Cameron Artis-Payne is a well-built athlete who has the agility, balance and ability to come out of his stance low to generate enough initial quickness into the holes. He shows good strength and has the leg drive to have defenders draped on him to be dragged for extra yardage, as he shows good forward body lean. He has adequate change of direction agility, but shows good flexibility and the functional acceleration coming off the snap.
The thing that you notice immediately about Artis-Payne is his change of direction agility and body control. When the rush lane is clogged, he’s has the feel to redirect and bounce outside, but does not have the speed to take the ball to the house down the sidelines. He shows the vision needed to see threats and plays the hand that he is dealt. While he won’t explode past the line, he shows patience setting up his blocks and has the balance and body lean to gain positive yardage falling forward.
Artis-Payne is a physical inside runner whose playing strength is better than his weight room figures. He has the short area quickness to get into the hole and can create if the crease is closed. He shows a good burst in his turns, just lacking suddenness in his change of direction, but has good vision. He can find the hole, but will sometimes run too upright, resulting in him being susceptible to ankle tackles (needs to generate better knee lift).
The Tigers ball carrier is not going to go down easy, even from gang tackles. He lacks weight room strength, but has the lower body power to push the pile when he keeps his pads down. He has good strength, but when he runs high in his stance, his base gets a little too narrow. He has enough leg drive to run through arm tackles and very seldom gets knocked back through the rush lanes when he keeps his pad level low.
As a receiver, Artis-Payne has problems tracking the ball in flight and while he runs decent routes, they are rounded (makes soft angle cuts). He knows how to settle in the zone and is a strong runner after the catch, but has to develop moves to set up the cornerback in man coverage.
The Auburn senior is not asked to block much, but he is a team-oriented type that will face up to bigger defenders. He needs to work on his cut blocking in pass protection, but has the hip snap and power to impact when he makes a proper block. He just seems to lack the awareness to get a piece of the linebacker when picking up the blitz.
NFL Scouting Combine measurables
5-10/212 (4.53 forty)
29 5/8-inch arm length
8 7/8-inch hands
36.5-inch vertical jump
118-inch broad jump
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