Finding Broncos: Scouting Running Back Alex Collins

MHH Analyst Erick Trickel looks to Razorback country to scout out their running back. What did he come away with?

http://www.scout.com/player/164884-alex-collins?s=101

Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 4.59 SEC

BENCH PRESS: 18 REPS

VERTICAL JUMP: 28.5 INCH

BROAD JUMP: 113.0 INCH

Pros

  • Is patient with great burst, also quick and decisive, so when he sees a whole, he hits it hard
  • Excellent acceleration
  • Great vision
  • Team leader on and off the field
  • Well-built with a good frame
  • Consistent runner
  • Excellent pad level and knee bend
  • Shoulders stay squared
  • Always falls forward
  • Doesn’t break his pace when avoiding tacklers
  • Great at making defenders miss
  • Drives through tackles
  • Reliable pass catcher, but not limited to a screen receiver
  • Does just enough in pass protection most of the time
  • Stays low and tight through the hole

Cons

  • One speed runner
  • Unnatural one-cut runner
  • Ball security, 17 career fumbles
  • Can be easily caught from behind
  • Doesn’t have the natural feel for running outside of the tackles
  • Premature cuts and moves at times
  • Has to put in a lot of work as a pass protector and receiver
  • Only five broken tackles in nearly 500 carries
  • Not much room left to grow

Overall Thoughts

If you are a team who needs a solid No. 2 running back, Collins can be your guy, especially if you need a between-the-tackles runner.

He is a bad fit in any scheme that relies on the one-cut and go, which makes him a bad fit for the Denver Broncos. Collins was a consistent runner, but his ball security will have to be cleaned up, otherwise he will fade out quickly at the NFL level.

Broncos Round Projection: Undraftable

Where He Goes: Third round

Per sources: Some teams love Collins in the third/fourth round, but only as a backup. No one I talked with viewed Collins as a bell-cow and found his best fit as a No. 3 back in a running back by committee offense.

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Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook

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