Name: C.J. Prosise
Position: Running Back
School: Notre Dame
Hands: 8 ½”
Projected: Top 75
Prosise has prototypical size for the position, able to withstand the punishment of an often-grueling 16 game schedule. Exceptional receiving skills, due to time spent at wide receiver in college.
Route tree is ahead of the curve, runs sharp routes, displays good hands.
Patient runner, shows good balance with the ball in his hands, allows lanes to open and can create his own hole through his vision. Can get caught behind the line, but can also break off the big play just as often. Above average speed on the field adds to his elusiveness, and he generally falls forward while being tackled.
Limited experience, recruited by Notre Dame at safety, transitioned to receiver his freshman year, moved to running back his final season in South Bend.
Pass protection issues could be his biggest deterrent in getting on the field, much like Bishop Sankey in Tennessee, but it should be expected due to his lack of time spent at running back in his career.
Fumbled five times on 156 carries at Notre Dame, with his small hands, that could potentially be a recurring issue in the NFL.
Will likely not see the field early, but once he gets on the field, there will be no getting him off it.
The Cleveland Browns are set to head into the 2016 season with a combination of Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson. The early speculation is that new head coach, Hue Jackson, would utilize the duo similarly to how he used Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard.
With Prosise, however, you have an every down back that you can split out wide on passing plays. With so much potential last season from Johnson, it would be an interesting scenario if Prosise found his way into Cleveland, one that I suspect would move Johnson into almost solely a slot receiving, change of pace role. Not likely given where Prosise is expected to be drafted.
Prosise is raw, but a team can comfortably take him on Day 2 or 3 and develop him within their system. Upside is through the roof, but ball security and pass protection will be the things that could hold him back from contributing early on. Prosise could be dangerous in both the running and passing game, and it would be surprising if a team doesn’t use him that way heavily.
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