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2017 NFL Draft: Two versatile running backs

Jan 26, 2017; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad running back Jamaal Williams of Brigham Young (21) runs past cornerback Damontae Kazee of San Diego State (24) during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports

In the National Football League having a special skill can have a drastic effect on what round a player is drafted. Being able to adapt to many different situations often is associated with offensive and defensive lineman.

Versatility is vital for a running back, however, especially in a pass happy league.

A running backs ability to be able to catch, block, and possibly play special teams, can make him more appealing to NFL franchises.

Here are two versatile players that could get the attention of teams in need of running help.

1. Jamaal Williams RB BYU 6’2″ 220 lbs

Williams had a tremendous 2016 college football season for BYU posting six 100 plus yard games in ten games played. In the Senior Bowl, he was given an opportunity to play on special teams and
made the most of it.

“I feel I did a lot of things that I never really got to do,” the former Cougar star said after the Senior Bowl game. “On the kickoff, I got a tackle and I was happy about it too.”

He was very excited to be able to show his versatility and willingness to play special teams whether it’s on kickoff coverage team or returns.

2. Donnel Pumphrey RB San Diego State 5’9″ 180lbs

Pumphrey is the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher (6,405 yards) and led the nation in rushing this past season with 2,133 yards. He has only five total kick and punt returns for 69 yards in his Aztecs college football career.

In the 68th Reese’s Senior Bowl, Pumphrey put on a display of his ability to return punts, showing no hesitation in hitting the right seem to break off a 24-yard return during that game.

About the Author

Dujunnea Bland
Dujunnea Bland is a writer and reporter for SportsJourney covering the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons. Bland was a New Orleans Saints Reporter and Content Producer for About.com. You can follow him on Twitter @NotBland21

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