RB Chris Rainey, Florida


Steelers, 5th round. Fla.: Small size — like a slot WR, and practiced there extensively in Senior Bowl drills. Above-average hand size.

Positives: Elite track speed and excellent quickness in Combine drills. Fair hands and tracks well over shoulder. Keeps legs churning in short yardage. OK hands. Can take a hit and keep balance. Can finish with surprising power. Very good special teams player who blocked six punts in college — one in 2011 bowl game.

Negatives: Doesn’t seem very creative or elusive as RB or KR. Long strider in open field and looks to rely on speed rather than quickness, though his Combine drills show that this can be fixed. Needs to protect ball through line. Dances behind line too much — indecisive. Below-average upper-body strength.

Projection: He’ll make the team as a hybrid slot WR/RB, with more success at WR and returner, giving him fair value in return-yardage leagues. But don’t expect much from him. Especially with Brown, Sanders, and Cotchery on team. Team has also signed Marquis Maze as an undrafted free agent, who I think is a better slot WR than him.

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