Andre Williams just kept on waiting.
As pick by pick and round by round passed, the Boston College running back waited eagerly for his named to be called. Despite being given a second-round grade by some, the round didn't matter, neither did the pick. Second round or seventh, Williams just hoped one team in particular would light up his phone.
"The Giants are the team from the begging that I really resonated the most with," Williams said.
In the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Giants selected the 6-foot, 227-pound back with the 113th overall selection.
"Honestly, I'm just elated right now," Williams said. "I had a great interview at the combine with coach [Tom] Coughlin and everybody, the whole staff there. We really just had a good vibe flowing in the room. I just had a feeling from that moment that this would be the team that would end up picking me up."
Last season, Williams led the nation in rushing yards with 2,177 and added 18 touchdowns. The bruising tailback was a consensus All-American selection, rushed for more than 200 yards in a game five times and was a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Trophy. He also won the 2013 Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's premier running back.
All the above was accomplished on 355 carries, an awful lot of hits for any back to take on his body. Despite the mileage, Williams says the amount of touches actually benefited him.
"I think it was good for me to take that many carries and show that I could be durable, I could take a lot of carries," Williams said. "My body is built for it. I'm 230 pounds. It doesn't really faze me to take that many carries. It was a lot of fun doing it this year."
At that size, Williams is ideally suited to run between the tackles. NFL.com credited him with good vision and the ability to get downhill fast. Despite posting a 4.56-second 40-yard dash, Williams has displayed an extra gear in the open field and an ability to pull away from defenders.
While Williams didn't haul in a single reception last year, the Pennsylvania native still made his presence felt in the passing game as one of college football's finest pass-blocking backs. That attribute alone is enough for Williams to have confidence in contributing to the Giants right away.
"I'm just going to come in this offseason and compete and work as hard as I can and pushing everyone around me," Williams said. "If that translates to me getting on the field early, then I'm welcome to that idea."
Williams joins Gordon Bell (1976), Billy Taylor (1978), Cliff Chatman (1981), Lewis Tillman (1989), Sean Bennett (1999), Brandon Jacobs (2005) and Andre Brown (2009) as running backs the Giants have selected in the fourth round since 1975.