I was in Chapel Hill, N.C. for the second weekend in a row to scout Boston College at North Carolina. This was my first look at Boston College and my third view of the Tar Heels this season. I was most intrigued to see Eagles RB Andre Williams (Scouts Inc. grade: 30) who is currently an under-the-radar back who has created some buzz among scouts.
Williams is listed at 6-foot, 227 pounds and looked every bit of it during warm-ups. He appears to have long arms and a sturdy build throughout his frame. Most impressive was his lower body. Williams has thick and powerful legs with enormous hamstrings.
During the game, Williams ran with above-average determination and behind his pads. He appears to have excellent power and balance as a runner, and he consistently was able to churn out yards after contact.
Williams also has underrated feet for a runner. Those feet were on display during a 56-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He did a nice job of making a defender miss near the line of scrimmage before getting into the secondary. Williams is a strider who has deceptive speed and was able to run away from defenders to finish the run.
One of Williams' weaknesses includes a lack of ideal versatility in the passing game. He can improve his awareness and technique in pass protection. In addition, he has average ball skills at best and can fight the ball on occasion.
Williams finished the day with 172 yards rushing on 26 carries and a rushing touchdown. He now ranks sixth in the FBS in rushing yards (1,010) while averaging 5.5 yards per carry along with eight rushing touchdowns. Williams has the look of an ideal No. 2 back at the next level and could be in the fringe Day 2 mix come this May’s draft.
Boston College DT Kaleb Ramsey (6-3, 285 pounds; Scouts Inc. grade: 39) was also impressive on Saturday. He was disruptive throughout the contest and generated consistent pressure as a pass-rusher. Ramsey has a quick first step and plays with quality leverage.
What stood out the most about Ramsey were his quick and heavy hands. He was able to use them well with his pass rush and was an efficient counterpuncher.
Ramsey comes with a laundry list of injuries, including back surgery and a foot injury that kept him out of the majority of the 2011 season. This ultimately will affect his grade, but he still has a chance to come off the board in Day 3 and make an impact at the next level if he's able to maintain his health.