The San Francisco 49ers have virtually met with more draft prospects than we can keep up with at this point. With seemingly unlimited access and the lack of information, teams can receive first-hand, it’s tough to put stock into each reported meeting.
Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline reported that Kansas running back Pooka Williams met with the 49ers and the Bears at his Pro Day over the weekend, and the Niners are “really dialed into Williams, who would be a great fit for their system.”
The former Kansas Jayhawk measured in at 5’8 1/2” and 175 pounds. Williams also ran between a 4.36-4.38 40-yard dash during his pro day. That play speed shows up when you watch Pooka, as the term “shot out of a cannon” is fitting when you describe Williams.
Williams's agility numbers were impressive as his unofficial short shuttle was 4.01 seconds, and his three-cone time was 6.87 seconds. Williams had below-average explosive jumps, as his vertical was 33” and his broad jump was 9’9”.
If you’ve never seen Williams play, his highlights speak for themselves. He’ll make a defender look silly 1-on-1 with every opportunity Williams gets:
Williams finished his career with 415 attempts and averaged 5.7 yards per carry. He’s just as big of a threat out of the backfield as Williams had 66 career receptions for an average of 8.1 yards.
Despite his size, Williams is excellent through contact and does not go down with an arm tackle. Williams broke 29 tackles this past season on 57 touches, per Sports Info Solutions. It goes without saying that he’ll have size limitations. Pass protection will be a struggle without added strength, but a good coach will use him as a receiver instead.
Williams has added value as he returned 18 kicks during his time with the Jayhawks for an average of 24.6 yards per return, including a touchdown this past season. Pooka figures to go somewhere on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, given his speed.