BYU has two players at the Senior Bowl this week. Eric Galko from Optimum Scouting shared his thoughts on the future of Jamaal Williams and Harvey Langi.
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BYU has two players who will participate in Saturday’s Senior Bowl – Jamaal Williams and Harvey Langi. Williams wrapped up his BYU career as BYU’s leading rusher with 3901 yards. Langi was one of the most versatile players that BYU has seen in recent years appearing at defensive end, running back, outside linebacker, and middle linebacker.
Versatility is important at the NFL level and Eric Galko from Optimum Scouting says that it is a skill that many BYU players – like Ziggy Ansah and Kyle Van Noy – possess as they transition to the next level.
“I think the biggest thing I look at with BYU players is that they’re not only prepared for the NFL whether in special teams play or rotational duties, but that versatility and flexibility that they show,” said Galko.
Galko sees Harvey Langi as more of a project at the next level. His size and skill set is unique for the linebacker position and a team would have to see him as the right fit to make the decision to draft him. He says the Senior Bowl will be a great place for teams to get a closer look at Langi.
“Harvey Langi is a bigger inside linebacker, saw snaps at d-end, and got carries at running back and I think that kind of versatility will be intriguing for teams,” said Galko. “I think that he will be a 4-3 strong side linebacker for a handful of teams. Being at the Senior Bowl gives a great track record for a lot of these players to get drafted.”
Jamaal Williams is a player that Galko holds in high regard and may even be one of the top backs in a loaded draft class due to his physicality and speed running the ball as well as his ability to block in pass protection.
“I’m fascinated by where he might go. You could make the argument that after Fournette and Cook that he might be the third best back in this draft class,” said Galko. “I think that Jamaal Williams could be an NFL player for a very long time.”
The journey to the NFL begins in the Senior Bowl for Williams and Langi on Saturday and the future looks bright.