2011 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech RB Ryan Williams' First-Round Hopes

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 20: Ryan Williams #34 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs with the ball during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium on November 20 2010 in Miami Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Running back Ryan Williams will likely be the first Hokie to have his name called in the 2011 NFL Draft, but more than likely he's going to have to wait until Friday for it to happen.

Williams is considered by most to be the second- or third- best running back in this year's draft class behind Alabama's Mark Ingram. Most draft analysts have Ingram as the only RB going in Thursday's prime time first round, but Kyle Tucker reports Williams' stock is rising and The McShay believes he'll be off the board sooner than expected.

In its final first-round mock, Mocking the Draft has Ingram as the only back going in the first round, with the last pick of the first round, to Green Bay. For Williams to sneak into the first round, he would need Ingram to go a lot higher than that.

In fact, Williams probably needs Ingram to go in the middle of the round to a team willing to take a chance on them. Then, he would need one of the teams late in the first round that need a running back, like New England or Green Bay, to be dead-set on taking a running back in the first round.

More than likely, Williams will have to wait until the second round. Then, there are probably about a dozen teams that could potentially take Williams. A lot of you are probably hoping the Redskins take him as the No. 41 overall pick, which is certainly a possibility. 

Get your predictions in now: Who's going to take Williams and in what round?

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