With the draft now stretching over three days, the NFL doesn’t simply invite players expected to go early in the process.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams has accepted an invitation to the draft. Regarded as a second- or third-round prospect, Williams is viewed as one of the top running backs in the 2011 class.
Williams rushed for 1,655 yards in 2009. His numbers dropped dramatically in 2010, due to injuries and Tech’s use of a three-back system. He nevertheless opted to jump to the NFL with two years of eligibility remaining.
Several teams have shown interest in the Williams. He recently worked out for the Ravens.