VIDEO and ANALYSIS: Cal running back Khalfani Muhammad drafted 241st overall by Tennessee Titans in NFL Draft

No matter how tall he is, Khalfani Muhammad is now a Titan, being picked up by Tennessee in the 7th round of the NFL Draft.

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RB Khalfani Muhammad, Drafted
Round 7, No. 241 Overall
Team: Tennessee Titans

Bio Info
Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
5-foot-7
170 pounds
4.38 40-yard dash (ranged between 4.35 and 4.41)

Cal Pro Day
11 bench reps
38.5-inch vertical
126-inch broad jump
6.74-second 3-cone drill
4.27-second 20-yard shuttle
20-yard dash: 2.52
10-yard dash: 1.55

Khalfani Muhammad may be the only player in the NFL Draft who's got a chip on his shoulder bigger than he is. As the fifth round ended, Denver Broncos great Terrell Davis of the NFL Network said that this is the time when that chip starts to grow, and there's no question that it will be a hefty one by the time Muhammad hits the practice field.

"He's a really fast running back," said Titans general manager Robinson, who traveled to California to work Muhammad out. "He plays on kickoff cover for Cal, and also has handled kickoff returns at Cal. Don't let his size fool he - he doesn't shy away from hitting it up in there and trying to move it. But he is more of a change-of-pace speed type back who really caught the ball well out of the backfield for us when we worked him out."

Muhammad upped his stock with his white-hot 40 time at Cal's Pro Day, and looks to compete early for time on special teams.

"I am versatile, man," Muhammad said. "I can bring a whole new dynamic to the game. I am capable of pretty much doing it all. I can run the ball, catch the ball, I can make tackles on the coverage units and stuff like that. I am going to bring you something different that many backs that I thought in this draft class don't have.

"I was just waiting for my call, and it happened. And now I have a place where I can go out and showcase it."

Muhammad is already friends with new Tennessee cornerback Adoree Jackson, thanks to their time competing against one another in the Pac-12.

"I love the thought of it, man," Muhammad said. "It's a great opportunity, one not a lot of people get. So I am excited for it, I am looking forward to it. I am a southern dude now and that is how I am going to have to roll."

The Titans already have running backs DeMarco Murray (third in the NFL in rushing in 2016) and Derrick Henry, whoing into his second year. Tennessee has not re-signed Antonio Andrews, who was third on the team in yards among running backs.

"Those are big backs," Muhammad said. "I am a smaller back, more of a speed back. So I bring something different, and that is one of the reasons the Tennessee Titans decided to go ahead and draft me. So hey, when I get there I am going to showcase why I am different and I am going to work from there and build my own name."

Muhammad has been listed at 5-foot-9 for most of his college career, but at the Bears' Pro Day, he checked in at a more realistic 5-foot-7. That said, don't let his size fool you. Nine years ago, another vertically-challenged Cal running back, Justin Forsett, was taken in the seventh round (233rd overall), so don't count out the newest, littlest Titan. Let's get to the scouting report.

Scouting Report

Short but powerful ... Exceptional burst ... Despite his size, can drag the pile and doesn't get taken down by arm tackles ... Tremendous balance ... Added elements to his game every year: Was a straight-ahead burner as a freshman, added sharper cuts and maneuverability as a sophomore, added shakes as a junior and added strength as a senior ... Clocked, by one account, a 4.34 40 in the rain at Cal's Pro Day, which would have been the fourth-fastest time at the NFL Combine, run indoors (beat Christian McCaffrey's 4.48) ... 40 time would have been first among running backs ... Three-cone drill would have been second behind McCaffrey at the Combine ... His 20-yard shuttle would have been fifth among running backs at the NFL Combine ... Exceptional sprinter, clocking a 10.5-second 100-meter time and a 20.80 200-meter time on the Cal track team ... Has prototypical tools to be an NFL kickoff returner -- speed, vision and elusiveness -- which are enticing if he can't get on the field as a true tailback ... Not a natural pass catcher, but can be a threat on wheel routes ... Tends to fight the ball, but has a quick tuck-and-go ... Diligent blocker, willing and able to take on linebackers and defensive ends, but will be too small to do that effectively at the next level ... 2x California 100m state champion, 2x California 200m state champion, 2x California 4x100m state champion in high school.

College Career

Played in 45 games with 13 starts during his four seasons at Cal ... Ranks second on the Bears' all-time list in kick returns (87) and kick return yards (1931) ... His 4,575 career all-purpose yards are third (one more than fourth-place Marshawn Lynch's 4,574 ... Muhammad rushed for 2,073 career yards on 359 carries (46.1 ypg, 5.8 ypr), with 14 total touchdowns touchdowns and 84 points.

As a freshman, was an Athlon Sports third-team Freshman All-American, third-team All-Pac-12 pick of College Sports Madness, midseason third-team All-Pac-12 selection of Phil Steele, all as a kick returner ... Played in 11 games, and was among conference and national leaders in all-purpose yards per game (148.91, 6th Pac-12, 17th NCAA) and kick return average (21.9 ypr, 6th Pac-12, 73rd NCAA) ... Led the team with 445 rushing yards and a career-high-tying four rushing touchdowns, while his 6.0 yards per rush was the best among regulars and his 74 carries second on the team ... Led Cal with a career-high 1,638 all-purpose yards, including school records and team highs of 46 kick returns and 1,006 kick return yards as well as 14 receptions for 187 yards receiving and one touchdown to his rushing totals ... Tied for second on the team and tied for first among non-kickers in both total touchdowns (5) and points (30) ... Had a team-high four plays of 50-plus yards adding a 62-yard reception vs. Portland State, a 55-yard touchdown run at Colorado and a career-long 52-yard kick return vs. Oregon State, with the three plays from at least 50 yards the line of scrimmage tying Chris Harper for a team best.

As a sophomore, played in 11 games with one start ... second on the team in rushing yards (215) and rushing touchdowns (4), while ranking third in carries (46), with his four scores on the ground equaling a single-season career best ... Registered 14 kick returns for 289 yards (20.6 ypr) and seven receptions for 63 yards receiving to total 567 all-purpose yards ... Recorded a season-high 202 all-purpose yards vs. Colorado, bringing back a season-high-tying and team season-high-tying five kick returns for a season-high 132 yards including a season-long kick return of 37 yards, while adding eight rushes for 31 yards and one touchdown as well a season-high-tying two receptions for a season-high 39 yards including a season-long 41-yard reception.

As a junior, played in 12 games, led all running backs with 5 starts, rushed for a team-high 586 yards on 87 carries (6.7 ypc) with one touchdown ... One of three Cal running backs to rush for over 500 yards in 2015 as the Bears became the first college football team in recorded history that had six receivers with 40 or more catches and three rushers with 500 or more yards ... 17 catches for 189 yards receiving and two touchdown receptions ... Three kick returns for 52 yards to accumulate three total touchdowns and 827 all-purpose yards ... On special teams, recorded 9 tackles, including 3 in the Armed Forces Bowl

Posted the top rushing season of his career as a senior with 827 yards rushing on 152 carries, both career highs, with 2 touchdowns ... Honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection, played in 11 games with six starts ... Totaled a team-high and the second-highest total of his career with 1543 all-purpose yards to rank second in the Pac-12 and 22nd nationally with a 140.3 all-purpose yards per game average, adding a career-high-tying 17 receptions for 132 yards receiving as well as team-highs of 24 kick returns and 584 kick return yards for a 24.3 yards per return average that ranked third in the Pac-12 and 31st nationally ... Three 100-yard rushing games, including 165 yards and 1 touchdown on 21 carries, including a season-long run of 50 yards at Oregon State for the most rushing yards by a Cal player since Daniel Lasco had 188 at Oregon State in 2014 ... Rushed for 148 yards on 23 carries against Oregon, adding 3 catches for 19 yards and 2 kickoff returns for 51 yards ... Led team in rushing 6 times, had 3 games of over 200 all-purpose yards ... In season finale against UCLA, rushed a career-high 29 times for 116 yards while adding another 48 yards including a season-long-tying 29-yarder on a career-high-tying six receptions and 50 yards on a single kickoff return that was Cal's longest of the season against the Bruins to total 214 all-purpose yards ... 5 tackles on special teams.


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