“He’s Going To Get You 4 To 6 Yards Every Time Because He Breaks Tackles”

April 25th, 2021

Based on intel from an unnamed scout, it seems like North Carolina running back Javonte Williams is a perfect fit for the Bucs.

Joe remembers shortly after the Super Bowl, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Phil Simms joined the one and only Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on SiriusXM Radio talking about the Bucs. Simms loved the combo of Ronald Jones and Playoff Lenny because he thought they were four- to five-yard grinders. And the way the Bucs’ offensive line was built, Simms said, the Bucs offense is perfect for just getting four yards at a clip and grinding the clock down.

So when reading Bob McGinn of The Athletic construct his annual draft rankings based on intel from multiple sources — he’s been covering the NFL for nearly four decades — one scout said Williams basically described a running back Simms says makes the Bucs’ running game hum.

“He’s a ground pounder,” said one scout. “He’s going to get you 4 to 6 yards every time because he breaks tackles. People bounce off him. He’s a short, thick-hipped, thick-legged kid. He’s got surprising speed. He can get to the corner, but you have to knock ’em all down for him to turn it.”

Third-year junior with 366 carries for 2,297 yards (6.3) and 29 TDs plus 50 receptions. “He led the NCAA in broken tackles running between the tackles last year,” said a second scout. “That’s like Nick Chubb stuff. He is really assertive running in between the tackles.”

From Wallace, N.C. “He might be a No. 3 (back) his first year, but he’s getting carries,” a third scout said. “This kid is better than (Detroit’s) Jamaal Williams. He reminds me of Mike Davis as a runner. At some point this guy is a starter.”

Nick Chubb. Tell Joe you wouldn’t want Chubb as a Bucs running back?

Yes, Joe understands the Bucs still have RoJo and Playoff Lenny and Giovani Bernard. But each is in the final year of his contract. Joe doesn’t expect Playoff Lenny to return. RoJo? Who knows. Bernard sounded in his press conference like if the Bucs win a ring, he’s then chasing a check.

Whatever it takes to get the No. 32 pick on the field to make an impact and win games, that’s what the Bucs need to do. And no position has an easier learning curve than running back.

28 Responses to ““He’s Going To Get You 4 To 6 Yards Every Time Because He Breaks Tackles””

  1. DoooshLaRue Says:

    What round is he projected for?
    If in the 2nd then yes.

  2. Buczilla Says:

    So far Nick Bolton is my favorite player that has been mocked to us at 32, but I’d be cool with this guy too.

  3. AC Says:

    For the first time i can remember, I have ZERO opinion on who the Bucs draft. That’s how loaded our roster is. If they take a QB fine, DL cool, RB ok or any position.

  4. SB~LV Says:

    The best time about mock drafts is that it burns nervous energy leading up to the draft

  5. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Another Ke’Shawn Vaughn…nice player, but there will be better options

  6. Orlando Kevin Says:

    He doesn’t look like a first rounder to me; maybe in the third. In past years I remember more explosive RBs going in the 2nd and 3rd. We don’t need to reach so get the best player in the 1st.

  7. Leighroy Says:

    RoJo had the 6th highest yards per rush among RBs last year. The guy has become an effective ground and pounder; it’s that pesky screen pass that he can’t seem to catch.

    Ideally I’d like to see RoJo retained next year and a more 3rd down type back drafted to compliment him (same reason Gio was signed) instead of a guy like this, and consider Vaughn a bonus for depth moving forward in 2022.

    If they draft someone like Williams I think the writing would be on the wall next year that RoJo is gone.

  8. Alanbucsfan Says:

    RoJo had 5 dropped passes last year. He could improve, but not as bad as the perception- Evans also had 5 drops and Kamara had 6 – although they were both targeted more.

  9. Swampbuc Says:

    He’d be there in the second, or even later. Licht is too smart to reach for a running back at 32.

  10. Capt.Tim Says:

    What about Keyshawn Vaghn?
    Is Raymond Calias still around?
    If all the horror presented happens, and all 3 of our top backs leave,
    Then we draft a running back next year.
    They arent gonna stop making running backs.
    This year, the pantry is way to full, to add another one.
    We will be lucky to see Vaughn get any carries- he didnt get hardly any last year, that was BEFORE we added Bernard!

    If you draft a running back this year, he is at best 4th on the depth chart. I think he would be 5th.
    Im all for depth- but how about Center, where we NEED a backup.
    Or tackle, where an injury would ruin our season.
    Or Edge rusher- where a decent player e future will get a ton of playing time.

    Lets worry about the future, in the future.
    Right now- we are extremely deep at Rb. An injury wouldnt kill us
    But if we lost Jensen, Or Donovan, or Tristan, or JPP, Or Shaq- it could ruin our chances at our 2nd ring.
    Lets worry about the depth we need.
    Not depth we MIGHT need someday.

  11. Cobraboy Says:

    I am OK with whoever Licht has still available on his ranked draft list.”

    For the first time ever, I am totally agnostic as to who the team drafts or at what position.

    I’d be happiest if they take a couple of guys and stockpile picks for 2022…when they will be much more meaningful, and the draft pool won’t be so shallow.

  12. TheBradyBunch Says:

    Swampbuc – most mocks have him being drafted very very early in the 2nd. Both him and Etienne will be gone within the first 5-10 picks in the 2nd. He will be loooong gone by the time 64 rolls around.

  13. bucnole Says:

    OL and DL in the first and second
    (beating the dead horse)

  14. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete Says:

    Nobody in the NFL is better at breaking tackles than Rojo.

  15. SOEbuc Says:

    PLEASE GET OFF THE CONSTANT RB ROUND ONE!!! Not going to happen. You can at least mix up some different names in early rounds if you think they will get a RB early other than the first Etienne and Williams. It’s boring this close to the draft.

    Lmao with that title. Our #1 RB RoJo had a 5.1 ypc for running through guys and holes. Was ROBBED by Bucs, Brady, and AB of 1,000 yards! He had about five games where he got a #1 RB amount of carries. Four 100 yard games and four W’s. HE WAS GIVIN 10 CARRIES THE WEEK AFTER HE GOT 23 FOR 192 YARDS AGAINST THE STINKING PANTHERS!!!

    Stop babbling like RoJo, Lenny, Bernard are already gone and Vaughn is not worthy because he hasn’t had many NFL carries. It sounds really stupid when you try to say they’re in contract years compared to other positions with starters in their contract years.


    Pick 32: C Creed Humphrey

  16. Swampbuc Says:

    Yes BradyBunch, although given the ways of the universe, one of the much discussed RBs can fall to 64, and meanwhile as has been pronounced, let’s get more depth in the trenches and on the D. The RB room is very crowded and as CapnTim said, they won’t stop making running backs.

  17. SB Says:

    Put it this way. Alvin Kamara was taken in the third rd. How many teams do you think would have taken him in the first if they had known he was gonna be that good.

  18. DingleBerry Says:

    But Joe! I thought you told us the measure of a good running back is how many times they “house” the rock? And why would the Bucs possibly need to draft a running back in the 1st round when we just won the Super Bowl with the 28th ranked rushing offense? Just like we didn’t need to sign a receiving back because we just won the Super Bowl without a good one on the roster. Right?

  19. Randell Jackson Phares Says:

    Tom is about winning not getting any one player his yards, and that’s why he wins.

  20. Allbuccedup Says:

    Don’t need him this year anyway. There will be more running backs just as good next year.

  21. August 1976 Buc Says:

    BEST AVAILABLE PLAYER…. Will this RB be the BEST AVAILABLE PLAYER when the Bucs pick? Most likely not. Get the BEST AVAILABLE PLAYER. GO BUCS!!!!!

  22. Hope springs eternal Says:

    Captain Tim said exactly what I have been saying all along. We already have more than adequate running backs. With the diversity in our offense a super star running back is not a major need. Nice to have? Sure. But depth on both DL and OL are big needs.

  23. sincethebeginning Says:

    Nope. We should take NO running backs in this draft. Period. We need a legit ILB prospect, an OLB/EDGE prospect, a Nickel kind of CB/S prospect, and OL (C AND T), preferably an OL guy or two like our guards – talented overlooked dudes.

    But of course that’s only if we stick with a needs mindset and not best player available mindset.

  24. PatsBucsfan4years Says:

    Jabril Cox… need defense support… offense is set with or without ABnormal

  25. MarkRIf Says:

    Sounds like a good runner, but good RBs are available every year. Have you seen the offensive linemen KC has added? We need a speed edge rusher now.

  26. J$MCSports Says:

    They have 5 RBs. I can safely say they may just trade up for a guard and finally solidify that line allowing Cappa and a few others they resigned to be strong backups. They are gonna continue that trend and build depth in the trenches on the offensive and defensive lines. I believe they set at DB but will get another mid draft like Rd 3 or 4 for depth. There wont be another RB drafted. Look for a DL to be drafted high as well maybe in the first as a trade up and a they find a bargain OL later in the mid rounds of the draft.

  27. Ne+ bucs fan Says:

    Mark,been wanting to mention that myself,,they definitely beefed up the O-line since we embarrassed them in the Superbowl probably ganna see em again

  28. Brandon Says:

    If we draft ANYBODY or have anybody that can catch the ball, Bernard, signed for little signing bonus and near the league minimum, is gone. Dude is TOAST.