The Buffalo Bills continued to address their offense in the later rounds of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
In the fifth round, the team took Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams. He missed the entire 2015 season because of a torn ligament in is his foot that required surgery, but Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos said Williams' recovery is on track.
"People come back from this," Monos said. "The doctors felt very comfortable that he'd come back from this 100 percent. He's a guy we really valued."
Here are three things to know about him:
1. Before he got hurt, he put up big numbers in the SEC. Williams was a second-team all-conference selection in 2014 after rushing for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns despite sharing carries. Teammate Alex Collins also rushed for 1,100 yards, making the duo the only one in the FBS to each rush for 1,000-plus yards. Williams left Arkansas No. 10 on the program's all-time rushing yards list after finishing his career with 2,321 yards – including nine 100-yard games.
"This guy, he would have gone higher – probably in the third or fourth round – if he didn't have that injury," Monos said. "So for us, it was just that the value made sense."
Williams' 2014 rushing total ranked eighth on the program's single-season rushing chart.
"He's downhill, straight ahead. Great vision. Instincts," Monos said, explaining the 6-foot-0, 223-pounder's running style.
Coming back from the injury has proved to be one of the biggest challenges of Williams' career.
"It was definitely tough, just because football is something that's very important to me," he said. "I've been playing football since I was 5 years old. Not having that in my life this year was definitely tough, but injuries are part of the game. Its about people that can bounce back from them."
2. Special teams will be new to Williams. Monos mentioned that special teams could be a way for Williams to crack the roster, but that's not something he did much of at Arkansas.
"I was one of the featured backs at Arkansas, so my coach didn't want me to play a lot of special teams, but I'm willing to do it," Williams said.
Williams figures to compete with Mike Gillislee for the No. 3 running back job with the Bills, behind LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams.
"He's a beast. He's definitely real shifty with the ball," Jonathan Williams said of McCoy. "Definitely looking forward to being in the same backfield as him and watching him and learning from his game."
3. Williams is from the football hotbed of Allen, Texas. He gained more than 3,500 yards in his career at Allen High School and was ranked as the 17th-best running back in the country and 26th-best recruit from Texas by the website rivals.com. He was a participant in the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, helping the West team to a 17-14 victory. Williams chose Arkansas over offers from Texas A&M, Tennessee, Missouri, Baylor and Wisconsin.