LA Rams Draft: Top 5 prospects from the Atlantic Coast Conference

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LA Rams Draft 2021 NFL Draft
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North Carolina RB

Since the Rams are considered one of the best teams in the NFL,  they can opt to go for the best available with the 57th pick. Running backs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson were effective all year for the Rams whether it was in the red zone or in the open field. Therefore, the Rams’ young and innovative head coach Sean McVay wouldn’t pass up on the chance to get a generational type of talent at the running back position.

Williams has been overshadowed by running backs Travis Etienne and Najee Harris. At 5-foot-10 and 225 pounds, Williams is considered to be the perfect prototypical third-down back. A massive built frame, with an explosive running ability to bull rush defenders.

Yet, he presented an utter masterclass in 2020, with PFF grades that were simply all-time historic. Receiving a total grade of 93 along with 100 grades in rushing and missed tackle rate. His very indestructible stiff arm and insane balance can potentially make him the next Ricky Williams or Marshawn Lynch. Possessing over 157 carries and rushing for 1140 yards along with 22 total touchdowns in 2020.

This mauler has the capability of becoming the most dominant running back in the entire league. If he is available at the 57th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, don’t be shocked if the Rams take him without a question, forming the best running back room in the NFL with the North Carolina product leading the way.

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Yes, the ACC is still one of the best incubation chambers for NFL quality talent, and these five players truly continue that age-old tradition of fueling the NFL each year with quality prospects.