NFL Draft Scouting Report: Laurence Maroney

On of the most productive ball carrier's in the nation, Laurence Maroney is having a splendid junior campaign. Literally carrying the Minnesota Gophers on his shoulders, he has been the Big Ten's best ball carrier in 2005. And while he lacks classic NFL size, this junior projects well at the next level.

Full Name: Laurence Maroney    School: Minnesota

Ht: 5-10   Wt: 205   40: 4.50

Pos: Ultra productive collegiate back with outstanding potential for the NFL. Patient, waits for blocks to develop then follows them anywhere on the field. Quick footed, slides off tackles or sets defenders up and makes them miss. Runs with excellent lean and low to the ground. Can double cut during a single handoff, freezing defenders with his ability to juke or swivel. Deceptively strong, breaks tackles and works runs. Plays with outstanding balance and body control. Possesses great vision and run instincts. Marginally productive as a receiver yet effective when the pass is thrown in his direction.

Neg: Lacks classic size and may have difficulty taking a pounding at the next level.

Analysis: A big-time player Maroney offers a lot of skill for the next level. May not be a back for everyone because of limited size yet plays bigger and faster then his computer numbers.

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