2003 Fullback Prospects


The Steelers have been quite pleased since grabbing unheralded fullback Dan Kreider, from New Hampshire, as an undrafted free agent three years ago. Kreider has become one of the best run blockers in the league and has gradually become an option out of the backfield as a receiver. Verron Haynes can back up Kreider, though Haynes looks to be better suited at running back. "> 2003 Fullback Prospects


The Steelers have been quite pleased since grabbing unheralded fullback Dan Kreider, from New Hampshire, as an undrafted free agent three years ago. Kreider has become one of the best run blockers in the league and has gradually become an option out of the backfield as a receiver. Verron Haynes can back up Kreider, though Haynes looks to be better suited at running back. ">

2003 Fullback Prospects

<p align="center"><b>2003 Fullback Prospects</b> <p><br> The Steelers have been quite pleased since grabbing unheralded fullback Dan Kreider, from New Hampshire, as an undrafted free agent three years ago. Kreider has become one of the best run blockers in the league and has gradually become an option out of the backfield as a receiver. Verron Haynes can back up Kreider, though Haynes looks to be better suited at running back.

Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala can also fill in at fullback if needed. The Steelers have no draft need here.

#1
Andrew Pinnock
6' 0"
255 lbs
South Carolina – Senior

Pinnock has become the premier back for the Gamecocks. A better runner than blocker or receiver, Pinnock is good at gaining yards after the initial contact. Shows patience as a runner and is good at finding the running lanes. May have trouble finding a role for himself on a team unless they bring him in as a running back.

Looking to be drafted: Third Round

#2
B. J. Askew
6' 3"
228 lbs
Michigan – Senior

Askew finds himself in a difficult position. He is a solid overall player who excels in the short yardage ground game. He blocks well in space and has the hands to be a threat in the passing game. The downside is that he is not overly dominant in any part of his game. Might be better suited in an H-back role.

Looking to be drafted: Third Round

#3
Brandon Drumm
6' 1"
229 lbs
Colorado – Senior

Drumm is perhaps the best blocking fullback coming out this year. A devastating blocker on the college level, Drumm may need to add some bulk to be effective in the pros. Has the athletic ability to contribute in the passing game and short yardage running game.

Looking to be drafted: Fourth Round

#4
Jeremi Johnson
5' 10"
270 lbs
Western Kentucky – Senior

A massive man, Johnson has the ability to make his own holes, due to his size. A better runner at this point than a blocker, Johnson has the build to be a devastating blocker if he can learn the position better. Potential alone should allow him to be drafted.

Looking to be drafted: Fifth Round

#5
Casey Moore
6' 1"
250 lbs
Stanford
Moore comes out of Stanford as a solid blocker and receiving prospect. Good in isolation blocking as well as the short passing game, Moore has the ability to help teams who already have a feature back.

Looking to be drafted: Sixth Round

Undrafted Free Agents

Blake Bourque
6' 1"
245 lbs
Louisiana – Lafayette - Senior

Bourque is a much better blocker at this point than anything else. Has decent hands and can contribute in the passing game, but isn't much of a threat to run the ball.

Kris Briggs
5' 11"
231 lbs
Southern Methodist – Senior

Briggs is a decent all-around prospect who could draw attention from teams looking to groom someone. A solid straight-line runner who excels receiving out of the backfield.

Chris Davis

6' 0"
230 lbs
Syracuse

Davis is a decent blocker but only a marginal running back. Plays on both kickoff and punt coverage units. Also was the team's long snapper.

Claude Diggs
6' 0"
245 lbs
Richmond – Senior

Diggs is a raw prospect, but has shown ability as both a blocker and as a running back. A quick burst and good footwork might be enough for a team to bring him in and see if they can get something out of him.

Justin Griffith
5' 11"
223 lbs
Mississippi State – Senior

A neck injury has sidelined Griffith for much of the past couple of years. His size may limit his effectiveness as a blocking fullback and while he is a decent runner, he may not have the speed or the skills to be a pro running back.


Chad Killian
6' 2"
265 lbs
Maryland

Killian is not only a solid blocker and runner for the Terps, but is also one of the strongest players on the team, benching 470 lbs.

Tom Lopienski
6' 1"
249 lbs
Notre Dame – Senior

Lopienski will have a hard time sticking in the pros due to his lack of athletic ability. While he is a very efficient straight-line blocker, Lopienski struggles in space. He is also a minimal threat to run the ball or in the passing game.

Malaefou MacKenzie
5' 11"
225 lbs
Southern California – Senior

MacKenzie is more an H-Back than fullback. While his blocking is average, he is a solid receiver out of the backfield. However, Mackenzie is not much of a threat running the ball.

Dawan Moss
5' 10"
235 lbs
Michigan State – Senior

After starting 17 games as the Michigan State fullback, Moss shed over 30 pounds in order to take over the running back spot vacated by T.J. Duckett after last season. Moss has not shown much ability as a feature back and his best hopes may lie in putting the weight back on and shifting back over to fullback, where he was very solid his sophomore and junior seasons.

Ovie Mughelli
6' 1"
250 lbs
Wake Forest

A good all-around prospect, Mughelli is solid in both the receiving game and as a short yardage runner, but where he really shines is in his blocking. Mughelli is just as good pass blocking as he is run blocking. If a team needs a true blocking fullback, it might want to look here.

Kevin O'Connell
6' 2"
246 lbs
Idaho

O'Connell is a decent athlete, first coming to Idaho as a quarterback before switching to tight end. Finally at fullback he found his calling, showing good blocking skills as well as decent hands coming out of the backfield.

JT Wall
5' 11"
253 lbs
Georgia – Senior

A solid blocker, Wall took over the fullback duties from Verron Haynes after he switched to tailback his senior season. While not offering a lot in the area of running back or receiver, Wall is a very solid blocker and could stick with a team that needs a true blocking fullback.

Joe Weber
5' 11"
230 lbs
Texas A&M – Senior

A solid fullback who is a better runner and receiver than a blocker. Has put together two good back-to-back seasons at the position, but is still learning how to block.

More Player Links:

Andrew Pinnock
B.J. Askew
Brandon Drumm
Jeremi Johnson
Casey Moore
Black Bourque
Kris Briggs
Chris Davi
Claude Diggs
Justin Griffith
Chad Killian
Tom Lopienski
Dawan Moss
Malaefou MacKenzie
Ovie Mughelli
Kevin O'Connell
JT Wall
Joe Weber


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