Bears, Round 4. Was a junior. He was probably the second- or third-best running back in this draft, and has just about everything you need in an all-purpose running back. Will backup Matt Forte and should get 5-10 touches per game. He may, potentially, replace Forte if the Bears let him go in the next few years.
Positives: Runs with adequate speed and above-average quickness and burst. Good vision for cutback lanes. Is fairly athletic and agile, and is nimble in the open field. Above-average power and is hard to bring down. Gets low and squares his shoulders to churn through contact. Finishes runs hard and will knock defenders back. On the sidelines, he doesn’t look to just duck out of bounds, but lowers his shoulders to drive through defensive backs. Above-average ability to stop and start, and is very shifty. Nice jump cut. Adequate hands. Demonstrates pretty good ball security technique when he knows contact is coming, and will cover up the ball with both hands. On outside runs, he is patient and then accelerates through the whole with good cutback vision. Adequate hand size. Adequate upper body strength.
Negatives: slightly below-average height and bulk for the position. Below-average track speed for his size and for the position. Slightly below-average burst and ability to change directions at Combine drills. Below-average lateral quickness in Combine drills. In the open field, his ball security technique is lax. Runs too upright at times. Has some big character red flags, with a December 2012 domestic disturbance/drug case and an altercation at a January 2013 basketball game.
Projection: If you have Forte, he’s a definite handcuff in dynasty leagues. Otherwise, he’s worth an early second-round pick in dynasty league rookie drafts with the potential of being a workhorse all-around back and eventual RB1.