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Morning links: Jamaal Williams' pro potential analyzed; Gobert the best defensive center in the NBA

BYU running back Jamaal Williams runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, March 3, 2017.
BYU running back Jamaal Williams runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, March 3, 2017.
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David Hennessey of The Eagles Wire did an NFL prospect preview on former BYU running back Jamaal Williams leading up to the NFL draft.

Hennessey gave a scouting report on Williams while looking at strengths, places where Williams needs improvement, how he would fit with the Eagles and an NFL player comparison.

After talking about Williams' numbers at BYU and his 40-yard dash time, Hennessey wrote, "Though Williams dealt with some injuries and missed a semester during his time at BYU, his strong running style will help him create a role for himself at the next level."

Will looking at some of Williams strengths, Hennessey wrote, "Williams can also break tackles with his sheer strength. He almost finds the end zone here against Michigan State, despite the fact that he has to fight through contact that begins at the line of scrimmage."

After looking at some things that Williams needs to work on, Hennessey then looked at Williams' fit with Philadelphia, saying, "If Williams can improve his pass blocking he has a chance to be an every-down back. If not, he could fit well in a rotation with Wendell Smallwood."

Metrics show Rudy Gobert is the best defensive center in the NBA

Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report looked at the top five NBA defenders at every position based on statistical analysis, and Rudy Gobert was far and away the best center in the league.

Talking about Gobert's value on the defensive end, Fromal wrote, "Rudy Gobert is the only player to place within the top 10 in all four of our categories—Draymond Green missed out in on/off differential—and it's impossible to call the Utah Jazz stopper's field-goal percentage differential a fluke. Most of his contests come around the rim, where he's making an impact unlike anything we've seen in recent seasons."

After talking about Gobert's role as a rim protector and how valuable that has been for the Jazz, Fromal gives a glowing final statement, saying, "Gobert isn't necessarily a lock for Defensive Player of the Year, as Green's versatility and defensive intangibles have been invaluable to a Golden State Warriors squad experiencing even more success. But in terms of sheer statistical impact? He's first with plenty of room to spare."

While no other Jazz player made the top five at his position, George Hill and Derrick Favors were honorable mentions.

Jazz plummet in Power Rankings

The Utah Jazz plummeted from No. 4 to No. 9 in Gerald Bourguet's latest NBA Power Rankings for Hoops Habit.

Talking about Utah's struggles during the last week, he wrote, "Seriously, every single time we’ve moved the Utah Jazz into the top five of these power rankings, they’ve thanked us with a losing week."