You can see William’s skill at taking on blitzes in the tweet below.

If you want to see Williams’s complete range of skills, you can check out more in the links below.

Check out his highlights HERE.

Check out his complete game against USC last season HERE.

Finally, a high upside project that many fans may not be familiar with.