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Old 03-26-2006   #1
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Here's an article on DeAngelo Williams' pro day where he turned in a time of 4.36 in the 40, and a 6.5 in the 60 yard shuttle.
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Denton, with a 4.40 on his watch, was thrilled, but then other numbers started dominoeing back -- someone had a 4.36, someone else a 4.37 and the Packers scout had a 4.39.

"Bingo!" Denton said, giving a little pump of his fist.

When Williams' second run was hundredths slower, it was official -- Williams is heretofore known as a running back with 4.38 to 4.42 speed.

"The major question today coming into today was, 'Is he fast enough?'" Williams said. "A lot of them had me at 4.5 (before Friday). Hopefully I showed them today I am fast enough."

By the time Williams left the UofM's turf room for outside drills, Sexton and his crew had more reason for excitement. Williams's 6.5-second run in the 60-yard shuttle was the best scouts said they had timed all year, and Judd Granzow, the trainer at D1 Sports who has worked with Williams since January, was pointing out that Williams' first 10 yards in the 40 were .15 to .20 slower than usual.

Meaning, if not for the poor starts (which Williams blamed on uneasiness with the slippery track), Williams might have uncorked something spectacular.
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Williams put up a strong pro day that could definitely move him back to the #2 RB. However the 6.5 time in the 60 yard shuttle is obviously a typo and they meant that time on the 3 cone drill. A good 60 yard shuttle time is 11.75 or so a 6.5 in that is impossible, but a 6.5 in the 3 cone drill is stil impressive.
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As he crouched again, the few hundred people watching fell so silent that the far-off whistle of a train drifted into hearing just as Williams exploded into motion.

To watch him fly past two rows of scouts, at full speed, was to appreciate the violence of NFL football.

That's when the murmurs started, the scouts checking with one another to see who had what time.

Denton, with a 4.40 on his watch, was thrilled, but then other numbers started dominoeing back -- someone had a 4.36, someone else a 4.37 and the Packers scout had a 4.39.
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hes was always #2 rb in my book- reminds me of clinton portis
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He's been the top RB prospect for me ever since I saw him play against UTEP. The guy is just really good. He has all the tools you look for in a pro level back. I like Bush, but we could still trade back, pick up some extra picks if could, and still get a great running back. There is no need to for us to spend high dollars on a #1 pick when we add some depth on our team and still get one of the better players in this draft.
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Hell I have been preaching that for awhile! The other positive for DW is that he has been the hoss on a realitively bad team for 4 years......anyone remember a guy from an obscure league (WAC) that shredded defenses for his team and racked up huge numbers.......LT from TCU...ring a bell.

And he ran for over 400 yrds vs UTEP (breaking the record).

Most say that Reggie Bush can run, return & receive.....but why risk putting him at KR/PR with a PRO-BOWL returner in Mathis? And it is not like the RB will get 40+ receptions in Kube's Offense......the TE/HB will get the dump passes!

With the way things are going in Free Agency, the Texans could trade down to 10-15, and still get DW!!! Oh, and recoup some of the lost picks from FA!
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Do we need MW anymore with all of these FA signings?I think the guy could be unstoppable but I have not heard about how he plays in big games. If we trae down, I would take Huff or Williams.
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Williams definitely solidified his spot as the 2nd best RB available with that workout...He may even leapfrog Reggie if he disappoints at his pro day...My only worry about Deangelo is the fact that he has carried the load for so long that he may not have the longevity of a guy like Reggie or LenDale, who obviously split carries...
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Well, LT had the same question marks....and he has done better than expected. The questions are still there for both USC RBs. They had arguably the best OL in NCAA, and were able to stay fresh by splitting duties.

Conversely, DW had one of the worst OL in C-USA, but still did what he did.....even coming back from a major leg injury to prove he can still get it done!
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you see the thing about this runningback class is that the backs that are going to be taken after reggie are all so totally different...d'angelo williams is very similar to portis...maroney is similiar to steven jackson IMO, lendale white is very similiar in ways to bettis or a bigger version of corey dillon, and then you have addai who is very underrated at this point...the kid reminds me of edge james and is a very solid back...but if you were going to ask me who i think is the 2nd back this year i would have to go with maroney...overall i think the kid has all the qualities you look for in a everydown back...and i am hoping that indy doesn't get the chance to pick him up
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Williams definitely solidified his spot as the 2nd best RB available with that workout...He may even leapfrog Reggie if he disappoints at his pro day...My only worry about Deangelo is the fact that he has carried the load for so long that he may not have the longevity of a guy like Reggie or LenDale, who obviously split carries...
HA..this isnt anything to do with you because i know lots of people have concerns with stuff like that....but its funny you're worried he wont have longevity because he carried the load in college...people are worried about reggie WHY?...because he never carried the load in college...talk about a no-win situation
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I see no reason why Reggie could not become effective as a WR, not to mention what he can do on special teams add to that his proven ability to carry the rock out of the backfield his skill set is unmatched, probably not since Marshall Faulk.

DeAngelo Williams is going to be an outstanding RB for someone, a true franchise back more in the Emmitt Smith mold, a team like the Eagles who focus on their lines would be a key addition in a Championship run.
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