2017 NFL Draft: Jamaal Williams selected by the Green Bay Packers

Former BYU running back heads to Green Bay to continue his football career.

BYU running back Jamaal Williams was taken in the fourth round by the Green Bay Packers. By being taken with the 134th pick,  Williams becomes the highest Cougar running back taken in the NFL Draft since Todd Christensen was taken in the second round back in 1978. He is also the first running back taken in the draft from BYU since Fui Vakapuna back was selected in 2009 (Harvey Unga was taken in the supplemental draft in 2010).

Here is Williams when he gets the call from the Packers.

Williams leaves BYU as the schools all-time leading rusher with 3,901 yards. He also has the most 100-yard games in BYU history with 16 and is third in rushing touchdowns with 35 and fifth in all-purpose yards with 4,468.

“I’m excited for Jamaal and I know he is prepared to play at the next level,” head coach Kalani Sitake said in a statement released by the university. “His style and abilities as a tough, decisive runner and good pass protector will translate extremely well to the NFL game. He can do it all and is a great person and teammate. I look forward to following his NFL career.”

Jon-Eric Sullivan is the director of college scouting for the Packers spoke to the local media to give his insight into why Green Bay took Williams.

“He’s built to last, he’s durable, and he’s a tough kid,” Green Bay director of college scouting Jon-Eric Sulliva n. “We’re excited about him; we got a good football player. He complements the other guys here.”

 He also added the Packers were surprised that Williams was still available.

Williams also spoke to the local media in Wisconsin about heading to Green Bay saying “he was very excited ready to go and be a Packer … and contribute to the team.”


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