UNC fans (and dynasty fantasy football managers) are in for a treat Monday, as running backs Javonte Williams and Michael Carter are set to participate in their school’s pro day activities.
Though Williams has garnished most of the hype through the completion of the 2020 NCAA football season, he and Carter served UNC well as the ultimate one-two punch in the backfield. The rushing attack under Mack Brown was wildly productive, as the team averaged 236 rushing yards (11th-highest average in FBS) and 2.9 rushing touchdowns per game (fifth-highest).
Together, Williams and Carter combined for 46% of the team’s yardage and 50% of the team’s touchdowns. Though Carter finished the season with 1,5112 scrimmage yards to Williams’s 1,445, Williams boasted 22 touchdowns from scrimmage — the fourth-most in the FBS for the 2020 season.
Javonte Williams ranked as the No. 32 ranked prospect on Daniel Jeremiah’s latest top-50 rankings, though Carter failed to crack the top-50. Worth noting, each of these backs ranked in the top-10 for highest rushing grade per PFF in the 2020 season and both ranked top-six in rushing yards among RBs in the FBS.
Javonte Williams’s pro day measurements and performance
Height: 5’9 5/8”
Weight: 212 lbs.
Hand size: 9 3/8”
40-yard dash: 4.57, 4.55
Vertical jump: 36”
Broad jump: 10’3”
Short shuttle: 4.09 seconds
3-cone: 6.97 seconds
Bench press: 22 reps
Williams didn’t run a stellar 40-yard dash, but it doesn’t mean much in terms of his NFL draft stock. He shows plenty of explosion on the field along with his speedy short shuttle and three-cone times — he’s a top-end running back prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft class, and deservedly so.
Michael Carter’s pro day measurements and performance
Height: 5’ 7 7/8”
Weight: 201 lbs.
Hand size: 8 3/4”
40-yard dash: 4.50, 4.56 seconds
Vertical jump: 34”
Broad jump: 9’11”
Short shuttle: 3.98 seconds
3-cone: 6.81 seconds
Bench press: 16 reps
Carter may come in as one of the more underrated running backs in the 2021 NFL Draft class, thanks in large part to Williams doubling his touchdown production. His 3.98 short shuttle and 6.81 3-cone times are worth noting as being particularly impressive, each being indicative of a player’s lateral agility (as opposed to the 40-yard dash, which measures straight-line speed).