Draft Preview: Running Backs

Draft expert Tony Pauline of our sister site DraftInsider.net breaks down the 2015 Running Back class including scouting reports of all the top prospects.

Running Backs

Rnd

Full Name

School

Yr

1st

Todd Gurley

Georgia

3Jr

1st

Melvin Gordon

Wisconsin

4Jr

2nd

Tevin Coleman

Indiana

3Jr

2nd

Duke Johnson

Miami-Fl

3Jr

2nd

T.J. Yeldon

Alabama

3Jr

2nd

Jay Ajayi

Boise State

4Jr

2nd

Ameer Abdullah

Nebraska

4Sr

3rd

Cameron Artis-Payne

Auburn

4Sr

3rd

Jeremy Langford

Michigan State

5Sr

4th

David Cobb

Minnesota

4Sr

4th

Javorius Allen

USC

4Jr

4-5

Matt Jones

Florida

3Jr

4-5

Mike Davis

South Carolina

3Jr

5th

David Johnson

Northern Iowa

5Sr

6th

Malcolm Brown

Texas

4Sr

6th

Karlos Williams

Florida State

4Sr

6th

Terrence Magee

LSU

4Sr

6-7

Michael Dyer

Louisville

5Sr

7th

Corey Grant

Auburn

5Sr

7th

Jahwan Edwards

Ball State

4Sr

7th

Terrell Watson

Azusa Pacific

4Sr

7-FA

Akeem Hunt

Purdue

4Sr

7-FA

Marcus Murphy

Missouri

5Sr

7-FA

Kenny Hilliard

LSU

4Sr

FA

Dominique Brown

Louisville

5Sr

FA

Thomas Rawls

Central Michigan

4Sr

FA

Josh Robinson

Mississippi State

4Jr

FA

B.J. Catalon

TCU

3Jr

FA

Malcolm Agnew

Southern Illinois

4Sr

FA

Trey Williams

Texas A&M

3Jr

FA

Johnathon Crockett

North Dakota State

4Sr

FA

Venric Mark

West Texas A&M

5Sr

FA

Dee Hart

Colorado State

4Jr

FA

Jordon James

UCLA

5Sr

FA

Braylon Heard

Kentucky

4Jr

FA

Kevin Parks

Virginia

5Sr

FA

Terron Ward

Oregon State

4Sr

FA

Prince-Tyson Gulley

Syracuse

5Sr

FA

Zachary Zenner

South Dakota State

5Sr

FA

Ross Scheuerman

Lafayette

4Sr

FA

Kenneth Williams

Texas Tech

4Sr

FA

Gus Johnson

Stephen F. Austin

4Sr

FA

Joe Bergeron

Texas A&M Commerce

4Sr

FA

Kenneth Harper

Temple

4Sr

FA

Keon Williams

Tenn-Chattanooga

5Sr

FA

Lyle McCombs

Rhode Island

5Sr

FA

Bronson Hill

Eastern Michigan

4Sr

FA

Bill Belton

Penn State

4Sr

FA

Shawn Johnson

Montana State

4Sr

FA

Marcus Coker

Stony Brook

5Sr

FA

Tony Pierson

Kansas

4Sr

FA

Joshua Quezada

Fresno State

5Sr

FA

Crusoe Gongbay

New Mexico

4Sr

FA

Dreamius Smith

West Virginia

4Sr

FA

Quincy Forte

Eastern Washington

4Sr

FA

Damarcus James

Jacksonville State

4Sr

FA

Robert Holloman

Central Connecticut

5Sr

FA

Isaac Bennett

Pittsburgh

4Sr

FA

Keshaudas Spence

Sacred Heart

4Sr

FA

Travon Van

Montana

5Sr

FA

Desmond Roland

Oklahoma State

4Sr

FA

Cam McDaniel

Notre Dame

4Sr

FA

Zachary Zwinak

Penn State

5Sr

FA

Nathan Jeffery

UTEP

5Sr

FA

Marlin Lane Jr.

Tennessee

4Sr

FA

Reggie Whatley

Middle Tennessee

5Sr

FA

Demarcus Rouse

Presbyterian

4Sr

FA

Keshawn Hill

Sam Houston State

4Sr

FA

Alonzo Harris

La-Lafayette

4Sr

FA

Jawon Chisholm

Akron

5Sr

FA

Lemond Buice

Florida A&M

5Sr

FA

Ken Malcome

Southern Illinois

5Sr

FA

Dominique Bowers

x-Northern Illinois

4Jr

FA

Rakeem Sims

Jackson State

5Sr

FA

Donnell Kirkwood

Minnesota

5Sr

FA

Brandin Byrd

North Texas

4Sr

FA

Brandon Wegher

Morningside College

5Jr?

FA

Ralph David Abernathy IV

Cincinnati

4Sr

FA

Terris Jones-Grigsby

Arizona

5Sr

FA

Donovonn Young

Illinois

4Sr

FA

Taylor Cox

Kansas

5Sr

Full Name: Ameer Abdullah School: Nebraska

Ht: 5-8.5 Wt: 206 40: 4.45 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who also saw action with the first-team as a sophomore. All-America recipient the past two years. Posted a career-best 1690 yards rushing as a junior and followed it up with 19 rushing touchdowns during his senior campaign. Has rushed for more than 1000 yards since his sophomore season.

Pos: Undersized but explosive ballcarrier with game-breaking speed. Patiently waits for blocks to develop, finds the running lanes and turns it on in a single step. Gets a tremendous amount of momentum going, loses little speed altering the course of his runs and quickly gets through the cutback lanes. Runs hard on the inside, will pick and choose his way through the defense but also shows the ability to break arm tackles or pick up yardage off initial contact. Grinds it out, does not go down without a fight and works to get as much yardage as possible from every carry. Hits the hole with authority and has a tremendous burst. Multi-cut back who can string several moves together, making multiple opponents miss. Solid receiver out of the backfield who extends to pluck passes from the air. Gives effort when required to block.

Neg: Lacks great size. May not be able to take a pounding at the next level. Has small hands and history of fumbling. Ran poorly at the combine.

Analysis: Despite size limitations Abdullah played big, productive football on the college level and projects well for Sundays. He plays faster than his 40 time, leaving defenders in the dust as both a ballcarrier and receiver, and will be a terrific rotational ball carrier/spot starter for the next level.


Full Name: Malcolm Agnew School: Southern Illinois

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 202 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Oregon State transfer who started the past two seasons. Senior totals included 820 yards rushing and 10 TDs in eight games after missing three contests with an ankle injury. Junior numbers included a career-best 888 yards.

Pos: Small but explosive runner who creates yardage. Plays with tremendous quickness, explodes through the hole and immediately gets to top speed. Runs low to the ground, gets lost behind blockers and finds running lanes. Patient, quickly cuts back against the grain and loses no momentum changing direction. Will pick and choose his spots on the inside and works runs. Solid receiver out of the backfield who adjusts to errant throws makes receptions in stride. Displays terrific blocking vision and squares into opponents picking up blitzes.

Neg: Lacks the speed necessary to beat defenders into the open field and cannot run to daylight. Not a strong back and easily brought down by the first defender. Gives effort blocking but gets poor results and run over by opponents.

Analysis: Agnew turned in a pair of productive seasons for Southern Illinois and displayed himself as a versatile skill player out of the backfield. He possesses the ability to line up at the next level as a situational back/third-down runner and would help his cause by returning punts this summer.


Full Name: Jay Ajayi School: Boise State

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 221 40: 4.56 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his sophomore season and named to numerous All-America teams last year. Rushing totals last season included 1823 yards and 28 TDs as well as 50 receptions for 535 yards and 4 more scores. Sophomore rushing totals included 1425 yards and 18 TDs.

Pos: Large, powerful runner best on the inside. Gets a lot of momentum going up the field, displays strength in his overall game and carries defenders for yards at a clip. Patiently waits for blocks to develop. Displays an initial burst, shows outstanding vision as well as running instincts. Works his runs keeping the play in bounds and moving his feet on contact. Effectively helps the quarterback sell ball fakes. Solid receiver out of the backfield who quickly gets into breaks then easily adjusts to make the reception.

Neg: Lacks the speed necessary to turn the corner. Struggles when he tries to run East/West. Not an elusive or creative runner.

Analysis: Ajayi is a solid downhill grinder who can carry the load for a team on the next level. His pass catching skills are added value though his style may only fit certain systems.


Full Name: Javorius Allen School: USC

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 221 40: 4.50 Year: 4Jr

Bio: All-conference selection last season after posting career-best numbers of 1489 yards rushing and 11 TDs. Also added 41 receptions, 458 receiving yards and 1 more score. Sophomore totals included 817 yards rushing.

Pos: Big-bodied runner with upside. Agile, can turn the corner and displays a burst through the hole. Keeps his feet moving on contact and falls forward to pick up the extra yardage. Gets a lot of momentum going, quick to top speed and tough to bring down. Solid receiver out of the backfield. Displays good blocking strength and effectively picks up blitzes.

Neg: Runs with an upright style. Average vision and shows a lot of indecision. At times runs into tackles.

Analysis: Allen has flashed dominance and offers a terrific combination of size and speed. His vision and overall instincts are a concern but he’s versatile enough carrying the ball or catching it out of the backfield and projects as a third running back on the depth chart.
Full Name: Cameron Artis-Payne School: Auburn

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 212 40: 4.43 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer who became Auburn’s feature runner last year and was awarded All-America honors after totaling 1608 yards rushing and 13 TDs.

Pos: Versatile three-down running back with a developing game. Displays great vision, instincts and runs behind his pads. Possesses the quickness and agility necessary to turn the corner, finds running lanes and has a burst through the hole. Patiently waits for blocks to develop and does a terrific job following them everywhere. Resilient, shows the ability to break tackles and finds ways to create yardage. Gets skinny through tight spots, beats defenders into the open field and shows great explosion. Resilient, keeps his feet moving on contact and breaks arm tackles. Sifts through the trash on the inside and finds the small openings. Better receiver out of the backfield than given credit for.

Neg: Lacks great perimeter speed. Not a big-bodied ball carrier who will move the pile. Ultra productive for just one season at a big-time level.

Analysis: Artis-Payne did a terrific job when given the opportunity to line up as Auburn’s feature runner last season and is a ball carrier moving up draft boards. He possesses the instincts, quickness and strength to run between tackle as well as the agility to get around the corner. Artis-Payne comes with a great deal of upside and in time could develop into a #1 ball carrier.


Full Name: Bill Belton School: Penn State

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 208 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Part-time starter the past three years posting a career-best 803 rushing yards as a junior. Finished his senior season with 526 rushing yards and 6 TDs.

Pos: Small, elusive ball carrier with the ability to create yardage. Slippery, loses no momentum changing direction and has a darting style. Makes defenders miss or avoids piles altogether. Possesses a burst through the hole. which he turns on in a single step. Solid receiver out of the backfield. Gives effort blocking and stays with assignments.

Neg: Lacks strength in his running, easily brought down by a single defender or disrupted from his one angle by the first hit. Lacks great outside speed and not a ball carrier who can run to daylight.

Analysis: Belton was a solid college ball carrier who will offer possibilities at the next level as a situational back/third-down back.


Full Name: Isaac Bennett School: Pittsburgh

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 215 40: 4.73 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Totaled 272 yards on 51 carries as a senior after career-high 797 yards rushing during his junior season when he started 13 games.

Pos: Nice-sized ball carrier who works hard in all aspects of the game. Displays good vision, quickly locates running lanes and works to make defenders miss. Strong, breaks tackles and picks up yardage off initial contact. Solid receiver out of the backfield. Works hard as a blocker, meeting defenders head-on.

Neg: Runs with an upright style. More of a one-speed ball carrier and cannot beat opponents into the open field. Coming off a terrible season.

Analysis: Bennett showed signs of next level ability during his junior campaign then fell off last season. Though not outstanding in any single aspect he’s well-rounded, which could help him catch on as a fourth running back if he gets back to the form he displayed in 2013.
Full Name: Joe Bergeron School: Texas A&M Commerce

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 235 40: 4.72 Year: 4Sr

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Full Name: Dominique Brown School: Louisville

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 234 40: 4.65 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Carried the ball just 96 times for 378 yards as a senior after leading Louisville with 825 yards and eight TDs the prior year.

Pos: Well-sized ball carrier with a versatile game. Patient, shows good vision and does a terrific job following blocks. Displays a burst through the hole, competent as a receiver out of the backfield and a consistent hand catcher. Falls forward when tackled. Sees the blitz, squares into defenders protecting the quarterback and picks up blocking assignments.

Neg: Not an elusive runner who makes defenders miss. More of a one speed ball carrier and gets tall in his running.

Analysis: Brown is a solid interior runner also effective as a receiver out of the backfield. He’s displayed flashes throughout his college career and could make a roster as a short-yardage runner.


Full Name: Malcolm Brown School: Texas

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 224 40: 4.53 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Full-time starter as a senior, winning all-conference honors after finishing with 708

yards rushing and 6 scores. Also added 16 receptions. Started four games as a junior and finished with a career-best 904 yards rushing as well as 9 TDs.

Pos: Nice-sized runner with a hard-charging style. Runs North/South, aggressively attacks defenders and drives his shoulders through tackles, falling forward for extra yardage. Picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact, shows the ability to carry defenders or move the pile. Works runs trying to get as much yardage as possible from each carry. Sees the field, displays outstanding vision and runs behind his pads. Gives effort blocking.

Neg: More of a one-speed, downhill runner. Lacks the agility necessary to turn the corner. Will not beat defenders into the open field. Loses a lot of momentum changing direction.

Analysis: Brown was consistently productive for Texas and projects as a short-yardage runner at the next level who can also be used as a receiver out of the backfield.


Full Name: B.J. Catalon School: TCU

Ht: 5-7.5 Wt: 186 40: 4.44 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Played in eight games last season totaling 493 yards rushing and 10 TDs. Also added 14 receptions. Sidelined for five contests with a torso injury. Sophomore totals the prior season included a team-leading 582 yards rushing.

Pos: Quick, creative runner who displays a tremendous amount of quickness. Does a terrific job setting up blocks, making defenders miss and easily bounces around piles to create yardage. Quickly locates running lanes, has a burst through the hole and possesses the speed as well as the agility to turn the corner. Easily cuts back against the grain and loses no momentum. Solid receiver out of the backfield. Effectively recognizes blitzes and picks up blocking assignments.

Neg: Displays little in the way of strength carrying the ball and not picking up much yardage off initial contact. Short-range passing target. Gives effort blocking but has minimal strength at the point.

Analysis: Catalon surprised scouts by entering the draft but has the versatility to line up as a situational/third-down skill player at the next level.


Full Name: David Cobb School: Minnesota

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 229 40: 4.59 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who led Minnesota in rushing since 2013. Totals last year included 1626 yards rushing and 13 TDs.

Pos: Instinctive, hard-charging ball carrier with a versatile game. Displays outstanding vision and awareness, consistently finds the open creases and runs North/South. Keeps his feet moving on contact, breaks arm tackles to pick up yardage off initial contact while also displaying the ability to bounce around piles. Strong, agile and finds ways to create yardage. Sees the blitz, squares into defenders and meets them head-on.

Neg: More of a one-speed runnrer who struggles beating defenders into the open field. Not a true receiving threat out of the backfield.

Analysis: Coming into the season Cobb was barely mentioned by NFL scouts despite his terrific junior campaign. And though he may lack the great next level measurables he possesses the football skills and wherewithal necessary to be a productive rotational back.
Full Name: Marcus Coker School: Stony Brook

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 225 40: 4.63 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Transfer from Iowa who posted career numbers of 1384 yards rushing and 15 TDs in 2011 as a sophomore with the Hawkeyes. Missed the 2013 season with a knee injury.

Pos: Hard-charging, downhill ballcarrier best on the inside. Runs with authority, displays power and keeps his feet moving on contact. Does not go down without a fight. Solid short yardage runner and falls forward when tackled.

Neg: Loses momentum changing direction. Not an elusive or creative runner with the ability to avoid piles or defenders. One-speed skill prospect.

Analysis: Early in his career Coker presented himself as a top running back prospect but has since struggled to regain form from the knee injury of 2013. At the top of his game he offers possibilities in a run-oriented offense who will use him on third-down or goal line situations.
Full Name: Tevin Coleman School: Indiana

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 229 40: Year: 3Jr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all America honors as a junior after posting career totals of 2036 rushing yards and 15 TDs. Also added 25 receptions last year.

Pos: Well-rounded ball carrier with a balanced game. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and will pick his spots on the inside. Easily changes direction, quickly gets through the cutback lanes and possesses a burst of speed which he turns on in a single step. Smooth turning the corner, gets a lot of momentum going up the field and effectively uses all his blocks. Instinctive, finds the running lanes and works runs. Rarely brought down by the first defender and falls forward when tackled. Consistent receiver out of the backfield, extending his hands to snatch the ball from the air.

Neg: Does not display the playing speed necessary to beat defenders into the open field. Not a truly creative ballcarrier.

Analysis: Coleman was productive the past three seasons at Indiana and finished his career on a high note. He possesses the strength to carry the ball on the inside as well as the agility and quickness to turn the corner. Also a solid receiver out of the backfield, Coleman should quickly produce at the next level and in the right system should develop into a feature back.


Full Name: Johnathon Crockett School: North Dakota State

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 217 40: 4.56 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting role on a full-time basis last season then went on to win all America and all-conference honors after setting a school record with 1994 yards. Also added 21 rushing touchdowns. Junior totals included 1277 yards rushing.

Pos: Strong downhill runner with average size/speed numbers. Keeps his feet moving on contact, gets a lot of momentum going up the field and breaks tackles to pick up yardage off initial contact. Powerful, works runs and also gives effort blocking. Solid receiver who makes receptions away from his frame. Comes back to the quarterback and works to find the open spot. Solid short area quickness.

Neg: Not overly elusive or a back who’ll create yardage. One-speed runner who struggles turning the corner or beating defenders into the open field.

Analysis: Crockett is solid in all areas of the running back position and could latch onto a roster as the fourth man on a depth chart.


Full Name: Mike Davis School: South Carolina

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 217 40: 4.53 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a sophomore after totaling 1183 yards and 11 TDs. Struggled with injuries as a junior but still finished the year with 982 yards rushing.

Pos: Nice-sized runner best in a straight line. Runs with an aggressive attitude, grinds it out on the inside and picks up the difficult yardage. Displays a burst through the hole, turns it on in a single step then falls forward when tackled. Punishes defenders, driving his shoulders through tackles and runs with authority.

Neg: Lacks agility, perimeter speed and gets in trouble when he runs East/West. Struggles making defenders miss. One speed runner and cannot run to daylight.

Analysis: Davis had a productive career at South Carolina but is a one-dimensional back who struggles in anything other than a straight line.


Full Name: Michael Dyer School: Louisville

Ht: 5-8.5 Wt: 218 40: 4.53 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Played in nine games last season totaling 481 yards and 5 TDs. Missed Louisville’s bowl game after being declared academically ineligible. Led Auburn in rushing as a sophomore during the 2011 season amassing 1242 yards with 10 scores.

Pos: Gifted ball carrier with a versatile game. Displays tremendous quickness, has an

elusive style and quickly finds the cutback lanes. Possesses the agility necessary

to turn the corner, plays faster than his 40 time and uses an effective straight arm

to keep plays alive. Runs with terrific vision, instincts and deceptively fast. Shows

strength in his lower body, breaks tackles and falls forward for the extra yardage.

Solid receiver out of the backfield. Sidesteps defenders to keep plays alive.

Neg: Dismissed from the Auburn program after a lightning fast start to his career. Play has been inconsistent the past two years. Not a back who will beat defenders into the open field.

Analysis: Dyer presents himself as a top 100 choice with the skills to be used as a rotational back at the next level. His inconsistency on the field and sometimes questionable decisions off it will push him into the late rounds and potentially out of the draft altogether. If Dyer is able to push away distractions and focus on football, he has the ability to make a roster as a team’s second back.


Full Name: Jahwan Edwards School: Ball State

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 220 40: 4.68 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-conference honors since his sophomore campaign when he posted a career-best 1410 yards rushing. Has rushed for more than 1000 yards each of the past three seasons.

Pos: Patient and powerful ball carrier with outstanding vision. Waits for blocks to develop, finds the running lanes and picks up the tough yardage. Attacks defenders with a forearm shiver or drives through opponents then falls forward when tackled. Picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Better than average quickness, has the ability to bounce around piles and turns it on in a single step. Nicely adjusts to errant throws and makes receptions with his hands.

Neg: Runs with an upright style. Not a truly creative or elusive ball carrier. Primarily a one-speed skill player.

Analysis: Edwards was consistently productive on the college field and offers enough physical skills to make an NFL roster as the third running back on a depth chart.


Full Name: Quincy Forte School: Eastern Washington

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 184 40: 4.51 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded all conference honors as a senior after 910 yards rushing and 9 TDs in eight games. Junior totals included 1208 yards rushing and 11 TDs.

Pos: Average-sized runner productive on the college level. Plays with quickness, displays the ability to bounce around piles or defenders and works runs. Patient, sets up blocks and shows a burst through the hole. Keeps his feet moving and works runs. Solid receiver out of the backfield and extends to make receptions away from his frame. Shows good vision as a blocker.

Neg: Possesses more straight-line speed and loses momentum when he must change direction or tries to turn the corner. Not a real quick or fluid cutback runner.

Analysis: Forte was very productive at Eastern Washington but comes with average size and is not elusive enough to make a difference on Sundays.


Full Name: Crusoe Gongbay School: New Mexico

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 202 40: 4.59 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Played in seven games last season totaling 354 yards rushing and 3 scores before being lost to a foot injury. Junior totals included a career-high 592 yards rushing and six TDs.

Pos: Solid interior runner with average size/speed numbers. Runs with good lean, keeps his feet moving on contact and works runs. Deceptively strong, shows the ability to push the pile and falls forward when tackled. Gets a good head of steam going and works to pick up as much yardage from each carry as possible. Plays with quickness and shows a terrific straight-line burst of speed.

Neg: Lacks the speed and agility to turn the corner. Not big for an interior runner. Now coming off a significant foot injury.

Analysis: Entering the season expectations were high for Gongbay who’s flashed next-level ability but the foot injury halted his progress. He’s a bit one-dimensional and lacks the physical dimensions to play on Sunday.


Full Name: Melvin Gordon School: Wisconsin

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 215 40: 4.45 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons winning numerous All-America honors as a junior as well as the 2014 Doak Walker Award. Posted career-best numbers of 2587 yards and 29 touchdowns last year. Averaged 7.8 yards on 631 carries in college.

Pos: Fluid, well-sized back with a solid game. Runs with outstanding balance and body control. Displays great patience and will pick and choose his spots on the inside. Finds a way to squeeze through small openings, shows a fluid change of direction and the ability to string several moves together. Effectively follows blocks everywhere, runs with excellent lean and strong in his lower body. Has a smooth style, easily bounces around the outside and shows a burst through the hole. Sidesteps defenders or piles, breaks tackles and picks up yardage off initial contact.

Neg: Possesses just a short burst and not a ball carrier who beats defenders into the open field. Has a lot of carries that gain no yardage. Not a truly creative ball carrier. Minimally productive receiver out of the backfield.

Analysis: Gordon has been incredibly productive at Wisconsin the past two seasons and offers the size and speed to be a feature runner at the next level. He’s a solid but not spectacular prospect for the next level.


Full Name: Corey Grant School: Auburn

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 203 40: 4.28 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Alabama transfer who’s been used on a rotational basis the past two seasons. Senior totals included 364 yards rushing with 3 TDs as well as 10 receptions for 92 yards. Also averaged 22.4 yards on 18 kick returns.

Pos: Undersized but explosive skill player with home-run hitting speed. Runs with outstanding balance and body control, possesses the speed and agility necessary to turn the corner and changes direction without losing momentum. Shifty with a burst which he turns on in a single step and beats defenders into the open field then runs to daylight. Effectively locates blocks, quickly gets through the clearing and dangerous if given any open space. Solid receiver out of the backfield. Gives effort on special teams returning kicks and on coverage units.

Neg: Small and easily knocked off balance or tackled by a single opponent. Has always been used in a backup role.

Analysis: Grant is one of the more underappreciated skill players in this year’s draft. He’s a triple-threat ball carrier most effective in space and is worthy of consideration in the later rounds as a situational back/return specialist.


Full Name: Prince-Tyson Gulley School: Syracuse

Ht: 5-7.5 Wt: 195 40: 4.62 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Rotational starter throughout his Syracuse career who led the team with 614 yards

rushing as a senior. Also added 21 receptions.

Pos: Small but quick and elusive skill player who creates yardage. Quickly changes direction and loses no momentum cutting back against the grain. Possesses the agility necessary to turn the corner. Displays a burst through the hole. Solid receiver out of the backfield.

Neg: Not a strong back who’s going to break tackles or pick up yardage off initial contact. One speed skill player who will struggle beating defenders into the open field.

Analysis: Gulley was reliable throughout his college career and offers opportunities as a rotational back at the next level if he proves his worth returning punts.


Full Name: Todd Gurley School: Georgia

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 222 40: 4.45 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Three-year starter who played in five games last season before sustaining a knee injury which ended his campaign. Still finished the year with 911 yards rushing and 9 TDs. Freshman totals of 2012 included a career-best 1385 yards rushing and 17 TDs. Sophomore totals included 37 receptions for 441 yards and 5 receiving touchdowns.

Pos: Versatile ball carrier with potential as a feature runner in the NFL. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and finds the open lanes. Easily changes direction, displays a burst through the hole and gets a lot of momentum going up the field. Fires through the cutback lanes and loses little momentum altering the direction of his runs. Quick footed in a small area. Effectively follows blocks everywhere, keeps the play in bounds and works to pick up positive yardage. Powerful, breaks tackles and picks up yardage off initial contact. Effective receiver out of the backfield extending to make receptions away from his frame. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes. Has a fluid and smooth style.

Neg: More of a one-speed ball carrier and not a breakaway runner. Plays with solid but not great quickness and now comes off a knee injury.

Analysis: Prior to his injury last year, Gurley projected as the #1 back in this draft and a potential mid 1st-round choice. He possesses the size, ball skills and versatility to be a feature runner at the next level but must first get back to health and prior form.
Full Name: Kenneth Harper School: Temple

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 227 40: 4.58 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Temple’s feature ballcarrier the past two seasons. Posted a career-best 11 TDs as a junior.

Pos: Well-sized ballcarrier best on the inside. Has some quickness, will pick or choose his spots and squeezes through the small openings of the offensive line. Resilient, grinds it out on the inside and picks up the difficult yardage. Patiently waits for blocks develop, finds the running lanes and displays a burst through the hole. Keeps his feet moving on contact picking yardage off initial contact or even moving the pile. Effective in pass protection, squaring into defenders then meeting them head-on. Flashes skill as a receiver out of the backfield.

Neg: More of a straight-line/downhill runner and loses momentum altering running angles. One speed back and cannot beat defenders into the open field. Lacks the speed to turn the corner.

Analysis: Harper was a consistent player at Temple and could make a roster as the third back for a run oriented offense.


Full Name: Alonzo Harris School: La-Lafayette

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 235 40: 4.74 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter who finished with 807 yards rushing and 12 TDs last season. Junior totals included 942 yards rushing and 14 TDs when he was awarded all-conference honors.

Pos: Hard-charging downhill runner who is a competent short-yardage back. Breaks tackles, carries the pile and picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Grinds it out on the inside, plays with an aggressive style and drives his shoulders through defenders. Better than average agility, quick footed in a small area and bounces around opponents to keep runs alive.

Neg: Loses momentum when he must immediately change direction. Needs open running lanes to pick up yardage. Poor receiver out of the backfield.

Analysis: Harris was an inside pounder for Louisiana-Lafayette but lacks the athleticism to

do the same at the next level.


Full Name: Dee Hart School: Colorado State

Ht: 5-7.5 Wt: 199 40: 4.75 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Alabama transfer who totaled 1275 yards and 16 touchdowns when he started 10 games last season.

Pos: Tough, straight-line runner with poor size/speed numbers. Patient, effectively follows blocks and let’s the lanes develop. Runs North/South, works to pick up positive yardage and does the little things well. Solid receiver out of the backfield.

Neg: One-speed runner who cannot turn the corner. Straight-linish and loses momentum changing direction or trying to cut back against the grain.

Analysis: Giving effort in all areas of the game, Hart is a poor athlete but a good football player and as such could catch on as a fifth running back.


Full Name: Braylon Heard School: Kentucky

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 198 40: 4.50 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Nebraska transfer who played one season for Kentucky totaling 368 rushing yards and 4 TDs.

Pos: Small but shifty back with poor size/speed numbers. Quick footed, easily changes direction without losing momentum or bounces around piles. Squeezes through the small openings of the offensive line and displays a terrific burst. Gets lost behind blockers and runs hard whenever the balls in his hands.

Neg: Doesn’t break tackles and easily brought down by a single opponent. Gives effort blocking but lacks functional football strength and run over by opponents. Solid but not spectacular receiver out of the backfield.

Analysis: Heard did a solid job as a role player for the Wildcats last season but was premature in his decision to leave the draft. He lacks the size to be an every-down back and is not a versatile enough to be situational runner at the next level.


Full Name: Bronson Hill School: Eastern Michigan

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 212 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Played in 12 games last season totaling 351 yards on the ground and no scores after 1101 yards as a junior.

Pos: Big and athletic ballcarrier coming off a disappointing season. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and possesses the agility necessary to bounce around the outside. Keeps his feet moving, grinds it out on the inside and picks up a large amount of yardage after initial contact. Resilient, tough to bring down and runs through tackles. Solid receiver out of the backfield. Sees the blitz, squares into defenders and picks up assignments.

Neg: Possesses an average burst and does not play to his 40 time. Very streaky in college.

Analysis: Hill possesses the size and speed to make a roster at the next level but has been very inconsistent which is a red flag. He needs to play at a high level on every snap but his natural abilities should give him practice squad consideration.


Full Name: Keshawn Hill School: Sam Houston State

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 208 40: 4.62 Year: 4Sr

Bio: All-conference selection as a senior after posting career-best numbers of 1150

yards rushing and 18 TDs. Also added 32 receptions for 291 yards and three TDs.

Pos: Productive college runner with average size/speed numbers for the next level. Effectively follows blocks, shows a burst through the hole and keeps his feet moving on contact. Displays the agility necessary to turn the corner and falls forward when tackled. Solid receiver and extends his hands to make receptions away from his frame.

Neg: Straight-line runner who plays to one speed. Takes a while changing direction or altering the angle of runs.

Analysis: Hill was productive carrying the ball and catching it out of the backfield in college but lacks the size and speed to play on Sunday.


Full Name: Kenny Hilliard School: LSU

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 226 40: 4.73 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Rotational ball carrier the past three years who totaled 310 yards and 7 touchdowns last season after 464 rushing yards and 6 TDs as a sophomore.

Pos: Big-bodied ball carrier best running downhill. Strong, breaks tackles and picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Displays a quick burst, runs with authority and plays with an aggressive nature. Uses an effective straight arm to keep plays alive, has defenders bouncing off him and falls forward when tackled. Sees the blitz and picks up blocking assignments.

Neg: Loses momentum changing direction or altering the angle of his runs. Average speed and quickness.

Analysis: Hilliard is a one-dimensional downhill runner best as a short-yardage back in the


Full Name: Robert Holloman School: Central Connecticut

Ht: 5-7.5 Wt: 163 40: 4.52 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Kent State transfer awarded All-America and all-conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included 1116 yards rushing and 7 TDs as well as 35 receptions for 370 yards and one more score. Junior totals included a career-best 1452 yards rushing and 18 TDs.

Pos: Small but elusive runner with a darting style. Quick, easily sidesteps defenders and finds the open space. Has a burst which he turns in one step, quick through the hole and keeps his feet off the initial hit. Displays the agility necessary to turn the corner. Solid receiver and makes receptions away from his frame.

Neg: Runs with an upright style. Easily disrupted from his angle of attack or knocked off balance by a single defender. Not picking up yardage off initial contact.

Analysis: Holloman was very productive the three years he played at Central Connecticut but is small to the point of being tiny. He must show return skills this summer for any chance to make it out of camp.


Full Name: Akeem Hunt School: Purdue

Ht: 5-8.5 Wt: 185 40: 4.42 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Purdue’s leading rusher the past two seasons. Career totals of 949 yards rushing and 6 TDs came as a senior when he also added 48 receptions. Experienced kick returner who averaged more than 25 yards per return in 2013.

Pos: Slightly built skill player with homerun-hitting speed. Displays a tremendous burst, can turn it on in one step and beats defenders into the open field then runs to daylight. Easily changes direction, loses no momentum cutting back against the grain and beats opponents around the corner. Runs with authority, has a burst through the hole and is a legitimate receiving threat out of the backfield. Plays bigger than his listed size and works every time the balls in his hands. Creative, eludes defenders and dodges around opponents and gets through the open lanes.

Neg: Lacks strength and easily brought down at the point by a single defender. Occasionally lines up in the flanks but must improve his route running.

Analysis: Hunt plays with a fearless style and is a threat to take it the distance anytime there’s an opening. He’s a triple-threat skill player who can help a team at running back, as a receiver as well as returning punts or kicks and should be given a chance this summer.
Full Name: Damarcus James School: Jacksonville State

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 233 40: 4.78 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons, winning all-conference honors after each year. Senior totals included 1150 yards rushing and 14 TDs. Junior numbers included 1477 yards on the ground. Caught a single pass as a senior.

Pos: Quick, powerful short-yardage back with poor speed. Displays good vision. Strong in his lower body and carries the pile for yards after contact. Puts his shoulders through defenders and falls forward when tackled for extra yardage. Displays a lot of skill in pass protection, seeing the blitz then squaring into defenders and taking them from the action. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes. Surprisingly quick and does not lose momentum cutting back against the grain.

Neg: One-speed skill player and plods around the field. Little running ability outside of tackle. Limited pass-catching skill.

Analysis: James, who is built like a bowling ball, was very productive on the college level and offers potential as a situational short yardage back and blocker for a team willing to overlook his 40 time.


Full Name: Jordon James School: UCLA

Ht: 5-8 Wt: 191 40: 4.42 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Part-time starter the past three seasons. Senior totals included 239 yards rushing

and 1 TD after 534 yards and 5 scores as a junior.

Pos: Small, shifty back with average next level potential. Runs with an aggressive style, drives his shoulders through defenders and works to pick up extra yardage. Displays excellent short area quickness, fluid cutting back against the grain and has a burst of speed which he turns on in a single step. Solid receiver out of the backfield.

Neg: Displays minimal strength in his running and brought down at the point by a single defender. Average production in college and never established himself as the go to running back at UCLA.

Analysis: James has enough speed to make it as a situational running back at the next level if he produces catching the ball this summer.


Full Name: Nathan Jeffery School: UTEP

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 211 40: 4.61 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Rotational runner the past two seasons after winning all-conference honors as a sophomore when he led UTEP with 897 yards rushing and 7 TDs.

Pos: Instinctive runner with a consistent college career. Finds the cutback lanes, displays good initial quickness and squeezes through the small openings of the offensive line. Keeps his feet moving, works runs and falls forward when tackled. Consistently finds running lanes and displays a short burst.

Neg: Does not play like a 210-pound back, displays marginal strength in his running and does not break many tackles.

Analysis: Early in his college career, Jeffery showed the makings of the next level running back until his play leveled off. He’s worth bringing into a camp this summer but must quickly produce to have any chance of getting past the first cut.


Full Name: David Johnson School: Northern Iowa

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 224 40: 4.42 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors the past two seasons and named as an All-American after his senior season. Totals last year included 1553 yards rushing and 17 TDs as well as 38 receptions, 536 yards and two more scores. Junior totals included 1286 yards rushing.

Pos: Well-built interior runner with terrific size/speed numbers. Patient, will pick and choose his spots on the inside and keeps his feet moving. Works runs, displays a burst through the hole and grinds it out on the inside. Puts his shoulders into defenders and falls forward when tackled. Consistently runs North/South. Good job helping the quarterback sell ball fakes.

Neg: One-speed runner who cannot beat opponents into the open field. Not a creative back who eludes opponents or makes defenders miss. Loses momentum cutting back against the grain and lacks the agility necessary to turn the corner.

Analysis: Johnson is a physical specimen who was very productive carrying the ball on the small-school level. He’s more of a situational runner and is limited to specific schemes in the NFL.
Full Name: Duke Johnson School: Miami-Fl

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 207 40: 4.50 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-conference honors as a sophomore 2013. Totals last year included a career-best 1652 yards rushing with 10 TDs. Also posted 38 receptions, 421 receiving yards and 3 more scores. Experienced kick returner.

Pos: Underrated ball carrier with a complete game. Patient, displays terrific vision and overall running back instincts. Quickly hits the hole, weaves through the traffic to find the openings and makes multiple defenders miss over the course of a single run. Plays with tremendous quickness, easily sidesteps opponents and a multi-cut ball carrier who loses little momentum changing direction. Possesses the speed, quickness and agility necessary to turn the corner. Stronger than advertised, does not go down without a fight and breaks arm tackles. Runs with an aggressive style, using a straight arm to keep plays alive. Keeps his feet moving on contact. Solid receiver out of the backfield.

Neg: Not a grinder who’s going to break multiple tackles, handle the heavy load or pick up the difficult yards. Must improve all aspects of his blocking.

Analysis: Johnson is a terrific running back prospect with the ability to create yardage on the inside as well as beat defenders around the corner. He also adds the element of receiver out of the backfield and if he improves his blocking, Johnson could be a feature runner at the next level.


Full Name: Gus Johnson School: Stephen F. Austin

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 215 40: 4.65 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all conference honors since his sophomore campaign. Named Southland Conference Player of the Year in 2014. Also named to numerous All-America teams as a senior after finishing the year with 1683 yards rushing and 23 TDs. Sophomore totals included 1061 yards rushing and 11 TDs.

Pos: Well-sized runner best on the inside. Runs low to the ground, will pick and choose his spots and immediately finds running lanes. Quick-footed, bounces around defenders and loses little momentum changing direction. Swift and nimble for a bigger back, easily cuts back against the grain and shows terrific quickness. Slips defenders, works to keep runs alive and aggressively takes on blocking assignments.

Neg: Possesses more of a short burst rather than sustained speed. Cannot beat defenders around the corner. Marginal pass catching production in college.

Analysis: Johnson combines quickness, power and the ability to elude defenders or run over them. He must improve his pass catching but offers possibilities as the fourth running back on the depth chart.


Full Name: Shawn Johnson School: Montana State

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 182 40: 4.47 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-America honors as a punt returner after his junior season. Senior rushing totals included 606 yards and 4 TDs. Averaged 13.4 yards on 25 punt returns the prior year.

Pos: Small but explosive skill player with the ability to create yardage. Sneaky fast, quickly cuts back against the grain and a multi-cut runner who makes defenders miss. Changes direction without losing momentum, works runs and keeps his feet moving on contact. Terrific receiver consistently extending to make receptions away from his frame. Displayed himself to be a game changing return specialist in 2013.

Neg: Undersized and easily disrupted from the action by the initial hit. Lacks the breakaway speed.

Analysis: Johnson was a triple-threat skill player in college and offers possibilities as a third-down back/return specialist on Sunday.


Full Name: Matt Jones School: Florida

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 231 40: 4.54 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Started 10 games last season posting a career-best 817 yards rushing and 6 TDs. Played in five games the prior year before sustaining a season-ending knee injury.

Pos: Large, powerful ball carrier with better than average quickness. Strong, drives his shoulders through defenders and doles out punishment. Breaks several tackles showing the ability to pick up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Gets skinny through the hole, shows a burst which he turns on in a single step and possesses better than average playing speed. Displays the agility and footwork necessary to turn the corner, effortlessly gets through the cutback lanes and loses little momentum changing direction. Runs with outstanding balance and immediately gets back to form off the initial hit. Solid vision and will pick or choose his spots on the inside. Effective receiver out of the backfield adjusting to errant throws and grabbing the ball with his hands.

Neg: Runs with a bit of an upright style. Lacks the great corner speed and ability to beat defenders into the open field. More of a one speed ball carrier.

Analysis: Jones watched his game take off last season after moving into the starting role. He’s a versatile ball carrier with the ability to grind it out on the inside, get around tackle as well as catch the ball out of the backfield. He’ll need time to continue to develop his game but has an upside and will surprise at the next level.


Full Name: Marlin Lane Jr. School: Tennessee

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 211 40: 4.58 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Part-time starter last season and finished the year with 300 yards rushing and 1 TD. Career totals of 658 yards rushing came during his sophomore campaign when he started six games.

Pos: Straight-line runner with a solid game. Runs with good lean and falls forward when tackled. Works runs and keeps his feet moving on contact. Effectively becomes the hot receiver on blitzes and displays solid hands.

Neg: Lacks a great burst. Not a back who’s going to move the pile. Loses momentum changing direction.

Analysis: Lane has nice size but lacks any single distinguishing physical skill to his game

and is a bit one-dimensional.


Full Name: Jeremy Langford School: Michigan State

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 208 40: 4.41 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who posted a career-best 1522 yards rushing and 22 TDs as a senior. Junior totals included 1,422 yards rushing and 18 TDs on the ground as well as 28 receptions for 157 yards.

Pos: Skilled ball carrier who presents himself as a three-down back. Instinctive, displays outstanding vision, and will pick his spots. Grinds it out on the inside, carries the load and effective as a short-yardage runner. Patient, effectively uses his blocks and gets a lot of momentum going up the field. Displays the agility necessary to turn the corner. Picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact using an effective straight arm to knock defenders away. Has a smooth and fluid style, easily changes direction or alters the course of his runs. Displays a short burst through the hole, which he turns on in a single step. Solid receiver out of the backfield.

Neg: Despite his 40 time plays like a one-speed back struggling to beat defenders into the open field. Lacks the size to be an interior pounder at the next level. Not a back who’s going to make a lot of defenders miss.

Analysis: Langford has been the go-to guy on the Michigan State offense and is a terrific ball carrier who pays attention to detail. He’s an underrated prospect who will be effective as a spot starter or in a rotational system on Sundays.


Full Name: Terrence Magee School: LSU

Ht: 5-8.5 Wt: 213 40: 4.65 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Rotational ball carrier who finished with a career-best 626 rushing yards and 8 TDs as a junior.

Pos: Explosive ball carrier with the ability to create yardage. Quick footed, bounces around defenders and has a burst. Possesses the quickness and agility necessary to turn the corner, effectively follows blocks everywhere and runs with an aggressive attitude. Keeps his feet moving on contact and falls forward when tackled. Effectively helps the quarterback sell ball fakes and a solid receiver out of the backfield.

Neg: Average strength and not a back who will consistently break tackles. Lacks the speed necessary to get around the perimeter and cannot beat defenders into the open field.

Analysis: Magee projects as a rotational back with average size/speed numbers.


Full Name: Venric Mark School: West Texas A&M

Ht: 5-7 Wt: 173 40: 4.45 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Played in four games last season, finishing with 293 yards rushing and 1 TD. Began his college career at Northwestern, where he lined up at both running back and receiver. Junior totals from 2012 included 1366 yards on the ground and 12 TDs.

Pos: Small, shifty ball carrier who creates his own yardage. Patient, waits for blocks develop and finds the running lanes. Has a burst through the hole, immediately gets to top speed and plays bigger than his size. Runs hard, keeps his feet moving on contact and fights for every yard possible. Consistently turns North/South, beats defenders into the open field or darts around them with explosive footwork. Small, gets lost behind blockers and strings several moves together over the course of a single run.

Neg: Easily brought down at the point of attack. Limited by size. Has played limited football the past two years due to injuries and other issues.

Analysis: Mark was an electrifying college player who found ways to elude opponents and create yardage. If he’s focused on football and back to full health, he’ll compete this summer as a rotational back/return specialist.


Full Name: Lyle McCombs School: Rhode Island

Ht: 5-7.5 Wt: 170 40: 4.45 Year: 5Sr

Bio: UConn transfer who played in six games last season after suffering a broken finger. Finished with 663 yards rushing and 5 TDs. Junior totals at UConn included 670 yards rushing after a career-best 860 yards on the ground as a sophomore.

Pos: Small but nifty ball carrier who creates yardage. Double-cut runner who easily changes direction without losing momentum. Patiently waits for blocks develop, finds the running lanes and turns on his burst a single step. Runs North/South and works to get as much yardage as possible every time the ball is in his hands. Easily beats defenders around the corner or into the open field. Possesses soft, natural hands out of the backfield.

Neg: Poor blocker who does little more than get in the way. Has size limitations and marginal strength. Easily brought down by a single defender.

Analysis: McCombs is a situational player with potential as a third-down back and pass catcher out of the backfield.


Full Name: Cam McDaniel School: Notre Dame

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 193 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

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Full Name: Marcus Murphy School: Missouri

Ht: 5-8.5 Wt: 193 40: 4.52 Year: 5Sr

Bio: All-conference selection after his sophomore and senior seasons. Totals last year included 924 yards rushing with 4 TDs. Experienced kick and punt returner.

Pos: Small, slippery and creative runner with a versatile game. Effectively uses blocks, squeezes through the small openings of the defense and runs with good lean. Weaves through the traffic, displays himself as a multi-cut runner and possesses a burst which he turns on in a single step. Swift, quick and tough to catch.

Neg: Undersized and easily brought down at the point by a single opponent. Marginal production as a receiver.

Analysis: Murphy lacks size/speed numbers for the next level but could be used as a scat

back that’s given the ball in space and as a return specialist.


Full Name: Kevin Parks School: Virginia

Ht: 5-7.5 Wt: 202 40: 4.68 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-conference honors as a junior when he posted career numbers of 1031 yards rushing and 11 TDs. Also added 38 receptions who year. Senior totals included 745 yards rushing.

Pos: Small but hard-charging ball carrier with a versatile game. Plays with an aggressive nature, runs North/South and drives his shoulders into defenders, working to pick up as much yardage as possible. Has a burst, gets a lot of momentum going and quickly changes direction without losing much speed. Runs with good lean, strong for his size and falls forward when tackled. Catches the ball away from his frame. Effectively follows blocks everywhere. Patient, helps the quarterback sell ball fakes and plays smart football.

Neg: Possesses a short burst and not a back who will beat defenders into the open field. Comes off a disappointing senior campaign.

Analysis: Parks has size and speed limitations but is skilled as a ball carrier and receiver which could help him catch on as a situational back in the NFL.


Full Name: Tony Pierson School: Kansas

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 170 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who lined up at both running back and receiver. Totaled 323 yards rushing and 2 TDs last season while adding 22 receptions for 203 yards.

Pos: Multipurpose skill player with poor measurables. Patient runner who waits for blocks to develop and will pick and choose his spots on the inside. Easily eludes defenders, creates yardage and quick enough to turn the corner. Runs low to the ground and bounces around piles or defenders. Solid receiver who makes receptions away from his frame.

Neg: Not a strong back and easily brought down at the point by a single opponent. Not a natural receiver and lets the ball get inside him. Loses out for contested passes.

Analysis: Pierson was very productive on the college level and could have a role as a situational back if he produces on special teams.


Full Name: Joshua Quezada School: Fresno State

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 216 40: 4.62 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Transfer from BYU who totaled 525 yards rushing and 5 TDs last season after a career-best 807 yards and 6 TDs the prior year.

Pos: Straight-line runner who’s also an effective receiver out of the backfield. Strong, keeps his feet moving and picks up yardage off initial contact then falls forward when tackled. Runs hard on the inside, displays good vision and squeezes through the small openings of the defense. Possesses soft hands and natural catching the ball. Sees the blitz and stays with blocking assignments.

Neg: Loses momentum and balance changing direction. Lacks the speed necessary to turn the corner. Coming off a somewhat disappointing senior season.

Analysis: Quezada comes with limited upside but does the little things well. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield or block inside the pocket gives him an outside opportunity to make a roster.


Full Name: Thomas Rawls School: Central Michigan

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 215 40: 4.50 Year: 4Sr

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Full Name: Josh Robinson School: Mississippi State

Ht: 5-8 Wt: 217 40: 4.65 Year: 4Jr

Bio: All-conference selection last season after posting 1203 rushing yards and scoring 11 touchdowns.

Pos: Short, low to the ground runner with a one-dimensional game. Keeps his feet moving on contact, breaks tackles and drags the pile for several yards. Sets up then follows blocks, quickly gets through the lanes and possesses a good burst. Runs with good vision, tough to bring down and despite his 40 time, beats defenders into the open field.

Neg: Average receiver out of the backfield and fights the ball. Straight-line runner and loses a lot of momentum cutting back against the grain or changing direction. Does not display the foot quickness necessary to bounce around piles or defenders.

Analysis: Robinson bolted for the NFL after one terrific college campaign but is an undersized straight-line runner who will struggle making it at the next level.


Full Name: Desmond Roland School: Oklahoma State

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 212 40: 4.64 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 770 yards rushing and 10 TDs as a senior after 811 yards and 13 scores the prior year. Caught 11 passes in his college career.

Pos: Nice-sized, downhill runner with a one-dimensional game. Finds the cutback lanes, keeps his feet moving on contact and works runs. Strong, falls forward when tackled and picks up the difficult yardage.

Neg: One speed back with limited quickness. Lacks the agility and speed necessary to turn the corner. Marginal burst through the hole.

Analysis: Roland developed late in his college career and offers good size but limited upside for the next level.


Full Name: Demarcus Rouse School: Presbyterian

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 222 40: 4.68 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 559 yards rushing and 3 TDs as a senior.

Pos: Hard-charging interior runner who plays to his size. Keeps his feet moving on contact, rarely brought down by the first defender and breaks several tackles over the course of a single run. Falls forward when tackled for the extra yardage. Sees the blitz, picks up blocking assignments and helps out lineman. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes.

Neg: Straight-line runner and struggles sidestepping defenders. One-speed player with just a small burst. Marginal receiver out of the backfield.

Analysis: Rouse is a bit one-dimensional and does not play to his athletic numbers.


Full Name: Dreamius Smith School: West Virginia

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 226 40: 4.70 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer who finished with 451 yards rushing and 5 TDs as a senior after 494 yards on the ground the prior year.

Pos: Well-sized, one-speed back best running downhill. Quickly locates running lanes, keeps his feet moving on contact and falls forward when tackled. Solid receiver out of the backfield and very effective running after receptions. Catches the ball with his hands away from his frame.

Neg: Lacks the quickness and agility to turn the corner. Possesses a limited burst. Gathers into tackles.

Analysis: Smith plays more athletic than his computer numbers and his pass-catching ability gives him an outside chance the next level.


Full Name: Keshaudas Spence School: Sacred Heart

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 248 40: 4.87 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Senior totals included 780 yards rushing and 4 TDs. All-America selection in 2013 after totaling a career-best 1669 yards rushing and 13 TDs.

Pos: Strong, downhill runner who lacks quickness and a burst. Gets a lot of momentum going, runs north-south and breaks tackles or moves the pile. Keeps his feet moving on contact, grinds it out and tough to bring down. Displays solid blocking vision, squares into defenders and seals them from the action. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes.

Neg: Coming off a disappointing senior campaign. Shows a lot of indecision and cannot create yardage.

Analysis: Spence is a hard-charging collegiate runner who lacks the speed and athleticism for the next level.


Full Name: Travon Van School: Montana

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 195 40: 4.42 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Marshall transfer who posted who totaled 64 receptions, 733 yards and 5 touchdowns as a receiver last year while also adding 478 yards rushing and seven more scores. Junior totals included 523 yards rushing.

Pos: Quick footed skill player with the ability to create yardage. Small, gets lost behind blockers and bounces around defenders to keep plays alive. Resilient, plays heads-up football and will pick and choose his spots. Waits for blocks to develop and finds running lanes. Solid receiver out of the backfield extending to make receptions away from his frame.

Neg: Small and easily tackled at the point. Does not display himself to be a great perimeter runner. Never overly productive carrying the ball.

Analysis: Van is a multifaceted skill player with possibilities as a rotational runner/third-down back at the next level.


Full Name: Terron Ward School: Oregon State

Ht: 5-6 Wt: 203 40: 4.51 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Part-time starter the past two seasons who finished with 696 yards rushing and 10 TDs as a senior, both career-best totals. Junior numbers included 34 receptions, 280 receiving yards and 3 TDs.

Pos: Small but explosive skill player who creates yardage. Multi-cut runner, easily cuts back against the grain and loses little momentum changing direction. Runs low to the ground, works his carries and grinds it out on the inside. Patiently waits for blocks develop and gets lost behind blockers. Has a tremendous burst of quickness which he turns on in a single step. Sees the blitz, squares into defenders and gives effort blocking.

Neg: Not a natural receiver and all too often drops catchable throws. Won’t be able to pick up much yardage off initial contact at the next level.

Analysis: Ward is a quick and creative skill player who can be used in situational roles at the next level.


Full Name: Terrell Watson School: Azusa Pacific

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 240 40: 4.56 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his sophomore season and twice named as an All-American running back. GNAC Offensive Player of the Year the past two seasons, finishing his senior season with 2153 yards and 29 TDs in 11 games while adding 19 receptions for 180 yards. Junior totals included 1812 yards and 23 TDs.

Pos: Strong, punishing interior runner who’s also an effective receiver out of the backfield. Runs hard on the inside, keeps his feet moving and picks up yardage off initial contact. Rarely brought down by the first defender and moves the pile. Displays the agility necessary to get around tackle, shows good vision and consistently runs North/South. Uses his blocks everywhere on the field. Can handle a lot of carries. Effective receiver out of the backfield and snatching passes away from his frame.

Neg: Loses a lot of momentum trying to change direction or cutting back against the grain. Runs with a bit of an upright style.

Analysis: Watson is one of the hidden gems at the running back position and would be picture-perfect in a gap scheme offense or possibly as a fullback in a West Coast system. He’ll get consideration in the late rounds and should be a surprise in camp this summer.
Full Name: Reggie Whatley School: Middle Tennessee

Ht: 5-6 Wt: 175 40: 4.46 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Part-time starter the past two seasons who posted a career-best and team-leading 767 yards rushing and 7 TDs last year.

Pos: Small but quick runner who creates yardage. Runs with good lean, easily changes direction without losing momentum and immediately gets to top speed. Displays the speed and agility necessary to turn the corner, shows a burst through the hole and keeps his feet moving on contact. Plays bigger than his listed size and breaks arm tackles.

Neg: Lacks running balance. Not a smooth cutback runner. Has size limitations. Minimally productive as a receiver.

Analysis: Whatley is a hard-working college running back with solid speed but lacks the size and versatility to play at the next level.


Full Name: Karlos Williams School: Florida State

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 230 40: 4.45 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Former defensive back who moved to running back as a junior then started the next two seasons. Posted a career-best 730 yards rushing as a junior and has scored 11 rushing touchdowns each of the past two seasons.

Pos: Big-bodied ball carrier with terrific size/speed numbers. Athletic, pounds it on the inside and shows the ability to break several tackles or pick up the difficult yardage. Patient with good vision, finds the cutback lanes and possesses a burst through the hole. Runs with an aggressive style and falls forward for the extra yardage. Displays explosiveness and plays to his 40 time.

Neg: Runs with an upright style. Not a natural or fluid receiver out of the backfield. Loses a lot of momentum changing direction.

Analysis: Williams possesses first-round size/speed numbers but is primarily a downhill runner best between the tackles. He comes with upside and would do well as a rotational ball carrier on first down or in short-yardage situations.


Full Name: Kenneth Williams School: Texas Tech

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 225 40: 4.58 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Nice-sized runner who lined up at both running back and in the secondary as a senior. Moved into the starting line up as a sophomore. Carried the ball just 11 times last season for 78 yards and added 22 tackles. Career totals of 824 yards came during his sophomore season.

Pos: Quick, well-built runner with a solid game. Slippery, elusive and makes defenders miss to create yardage. Works runs, keeps his feet moving on contact and drives forward. Finds running lanes and gets through the small creases. Solid receiver out of the backfield.

Neg: More of a one speed back and cannot beat defenders into the open field. Average production in college.

Analysis: Williams ability to create yardage and catch the ball out of the backfield will get him long looks as a situational/third-down back at the next level.


Full Name: Keon Williams School: Tenn-Chattanooga

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 237 40: 4.67 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who finished with a career-best 1037 yards rushing and 14 TDs last season.

Pos: Nice sized interior ball carrier with solid short area quickness. Patiently waits for blocks to develop, shows strength in his lower body and falls forward when tackled. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes, squares into opponents and takes them from the action. Makes defenders miss in the short field. Has a burst through the hole and is tough to bring down.

Neg: Must improve his ball security. One-speed back who cannot beat opponents into the open field. Marginal production as a pass catcher.

Analysis: Williams is a solid short-yardage running back effective on third-down or goal-line situations.


Full Name: Trey Williams School: Texas A&M

Ht: 5-7.5 Wt: 195 40: 4.43 Year: 3Jr

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Full Name: T.J. Yeldon School: Alabama

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 226 40: 4.54 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Two-year starter who struggled with injuries last season and finished the year with 979 yards rushing and 11 TDs while adding 15 receptions. Sophomore totals included 1235 yards on the ground with 14 TDs.

Pos: Nice-sized ball carrier with a well-rounded game. Patient back who’s sets up blocks and effectively uses them around the field. Quick footed, possesses the agility necessary to turn the corner or make opponents miss. Shows strength running the ball, uses an effective straight arm to keep plays alive and does not go down without a fight. Breaks arm tackles and has defenders bouncing off him. Displays a short burst which he turns on in a single step. Runs with balance and body control.

Neg: More of a one-speed ball carrier and cannot beat defenders into the open field. Loses momentum changing direction.

Analysis: Yeldon was very productive the two seasons he started at Alabama, displaying ability as both a ball carrier and receiver. He does not possess elite skills but should produce as a rotational back/spot starter at the next level.


Full Name: Zachary Zenner School: South Dakota State

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 223 40: 4.52 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded All-America and all-conference honors since his sophomore season. Senior totals included 2019 yards rushing and 22 TDs with 28 receptions for 331 yards and four more scores. Career-best 2044 yards rushing came as a during his sophomore season.

Pos: Ultra-productive small-school runner with marginal size and speed for the next level. Keeps his feet moving on contact, works runs and falls forward when tackled. Squeezes through the small openings of the defense, displays outstanding vision and runs with good lean. Uses an effective straight arm to keep opponents away. Consistent receiver out of the backfield with natural pass catching skills.

Neg: Not a creative back who makes defenders miss. Lacks the footwork necessary to bounce around piles. One-speed skill player and cannot beat defenders into the open field.

Analysis: Zenner was incredibly productive on the college level and is a solid football player but an average athlete. He could find a spot on a roster as a fourth back if he plays well on special teams.


Full Name: Zachary Zwinak School: Penn State

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 233 40: 4.68 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Former feature runner at Penn State who posted 112 yards rushing in eight games last season before being lost to a leg injury. Led Penn State in rushing as a junior with 989 yards after gaining an even 1000 as a sophomore.

Pos: Big-bodied college running back who projects to fullback at the next level. Tough straight-ahead runner with the ability to pick up yardage off initial contact. Works his runs keeping plays alive and shows good small area quickness. Terrific pass protector who sees the blitz and aggressively goes after defenders. Always looks for someone to hit and gets a pad on opponents, knocking them from their angle of attack.

Neg: More of a straight-line player and struggles turning the perimeter. Lacks a quick change of direction and loses a lot of momentum altering his angle of attack. Had fumbling problems as a junior. Coming off a severe leg injury.

Analysis: Zwinak displayed himself as a triple threat player for Penn State and if he gets back to health he’ll have an opportunity as a West Coast fullback.


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