The running back position seemed to be a position of need for the Carolina Panthers with the release of DeAngelo Williams. After trading their sixth and seventh round picks, the Panthers used their last pick of the 2015 NFL Draft on Auburn’s running back Cameron Artis-Payne.
After carrying the ball only 91 times in 2013 and backing up Tre Mason, Artis-Payne became a force on the Tigers’ offense in 2014 with over 300 rushing attempts and running for over 1,600 yards and 13 touchdowns. He finished his college career averaging six yards a carry.
At 5-10 and 212 pounds, Artis-Payne is a well-built running back who isn’t afraid running the ball right up the middle and doesn’t go down easy. The biggest knock on his game though is that he isn’t the best pass catcher out of the backfield. However the depth the Panthers have with Fozzy Whittaker and Jordan Todman means he shouldn’t be asked to do that.
The Panthers now have two running backs who can wear down opposing defenses and just run the ball right down the field. The fit for what Artis-Payne brings to the football field and what the Carolina Panthers try to do on offense is perfect.