Jalston Fowler, Fullback, Alabama
Weight: 254 pounds
Arm Length: 32-¾ inches
Hand Size: 10-½ inches
NFL Combine Results
40-yard dash: 4.94
20-yard shuttle: 4.40
3 cone drill: 7.56
Vertical Jump: 33.5 inch
Broad Jump: 114 inch
Bench press (225 pounds): 23
Pro Day Results
40-yard dash: 4.83 and 4.85
2014: 12 Rushes | 69 Rush Yards | 11 Receptions | 129 Receiving Yards | 2 TDs
2013: 19 Rushes | 88 Rush Yards | 7 Receptions | 15 Receiving Yards | 5 TDs
2012: 11 Rushes | 85 Rush Yards | 1 Reception | 6 Receiving Yards
2011: 56 Rushes | 385 Rush yards | 4 TDs
2010: 14 Rushes | 111 Rush Yards | 1 TD
Jalston Fowler has the prototypical size that teams want in an NFL fullback. He is a more than willing blocker, especially in one-on-one situations. He has good, soft hands out of the backfield to be a receiving threat. He has great body control as a blocker, runner and receiver and can power through the pile to pick up short yards. He has good vision and decision-making as a plower.
Fowler missed 2012 with an ACL injury. He plays a dying position that NFL teams are shying away from completely, or phasing out. He's a one-hit blocker too often and doesn’t use his hands to properly engage his assignment. He's not someone who makes multiple blocks on a single play. And too often puts all he has into one block and then goes missing.
How he fits with the Denver Broncos
Gary Kubiak’s offense requires a fullback for a good amount of the plays. However, the Broncos have options on their roster that they can use as fullbacks. Drafting Jalston Fowler would give them their only pure fullback. With other capable options, it is hard to see the Broncos selecting a fullback, especially in the range Fowler is expected to go.
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Last year, when Gary Kubiak was the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, they used a pure fullback on 465 offensive snaps. However, in 2012 and 2013, the Kubiak-led Houston Texans used a tight end/fullback hybrid more than a pure fullback.
That hybrid was one James Casey, who was recently signed by the Broncos. That makes it even harder to see the Broncos selecting Jalston Fowler, or any fullback during the NFL draft. If for some reason Fowler goes undrafted, I could see the Broncos look his way as an undrafted free agent. If he was unable to make the 53-man roster, they could try to keep him around on the practice squad.
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