Is a 4th Rounder the Top Candidate for OROY?

Our Insiders take on the OROY race in 2017

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As fans tuned in to the 2017 NFL Draft earlier this spring, names like Deshaun Watson, Leonard Fournette and Mike Williams sat atop draft boards as the most talented players.

The average fan would assume that the higher draft picks are the most likely to become Rookie of the Year, and they may be right in some cases. However, the situation Packers 4th round draft pick RB Jamaal Williams steps in to next season is one of great opportunity.

Williams left BYU as the school’s All-Time leading rusher and steps straight into a running back room in Green Bay that is thin, thanks to the departure of Eddie Lacy.

He has been praised by the coaching staff in Green Bay through rookie minicamp drills thus far, and is expected to compete with Ty Montgomery for the starting job this fall. The Packers have been lacking a potent rushing attack since RB Ryan Grant rushed for 1,203 yards in 2008, nearly a decade ago.

The opportunity is there for the young rusher to take, and we could see Williams’ name become more popular by midseason.

Could the 4th round RB be the answer to the Packers’ rushing plague? Will the Offensive Rookie of the Year be someone else? Let us know in the comments.

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