The Packers added to their group of running backs with the selection of Dexter Williams during the sixth round at 194th overall. Williams is the second skill player the team has plucked from Notre Dame with Equanimeous St. Brown getting picked last year.
Williams missed the first four games of the 2018 season for violating team rules which hurt his production. Through nine games, he finished with 995 yards and 13 touchdowns (12 rush).
Williams will compete with current Packer Jamaal Williams for rotational carries backing up Aaron Jones. Both have similar builds and running styles while Jones is more a slasher. Notre Dame’s Williams will be given every chance to make the roster but will have to show competence in pass protection. If he can be receiving threat out of the backfield, that will put him ahead of the curve as well, but overall, his toughness and durability will have to stand out if he wants to make the final 53.
Rashard Mendenhall: Mendenhall saw some productive years for the Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring early. He emerged as a reliable back behind Ben Roethlisberger that could churn out tough yards. Like Mendenhall, Williams can be a useful tool in the red zone and along the goal line.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.