RB Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati


Rams, 2nd round. Cincinnati: Slightly below-average size. Below-average hand size. Browns and Patriots have shown interest.

Positives: Despite size, is willing to be physical. Runs angry and is hard to bring down. Gets skinny through line. Fair pass protection skills. Effective after the catch. Excellent balance after contact. Keeps squared in open field. Elusive in the open field and has good vision as a PR. Patient, with good burst and speed. Very good vision. Adequate hands.

Negatives: Loses leverage when blocking against bull rush. Doesn’t keep legs moving in short yardage — leans in rather than driving. Body-catches too often. Not very strong on inside runs. Seems to lose focus easily when he makes a mistake.

Projection: Probably the best of the 3rd-down back candidates in the 2012 draft. If he learns to block, could be a very solid back similar to Ahmad Bradshaw. Goes to a team with only the aging Steven Jackson ahead of him on the depth chart. Should be able to very effectively spell Jackson at times as well as take on some additional 3rd-down RB duties. Draft as 2012 RB3 with RB2 potential.

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