Ciatrick Fason Predraft Summary Analysis

The summary analysis for the Vikings' fourth-draft pick.

Ciatrick Fason, Florida, 6-0, 209 — Fourth-year junior ... Only a full-time starter for one season, but made the most of it — rushing 222 times for 1,326 yards (a 6-yard average) and 10 touchdowns, while adding 35-266-2 in the receiving game ... First-team All-SEC in 2004 ... Married with two children ... Good initial burst off the snap and redirection skills ... Has the speed to make the corner and take any run to the house ... A polished receiver in the passing game ... Durability isn't a question, while he only started 15 games, he played in all 37 games of his college career ... Isn't an effective blocker ... While he has good strength, some scouts question his ability to consistently run inside at the next level ... In the last 10 years the only Florida RB to go higher than Fason was projected was Fred Taylor in 1998 ... Gets taken down too easily in the open field ... Runs a little too upright and opens himself to big hits ... Ran a 4.57 40 at the Combine with a 36-inch vertical jump, a 9-10 broad jump and a Wonderlic score of 16.

PROJECTION: After the Big Three running backs are gone, it's something of a crapshoot as to who will be No. 4, but it likely won't be until the second round. But once into the second, guys like Fason shouldn't last long.

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