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2013 Running Back Rankings

April 23, 2013

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Running Back

Prototype in the NFL: Adrian Peterson

Best In Class

Best Pure Speed: Onterrio McCalebb             Best Inside Runner: Eddie Lacy

Best Pass Blocker: Stepfan Taylor                 Best Open Field Runner: Joseph Randle

Best Pass Catcher: Theo Reddick                   Best Vision: Montee Ball

Best Burst: Giovanni Bernard                          Best Goal Line Runner: Montee Ball

1. Eddie Lacy Alabama #42 5’11 231 Jr.

Comparison: Less fragile Chris “Beanie” Wells

Stats: SEC

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2013

2012

1322

6.5

17

22

189

2

2011

674

7.1

7

11

131

0

2010

406

7.3

6

2

18

0

Combine: Didn’t workout due to injury.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5110

231

9.5

Notes: Soph #143 in ESPN 150 for ’09. A big, surprisingly fast back who has poor movement skills and looks very cumbersome but has an outstanding size/speed ratio allowing him to put up elite numbers in 2010 with minimal playing time (406 7.3 ypc 6 TD). Noticed him in the Capital One Bowl vs. Michigan St. when he had a great game (86 17.2 2 TD) capped by a 62 yd TD. In the 2011 Penn St. game ran into his own OL on a screen pass showing questionable vision (13:15 2nd), good bowling ball run for 8 yds bouncing off guys left and right and then moving the pile another few yards (2:15 3rd), great 9 yd run avoiding one tackle, running through another and bounced off the last for an additional yard or two (8:24 4th), good 30 yd run spinning off tackle after 15 yds for the rest-did look exhausted at the end of the run so he isn’t that well conditioned (6:46 4th). Listed as the #72 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Michigan game he couldn’t catch low dump off pass, very nice 8 yd gain plowing through defender at end of run up middle, easy 6 yd TD run on tired Michigan D, caught for TFL trying to bounce outside-definitely a straight line runner, had 12 yd dump off but fumbled at end of half costing team chance at FG. In the 2012 Arkansas game he had 6 yd TD on up middle run hitting defender at the 3 and bowling him over to get in-great power, gave a big hit and kept going on 12 yd run up middle-such violence, 10 yd run breaking final tackle of safety at 2 yd. Listed as the #76 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Ole Miss game he showed his power breaking numerous tackles on +15 yd run-they’re an undersized DL so his power is even more obvious. In the 2012 Missouri game he had 77 yd run showing good speed through hole and nice vision to cut back on S and get angle to beat him despite inferior speed to him, 15 yd run-not touched till end of run, good leap for 3 yd TD over pile, 10-15 yds every run right now, fumbled at end of 9 yd run, jumped over pile yet got stuck yet reached ball out to get 1 yd TD, had career high in yards as he had +10 ypc avg and broke countless tackles. In the 2012 Tennessee game he had nice spin move to get 9 yd run setting up TD-looked to be no gain run, triple caught dump off, good spin again for 8 yds on inside run-wearing them down with his big body. In the 2012 Mississippi St. game he showed good hands double catching a screen pass that was either shielded or deflected by DL then showing great straight line speed for 27 yd TD. In the 2012 Texas A&M game he had a few strong runs and had a higher ypc than Yeldon yet didn’t do too much and likely had a concussion on a helmet to helmet hit when he bobbled an out dump off. In the 2012 LSU game he had 28 yd run showing good burst up the middle-blown cov, dropped easy dump off on shallow cross-poor hands, used his patented spin move a number of times to good success. 1st team SEC in 2012. In the 2012 Georgia game he showed nice speed bouncing run outside and showing enough speed to separate from S Bacarri Rambo, fumbled on 2nd and 1 goal line carry-recovered, showed his underrated speed with 41 yd TD run-beat S to pylon, elite run getting hit hard by LB Alec Ogletree yet bouncing off for +25 yds ending with Rambo bouncing off him but pushed OOBs-maybe the best run of his career (2:58 3rd), 3 straight +10 yd runs. This might have been his most dominant game as he was big, fast, and broke countless tackles. Mark Ingram was on the sideline at this game and it made me compare the two. Lacy is bigger, stronger, faster, and has better numbers yet I’ve been hesitant to give him anything higher than a 3rd round grade? Not anymore, early 2nd round 1/10/13. In the 2012 Notre Dame (BCS Championship) game he went right past S Zeke Motta in hole, 20 yd TD right up middle, spin move got YAC on RB screen, made Motta miss in backfield on unblocked blitz getting +18 on 3rd and 1-looks quicker and faster than I’ve seen him all year, threw down LB on edge to get YAC-brutal, dropped easy dump off, spin on dump off for +10 yd TD, broke another tackle in hole on Motta, good speed bouncing inside run outside for +10 yds. He was the MVP of the game and once again made the argument that he’s vastly underrated.

Overall: Eddie Lacy has been underrated by me for quite some time so it’s not fair for me to criticize others who continue to underrate him so dramatically. It’s easy to see his flaws as he isn’t quick, has poor lateral quickness, is worthless as a receiver, and lacks the all around back qualities teams usually associate with a 1st round caliber RB. Yet he does one thing well, run downhill, and he does it about as well as any RB I’ve ever graded. At 5’11 235 and with high 4.4/low 4.5 type speed he is an elite combination of size/speed. It’s a combination that is most similar to former 1st rounder Chris “Beanie” Wells who at 6’1 235 ran a 4.38 40 and had such an elite size/speed ratio that teams overlooked his injury prone nature and penchant for not running aggressively. Eddie has no such issues and while he lacks the lateral quickness and vision that also characterized Wells he is so much stronger and more aggressive than Beanie that I have no qualms about Lacy being a bust. At worst Lacy will be a 2 down back who is dominant on inside runs yet has to be platooned due to his lack of talent as a receiver and his inability to bounce runs outside. At best he will continue his elite ypc in the NFL and be on par with an Adrian Peterson type in terms of his ability to both break long runs (in 7 of his 14 games this season he had runs of +20 yds) and get yards after contact. Usually it’s either or as you choose either the smaller, fast backs like Chris Johnson and Jamaal Charles or the bigger backs like Trent Richardson and Marshawn Lynch. Lacy has the ability to do both so while he isn’t a complete back he is dominant in two aspects that are key to a running back’s success. Also it’s important to note that he has had some extremely heralded teammates in his career and statistically has outperformed them all. In 2010 his ypc of 7.3 was better than both 1st round pick Mark Ingram’s 5.5 and Top 5 pick Trent Richardson’s 6.3, in 2011 his ypc of 7.1 was better than Richardson’s 5.9, and in 2012 his 6.5 ypc was better than future 1st rounder TJ Yeldon (currently rated as the #1 RB in the country on my board). The fact that he ran behind the same OL as 3 elite RBs and outperformed them all proves my point that Eddie, while lacking the overall game you would prefer, is vastly underrated and is as good of an in between the tackles runner as I’ve ever graded. Top 15 as my #1 RB 3/24/13.

2. Giovanni Bernard North Carolina #26 5’8 3/8 202 Soph

Comparison: LaMichael James/LeSean McCoy combo

Stats: ACC

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2014

2013

2012

1228

6.7

12

47

490

5

2011

1253

5.2

13

45

362

1

Combine: Small and thick with his build. Ripped upper body. 4.53 40 which was good for this year but average overall. Looked very quick out of the gates which showed on his 10 yd split (1.55). Good hands on arrow route catching it behind him. Impressive burst and fluidity in corner route drill. Jump catch in flat check down drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5083

202

9.38

4.53

19

33.5

1002

4.12

6.91

Notes: Lost mother to cancer at age 10. Lost relatives to the tsunami in Haiti. Missed senior year in HS with hamstring injury. Redshirted in 2010 due to tearing ACL in camp. Reminds me of a bit weaker but smoother Ray Rice. In the 2011 Virginia game had a nice one handed catch on shallow cross for 15 yds (12:35 1st), very nice quickness on RB screen showing nice hands as well on the 19 yd gain (14:40 2nd), outstanding vision on sweep right that he brought all the way back to the center and burst upfield for 40 yds (14:45 3rd), showed good but not elite speed again on 29 yd run with huge hole up the middle yet he tried to juke too much probably losing 5 yds if he had just run straight (6:03 3rd). Looks like a future NFL prospect 9/19/11. In the 2011 Louisville game had a very quick cut for a 7 yd run showing the smoothness that I saw before (11:35 2nd), fumbled ball just as he looked to be getting out of pile, nice 10 yd run juking in and out of blockers (4:58 2nd), great patience and vision on 3 yd TD but didn’t look that quick in hole (7:12 3rd), good speed on 12 yd off tackle outrunning CB Joe Castaneda to the edge, good power dragging MLB Dexter Hayman an extra 3 yds on 7 yd carry (9:03 4th), and great hands holding onto dump off pass that he was decleated on. In the 2011 Georgia Tech game he started it out with a 25 yd off tackle run showing impressive speed (14:43 1st), great lateral quickness getting 1st on 2nd and 2 then shifting in hole to avoid tackler for a few more (12:40 1st), nice 4 yd run for a TD showing a nose for the endzone as he shifted his body sideways to get into small hole for the final yard (11:32 1st), elite run getting 3 yd dump off on 3rd and 15 immediately making quick move to juke one defender then getting 10 yds dragging/breaking tackles on 3 defenders to then speed another 8 yds for the improbably first (8:43 4th), showed his very good speed on 55 yd TD run shooting through the hole in the middle with no secondary gaining on him (7:22 4th). In the 2011 Clemson game he didn’t start b/c dealing with injuries but had a nice +10 yd run breaking tackles and showing his very good lateral quickness yet did fumble ball at the end (3:58 2nd). Listed as the #79 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #59 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Louisville game he didn’t play due to knee injury. In the 2012 East Carolina game he caught a pass in tight cov on a seam route and held on despite a vicious hit that knocked his helmet off-great hands and toughness. In the 2012 he impressed me with a 62 yd TD run on 4th and 1, elite lateral quickness (some of the best I’ve ever graded) on numerous runs, elite start and stop ability, ended the game with 262 rushing yds! Entered the 2013 NFL Draft as a 3rd year Soph. One of the top PR in the nation in 2012.

Overall: Giovanni is a player who has been extremely productive in his two seasons in the ACC and has a consistency about him that is rare for a redshirt sophomore. When grading Giovanni it’s easy to see his positives and negatives as he has elite vision, elite quickness, and elite lateral movement (some of the best I’ve ever graded in a RB) but also is undersized and lacks elite speed to break the long runs. He has good speed (4.53) and will occasionally break the long run in the NFL but lacks the Lamar Miller/Adrian Peterson gear that would push him higher up my board. The best play for him will be the stretch play as he’s so adept at shuffling sideways and then bursting through a hole that whatever team drafts him should make this a staple play. While he did miss 2 games in 2012 (knee injury) and all of 2010 (ACL) he can’t be considered injury prone and has been 1st team ACC each of the past two seasons as the workhorse RB for the Tar Heels. Also he’s the rare RB who has special teams value as he was one of the best punt returners in the nation last season and could due this in the NFL if his team considered it worth the risk (they likely won’t). His productivity, consistency, and elite lateral quickness make me comfortable with him as a late 1st rounder as my #2 RB 3/23/13.

3. Montee Ball Wisconsin #28 5’10 ½ 214 Sr.

Stats: Big 10

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

1830

5.1

22

10

72

0

2011

1923

6.3

33

24

306

6

2010

996

6.1

18

16

128

0

2009

391

4.0

4

9

92

0

Combine: Nearly 1,000 touches in 3 seasons. Poor speed (4.66). Good hands but slow in corner route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5104

214

9

4.66

15

32

910

4.4

6.88

Notes: In the 2011 Illinois game he had a nice +30 yd run breaking a tackle to setup a TDin 3rd Q, had an outstanding 17 yd TD run breaking an arm tackle of LB then spinning off CB tackle who had him dead to right for final 12 yds (12:16 4th). In the 2012 Ohio St. game he had good burst for 12 yds up middle, 10 yds through good hole-very good speed, back to back +10 yd runs-nice spin move at end of one, tied NCAA career TD record on an amazing 7 yd one leaping over defender for final 2 yds (7:32 2nd), hit hard at LOS but bounced off tackler for 6 yds. #2 in nation in yards after contact (Bell 1st) as of halfway through 2012 season. Had +190 yds after contact just in the Purdue game! In the 2012 Minnesota game he had a few nice runs but was outshined by James White in a game where the holes were huge-did have nice 13 yd gain on 3rd and 11 breaking through 3 tacklers, hurt his ankle twice in game which also hurt his numbers. 1st team Big 10 in 2012. In the 2012 Stanford game (Rose Bowl) he had 22 yd run up middle, 11 yd TD with one cut then acceleration and then extended ball at goal line, great physicality getting 10 yds on run most get 5 on-just kept moving those legs. They shut down the run game but his talent was still evident. 2nd round 1/3/13. In the 2012 Nebraska game (Big 10 championship) he showed good speed on outside run for 25 yds (looks 4.4ish), bounced inside run outside as no blocking and juked LB for 11 yds-gets far more than what is blocked for, lined up at WR and took end around showing good speed to get corner then leaped for pylon at 4 yd line for superman TD (7:22 2nd), broke tackle on DE then spun off LB tackle then stiff armed to the ground a CB on 57 yd TD run (9:35 3rd). He impressed me again and I just think the idea of him being a product of his system is flawed. 2nd round 12/29/12.

Overall: Blessed with one of the best offensive lines in the country each of the past 3 seasons Montee Ball is now finding out that it’s a curse. Quite a few talent evaluators have looked at his back to back seasons with +1800 yds and deemed him simply a product of their system. It’s quite unfair as Ball has a great burst, good speed to bounce runs outside, elite vision, very good strength, and one of the best knacks for finding the end zone that I’ve ever graded. Time and again I scouted Wisconsin games and wrote down how much more he got off runs than what was blocked for. He was near the top of yards after contact and showed me enough wiggle to make him a complete back. He lacks experience as a pass catcher and has a lot of tread on his tires (924 career carries) but otherwise looks like a future highly productive running back who can run inside or outside and will be elite in the red zone. 2nd round as my #3 RB 3/23/13.

4. Johnathan Franklin UCLA 5’10 205 Sr.

Comparison: Warrick Dunn

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Destroyed John Simon in 1×1 drill. Day 2: Good in pass block drill vs. Steve Beaharnais, no rush vs. Jonathan Cyrprien, no rush initially then bulldozed by Kevin Reddick. Day 4: Handled Cyrprien well in rush drill, lost edge to Reddick in drill but slipped and got on top of him for no rush-lucky. 11×11: Very quick on draw for +10 yds, good speed beating Travis Johnson to sideline on dump off.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

1734

6.2

13

33

323

2

2011

976

5.9

5

9

74

1

2010

1127

5.3

8

10

63

0

2009

566

4.5

5

7

68

0

Combine: Good 40 (4.49). Smoothest route in the group on arrow route drill. Good hands and burst in corner route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5100

205

9.38

4.49

18

31.5

907

4.31

6.89

Notes: Had great numbers in ’10 (1,127 5.3 ypc 8 TD) for an average offense yet struggled with ball security issues. In the 2011 Arizona game showed solid speed on 7 yd run but taken down by an average tackle a lot of RBs would get past, good 10 yd catch on trick play for walk in TD, fumbled ball without being touched. In the 2011 Oregon game (Pac-12 Championship) he looked downright slow vs. LaMichael James and De’Anthony Thomas. Had a very costly fumble for TO when team was driving only down 7 pts (3:05 1st). In the 2012 Rice game had a 74 yd TD on draw up the middle showing good speed (8:39 1st), went 78 yds on run up middle-good speed but a lot of this is Rice being slow too, 3rd rushing TD of night came on +10 yd run-huge runs were difference in game. In the 2011 USC game he had an impressive cutback for 12 yds-great vision, broke CB tackle for 3 yds YAC and 1st down-3rd and 13, has outstanding quickness, 16 yd TD with quick cuts avoiding 4 defenders in space, fumbled with ball bouncing around (raining) eventually being a TD, elite run showing great speed to get outside (nothing there) then cut on dime to cut inside for 3 yds, great cut back on 10 yd run up middle turning it into 29 yd TD. In the 2012 Stanford game he spun and fought his way for 11 yds when only 5 yds were blocked for, good speed and elusiveness in the open field, 51 yd TD run up middle-caught at the end but fell into end zone-very good but not great speed (likely high 4.4s), broke through LB Chase Thomas’ tackle to take 9 yd gain into 19 yarder, huge holes in D surprisingly-31 yd run, 32 yd run-this one was a small hole and was mainly him getting small and cutting around defenders, dropped easy dump off. 1st team Pac 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Baylor game he showed great leadership during scuffle to pull his OL by his facemask away and send him to the sidelines, 2 OL were injured and the team went down 35-7 so the run game was abandoned. His coach called him “as good of a person and player combo as I’ve been around in 30 years of coaching.” He said he’s great in pass blocking and on special teams.

Overall: Franklin is another example of a player I’ve watched for numerous years who I now have a completely different opinion on than I did previously. In 2010-2011 he ran for over 2,000 combined yards yet I never saw him as anything more than a mid round change of pace/3rd down back. Yet in 2012, whether he improved as a player, his team improved around him, or I finally opened my eyes to him I don’t know but he finally took on the look of a complete back and one who will be a future starter in the NFL. At 5’10 205 he’s slightly undersized but shows the power and vision to be an inside runner and short yardage back. Those are the key points to study as he was always a quick back who was suited to the #2 RB role but with his 2012 season proving he can handle the load and be an inside runner he’s finally a 3 down back deserving of a high draft grade. It doesn’t hurt that his coach, Jim Mora, compared him to Warrick Dunn and said he’s “as good of a person and player combo as I’ve been around in 30 years of coaching.” It also doesn’t hurt that he was the best RB at the Senior Bowl with 5 carries for 41 yds or that he ran a 4.49 40 (4th out of 38 RBs). Franklin is a high character, 3 down back who projects as an above average starter in the NFL. Late 2nd round as my #4 RB 3/27/13.

5. Le’Veon Bell Michigan St. #24 6’1 3/8 230 Jr.

Comparison: A mixture of Michael Bush and Jamie Harper

Stats: Big 10

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2013

2012

1793

4.7

12

32

167

1

2011

948

5.2

13

35

267

0

2010

605

5.7

8

11

97

0

Combine: One speed in corner route drill. Good hands in flat check down drill. His shuttle time of 4.24 was above average which is impressive for his size.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6013

230

9.63

4.6

24

31.5

910

4.24

6.75

Notes: Thickly built RB with great yards after contact ability. Nominee for Best Kept Secret in 2012 by Kirk Herbstreit. In the 2012 Boise St. game he had a +20 yd run ending it with a leap over a safety (12:55 1st), looks pretty trim for 245 except for his massive thighs, used in wildcat at times, huge hole for +25 yds but looked slow, often runs with poor body lean due to height (6’2) as seen on failure on 3rd and 4th and 1 for TO, very nice one handed catch on dump off in flat, good speed on 15 yd dump and run, broke numerous tackles and shifted field on 3rd and 16 run getting 35 yd run-looked to be out of gas on run so maybe not in best shape, good block high on LB blitzing, enough speed to get edge for 5 yd TD on off tackle run, made CB Jamar Taylor miss in open space on nice shake and bake, had a great finish to the game as a clock burner getting numerous 1st downs and burning through the final 5 minutes or so. Ended game with +40 carries. He has good vision, elite power, and good patience yet he lacks a burst and I have my doubts that he’ll be anything more than a quality inside runner who hovers around 4.0 ypc his entire career. A thicker Bernard Pierce. 3rd round 10/23/12. In the 2011 Iowa game he had a very nice +15 yd catch in middle of field showing good route running then broke a tackle to get to sideline where he shot down it for +40 yd gain (6:44 4th). In the 2012 Notre Dame game he beat LB Manti Te’o to the edge for 7 yds, no separation on slant vs. LB, great hands on deflected pass on dump off coming down with it, very impressive run breaking two tackles including a leap over a defender in the flat for 6 yds when it looked like it’d be -2, dropped extended hands catch on sidelines. He impressed me more in this game as he is a complete back but his lack of speed still worries me. In the 2012 TCU game he looked very fit and lithe in bowl game-impressive considering the Holiday eating around that time, leads nation in yards after contact (834 yds, ahead of Carey, Franklin, and Ball), coaches say he has a high football IQ, he showed his lack of burst trying to bounce inside run outside-easily tackled by S, 9 yd run after hit after 4 yds, he has very good quickness but just lacks the speed to finish out moves successfully getting a hole by a quick cut but not having the acceleration to exploit it, impressive run breaking 2 tackles then spinning off 2 more, he was the entire offense on the game winning drive. I still am unsure about him as I love his size, quickness, and frame yet think his lack of explosion and speed could make him a career short yardage back. Still a wildcard to me though if I had to grade him today it’d be a late 2nd 1/14/13.

Overall: Le’Veon is a better burst away from being a Top 10 grade. At 6’1 3/8 230 lbs (was 245 during the season) he’s a big, bruising back who breaks tackles and makes the tough yards. What makes him even more interesting is he has great hands, showed the ability to be a workhorse back (had +30 carries in 7 games in 2012), and has a high football IQ. Yet he lacks the speed to break a long run or threaten the edge of a defense and makes me wonder how dominant he’ll be in the NFL. His very good quickness and impressive vision reduce my fear a little bit that he’ll be forced to switch to FB but it’s clearly a possibility and makes him a potential bust. As a tackle breaker he’s the best in the draft and his production in 2012 (1,793 yds) behind a very mediocre OL (ESPN ranked them 9th out of 12 teams) proves that so if he’s forced to be only a 2 down back primarily used on inside runs he still will be effective, just less valuable. Overall I think Bell will have enough speed to be an effective runner but it will hamper his game and cause him to be platooned throughout his career. Due to this he’s an early 3rd rounder as my #5 RB 3/23/13.

6. Joseph Randle Oklahoma St. 6’0 204 Jr.

Comparison: Laurence Maroney

Stats: Big 12

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2013

2012

1417

5.2

14

28

224

0

2011

1216

5.9

24

43

266

2

2010

453

5.6

2

37

427

1

Combine: Surprisingly poor 40 (4.63) as he looked 4.4 on tape. Lost 6 fumbles in last two seasons. Tripped in high leg then cut drill. Below average in 3 bag cut drill. Not ready and skipped in mini gauntlet drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6000

204

8.75

4.63

35

1003

Notes: Had a very nice freshman year with spot duty behind Kendall Hunter in ’10 (450 2 TD 5.6 ypc). In the 2011 Arizona game had a nice 1 yd TD as he jumped over the pile (11:30 1st), showed very good hands and fluidity as a receiver beating a DE to the corner, grabbing the ball in stride, and getting a 1st down (4:40 1st), has WR like soft hands and was used that way lined up wide and catching a quick hitch that he turned upfield for 12 yds (1:35 1st), good strength on 5 yd TD run hitting a LB at the goal line and staying on his feet for a rather easy run (13:30 2nd), great cut on defender making him fall down on draw play that netted him 23 yds (5:37 3rd), good inside run with defender bouncing off him and getting another 2 yds showing toughness (5:15 3rd), and showed his great receiving skills as he ran a seam route and was wide open yet also showed his lack of great speed as he easily was caught by defenders still getting a 63 yards though (13:00 4th). In the 2011 Texas A&M game he had a 20 yd run showing very good speed and quickness (11:50 1st), chop block (5:30 1st), good job extending ball out as he got tackled on 3rd and 2 for 1st (13:30 3rd), good juke of Terrence Frederick in open space reception getting 8 yds (4:44 3rd). In the 2011 Oklahoma game he had a 32 yd run through a huge hole showing good speed and almost going the whole way but safety had the angle, showed his good quickness and vision avoiding and juking defenders to get 26 yds up the middle where most would get 5-10, good hands and looked smooth catching ball out of backfield and taking it 20 yds, easy 15 yd run through huge hole, nice speed and vision cutting upfield on 30 yd run-did have a huge initial hole though.  In the 2012 West Virginia game he had great burst for 14 yds, back to back runs hitting someone and going back not forward-could struggle in short yardage, dropped easy dump off in flat, impressed with his burst every time, hit S hard in hole for YAC and sending him to sideline, good patience and avoided 2 defenders in the hole getting more yards than what was blocked. In the 2012 Oklahoma game he had nice cut on 6 yd run, strong leap into end zone taking the hit and keeping ball, juked S Tony Jefferson in flat for +20 yds on dump off, dropped slant in tight cov-would be TD, juked Jefferson in open field at end of +30 yd run for YAC, leapt a defender on inside run. In the 2012 Texas game he had a nice juke of S Kenny Vaccaro in open space then broke a tackle for 69 yd TD-great speed shown too, good speed on 27 yd run through huge hole, broke two tackles on inside run showing underrated power. With Weeden and Blackmon in the NFL they’ve gone to more of a running attack and he has been the workhorse with Jeremy Smith rarely being seen. His numbers could be huge this year and he could elevate his stock dramatically as he still has great speed and quickness 10/14/12. 1st team Big 12 in 2012.

Overall: Joseph at 6’0 204 is a tall, undersized runner who has a great burst and often almost looks like he’s gliding on the field. He timed a disappointing 4.63 in the 40 but looks much faster than that on film and is very difficult to bring down in the open field. Unfortunately he isn’t a great inside runner as he doesn’t run with good pad level and rarely gets yards after contact in close quarters. My biggest complaint of his is that if he can’t juke a defender it’s basically over as he rarely breaks tackles and runs somewhat soft. Arguably the best attribute of Randle’s though is his hands as he has soft hands that easily catch the ball and he has experience in the passing game with 108 receptions the past 3 years. He won’t be a good inside runner or short yardage back but otherwise he has it all with good vision, good speed (not 4.4 but he plays 4.5ish), can make defenders miss, and has no history of injuries. Randle looks like a future above average starting RB albeit one who might need to be paired with a smash mouther runner to add the toughness that Randle lacks. Early 3rd round as my #6 RB 3/23/13.

7. Stepfan Taylor Stanford #33 5’9 1/8 214 Sr.

Comparison: Shonn Greene

Senior Bowl: Voted best back of the week. In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he started at RB, no success on ground-body slammed on no gain inside run, decent speed on counter pitch getting +15 yds and outrunning Khaseem Greene down sideline, good 15 yd run again on a counter pitch, good job holding on to dump off despite big hit. He was effective yet didn’t move the pile at all in this game which is his MO and that worries me a bit as if he can’t move the pile when the athletes get bigger and stronger then he won’t be successful.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

1530

4.8

13

41

287

2

2011

1330

5.5

10

25

182

2

2010

1137

5.1

15

28

266

1

2009

306

5.5

2

3

43

0

Combine: Poor 40 (4.76) but expected as he didn’t look fast on film either. Below average in high leg then cut drill. Very poor in 3 bag cut drill. Body catcher in mini gauntlet drill. His overall Combine was terrible with the 6th worst 40 among the 38 RBs, the 2nd worst vertical, the 7th worst 3 cone, the 3rd worst shuttle, and the worst broad jump.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5091

214

8.63

4.76

17

30

902

4.5

7.13

Notes: A N-S power runner with great strength and a solid burst. His physicality is the thing I like about him and he definitely has an NFL look to me with his combine numbers being the determining factor of whether he gets a chance as a starter or just a backup, short yardage type. In the 2011 USC game he was hit hard in the hip/belly area two times and still stayed balanced to break the tackle and get additional yards. The announcers complained about not wrapping up but I think 99% of RBs would have gone down on those hits as they squared him up and laid him one showing he has elite strength and balance. In the 2011 Washington game he shot through a hole and was gone going 70 yds for a TD never having a defender near him (13:29 2nd), good burst on 8 yd run looking faster than Polk which surprised me, +20 yd run on next play again showed his underrated speed-no wiggle but solid speed. In the 2012 USC game he had a great run with quick cut to make defender in phone booth miss then turned on jets for final 50 yds (59 yd run) to end zone (6:46 1st), huge run breaking 3 tackles on dump off for 23 yd game tying TD (0:12 3rd), 10 yd run-carried defenders last 3, +20 carries in game which is regular for him-possible workhorse in NFL if team wanted him to be, great power on clock burning drive getting 5-7 yds often on 1st down despite them knowing he was coming. In the 2012 Notre Dame game he let ball right through hands-raining, very good catch with LB all over him for 10 yd catch, great YAC getting 7 yds despite being hit hard at LOS. In the 2012 Oregon game he highstepped a defender then stiff armed another to get 10 yds where maybe 2 was blocked for, strong 13 yd run getting small in hole then dragging tackler final 5 yds, HUGE fumble on run after he got +10 yds, two defenders had him at LOS but he bulled his way for 7 yds-great power and leg drive. In the 2012 UCLA game he broke trailing tackle on dump off for 32 yds-not that fast but quick enough for his power to make him dangerous. 2nd team Pac 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Wisconsin game (Rose Bowl) he had nice jump cut for +5 yds, 9 yds on wildcat, great play getting hit at LOS (at own 1 yd line) and battling for 5 yds, elite run breaking tackle after 1 yd then getting wrapped up after 4 yds and dragging DB final 5 yds, in clock burning time he was hit at LOS yet still got 7 yds!-elite closer. His power, vision, and relentlessness impressed me again. 3rd round 1/3/13.

Overall: Taylor is a player that has had a terrible run up to the draft yet one who you have to just trust your scouting on and go with it otherwise you likely will regret it later. At 5’9 214 he’s a thick, sturdy back with tremendous heart who breaks tackles regularly and has a knack for getting hidden yardage. That’s good because his Combine performance was atrocious and no one will ever consider Taylor an elite athlete. He had the worst broad jump, 2nd worst vertical, 3rd worst shuttle, 6th worst 40, and 7th worst cone drill of any of the 40 RBs at the event and this followed a Senior Bowl where both Gillislee and Franklin outperformed him. Yet going back to the tape I still see the player I fell in love with as he’s so tough and just will not go down on first contact so I will stick with my original draft grade basically with just a slight bump down due to this horrific few months for him. Late 3rd round as my #7 RB 3/27/13.

8. Knile Davis Arkansas #7 5’11 3/8 227 Jr.

Comparison: A poor man’s Darren McFadden

Stats: SEC

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2013

2012

377

3.4

2

11

157

1

8

2011

RS

2010

1322

6.5

13

19

136

1

2009

163

4.9

4

2

4

0

Combine: He had an elite 40 (4.37) really looking fast in his time. Ripped shoulders. He had an all around elite workout being 2nd on 40 (4.37), 2nd on bench (31), 10th on broad (10’1), and 8th in weight (227 lbs). His measurables are Top 10 level.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5113

227

8.63

4.37

31

33.5

1001

4.38

6.96

Notes: In the 2012 Alabama game he lacked the burst he had in 2010 and isn’t 100% back yet, had good strong run breaking S Vinny Sunseri’s tackle and getting +13 yds but then fumbled at end-OL recovered. – In the 2012 Texas A&M game he had fumble that bounced right back to him-so lucky, broke tackle on sideline and went +40 yds for receiving TD, looked strong and tough breaking numerous tackles on his runs, fumbled ball just after he stepped OOB-poor ball security from him all day, had another fumble this time the D recovered and returned it +30 yds for TD-huge red flag as it’s his 2nd officially but almost his 3rd of the day. In the 2012 LSU game he showed a good burst-better than I’ve seen previously this season, had outside run that was stopped by two defenders and S Eric Reid stripped him on way down yet officials called him down due to whistle being blown, 22 yd dump off pass-broke tackle on sidelines and kept himself in bounds, nice cut for 14 yds on short dump off-his elite burst looks to be back. In only 2 of his 10 games did he have a ypc of better than 4.0 and only 1 of his games (Kentucky) did he break the 5.0 barrier. He had 8 fumbles in 2012 with 7 coming in Alabama and Texas A&M games!

Overall: While the 2013 RB class has it’s share of players coming off injury plagued seasons (Lattimore, Burkhead, Graham) or suspensions (Michael, Dyer) Knile Davis is the only formerly great player who just sucked in 2012 for no valid reason. Yes he missed all of 2011 with an ankle injury yet he had a full year to recover and in numerous games in 2012 he looked healthy so I don’t know how much of 2012 can be blamed on his healthy. Yet something was clearly missing as he had his worst season statistically and was atrocious in numerous games. Now NFL teams will have their hands full with Davis as in 2010 he had tape that graded out as a late 1st/early 2nd round pick and at the Combine he tested out with measurables of a Top 10 pick yet it’s been 2 seasons since he looked like a quality back and he’s more of a roll of a dice than some people might assume. He has serious injury issues having missed all of 2011 (ankle injury) but also 2 games in 2012 (hamstring), all but 4 games as a junior in HS (fractured collarbone), and all but 1 game as a senior (broke his ankle in the season opener). These injury issues along with his speed, upright running style, and lack of toughness on inside runs all remind me of Darren McFadden. The one difference is Darren had a quickness about him that Knile lacks as he doesn’t have good lateral quickness to maneuver in small areas and often runs into blockers and defenders. Overall I think Knile is a potentially great player that is made of glass and there have been too many examples of his injury prone nature to have me overlook this. While his elite Combine performance has shot him up plenty of draft boards he won’t go as high on mine due to his fumbling issues (8 fumbles in 2012), lack of quickness, and since I expect injury issues to be a constant in his career going forward. Early 4th round as my #8 RB 3/23/13.

9. Marcus Lattimore South Carolina #21 5’11 ¼ 221 Jr.

Comparison: Eddie George

Stats: SEC

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2013

2012

662

4.6

11

26

173

11

2011

818

5.0

10

19

182

1

2010

1197

4.8

17

29

412

2

Combine: Didn’t workout due to injury.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5112

221

9.88

Notes: Super Blue Chip prospect out of HS. #19 in ESPN 150 for ’10. Burst onto the scene as a true freshman with 1198 17 TD 4.8 ypc. Freshman All American in 2010. Had a huge game against a very good Florida D (212 3 TD 5.3 ypc) and a very solid one against a great Alabama D (93 2 TD 4.0 ypc). Future Heisman candidate and future 1st rounder 12/8/10. In the ’10 Chick Fila Bowl vs South Carolina had a 53 yd rec on a wheel route (13:55 1st) then a few plays later a fumble when he was blindsided on a mid pass (12:20 1st) that injured his face causing him to not return to the game. Lattimore missed one game and parts of 2 others with injuries as a freshman. Steve Spurrier absolutely gushes about the kid saying he is a student of the game and very respectful. A taller, long legged back with great vision and cutback ability who picks up yards quick due to his stride. Is a big back who has shown he can be a workhorse and has elite vision and pad level that complements his skill set perfectly. Enters the 2011 season ranked #19 on my Big Board. In the 2011 Georgia game showed his great vision cutting it hard to the right on a run meant to go left to pick up 12 yds (10:30 1st), nice run showing his good burst and elite pad level for 10 yds on 3rd and 3 (7:54 2nd), good 15 yd run showing power to avoid high tackle and keeping churning (1:06 2nd), nice burst on 14 yd draw play getting upfield fast (10:00 3rd), nice 24 yd run but showed his lack of elite speed as he never tested the homerun with numerous defenders bottling him up (11:56 4th), quick feet at LOS changing direction and his long strides helped him get edge on this one for an 7 yd gain where not much was there (11:30 4th), 36 yd inside run he bounced outside showing good speed but again getting tracked down before the goal line and for some reason not trying too hard to get in focusing more on ball security though his team was down 4 pts late in the game (4:50 4th), and great power on sweep right goal line run from the 3 as he found a hole then buried his head and rammed in there making sure no one could stop him (3:30 4th). As great as I know he is I still am having trouble grading this kid as sometimes I see a faster Steven Jackson and sometimes I see an overrated workhorse who doesn’t have a great burst, is a long strider, and is injury prone. Right now he is neck and neck with Cyrus Gray for the #4 RB in the country only behind Richardson, Wood, and Crowell 9/29/11. Won 2011 workout warrior award for being the best worker on the team. Listed as the #38 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Vanderbilt game he had a fumble in his first carry back from knee surgery, great bounce back carry with 29 yd TD on 2nd carry of the season showing good speed and solid cut in open space (5:03 1st), very quick looking on inside run-only got 2 yds but great quickness for his size, nice spin move avoiding 3 potential tacklers on dump off in flat for 4 yds (13:40 2nd), not fast enough on 3rd and 3 pitch with safety cutting him down on angle, solid blitz pickup from rusher on other side, 11 yd run up middle, nice 24 yd run showing vision and quickness-lacks the extra gear as some could have threatened the secondary to take it the distance. Looks quick and fresh but not fully recovered from his knee injury as he isn’t cutting with abandon 8/30/12. Listed as the #42 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Missouri game he showed good hands catching a dump off at his feet and making YAC despite being off balance, nice cut back and vision on 4th and 1 reading it perfectly, I still worry about his lack of speed but otherwise he’s elite in every category. In the 2012 Tennessee game solid cut in hole for +10 yds-caught easily from behind, very good 28 yd TD on inside run breaking arm tackle and then having the speed to break it to the sideline and beat S to the pylon, gruesome injury with his leg being caught underneath someone on a tackle and it breaking in half with it popping out at a 45 degree angle, reports have it as little as a dislocated knee with damage to ligaments to a broken femur and a torn ACL, MCL, PCL. There was an outpouring of sympathy around the country showing the respect he has. The consensus is that he will miss the rest of the 2012 and all of the 2013 season rehabbing so he is officially a prospect for the 2015 draft! He shocked everyone by leaving school early stating that the best medical treatment he could get would be with an NFL team. James Andrew stated it was one of the toughest surgeries he’s ever had to do and it still appears that he won’t play in 2013 and may never get back to 100%.

Overall: Unlike many I didn’t have a 1st round (let alone a Top 10) grade on Lattimore before the injury so suffice it to say I am not one of the talent evaluators who would sign off on Marcus as a late 2nd round pick. That currently is the rumor as many teams in the early 3rd are reportedly interested in him so the thinking goes that some team in the late 2nd with a deep roster (49ers, Patriots, etc.) will grab him at that juncture and stash him on IR for a season. To me that would be a huge reach as I had an early 2nd round grade on him before the injury and with 2013 almost surely gone and there being a chance that he never recovers 100%, I don’t see why a team would take him that early. As a runner before the injury he was a tall, thickly build runner with elite vision, elite pad level, an outstanding jump cut, and had shown the ability to be a true workhorse running back. The problem I had with him, and the reason why he wasn’t any higher on my board, was that he lacked the speed to bounce a run outside consistently or take a run for a long gain. Also his yards per carry of 4.6-5.0 in his 3 seasons was well below average and he had trouble staying healthy before his gruesome injury (missed 7 games in 2011, 3 in 2012). Now you add on to those question marks a left knee that had a torn ACL in 2011 and a right knee that had a dislocated kneecap, a torn ACL, a torn PCL, a torn MCL, and a torn LCL and there is a legit chance he never plays football again or plays again but has even less speed than before. This last scenario is the base scenario I’m going off of as he’s a hard worker but he looked slow on tape before the injury and now in successive years he will have torn up both of his knees. There is no way he gets back to 100%, despite his legendary work ethic and character, and unfortunately I suspect that he will be only an above average player when he returns. Due to the injury issues and his lack of speed I can’t sign off on him as anything higher than an early 4th rounder as my #9 RB 3/23/13.

10. Christine Michael Texas A&M #33 5’11 213 Sr.

Stats: Big 12, SEC

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

417

4.7

12

8

48

0

2011

899

6.0

8

8

35

1

2010

631

5.0

4

13

174

0

2009

844

5.1

10

15

66

0

Combine: Dominated the Combine except for his 40 (4.54) with an elite vert (’43!-1st among the 38 RBs), broad (10’5-1st), reps (27-3rd), and shuttle (4.02-1st). Looks like a punk with his hair cut, erring, and necklace. Great in high leg then cut drill. Dropped 1 ball in mini gauntlet drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5100

220

9.38

4.54

27

43

1005

4.02

6.69

Notes: #35 in ESPN 150 for ’09. In the 2011 SMU game had a nice 5 yd TD bowling over a defender at the goal line (12:15 1st), nice 7 yd run getting hit after 5 and pushing the pile for another few yards (2:04 2nd), great 16 yd run switching fields and showing above average speed to get the corner on the long cutback (0:27 3rd), and dropped easy drop off pass (13:05 4th). In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game had 20 yd run showing speed then a nice spin move at the end to get 6 more (12:30 2nd), 9 yd run with quick burst up inside (12:12 2nd), good 15 yd run on 2nd and 1 getting hit in backfield yet not going down and bursting off right tackle for a big run (10:50 2nd), and false start (13:00 4th). In the 2011 Arkansas game he had a weird play grabbing the ball on a run/pass option play from Tannehill and running into line for 3 yds yet not getting tackled in pile to stay up for 48 yd TD outrunning everyone (13:00 1st), good spin move in the hole to get 5 yds instead of 2 (10:30 1st), hit by two defenders in first 4 yards but bounced off one and spun off the other to stay up for 28 yd TD run (7:12 2nd), huge fumble when defender hit it from behind while he still was running (2:04 3rd). Listed as the #80 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Auburn game he blew up LB Daren Bates on run (sat on ground awhile after hit) and continued for 12 yds-very physical run, 34 yd run up middle showing very good speed outrunning safety to pylon on diagonal path. In the 2012 Mississippi St. game he had a 22 yd TD up middle untouched-very good speed and a nice cut, good jumping TD for 1 yarder, great strength breaking tackle on DT Josh Boyd-lost 2 yds anyway but showed his elite strength. In the 2012 Sam Houston St. game he was ejected for throwing a punch after a TD pass.

Overall: Michael has been an elite talent since coming out of HS in 2009 and 4 years later football teams are still waiting for him to produce on that elite talent. There always have been flashes of said talent like in 2009 as a true freshman in the Big 12 he ran for 844 yds 10 TD and looked destined for greatness. Or in 2011 when he had 899 yds and 8 TDs with an impressive 6.0 ypc in only 10 games to unceremoniously bench senior Cyrus Gray. The kid is a physical freak and showed that at the Combine being #1among 38 RBs in the vertical, broad jump, and shuttle yet at some point he has to grow up and become a dependable player. NFL teams who think he was just put in the doghouse by Coach Sumlin for no reason will take a chance on him as high as the late 2nd round while teams who think he’s a loose cannon and can never be depended on will take him off their board completely. I fall in the middle as I wouldn’t want him as my #1 RB as he’s too inconsistent but his combination of size, long speed, strength, burst, and productivity all scream future NFL starter so he’s worth a pick in the middle rounds. I doubt he lasts that long but I will root for the kid as he isn’t a horrible person but just a kid who needs to realize he’s on the verge of wasting a tremendous opportunity. Hopefully he does that as on pure talent alone he has 1st round ability. My final thought on him though is that my grade is also lower on him than others as he isn’t just a red flag mentally but also he’s a huge risk as a fumbler. Whoever drafts him will need to pound into his head that he can’t be so loose with the football as his two college coaches (Sherman/Sumlin) never could get him to overcome that. Early 4th round as my #10 RB 3/25/13.

11. Cierre Wood Notre Dame #20 5’11 ¼ 213 Jr.

Comparison: Less athletic Felix Jones

Stats: Independent,

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2013

2012

742

6.5

4

5

25

0

2011

1102

5.1

9

27

189

0

2010

603

5.1

3

20

170

2

Combine: Decent 40 (4.56) for the year but another who I thought looked 4.4 on film. His 1.53 10 yd split was 3rd among the 38 RBs and even more impressive when you realize his 213 lb frame was bigger than about half the RBs-good size/speed ratio. Poor cut in 3 bag cut drill-upright running style. Didn’t run drill correctly in mini gauntlet drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5112

213

8.63

4.56

16

37.5

1004

Notes: #122 in ESPN 150 for ’09. Redshirted in 2009. In the 2011 South Florida game had a 32 yd run and catch off a dump off pass in the flat that was solid but more poor tackling than great moves by him (14:55 1st), showed great speed on an off tackle that he finished off with a big hit on a defender but maybe was too fast outrunning all of his blockers (13:32 1st), just has an elite burst getting 7 yards so easily on this inside run (10:52 1st), 13 yd gain on nifty inside run he bounces outside making two defenders miss (10:12 1st), great speed again getting 18 yds and almost a long TD run on a nice hole but hardly amazing (0:40 1st), nice 13 yd TD run using WR block beautifully but was a hold (13:45 2nd), and got 10 yds when he should have had 1 or 2 making a LB miss bad in the hole then bursting outside for the rest (3:26 2nd). Has a jerkiness, burst, and upright but with still the ability to get a low pad level that reminds me of Ladainian Tomlinson. In the 2011 Michigan game he again showed his great burst and impressive short area quickness taking an inside run with little there for 10 yds (12:48 1st), good patience and vision cutting it in then out then in again on inside run using blockers perfectly for 11 yds (11:10 1st), textbook inside run slowly stepping in backfield until he saw a lane open up and then he burst through for 4 yd TD only getting hit at the goal line by arm tackle (2:00 1st), great burst, quickness, and ability to avoid the tackle as he jumped around diving safety for more yards on 18 yd run (10:06 2nd), great burst and vision again on 18 yd run that he ended by driving the pile another 3 yds (13:40 3rd), bad fumble on play where he was barely hit (7:40 3rd), great 24 yd run starting outside cutting it quickly inside then showing his elite short area quickness juking a safety after 8 yds to make him fly by him badly for the rest of the yards (6:00 3rd). Suspended the first two games for “violating team rules.” Listed as the #77 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #85 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Oklahoma game he showed good speed going untouched up middle for 61 yd TD (6:32 1st), had numerous TFL-always wants to bounce runs outside, went down way too easily on certain runs. In the 2012 Stanford game he had a poor game not looking as fast as normal and missing some cuts bouncing it outside and leaving yards on the field. With George Atkinson III and Theo Reddick his days as a top pick and workhorse back are over. He could be a future steal. In the 2012 Michigan St. game he showed an elite burst like always and reminded me of Felix Jones a bit in his running style-not always a good thing, nice 9 yd run outrunning everyone to sideline when nothing was there initially, elite 26 yd run on inside run crossing back across field to sideline and stiff arming CB Johnny Adams to the ground for final few YAC (12:10 4th). In the 2012 USC game he was invisible as there were no holes and his lack of power to create his own was evident.

Overall: Cierre is very similar to Felix Jones in that they both have great speed that occasionally makes the float on film yet both also are lacking in any form of strength, determination, or heart and therefore are only worthwhile as change of pace backs. Wood is young and therefore he could still develop that strength and tenacity that never was added with Felix yet I have my doubts it will occur as soft runners are usually always soft runners as the cases of a runner changing are few and far between (Thomas Jones is one of the few that comes to mind). In 2012 he lost his starting job to Theo Reddick and was used in the complementary back role I expect of him in the NFL so it was interesting to see his ypc jump from 5.1 his previous two seasons all the way up to 6.5. That gives me hope that he will succeed in this role in the NFL as his burst is rare and with limited carries and an occasional kick in the ass from a coaching staff he should be a productive player. Yet still it’s disappointing that a kid with his talent is already being relegated by me to 3-7 carries a game and the occasional start due to injury. At one time he was a player that really piqued my interest and I wonder if somehow he can regain that form. 4th round as my #11 RB who is coming off a down year and one who appears best suited to a complementary back role 3/23/13.

12. Kerwynn Williams Utah St. #25 5’9 184 Sr.

Stats:

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

1512

6.9

15

45

697

5

2011

542

6.7

3

7

63

0

2010

451

5.6

4

12

110

0

2009

10

5

0

Combine: Below average in high leg then cut drill. Good cut in 3 bag cut drill. Quick in mini gauntlet drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5081

195

9.13

4.48

17

35

910

4.15

7.15

Notes: In the 2011 Auburn game he showed elite speed blowing through their defense for a 43 yard run with no one gaining on him in the open field (10:36 1st). In the 2012 Utah game he showed very good speed on +25 yd sweep. In the 2012 Toledo game he had very good speed on 17 yd 0 route, has underrated power as tends to always get a few yards after contact despite very small size, had a HUGE fumble after stop on 4th down by his D giving other team another chance to win, made up for it next possession with 63 yd TD to end game (7:09 4th), 56 yd run with nice cut of defender but caught from behind due to cut.

Overall: With Robert Turbin off to the NFL a large number of touches became available and Kerwynn somehow convinced his coaching staff to give them all to him. It’s rare to see a player with +1,500 yds rushing a 500 yds receiving yet that was what Kerwynn had last season and both were on great efficiency with a ypc of 6.9 and a ypr of 15.5. With legit 4.4 speed (his 4.48 40 was a tad disappointing to me) he has the speed to take it to the house on any play but also underrated strength to move the pile at the end of runs. Williams is one of the most underrated backs in this draft as he will contribute to a team as a 3rd down back and elite kick returner while also being able to spell a lead back for a few carries a game. His lack of size makes him a rotational back but he’s one of the better ones in this draft. Late 4th round as my #12 RB and one who is very underrated 3/27/13.

13. Was Michael Dyer but he returned to college football for 1 more shot

14. Mike Gillislie Florida #23 5’11 209 Sr.

Senior Bowl: In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he backed up at RB, good speed on 13 yd run he started inside then took outside, 8 yd run following FB, got outside along sidelines tiptoeing for +10 yds, couldn’t juke Travis Johnson in space on dump off. He was the best RB on the squad burst wise yet Taylor had more carries and yards.

Stats: SEC

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

1152

4.7

10

16

159

1

2011

328

5.9

2

0

0

0

2010

325

5.6

7

6

17

0

2009

267

8.6

1

1

6

1

Combine: Another player who underwhelmed on his 40 (4.55) considering the speed I saw on film with him. Not explosive on arrow route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5111

208

9.38

4.55

15

30.5

911

4.4

7.12

Notes: #129 in ESPN 150 for ’09. In the 2011 LSU game I noticed his nice speed and quickness on +10 yd run that initially I thought was RB Chris Rainey (5:14 2nd). In the 2012 Tennessee game he had +40 yd run showing his elite speed. 1st team SEC in 2012. In the 2012 Louisville game (Sugar Bowl) he had good quickness on dump off for YAC, they went down 14-0 early and abandoned the run. In the 2012 South Carolina game he had an impressive spin move in backfield on Clowney to get -2 (would be -5), bad miss in pass pro allowing sack on blitz up middle. In the 2012 Florida St. game he got outside on sweep-very rare to see vs. their athletic LBs, good job staying with play for 9 yd TD-lowered his head to sneak in, is very elusive in traffic making me think he maybe can run inside more than most think he can, 20 yd catch in middle of field-juked defender for small YAC, cut inside and maneuvered through traffic then burst out for 37 yd TD-great acceleration through hole (11:05 4th)

Overall: While Gillislie currently is a Top 5 back on Mike Mayock’s board I have a much lower rating of him for two reasons. First off is his yards per carry which was below 5.0 during his one season as a workhorse back. Considering his OL boasts of numerous NFL caliber players and Florida had games against Bowling Green (6.2 ypc in that one) and Jacksonville State (6.1 ypc) makes me question just how effective he was in the SEC. My second issue is that Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey for 3 seasons made him a redundant back on that roster yet neither of them have done much of anything in their first season as pros and neither went higher than the 5th round. Just on a logic perspective I can’t wrap my brain around why a person who couldn’t unseat Chris Rainey (5th round) should 1 year later be drafted higher than him? Yes Gillislie had one season as a workhorse back and it went relatively well but he’s a quicker than fast back without the bulk to be an every down back. On the surface Gillislie projects as a late round back whose role will be as a #2 back in the NFL and even with his impressive burst I saw on film I can’t put him any higher than early 5th round as my #14 RB and one that is highly overrated 3/27/13.

15. Spencer Ware LSU #11 5’10 228 Jr.

Comparison: Marion Barber

Stats: SEC

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2013

2012

367

3.9

1

18

230

1

2011

707

4.0

8

11

73

1

2010

175

7.3

1

10

101

0

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5100

228

9.63

Notes: Hasn’t been the same player since coming back from the suspension (2011 season). In the 2012 South Carolina game he had +30 yd screen up the middle, great strength on inside runs as well, wildcat QB dive on 3rd and 1-QB in HS, hard run on outside breaking tackle for 1st down, hard run dragging defender a few yards on inside run. In the 2012 Alabama game he had good speed running slant from backfield and taking catch and run 37 yds with +15 yds coming with defenders on his back! (2:45 2nd), lost yds on 4th and 1 from wildcat, hit in backfield by CB Dee Milliner but broke it then fell forward at end of tackle for 2 yd gain-looked to be loss of 4 yds initially. In the 2012 Auburn game he had a nice flip of blitzing CB on blitz protection, great 28 yd run making a man miss in the hole and almost breaking a tackle for a 41 yd TD (6:38 1st), nice 30 yd run-lacks take it to the house speed but pretty fast for his size, game clinching 1st down and then some in flat with defender right by him-quick cut. In the 2012 Arkansas game he had a big 12 yd option route vs. LB-has become a key 3rd down back for them. In the 2012 Clemson game he broke DT tackle on dump off for YAC, hurt ankle on dump off and didn’t return. He declared for the NFL Draft and while he’s too injury prone to be an every down back he has great strength and underrated speed. He was their screen/dump off back too so his hands are a plus. He’s not going to wow you but he’ll be a consistent back for a team that employs a platoon. 4th round 1/21/13.

Overall: Spencer is in the region of the draft where teams are drafting for role players and not starters. As a #2 RB he fits a lot of roles well as he’s a great pass blocker, has outstanding hands, and is a powerful back that can take on the goal line and short yardage duties if need be (though he wasn’t great at this at LSU). His ypc were atrocious the past two seasons and makes the likelihood he’s a starter in the NFL very low but teams can always use a versatile, tough runner like Spencer and I expect he’ll be a capable pro for a team for many years. Early 5th round as my #15 RB 3/23/13.

16. Onterrio McCalebb Auburn #23 5’10 ¼ 168 Sr.

Comparison: Jerious Norwood

Stats: SEC

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

570

6.1

6

18

132

0

2011

641

5.7

5

32

344

2

2010

810

8.5

9

7

86

1

2009

565

5.4

4

6

58

0

Combine: Elite 40 (4.34) that is hurt by the fact he weighed only 168 lbs. He ran an unofficial 40 of 4.21 which put suspense in the telecast as it put him in contention to beat Chris Johnson’s 4.25. Beat Chris Rainey to win 100 M event in HS for state championship. Ran an unofficial 4.21 40 on his last attempt. Dropped a ball and ran drill wrong in mini gauntlet drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5102

168

9

4.34

34

1001

Notes: In the 2011 Alabama game he had a KR for a TD showing elite speed separating from everyone at the end (14:55 3rd), next return was nearly to midfield, dropped option causing loss of 10 yds, was the gunner on PR and downed it inside the 5. In the 2012 LSU game he showed his elite speed getting 44 yd KR in about 2 sec and nearly breaking it, elite speed again this time on draw shooting through a hole and barely getting taken down by S Eric Reid’s arm-shows his elite speed but also his lack of strength as he couldn’t beat an arm tackle. Gene Chizik called him the fastest player on the field every game. Has a lean body more like a WR than a RB and will need to add weight to become a legit RB prospect. In the 2011 Utah St. game he had a very poor run trying too hard for the big play getting 1 yard loss (12:30 1st), and a nice catch on ball below his waist that he sped 25 yards (2:55 3rd). In the 2012 Mississippi State game he had a +100 yd KR for a TD to start 2nd half showing elite speed as he increased the gap on defenders towards the end.

Overall: At 5’10 ¼ and a measly 168 lbs the team that draft McCalebb will need to have a specific plan of how to use him as he’s unlike any RB I know of currently in the NFL. Yet in 4 seasons in the SEC he had +565 yds each season at a ypc avg of 5.4-8.5 and only missed 2 games due to injury during his time in the best, most physical conference in the nation. He lacks the size or power to be a primary RB but there is no evidence that his lack of size will cause him to be injury prone at the next level. As a 3rd down back, change of pace, and kick returner he will be a huge weapon for a creative offensive coordinator and I think a smart team will use him occasionally as a slot receiver. 5th round as my #16 RB 3/23/13.

17. Michael Ford LSU #42 5’9 210 Jr.

Comparison: Allen Bradford

Stats: SEC

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2013

2012

392

5.5

3

2

29

0

2011

756

6.0

7

4

10

0

2010

268

6.0

3

2

30

1

Combine: Solid 40 (4.50) for his size (210). Ripped upper body. He had one of the most underrated Combines among the RBs as he was 5th among 38 RBs in the 40, 6th in the bench, 3rd in the vert, and 1st in the broad jump.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5090

210

9

4.5

25

38.5

1010

4.25

6.87

Notes: In the 2011 Oregon game had a nice 11 yd run breaking a tackle and showing good power (0:25 1st), nice 5 yard TD showing good inside running (6:25 3rd), good 20 yd run showing solid speed down the sideline though it was a rather easy run as he didn’t get touched until 15 yds downfield (2:45 3rd), and a nice 16 yd TD run starting inside then breaking it outside when he hit the LB level never being touched (2:54 4th). #104 in ESPN 150 for ’09. In the 2011 Mississippi St. game he completely whiffed on a DE in pass pro allowing an easy 3 sec sack (10:21 3rd). In the 2011 Arkansas game he took a big hit by S Trumaine Thomas fumbling the ball that was returned +50 yds for a TD putting his team in an early 14-0 hole. Looked better than Ware and showed nice long speed on his 49 yd run getting caught near the goal line (4:20 3rd), great tough run keeping legs churning to get another few on 1st down. In the 2012 Alabama game he had speed to get edge on outside run for 5 yds-even beat blitzer. In the 2012 Arkansas game he had a KR of 87 yds to setup TD. In the 2012 Clemson game he had +40 yd KR, 48 yd KR. He left early b/c he was buried behind Jeremy Hill and Spencer Ware with Alfred Blue next year being likely ahead of him in 2013. Yet for a guy #3 or 4 on a college depth chart he’s pretty good and has nice speed for his size. 5th round complementary back 1/21/13.

Overall: On one hand Michael Ford is a superb athlete who had a good ypc in each of his 3 seasons in the SEC but just didn’t get enough chances due to being in an extremely talented backfield with numerous NFL caliber runners. On the other hand Michael Ford has always been my least favorite runner in that backfield with Ware providing more power/aggressiveness/and hands, Belue providing more burst, and Hill providing more power/better vision/better productivity. As a prospect I like Ford as a complementary back as his straight line speed is great for a player of his size and strength. Yet LSU proved that he’ll never be a lead back as he couldn’t even win regular touches on his collegiate team and now will be stepping up in competition. As a #2 or #3 back Ford will be effective but lacks the vision, quickness, or track record for an NFL team to expect anything more than that. 5th round as my #17 RB 3/23/13.

18. Kenjon Barner Oregon #24 5’9 ¼ 196 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Beat Kevin Reddick easily in 1×1 drill, easily beat Jonathan Cyrprien. He impressed me on day 1. Day 2: Did well vs. TJ McDonald in pass block drill, no rush vs. Steve Beahamais. 11×11-good speed on outside run for +10 yds. Day 4: Khaseem Greene went right through him in pass block drill, beat Duke Williams on option route. He was much better in pass pro then I expected him to be.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

1767

6.3

21

20

256

2

2011

939

6.2

11

17

184

3

2010

569

6.2

6

12

103

2

2009

366

6.0

3

13

137

0

Combine: Looked pretty fast in the 40 but overall the time wasn’t good (4.52), the unofficial was 4.44 which looked more legit. Average in high leg then cut drill. Good acceleration and hands in corner route drill. Sturdy hands in flat check down drill-looked extremely comfortable in it.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5092

196

9.13

4.52

20

35.5

1002

4.2

6.87

Notes: In the 2012 Arkansas St. game he almost broke it on his first carry with a +15 yd run up the middle-looked fast, 5 yd TD run right through pile, 17 yd inside run that he bounced outside for TD, ended night midway through 2nd Q! In the 2012 Arizona St. game barely beat S in middle of field for 71 yd TD, nice cut back for +15 yds on stretch play. In the 2012 Cal game he showed good speed on +15 yd dump off-wide open, poor strength on inside run getting pushed back immediately by LB, went to locker room late in 1st Q, came back in game in 2nd Q. In the 2012 USC game he had solid speed cutting it outside then breaking high tackle by S Jawanza Starling for TD, easy 41 yd run-nothing special except early cut to go outside, beat S TJ McDonald to edge for easy 4 yd TD-TJ had angle too, ran for most yards ever vs. USC. 1st team Pac 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Kansas St. game (Fiesta Bowl) he looked average speed wise on 2 yd loss, ran straight into CB in open space-lack of elusiveness, great balance getting thrown down but staying up ala Michael Dyer for YAC. He’s more a product of the system than anything and lacks the elite speed or shiftiness needed to be a star at his size. Career backup and change of pace guy. 5th round 1/3/13.

Overall: Barner is the type of player that the casual fan will wonder why he “fell” so far in the draft. At 5’9 196 and with 4.52 40 he lacks the size to be a regular back and the pure speed to be a dominant scat back. He does have better strength than some give him credit for and opened my eyes to very good pass blocking at the Senior Bowl but in reality Barner will never be a starter in the NFL and only is as high on my board as he is due to his elite hands and the experience he has a runner, receiver, and punt returner. He had 4 straight seasons in the Pac-12 of 6.0 ypc or better but that’s a mirage as well due to their zone read scheme that often had him go untouched for huge gains. Some fans will wonder why halfway through Day 3 of the draft Kenjon hasn’t been drafted yet but the reality is that he never was that talented to begin with and was more a product of his system than anything else. Late 5th round as my #18 RB 3/27/13.

19. Dennis Johnson Arkansas #33 5’6 ¾ 196 Sr.

Comparison: Michael Turner

Stats: SEC

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

757

5.5

8

25

160

2

2011

670

6.3

3

24

255

2

2010

83

9.2

1

3

78

0

2009

342

6

0

10

72

0

2008

184

5.1

1

4

23

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5066

196

4.48

21

32.5

910

4.53

7.13

Notes: A short, stacked RB with a rolly polly body. In the 2011 Texas A&M game had a nice 20 yd screen pass showing okay speed but really it was well blocked (10:30 2nd), great blitz pickup flipping OLB Sean Porter completely over on his head (10:20 2nd), solid block but Porter able to clip QB’s feet with one hand to get sack (6:30 2nd), great +20 yd catch on wheel route showing enough speed to beat LB (12:15 4th), 18 yd run bowling over people and continuing to go (12:05 4th), and tough 8 yd breaking a tackle running over a defender (2:53 4th). Had a 98 yd KR vs. South Carolina in 2011 showing far superior speed than I expected from him. Had 70 yd TD run vs. Tennessee splitting a S and LB who ran into each other ala the Mike Vick run years ago vs. the Vikings again showing very underrated speed (11:22 2nd). Reminds me a lot of Michael Turner. In the 2011 LSU game he had an extremely costly fumble being stripped by S Tyrann Mathieu around the 50 yard line as they were driving for a late 1st half TD or FG to take the lead. Instead they went down 21-14 and the blowout began. 31st in the nation in KR in 2011. In the 2012 LSU game he had stiff arm of CB Tharold Simon knocking him out of game and broke two tackles on dump off in flat-hard to bring down even against tough defenses, broke tackle in flat on dump off then fumbled-HUGE TO early in game, got away with it but took dump off backwards 3 yds for a dumb play that eventually worked out for +4 yds, +30 yd wheel route catch and run-hard hit on Simon at end of play. In the 2012 Mississippi St. game he had a very nice subtle cut to make defender fly by on 3rd and 1 to get conversion, had big collision with LB on outside run and later had big collision with LB at goal line to get TD off dump pass-strong and durable due to body type, terrible decision to cut back on run that already was a loss-lost 9 yds, very impressive 17 yd run going left then cutting it back right and side stepping one defender then breaking two other defenders tackles (5:08 3rd). He looked night and day superior to LaDarius Perkins as a prospect.

Overall: At 5’6 ¾ 196 lbs and not invited to the Combine the writing is on the wall that Dennis won’t be drafted this April. Yet he still will retain a draftable grade on my board as due to his height he’s actually fairly stout for 196 lbs and has a great combination of strength, quickness (low center of gravity), and speed. He was a top kick returner in 2011 and had a very nice ypc the past two seasons with his 2012 ypc (5.5) being even more impressive when comparing it to his teammate Knile Davis whose was much worse (3.4) despite playing behind the same O-line. Dennis isn’t big enough to be a full time back but he’s also not just a small change of pace type back either as he’s very physical (knocked Tharold Simon out of game with a stiff arm) and can take a lick and keep on ticking. Late 5th round and my #19 RB as extremely underrated complementary back 3/23/13.

20. Rex Burkhead Nebraska #22 5’11 210 Sr.

Stats: Big 10

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

675

6.9

5

11

92

2

2011

1357

4.8

15

21

177

2

2010

951

5.5

7

15

148

0

2009

346

4.3

3

13

90

1

Combine: Terrible 40 time (4.73) but killed it in every other drill with ’39 vertical (2nd out of the 38 RBs), 10’5 broad (1st), and 4.09 (2nd) shuttle all being near or at the top of the RB class. Quick in and out of cut on arrow route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5102

214

9.75

4.73

21

39

1005

4.09

6.85

Notes: In the 2011 Wisconsin game had a nice hard 1 yd goal line TD run diving into hole with force (12:45 2nd), nice YAC on short dump off stiff arming one defender then juking another for 10 yds, nice 11 yd run with nothing inside making nice jump cut to go outside and okay speed (1:05 3rd). In the 2011 Ohio St. game he looked average again most of the night but in the 4th Q had some impressive runs including a 14 yd run that ended with him trying to leap a diving tackler and getting flipped showing speed and toughness as he went all out for it (9:34 4th), elite jump cut vs. diving tackler in space to turn a short dumpoff pass into a 30 yd TD that tied the game up (7:40 4th), huge 22 yd run down sideline showing average speed but good strength getting pushed out but not knocked down by CB (5:44 4th), great endurance on 18 yd TD run to win the game as the entire Ohio St. D looked slow and tired while he looked fresh as ever even though he had numerous carries in a row (5:12 4th), great job keeping his legs moving as he ran into a pile but wasn’t tackled to get 7 yds on 2nd and 7 to run out the clock (2:30 4th), and 13 yd gain again looking fast and fresh vs. D to get last 1st down to end game. He’s not an NFL back in terms of size or speed but he has good power, vision, durability, and heart who I think has a chance to make it as a backup who plays great special teams. I checked to see if he can bulk up to FB but at 5’11 his frame appears to be already maxed out. Priority Free Agent 10/11/11. In the 2012 Iowa game he didn’t start as dealing with knee injury (had missed the past 4 games), had a few carries but clearly wasn’t 100%, did have an elite 8 yd run when backed up on their goal line carrying the pile for the final 7 which started a clock bleeding drive to end game-this final game meant a lot to him. In the 2012 Georgia game he hit S Shawn Williams and carried him another 5 yds-+15 total, great hands on 16 yd seam route for TD (4:45 2nd), 28 yd run-looked fast, fumble don dive on 4th and 1-got it then lost ball.

Overall: It’s interesting how you can watch a player for multiple years and feel like you have a read on him and then completely change your grade due to an event. In Burkhead’s case the event was getting hurt in 2012 as it probably cost him a finalist spot as a Heisman contender but also showed how valuable he is to that team as their running game screeched to a halt without him and when he came back his ypc picked up due to being used more judiciously by the coaching staff. His poor ypc in 2011 (4.8) was a large reason why I had him with a free agent grade at the end of 2011 yet in hindsight he was hurt by being used too much as he had 284 carries that season and just wore down (38 carries at a 4.2 ypc clip in season finale vs. Iowa was a classic example of this overuse). Burkhead has a lot of value as a backup RB with great explosion, vision, power, and toughness but he’ll never be a workhorse back. His toughness caused the Nebraska coaching staff to utilize him in that role but he suffered for it and would be best used in a platoon situation going forward. It will be interesting to see where he goes as he ran a 4.73 and is white but he posted elite numbers in all of his other drills at the Combine and was a productive player. I undervalued him in 2011 but have corrected my error so it will be interesting to see if NFL teams do the same. Early 6th round as my #20 RB 3/23/13.

21. Theo Riddick Notre Dame 5’10 1/8 201 Sr.

Stats: Independent

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

917

4.8

5

36

370

2

2011

63

4.5

0

38

436

3

2010

29

2.6

0

40

414

3

2009

160

5.5

0

6

43

0

Combine: Poor 40 (4.68).

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5101

201

8.75

4.68

32

910

Notes: Coach Brian Kelly says he will be a great one by the time his ND career has ended. Was used as a WR (40 414 3 TD) and option QB in ’10 but could become more of a focal point next year. In the 2011 ND Spring Game had a good 21 yd reverse showing impressive speed (2:40 1st). In the 2011 South Florida game had a nice KR to the 33 yd line showing nice quickness (4:40 1st), dropped 6 yd catch on 3rd and 5 (6:45 2nd), and fumbled an easy fair catch PR (5:00 2nd). In the 2011 Michigan game had easy 7 yd out for TD vs. S Thomas Gordon (9:10 1st), solid extended hands catch on shallow cross that he turned upfield for 11 yds (5:00 1st). Moved to RB for the 2012 Navy game. Unsure if that is permanent or just till Cierre Wood comes back from suspension. Shows his versatility though. Showed good quickness and vision in the game looking better as a RB than a slot receiver. Surprisingly good pad level on his runs. In the 2012 Stanford game he had a great catch on a high looping catch with LB Chase Thomas right by him and as he was next to sideline-set up TD that won the game for them. In the 2012 USC game he showed elite quickness for 12 yds on cutback, one handed catch on short out, good jumping catch along sidelines, quick cut in hole avoiding tackler for 5 yds, great burst on 9 yd run up middle, juked defender in space for YAC, has underrated strength breaking a tackle or two on most runs tonight, spectacular play with spin moving making 2 defenders miss in the backfield to get 15 yds (7:45 4th). He looks like an elite prospect and far superior to Cierre Wood which confuses me as a year ago I would have said the exact opposite 12/8/12. In the 2012 Alabama (BCS Championship) game he was invisible till garbage time beating LB CJ Mosley for 7 yd TD on tough catch.

Overall: Reddick is an easy grade as he lacks the size to be a full time RB but due to his time spent at WR the past few seasons he’s arguably the most experience 3rd down back in this draft. He was a RB in HS and looked better in 2012 at RB and part time WR than in previous years as a full time WR so I think he’ll be a good fit in a passing offense where he can switch between RB and slot receiver. This will give a team versatility and allow a team to keep 1 less WR on their roster if they want to so it will give him added value on draft day. As a quicker than fast slot receiver he was solid and as a quick RB with good pad level and enough wiggle to juke defenders he was above average. He won’t be a star at either spot but combining the two does give him value as a late round player. 6th round grade as my #21 RB 3/23/13.

22. Andre Ellington Clemson #23 5’9 ¼ 199 Sr.

Comparison: JJ Arrington

Stats: ACC

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

1081

5.1

8

14

232

1

2011

1171

5.3

11

22

109

0

2010

684

5.9

10

12

110

1

2009

491

7.2

4

11

55

0

Combine: His size (199 lbs) speed (4.61 40) is just atrocious and should really hurt his stock. Mike Mayock called him the best technique pass blocker in the draft.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5092

199

9.38

4.61

34

1002

Notes: In the 2011 Florida St. game showed good burst up the middle on 8yd inside run (5:30 1st), shows his poor inside running as he hit a pile ½ yard from 1st and couldn’t move it then trying outside for TFL (3:45 1st), great 1 yd catch as he snagged it with one hand then in same move he avoided tackler getting taken down 1 yd later by another (10:55 2nd), good 9 yd run showing speed but way too easily headed out of bounds as he could have cut it upfield for another 3-5 (5:30 2nd), good separation on wheel route but dropped a perfect pass for would be +20 yds (11:07 3rd), nice speed on 19 yd run but hardly elite like he is considered-nowhere near a Chris Rainey type (7:59 3rd), quick 6 yd draw for 1st to help bleed clock (5:49 4th). In the 2011 North Carolina game he showed poor elusiveness easily getting tackled in flat on dump off by CB (14:22 3rd). In the 2011 South Carolina game he was hit hard in backfield by DE Melvin Ingram yet stayed balanced and bounced off him to get 11 yds showing good toughness, good speed for 16 yds through big hole. In the 2012 Auburn game he looked like a different player showing much better strength and lateral quickness to create one big play after another. He also showed elite balance as twice he made Michael Dyer style twirls barely keeping his knee above the ground and continuing his runs. Ended the game with 231 yards rushing. In the 2012 Boston College he looked fast and quick again but didn’t nearly impress me as much as previously. Also he failed to get a 3rd and 1 that was blocked rather well due to his lack of power and makes me wonder again if he is just a 5-10 carry a game back. In the 2012 WakeForest game he had a very quiet game as they attacked them with the pass. In the 2012 LSU game he showed elite speed on numerous runs and screens looking fast even against LSU’s D (high 4.3), fumbled ball on weak contact.

Overall: Andre is currently a Top 5 back on Mayock’s board but I just don’t see it. To me he’s a small back who is quicker than fast and looks like a more highly utilized version of late rounds guys like Sofele and McNeal. He lacks the pure speed of a Chris Rainey or Onterrio McCalebb (he ran a 4.61 vs. McCalebb’s 4.34 or Rainey’s 4.35) and clearly lacks the strength to be an inside runner. I like his quickness and lateral agility in space so I think there is a place for him but to me Ellington is a mid to late round guy not an early round guy some analysts are making him out to be. Also keep in mind the kid never saw an 8 man box in his life as the Clemson passing game has been dominant each of the past two seasons. 6th round as my #22 RB 3/25/13.

23. Isi Sofele California #20 5’6 7/8 188 Sr.

Comparison: Jerome Harrison

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

757

5.2

4

7

67

0

2011

1322

5.3

10

6

33

0

2010

338

4.9

0

5

28

2

2009

82

6.8

1

3

26

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5067

188

4.53

20

34

902

4.31

6.91

Notes: A small, compact guy with a solid burst. In the 2011 Stanford game he showed a good burst and a great cut in the open field getting about 10 yds, solid 5 yd inside run slipping between defenders as he is so small, good speed on 12 yd option left shooting down sidelines, good speed again for 9yds on option left, showed underrated strength breaking arm tackle on inside run then hitting LB hard and not gaining ground but not losing any until 2nd defender came, elite burst having to go to a total stop waiting for a poor pitch on left option that left him lateral with a defender yet he got to full speed in about 1 step and zoomed down sideline for 9 yds on a very NFL like play showing his elite short area burst (0:03 3rd), good strength again shoving LB down on sort of stiff arm after 5 to get 12 on strong inside run (13:13 4th). He isn’t a future starter but I saw a good burst, underrated strength, and nice quickness to make me think he will be a solid 3rd down/change of pace type. 6th round 11/21/11. In the 2011 Arizona St. game he had a great 16 yd run reversing field and showing good burst and vision on a play that was a TFL waiting to happen (7:35 1st), 18 yd TD barely getting touched running through big hole and showing solid vision and patience to setup blockers (6:03 1st), great 12 yd run again reversing fields as he was going to get a TFL or no gain at best yet made something out of nothing (10:00 3rd), very nice stiff arm of CB to get edge. In the 2012 Oregon game he had 35 yd gain going through big hole then making nice cut on S for the final 10 or so-easily caught from behind though as quicker than fast, looks inferior to backup Brendan Bigelow, shot out of a cannon on +20 yd run but caught from behind trying to setup slow OL block downfield, 13 yd run up middle-good burst, bad fumble on outside run-recovered. In the 2012 Washington game he fumbled on 1st carry-no real hit that I could even see, good speed on +25 yds.

Overall: Isi is very similar to Curtis McNeal as quicker than fast backs with low centers of gravity who will never start in the NFL but have enough vision, lateral quickness, and burst to be successful as #2 or #3 backs if given the chance. That last part is important as I wouldn’t be surprised if Isi and Curtis both go undrafted as teams aren’t too fond of backs under 5’10 and both are in the 5’6-5’8 180-190 lbs range. Curtis has superior strength while Isi has superior burst but overall they are quite similar and get similar grades. Isi gets a slighter better grade due to his overall game (better burst, quicker) making him a better fit as a 3rd down back. Isi isn’t nearly the inside runner Curtis is but is quicker and appears more adept to be a speed back or back used on screens and draws. 6th round as my #23 RB 3/24/13.

24. George Winn Cincinnati 5’10 ½ 218 Sr.

Comparison: Kevin Smith

Stats: Big East

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

1334

5.5

13

15

128

0

2011

219

5.5

2

2

6

0

2010

153

4.5

0

1

6

0

2009

12

2.4

0

1

19

0

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5104

218

9.88

4.75

22

34.5

911

Notes: In the 2012 Duke game he showed good quickness and solid speed-not a burner but can get the edge, good N/S runner who would fit a one cut system, good speed on 46 yd TD run. He impresses me as a late round guy with good size and speed. He isn’t elite but is a no frills inside runner with speed to get the corner. 6th round 1/1/13. His upright running style and lack of lateral quickness does concern me though as he has very poor pad level and will take a lot of shots in the NFL.

Overall: George is a north/south runner with good size and a noticeable burst on film that had 1 elite year production wise. He’s difficult to figure out as he has some clear negatives (poor pad level, poor lateral quickness) but also has enough size/speed to warrant a look in the NFL. He likely will never amount to much but his aggressive running style impressed me in 2012 and I’d take a shot on him in the late rounds. 6th round as my #23 RB 3/28/13.

24. Curtis McNeal USC 5’7 190 Sr.

Comparison: Jordan Todman

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

701

6.0

2

7

111

1

2011

1005

6.9

6

3

19

0

2010

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2009

33

5.5

0

13

242

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5071

190

Notes: In the 2011 Notre Dame game he showed solid speed and quickness but probably not enough to overcome his very bad dimensions, tripped up on arm tackle for 9 yd gain going through huge hole that could have been much more (11:10 2nd), surprising strength on 15 yd run going inside and running into a pile yet bouncing off and heading down left sideline for a big gain (4:42 2nd). In the 2011 Stanford game he had a huge run down the sidelines for a 61 yd run showing off very solid speed (14:00 3rd). In the 2012 Oregon game he had good speed on 21 yd run-outplayed by Redd who is stronger though, 25 yd middle screen. In the 2011 UCLA game he had good vision for +30 yds down sideline, broke tackle in the box to off balancedly get +7-got clipped but stayed up for a bit, very impressive start stopping and breaking numerous arm tackles, has great vision and his small size and quick feet make him able to find holes other backs can’t. He really impressed me in this game and makes me think he’s a legit NFL prospect 12/8/12. In the 2012 Notre Dame game he was dinged up and Redd was healthy so he was basically a scratch. In the 2012 Georgia Tech game he missed most of it because of a hamstring injury, had dump off in flat and stripped for TO-actually juggled it and dropped it for INC.

Overall: Curtis at 5’7 190 is not the prototypical NFL RB yet he has a similar skill set to Ronnie Hillman and Jordan Todman who both have been backup RBs in the NFL. What hurts him even more as his best attribute is his ability to run in between the tackles and most NFL teams would want a back his size to be a 3rd down back. He lacks experience in the passing game (only 10 receptions the past 2 seasons) or the pure speed to break a long run so the odds are against him being drafted. Yet if a team is willing to think outside the box they could have a very solid runner in McNeal as he’s had a +6.0 ypc each of the past two seasons in the Pac-12 and has shown elite vision and extremely quick feet that have made him a dangerous runner. At 190 lbs he also has underrated strength and in every game I watched of him he broke numerous arm tackles. He likely won’t be drafted and he’ll never be a starter but as a #2 RB in the Jacquizz Rodgers role I could see him being effective. Late 6th round as my #24 RB 3/24/13.

25. Zach Line SMU #48 6’0 ½ 232 Sr.

Comparison: Less athletic Robert Turbin

Stats: C-USA

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

1278

4.6

13

33

229

0

2011

1224

5.9

17

15

139

0

2010

1494

6.1

10

17

163

0

2009

189

3.9

7

10

68

0

Combine: Poor 40 (4.77) but not surprising as he’ll be solely an inside N/S runner. Very poor 40 again with it almost being Landry Jones like with his up down motion. A lot of his Combine wasn’t NFL caliber as his hands were very small (huge red flag for RBs due to possible fumbling issues), his 40 was very bad (5th worst among 38 RBs and 2nd worst among real RBs-others were FBs), his vertical was poor (5th worst), and his quickness drills were so bad he didn’t even perform them. Poor hands in mini gauntlet drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6004

232

8.75

4.77

26

30.5

903

Notes: Converted LB. Had a great ’10 leading C-USA in rushing (1,391 6.1 ypc 10 TD). Is a big guy with a decent burst who moves much more like a FB than a RB and doesn’t look like anything more than a FA type but he is young and might gain speed/moves 12/30/10. In the 2011 Texas A&M game had a good 11 yd carry showing a solid burst and good toughness getting an extra few yards after contact (14:50 1st), showed some good wiggle bouncing run outside for  9 yards (14:05 1st), nice 13 yd run breaking two tackles and dragging a 3rd guy at least 4 yards (4:48 1st), had a 27 yd run falling on the half yard line showing very solid burst through a huge hole (4:10 1st), showed his limitations as a speedy back could have gotten a lot more than 11 yds out of this run as there was more to be had if he had speed to break it outside (11:35 2nd), terrible pass block on LB Sean Porter getting pushed back allowing sack (4:14 2nd), and had 12 yd shovel pass breaking tackle after 8 yards from Sean Porter to get first down on 3rd and 10 (9:33 3rd). He had a very good game in the end (128 5.8 1 TD) yet was stifled in the 2nd half with him having 101 yds with 10 minutes left in the 2nd Q. Older brother was 2x State Champion wrestler. In the 2012 Fresno St. game he opened with 9 yd run showing decent quickness on cut outside from inside run, tied Eric Dickerson on career rushing TDs with 47. I like him as a late round backup RB who can handle the short yardage situations and be a tough inside runner. 6th round 12/29/12.

Overall: In the scouting community there are those who value production, those who value game tape, and those who value Combine numbers. Every scout takes a little of each into consideration but each has a different value on each metric. Line will be a guy loved by those like John Elway who value production and hated by those like the Giants/Raiders who value Combine numbers as Line was one of the most productive backs in the nation the past 3 seasons (3 straight of +1,200 yds) but a terrible Combine. His saving grace is his size as at worst he should make a decent FB in the pros but putting up a 4.77 40 and a 30 ½ vertical is not the way to prove that you’re athletic enough to be a RB at the next level. I’ve scouted him enough to know he’ll be a capable N/S runner who battles for additional yards but won’t make people miss or ever bounce a run outside. Those limitations will make him a 2 down runner and possibly a FB with short yardage run duties. Those limitations will also hurt his draft stock and at this point it’s a coin flip on whether he’s even drafted or not. Late 6th round as my #25 RB 3/25/13.

26. Robbie Rouse Fresno St. #8 5’7 190 Sr.

Comparison: LaRod Stephens-Howling

Senior Bowl: Day 1: No separation on out and up vs. Trevardo Williams. Day 2: Beat easily on swim move by Powell, beat easily by Kevin Reddick, run over by Khaseem Green. Day 4: Really good against Green in rush drill, beat Green on wheel route but overthrown.

Stats:

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

1490

5.3

12

63

435

2

2011

1544

4.7

13

32

228

1

2010

1129

5.5

8

15

131

2

2009

479

5.8

4

Combine: Terrible 40 (4.80) and was another atrocious size (190) speed (4.80) ratio. Very quick with low center of gravity in high leg then cut drill. Very good in 3 bag cut drill. Very impressive hands in mini gauntlet drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5056

190

9.25

4.8

15

34

906

4.25

6.97

Notes: In the 2012 SMU game he had 8 yds on screen with defenders everywhere-great vision and solid speed, lacks great speed which worries me for a guy his size (high 4.4s). He never impressed me and I question whether he has the speed and elusiveness to overcome his lack of size. Free Agent 12/29/12. In the 2012 Oregon game he made two men miss despite being on sideline with no room-great lateral quickness, good run with nothing there but burrowed in for 5 yds, very poor speed as couldn’t get edge and nearly caught from behind by DE, great cut in open space off dump off to get 10 yds-nothing there, all him. He really impressed me as he has very poor speed and initially at his size I thought that was it for him as a prospect yet watching him further I realized he has elite lateral quickness and has been a prolific receiver (95 receptions past two seasons) and runner (3 straight seasons of +1,000 yds).

Overall: Rouse at 5’5 ¾ is hardly your ordinary running back. His small size makes his 190 frame actually quite heavy and allows him to be a very underrated inside runner as he can burrow his way into crevices larger players can’t and often gets 4-6 yds on a carry where little was there. Combined with this inside run element of his game is the aspect of his game that likely will be his calling card in the pros: his skill as a pass catcher. At the Combine he was extremely impressive in the mini gauntlet drill showing elite hands for a RB and it shouldn’t have surprised me as he has 95 receptions the past two seasons and elite lateral quickness that allows him to make people miss. His terrible straight line speed (4.80) means he won’t take a run or pass to the house but he should be a capable #2 RB who can get a few carries a game while providing value as a dump off valve in the passing game. Early 7th round as my #26 RB 3/27/13.

27. DJ Monroe Texas #26 5’9 175 Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

162

8.5

3

6

39

0

2011

326

6.8

1

8

70

0

2010

195

8.5

1

0

0

0

2009

143

6.2

0

0

0

0

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

Notes: Runs a 10.3 100. Extremely fast player who I noticed immediately in the Texas Spring Game when he burst through on the opening kickoff to midfield. Dropped an easy outlet pass in the flat showing terrible hands (12:42 1st) and had a nice 22 yd screen pass showing his elite speed (12:15 3rd). In the 2011 Oklahoma game he had a nice end around on trick play for 3 yds with a jump cut that made the play successful, took KR 90 yds for TD but was block in the back, great 20 yd run on WR screen as two defenders were near him but one was blocked and they other he juked creating a huge hole (12:33 4th). In the 2012 Oklahoma game he was never noticed. In the 2012 Oklahoma St. game he had a 99 yd KR for a TD showing his elite speed but also great balance somehow staying up despite being hit low.

Overall: His rushing and receiving stats are worthless yet his pure speed, his potential as a change of pace back (his ypc are 6.2-8.5 all 4 years), and his talent as a kick returner give him value. 7th round 1/31/13 as my #27 RB 3/27/13.

28. Ray Graham Pittsburgh #1 5’9 1/8 199 Sr.

Comparison: Mike Hart

Stats: Big East

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

1042

4.7

11

36

340

2

2011

964

5.9

9

30

200

0

2010

922

6.2

8

24

213

2

2009

349

5.7

4

7

41

0

Combine: Terrible 40 (4.8) which makes me think he’s not fully healthy yet from his knee injury. Another atrocious size (199 lbs) speed (4.80) ratio. Interestingly enough he looked fast on his 40 so it was a deceivingly bad 40. Good hands in mini gauntlet drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5091

199

9.63

4.8

18

32.5

904

4.21

7.17

Notes: ACL injury on right knee in 2011. In the 2012 Virginia Tech game he had an elite cut at LOS on edge defender making him look silly and walking easily into end zone for 12 yd TD run (12:20 1st), easy 18 yd wheel route for TD easily beating LB. In the 2012 Connecticut game he looked pretty solid cutting on his knee-couldn’t get any O going so it was a quiet game but he looked good with his carries. 1st team Big East in 2012. In the 2012 Ole Miss game he didn’t play due to injury.

Overall: A few years ago Ray Graham looked like a future mid round pick yet an ACL injury cut short a promising 2011 season and in 2012 he was their workhorse yet clearly not 100% and it showed in his career worst 4.7 ypc. With 4.8 40 speed and at 199 lbs he has probably the worst size/speed ratio of any RB in this draft and, while I like his vision, toughness, and aggressiveness, I have my doubts that he’ll be anything more than an average #3 RB. Watching him on tape it’s obvious that he is a true leader and will give you his all but lacks the burst or speed to be a dominant back and makes up for it with vision and good lateral quickness. It’s a combination that worked in college but likely won’t work in the NFL. 7th round as my #28 RB 3/24/13.

29. Perry Jones Virginia #33 5’7 3/8 193 Sr.

Stats: ACC

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

463

3.4

2

49

397

0

2011

915

5.0

5

48

506

3

2010

646

4.7

1

31

224

1

2009

9

1

0

1

38

0

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5073

193

Notes: Very small back that looks like he will have to be a 3rd down back if he is able to make it in the NFL. In the 2011 North Carolina game had a nice run avoiding tackle on highstep behind LOS then bursting out in open field to show speed (14:35 1st), outstanding stop on a dime in the backfield freezing DT to get a few yards when most would have been TFL (11:00 2nd), another very NFL like run seeing no running room inside and bouncing it outside for 8 yds showing elite quickness (10:35 2nd), ran right into his blocker tackling himself on quick dump off in flat (8:20 3rd). In the 2012 TCU game he was injured on his first carry of the game. Is a short back with average speed and without great power who doesn’t impress me on first impression. He returned later to the game but did nothing to change my opinion, looked inferior to his backup, did show good ability as a receiver though with a nice diving attempt on a slant route from backfield-dropped ball but was tough and showed promise in that area-dropped another ball this time on seam route 10/10/12. Is the most experienced RB as a receiver with 129 career receptions and seems destined to a role as a career 3rd down back. 7th round 1/31/13.

Overall: Someone horribly misnamed this kid. At 5’7 193, with mediocre strength, and average long speed he should not have the nickname “Superman.” Weeman, hobbit, or gopher would all be better fits but I digress. Overall Perry is a mediocre prospect as he’s an inferior RB in every area except one: as a pass catcher. Luckily the NFL has become such a passing league that he should fit in nicely on a roster as a 3rd down back as his 129 career receptions are impressive as is his tape which shows soft hands and an ability to make diving catches and grab balls off target. In this regard he will be a contributor though any team expecting more than a pass catcher will be deeply disappointed. 7th round as my #29 RB 3/25/13.

30. Alex Singleton Tulsa #8 5’11 5/8 265 Sr.

Comparison: Brandon Jacobs

Stats: C-USA

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2012

800

4.0

24

3

10

1

2011

279

3.4

8

3

25

0

2010

399

4.6

11

3

21

0

2009

12

2.4

0

0

0

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5115

265

5+07

24

29.5

903

4.53

7.53

Notes: A massive back with the biggest lower body I’ve ever seen in a RB. He has just massive thighs and is a sight to see on downhill runs. In the 2012 Central Florida game he looked good with a number of defenders bouncing off him, showed a few impressive cuts and looked to have decent quickness. The issue with him will be his quickness and whether a team pays too much attention to the fact he only had a 4.1 ypc while the other backs were around 6.0 ypc. He’s very intriguing due to his elite size and I saw a few cuts that make me think he could be a change of pace back as a late round guy 12/11/12. In the 2012 Iowa St. game he had a nice dive over pile for 2 yd TD, takes a lot of power away from him by his upright style-hit hard and staggered back on goal line carry.

Overall: I’d be shocked if Singleton was drafted this April yet when I watched Tulsa the past few seasons I was always intrigued when they brought in a DE essentially who they used as their goal line back. He was effective in that role in 2010-2011 (19 TDs) and they decided to expand that role in 2012 with impressive results (800 yds 24 TDs). Henry Melton was a similar player with Texas for a few years and I could see a team trying to switch positions with Alex as well but if kept at RB I think he could be useful as a FB, H-back, and a short yardage/clock burning back. He’s a project but a fun one and I’d be all over him if he went undrafted as I see an outstanding size/speed ratio to go along with impressive agility for his weight. Late 7th round as my #30 RB 3/23/13.

Free Agent

Zac Stacy Vanderbilt #2 5’9 208 Sr. 2nd team SEC in 2011. A smaller, quick back who has solid vision and a burst but doesn’t seem to have the elite speed. In the 2011 Cincinnati game he had solid 7 yd TD up middle, solid strength breaking a tackle on 10 yd run but shows his lack of durability as he was thrown down very hard by LB-just too small to be full time back (5:58 1st), gained extra yard on inside run showing solid strength, solid stiff arm on CB on edge to get a few yards, good toughness getting an extra few on 6 yd inside run but tossed around again-won’t be durable, okay 5 yd out but nothing special speed wise or jukes wise. He’s a small, surprisingly strong back who has a good burst but nothing special and who doesn’t have great long speed or moves of any kind. He’s essentially a very poor man’s Jordan Todman with good vision and power for a smaller back but who doesn’t really bring too much to the table. He’s right on the edge of the late round/Free Agent levels so for now I will side with Free Agent 1/3/12. In the 2011 South Carolina game he had nice cut to avoid LB in hole for 10 yds-more quick than fast despite his lack of size, solid PR for 15 yds, very patient 12 yd run setting up blocks well-cramped up at end of run. Combine: Decent 40 (4.55) for his size (216 lbs). Below average in high leg then cut drill. Poor cut but quick feet in 3 bag cut drill. Double catch in mini gauntlet drill.

DJ Harper Boise St. In the 2012 Nevada game he showed an impressive burst on 8 yds, broke numerous tackles despite running high and being a smaller back, 30 yd run breaking out of pack-lacked elite speed to finish to the house, in on hands team getting ball on high bounce despite hit. At one time Harper had Doug Martin go to defense to get on the field. In the 2012 BYU game he had a 35 yd run showing good speed-built like a short slot receiver, for a smaller back he is somewhat stiff in his running and has average lateral quickness. In the 2012 Washington game he had nice cut for 9 yds-good vision, barely got edge on 3rd and 2-solid speed but not great. Free Agent as just never regained his previous form but still maybe could 1/31/13.

Kendall Lawrence Missouri In the 2012 South Carolina game he showed elite speed on outside run that he cut inside and barely was tackled by last man otherwise his +20 yd run would have been a +60 yd TD-very good vision, is adept at making people miss in a short area so he can actually run inside a bit, dropped hook and ladder toss that was right at his hands-dropped pitch on option earlier so bad hands. In the 2012 Alabama game he had a very nice run starting left then cutting back right to the sideline for +20 yds (might be the longest run of the season to this point against Alabama). In the 2012 Georgia game he had a few big hitters in the run game showing off his speed yet lacks the size to be anything more than a 3rd down or change of pace back in the NFL. Free Agent 3/27/13.

Latavius Murray Central Florida #28 6’3 225 Sr. In the 2012 Ball St. game he showed me a great frame, underrated cutting, and a start and stop that was impressive for a guy his size. Late round or FA type but I’d like see more of him 12/22/12. Free Agent 3/27/13.

Cameron Marshall Arizona St. 5’11 217 Sr. Had an underrated Soph year in ’10 (787 5.2 ypc 9 TD) as he was in a passing offense and was in a timeshare which made him have 8 games of 12 or fewer carries. In the 2011 Missouri game he showed solid speed beating LB Luke Lambert to the corner off a dump off pass in the flat for +10 yds (14:20 1st), good speed on 10 yd inside run showing a solid burst, solid speed on 10 yd inside run but I’m not overly impressed in this game with his speed or moves, dropped easy screen pass. In the 2011 Oregon game he impressed me with his power bowling over defenders numerous times for extra yards. I still think he is probably a late round or priority FA but he improved in my eyes with some tough, hard nosed running. In the 2012 Illinois game he was used as a workhorse getting a lot of in between the tackle runs and dump offs in flat. Isn’t fast or elusive but has deceiving speed and good size so possible NFL caliber player though likely a backup. Fumbled at 1 yd line on inside run-never had ball on handoff. Continues to not impress me though due to his average speed 9/11/12. Free Agent 1/31/13.

Mike James Miami #5 In the 2011 Maryland game had a nice broken tackle on a swing pass out of the backfield (12:00 2nd), is most valuable as a receiver not a runner, solid 2 yd TD run following blockers well (9:12 2nd), fumbled with a minute left in the half with it returned for a TD on a huge game changing mistake by him (0:52 2nd). In the 2012 North Carolina St. game he showed great balance staying up on hit in box to get a few more yds on lunge, great dump off getting 9 yds then spinning off tackler and breaking another tackle for additional 15 yds-great leg drive and power (0:53 1st), had middle screen with blockers in front yet cut it outside for some reason for short gain leaving yds on the field. Free Agent as a potential 3rd down back 1/31/13. Combine: Not related to Edgerrin James. Solid 40 (4.53) for his size (223 lbs). Dropped 1 ball in mini gauntlet drill.

John White IV Utah #15 5’8 186 Sr. Is a short, smaller back with great quickness. Broke single season rushing record for the Utes in 2011. In the 2011 Georgia Tech game he had a good juke in backfield getting 3 yds instead of TFL, solid 12 yd run, solid speed on 20 yd run-has great vision and good quickness but lacks great speed as he was easily caught by LBs, fumbled on very weak hit by LB but recovered it, solid cut in space getting final 7 yds of 15 yd off tackle run, good 8 yd inside rush driving into end zone for game winner in OT. He’s a small quicker than fast back who doesn’t seem to have an NFL future except as a 3rd down, change of pace type. Free Agent 1/4/12. In the 2012 Utah St. game he didn’t impress me with size, speed, or power. Looks like a free agent at best but didn’t study him too closely 9/17/12. In the 2012 Oregon St. game he couldn’t get outside for no gain-N/S runner, dropped wide open out, 29 yd run up middle-shows lack of talent as even on this run I wasn’t impressed, pancaked DE on help for LT.

Jamal Miles Arizona St. #32 Sr. In the 2011 Missouri game he showed good speed on a motion 0 route, move him from slot WR to backfield trying to get matchups due to his speed, outstanding catch somehow grabbing it with two defenders right on him for a 12 yd TD (8:20 1st), very solid 32 yd TD throw on RB throw trick play (4:12 3rd), muffed punt, very nice speed and quickness on dump off in flat he took 9 yds-is just so quick the play goes for nice yardage just so effortlessly (11:50 4th), outstanding speed on 11 yd motion RB dump off getting the yardage for a TD so quickly (1st OT). In the 2011 Oregon game he showed his elite speed again on motion dump off pass weaving through defense, eventually getting to the opposite sideline for a 51 yd gain! (13:40 3rd), dropped wide open TD with deflection going for an int (0:44 4th). In the 2011 Cal game he had a +50 yd KR showing his elite speed as he outran everyone who didn’t have an angle (5:50 1st). In the 2012 Illinois game he looked again like an NFL caliber game breaker with good speed and great elusiveness. Lined up as RB and at WR on end arounds, WR screens, and occasionally running real routes. Had fumble on end around in red zone. In the 2012 Colorado game he rarely played on offense with DJ Foster, Marion Grice, and Marshall all ahead of him on the depth chart and fumbled KR for huge TO at end of half. Free Agent due to losing his spot in the rotation in 2012 4/14/13.

Montel Harris FormerBostonCollege back who ran into trouble and finished his career out at a different school. Combine: Solid in mini gauntlet drill. Had off the field issues at BC and x-fer to Temple. He never impressed me that much at BC and coupled with his off the field issues he drops to a free agent grade 4/20/13.

Ryan Hewitt Stanford A do everything type playing TE, FB, and RB. In the 2012 Oregon had a number of catches and always ended it by lowering his shoulder for YAC, underrated athleticism, couldn’t catch underthrown ball on 4th and 1. Free agent 3/27/13.

Camp invite

Chris Thompson Florida St. #23 Sr. Was their big play back in ’10 (3 TD of +70 yards) and appears to me to have NFL caliber speed. In the ’10 Chick Fila Bowl vs South Carolina had a 27 yard TD (1:02 2nd) that showed his blistering speed in what was easily his biggest game of his career (25 147 1 TD). In the 2011 Clemson game he showed his quickness and speed right off the bat getting 12 yds on a wildcat play (14:56 1st), nice inside run dragging DE another yard for 5 yds total (1:00 1st), poor pass block on DE then held him-a bit of a fake but still a hold. Injured back in 2011 missing the rest of the season after injury. In the 2012 Wake Forest game he showed elite speed on +30 yd run up middle almost beating two defenders with an angle (4.3 speed), again showed elite speed on 75 yd run blowing down sideline and cutting near the end of run to avoid last defender (12:55 2nd), had 80 yd TD run barely touched on play with great WR block downfield. He has had so many injuries he has no chance to be drafted but showed elite character and leadership during his difficult times so would gladly be welcomed as an addition for training camp 1/31/13.

Richard Samuel Georgia 6’2 243 #22 Sr. Started the early part of the 2011 season over highly touted Isaiah Crowell but that won’t last long. Is a solid N-S runner with a very big build that might be able to be switched to FB if necessary. He has NFL talent and could be a steal as in 2012 he probably won’t be used much. In the 2011 South Carolina game had a nice burst for 8 yds that would have been more if he hadn’t tripped on an arm tackle (0:28 1st), surprisingly fast on 20 yd run that he switched fields on starting right then trying middle and finally going all the way around to the left and getting the corner-brought back with block in the back (13:00 3rd), nice catch on tough play as he had to turn awkwardly to grab the ball on the short out (0:05 3rd), good catch and run on sidelines for +10 but fumbled out of bounds at the end (4:02 4th). In the 2011 Tennessee game I never saw him once? Camp invite solely off 2011 tape 1/31/13.

Domonique Whaley Oklahoma #8 Sr. Had 131 yds in debut vs. Tulsa for school record of debut performance. A walk on who was having a huge year before getting injured midway through the season. Is a tall running back who runs erect and has a long stride. Isn’t the shiftiest or smoothest of runners. In the 2011 Florida St. game he had a great 5 yd run with penetration on off tackle but still got edge and cut it upfield for gain where most get TFL, good burst on 9 yd run, taken down by DE with arm tackle-should be able to fight through that, nice couple of runs late in game running out clock with his burst getting 8 and 10 yd gains when most get 4 or 5 and was hugely important in victory. In the 2011 Texas game he showed a solid burst on pass out in flat getting 6 yds quick, good 10 yd catch and run on dump off again showing burst, good vision on off tackle left getting big hole and opening that long stride of his showing off his very good long speed to take it 69 yds for the TD (8:04 3rd), Is an upright guy with a good burst and great long speed who has poor pad level, below average quickness and jukes and is essentially a one cut guy with a burst and speed. 6th rounder 12/14/11. In the 2012 Texas game he had 10 yd gain on an outside run but otherwise was rarely on field as lost job to Damian Williams. Camp invite 1/23/13.

Ronnie Wingo Arkansas 6’3 227 Sr. Very tall back with nice speed who has the frame to add even more weight if an NFL team wanted him at 6’3 240. Had a nice 14 yd run after Kniles Davis fumbled in the ’10 Sugar Bowl vs. Ohio St. (1:25 3rd). Camp invite 3/27/13.

Roddy Jones Georgia Tech Sr. had a coming out party vs. Georgia with 13 214 2 TDs which included a 54 yard TD run where he broke multiple tackles. Is expected to be a star in 2009 and I understand why. In the 2011 North Carolina game I didn’t notice him as much as Stephen Hill and Orwin Smith as he looked more like a complementary player vs. the star I saw last year. Had a nice 48 yd run down the sidelines showing good but not great speed on his one big play of the day that essentially won the game (6:25 4th). Camp invite 3/27/13.

Josh Harris WakeForest #25 Has a Mark Ingram type box build. In the 2012 Florida St. game he had nice cut and good speed on 34 yd run, dropped easy screen pass, had 1 handed catch on dump off then juked defender in flat for 3 yds (could easily have been INC or -2 yds). Camp invite 3/27/13.

Tony Greecy North Carolina St. #26 In time share with 2 other backs so numbers won’t be very high. Is their goal line back and has a built body with good muscle definition. In the 2012 Tennessee game he was not noticeable. In the 2012 Miami game he had a great run getting facemask by DE then stiff arming LB to get sideline for 43 yds-not great speed but very impressive power and solid speed for his size. Camp invite 3/27/13.

Antonio Andrews Western Kentucky #5 6’0 210 Jr. 1st team Sun Belt in 2012. In the 2012 Central Michigan game he runs with poor body lean going too upright, is a long strider, solid speed on 39 yd run up sideline-4.5 speed, fumbled on dump off in flat-recovered. He was average at most things and I didn’t like his run style. Camp invite 12/28/12.

Carlos Hyde #34-Well built back who looks to be good in between the tackles. In the 2012 Central Florida game he had a nice spin move on inside run with little space to work with. In the 2012 Michigan game he’s a N/S runner with good power but such a lack of burst or lateral quickness that I don’t see him making it except possibly as a short yardage back. Late round/FA 11/30/12. Camp invite 3/27/13.

Orwin Smith Georgia Tech #17 Sr. In the 2011 Kansas game he had 157 rush yds and 108 rec yds. In the 2011 North Carolina game he showed nice speed on a motion toss getting +10 yds (9:35 1st), again showed good speed on 36 yd motion toss sweep along with patience setting up blocks (2:30 1st), 5 yd run showing good stiff arm on off tackle with no one blocked on onside getting it all himself (2:40 2nd), very good strength and balance getting him by safety taking out a leg but staying up for another few (5:30 3rd). Camp invite 3/27/13.

Carlton Thomas Georgia #20 Sr. A very short, quick scat back type with good but not elite speed. In the 2011 Tennessee game he got a few more carries with Crowell hurt, had a very nice 20 yd draw showing good speed (0:27 3rd). Camp invite 3/27/13.

Undraftable

Stefphon Jefferson Nevada #25 Jr. The coaches don’t think he ran late in 2012 as well as he did earlier in the year. In the 2012 Boise St. game he most of the time ran right ahead and into defenders-good power but no shiftiness or broken tackles. I wasn’t impressed with him at all and think he’s undrafteable 12/10/12. Combine: Had 397 touches in 2012. Tight in flat check down drill.

Jawan Jamison Rutgers #23 Jr. Averaging only 3.4 ypc in 2011 going into Cincinnati game. A very short back who isn’t a scat back but more in the line of a poor man’s Ray Rice who of course he always is compared to due to the Rutgers connection. In the 2011 Cincinnati game he had a nice TD run early in game, good draw getting 10 yds easily and then fighting and spinning for another few, nice +10 yd run showing a solid burst but again it was through a huge hole, good burst on 25 yd run dragging tackler final 5 yds showing lower body strength (12:00 3rd), best run of the day as he went inside then cut outside leaving LB in hole to speed down sideline for +25 yds (5:51 4th). Ended with career stats in the game (34 200 5.9 2 TD). The kid has talent but to me he is a future late round guy as he has a nice burst but most of his yards came due to the enormous holes the OL opened against the #2 ranked rushing defense. 2nd team Big East in 2012. In the 2012 Virginia Tech game he didn’t play that much and ended the night hurt after 13 carries for a poor 26 yds. Free Agent who I just don’t see the talent in 3/23/13. Combine: Slow in flat check down drill. Very slow in mini gauntlet drill with poor change of direction. Undraftable after further consideration 3/27/13.

Jared Salubi Baylor 5’9 205 Sr. Stepped right in as a freshman and produced (298 2 TD 6.0, 19 153 receiving) in a big conference. Followed it up in ’10 with another good year (215 2 TD 8.3 ypc) that gives hope that the coaching staff will use him more (only 76 carries in 2 years). Was a KR in ’10. Lost the starting job to Terrance Gannaway in 2011. In the 2012 LouisianaMonroe game he looked overweight and much thicker than last year. He didn’t impress me at all on any of his runs 9/28/12. Undraftable 1/31/13.

Desmond Johnson Southern Miss #7 5’11 200 Sr. Injured in first game of 2011 and thought to be done for the year but came back. In the 2011 Houston game (CUSA Championship) he showed a nice burst on 15 yd run up the middle, fumbled ball on a standard hit but recovered so not a TO, nice burst out of the backfield getting 9yds that ends with him thumping a safety hard-very NFL like run, another nice play with run on off tackle that again ends with a big hit on safety that he rolls off of for another 2 yds on 11 yd run (4:20 3rd), good 17 yd run but showed poor lateral quickness and a weak jump cut. In the 2011 Nevada game he had a very nice one handed catch on a short dump off pass, poor lateral quickness on off tackle run-didn’t look NFL there at all despite diving for a 4 yd gain. Having seen two games of his I don’t think I need anymore as he has a good burst, a solid frame, but no jukes and poor lateral quickness making him Undrafteable 12/26/11.

Derrick Washington Missouri RB Has two arrests for sexual assault with the 2nd one resulting in him getting kicked off the team. Isn’t nearly the talent of Saunders and has an even worse rap sheet so he is undrafteable at this point even though a few years ago he was looked at as a mid rounder. Undraftable.

Roy Finch Oklahoma #22 Jr. In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game he had a great jump cut in the hole to make S Markelle Martin miss him in a very small area then showed good speed taking it 33 yds (6:32 4th), good spin move on pass out in flat getting 5 yds instead of TFL. In the 2012 Texas game he took KRs, he never played at RB from what I saw. Undraftable 3/27/13.

Tyler Gaffney Stanford #25 Sr. In the 2011 Washington game he had a +30 yd run showing his speed, followed it up with a great stiff arm shoving LB to the ground for +10 YAC (1:15 1st), had good 30 yd run showing his speed on an option keeper with him in backfield taking the snap-he isn’t a burner as seen by him getting caught near goal line on this run but has a very noticeable burst (11:50 3rd). Undraftable 3/27/13.

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