The Pittsburgh Steelers took the first step in repairing their dismal running game last season when they selected Michigan State product Le’Veon Bell in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
When the 2014 NFL Draft rolls around in May, they could look to finish the repair job.
Wilson also notes that in addition to the Steelers, Williams has drawn interest from the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets as well.
Williams is a 5’11”, 230-pounder who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout, improving upon his 4.56 clocking at the NFL scouting combine. For a smaller back, he is a bruiser and can punish opposing defenders.
He won the Doak Walker Award last season and set the Boston College single-season record with 2,177 rushing yards in 2013. He was a consensus All-American and rushed for 18 touchdowns.
If the Steelers were that serious about Williams, it would likely have to come in the second round as he is drawing second and third round draft projections.
The Steelers signed LeGarrette Blount this offseason and Blount and Bell make up the only running backs with NFL experience on their roster.
It is very likely the Steelers will look at drafting a running back at some point in May’s draft.
How early they will pull the trigger on one is the question.