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49ers Trade Up and Draft Utah RB Joe Williams

April 29, 2017

Another John Lynch trade! That brings the trade counter up to 6 for the NFL Draft. After adding RB Kapri Bibbs via trade from Denver, the 49ers have traded up in the draft for Utah's Joe Williams

 

Indianapolis Colts Get:

 

Pick No. 161

Pick No. 143

 

San Francisco 49ers Get:

 

Pick No. 121 (Joe Williams)

 

Here's Joe Williams' scouting report from NFL.com's Lance Zierlein:

 

Draft grade is affected by some of the character concerns that could preclude his NFL career from taking off. The more tape you watch, the more you become impressed with Williams' ability to keep runs alive that other running backs couldn't. His ability to create yardage for himself is a necessary piece of the puzzle for NFL runners, but his inability to contribute on third downs could hurt his draft stock. Williams has talent as a runner and could fit a roster spot if teams are okay with his 

 

He's got fantastic speed, and finished his last season with 1,420 yards, with 10 rushing touchdowns. He had a combined 555 yards in games against UCLA and Indiana and has explosive ability to be a playmaker.

 

He has had some off-the-field issues, but his character has seemed to improve and John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan are betting that he keeps it up.

 

Welcome, Joe Williams!

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