Tom Marino: Scouting the Fullbacks

Get the scoop on this year's FB crop from an NFL scout with over 35 years experience.


1. Peyton Hillis, FB, Arkansas
40: 4.59v Ht: 6006v Wt: 238v Rating: 1.326
A very impressive athlete.Tough versatile & physical player with very good hands, balance, playing instincts. Has highly underrated running skills. Ran good routes & just seems to have a knack for making plays. Has excellent size (wins this year's beauty contest). Not your typical "iso" FB and wasn't as explosive on contact as I would have expected, but has savvy & has good playing smarts. See's himself as a running back. Rd 3 consideration

2. Jerome Felton, FB, Furman
40: 4.79v Ht: 5115v Wt: 241v Rating: 1.461
Talented back. well built with good hands & inside running skills (more natural then expected). Will break secured tackles inside, has the feet to avoid & can move the pile. Not polished as a blocker, but is willing & gets after people. More then adequate on pass protection. Very functional within the passing game. Excellent on flat, screens a& arrow routes. More of a one-back then a pure FB .Has strong early second day draft potential. 67 career TD's! Round # 4.

3. Owen Schmitt, FB, West Virginia
40: 4.79v Ht: 6017v Wt: 247v Rating: 1.472
An old school fullback who was double tough, unselfish and highly productive as both a runner and or blocker. Will lead it up inside with good determination. Better iso blocker then out on the edge. Has impressive ball skills out of the backfield (swing, flat, and screen routes. As a runner hits it up inside and although wasn't nifty showed good vision, strength and determination. On all special teams. Loved his tenacity and playing character.

4. Jacob Hester, FB, LSU
40: 4.62v Ht: 5105v Wt: 226v Rating: 1.531
Tough inside runner who showed strength and determination particularly on red zone and short yardage situations. Totally unselfish and dependable. Can break inside tackles and move the pile. Is a stright line runner and although is a willing blocker, didn't adjust effectively on the move. Never going to be a great time, but is going to contribute in many ways to winning ball games.


Brandon McAnderson, FB, Kansas
40: 4.90e Ht: 5100e Wt: 240e Rating: 1.8

Ryan Putnam, FB, Boise State
40: 4.87v Ht: 6015v Wt: 252v Rating: 1.8

Tom Busch, FB, Iowa
40: 4.72v Ht: 5095v Wt: 232v Rating: 1.9

Broderick Cole, FB, Nicholls State
40: 4.85e Ht: 5100e Wt: 235e Rating: 1.9

Dionte Johnson, FB, Ohio State
40: 4.75e Ht: 5104v Wt: 239v Rating: 1.9

Eric Rutledge, FB, Florida
40: 4.95e Ht: 5116v Wt: 256v Rating: 2

Carl Stewart, FB, Auburn U
40: 4.76v Ht: 6010v Wt: 231v Rating: 1.9

Chris Brown, FB, Tennessee U
40: 4.76v Ht: 6001v Wt: 239v Rating: 1.9

Justin Valentine, FB, Minnesota U
40: Ht: 5112v Wt: 231v Rating: 1.9

Lanard Stafford, FB, So Carolina U
40: 4.80e Ht: 5084e Wt: 250e Rating: 1.9

Mike Cox, FB, Georgia Tech
40: 4.70e Ht: 6002v Wt: 259v Rating: 1.9

Mike Viti, FB, West Point
40: 4.86v Ht: 5091v Wt: 242v Rating: 1.9

Trever Robinson, FB, Ohio St
40: 4.65e Ht: 5104v Wt: 226v Rating: 1.9

Tyler Whaley, FB, Ohio St
40: 4.90e Ht: 5110e Wt: 275e Rating: 2

Adam Ballard, FB, Navy
40: Ht: Wt: Rating: 2

Rolly Lumbala, FB, Idaho U
40: 4.78v Ht: 6006v Wt: 253v Rating: 2

Ryan Brown, FB, So Carolina U
40: Ht: Wt: Rating: 2

Tielor Robinson, FB, Duke U
40: Ht: 5105v Wt: 245v Rating: 2

Mike Pitre, FB, UCLA
40: Ht: Wt: Rating: 2

Matt Hahn, FB, Penn St
40: 4.85e Ht: 6000e Wt: 235e Rating: 2

Chris Pressley, FB, Wisconsin U
40: Ht: Wt: Rating: 2

Emeko Nnoli, FB, Stanford U
40: 4.83v Ht: 6002v Wt: 236v Rating: 2

Grant Ayvezyan, FB, Calif-Davis
40: Ht: 5110v Wt: 244v Rating: 2

Joe Surratt, FB, Florida St
40: 4.95e Ht: 6002v Wt: 254v Rating: 2

The small "v" which follows the HT, WT, and forty time is the designation for verified. Other designations may include "e" for estimated, "b" for borrowed (from another scout), or "c" for coaches measurement or timed by a college coach.

Heights: The first number in the four numerals height represents the individual in feet while the second and third numbers represents a player in inches, while the last number in fractions of an inch (exclusively by the 1/8th of an inch.  Thus the following examples:

5105v - 5 for five feet, the10 represent ten inches, and the 5 (five) represents five-eights of another inch.

6017v - Six feet, one and seven-eights verified. 

All professional prospects and or suspects are measured numerous times during the course of a scouting season.  The first takes place generally in the spring of his junior at regularly scheduled "Pro days" at his university. At the conclusion of the season, scouts will on some occasions measure a prospect during a school visit.  Players are weighed and measured at every post season all-star contests.  At some lower level games, players are also given the opportunity to run. The next occasion takes place at the Indianapolis scouting combine, followed by individual or team workouts at the university and finally when a player if flown in to visit at a team site.


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