RB Latavius Murray, Central Florida


Raiders, 6th round. Cent. Fla.: Nearly H-back size. Tall — 6’3″ with good bulk. Average hand size.

Positives: Above-average speed, but excellent speed for the size. Adequate burst. Above-average vision and is very patient. Surprisingly quick feet for his size. Nice balance after contact and when making cuts. Adequate hands. Fair concentration when hit is coming and protects ball with imminent contact. Running style like Ben Tate — tenacious and runs like a bull. Runs through arm tackles easily. Above-average power when he lowers shoulder. Gets low through line in short yardage. Is a bigger back who gets much better as the game goes on.

Negatives: Always seems to start slow in games. Missed three games with shoulder injury in 2012. Leans through contact at line when he should keep legs moving. Indecisive — a little slow to hit hole.

Projection: He goes to a Raiders team with a very good starter in Darren McFadden — but one who’s constantly injured. Murray also has a similar body type and running style to McFadden. This is a very good fit for him, as he should see the field early and often. If he gets a chance to start due to injury, he should shine. His blend of size, speed, quickness, vision, patience, and hands is probably not matched among this year’s rookies. Draft happily as a handcuff to McFadden and potential starter — expect RB4 numbers in 2013 with RB1 potential.

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