Titans, Round 2. Was a junior. I expected him to go a little later than he did – in Round 3 – but I wasn’t far off, and it was probably about where most analysts thought he deserved to go. But I’m not as big a fan of him as most. Most of his abilities are only adequate or above average, and he doesn’t do anything so well that he’s a can’t-miss prospect. Still, he’s a solid prospect. He goes to a situation where there’s no clear-cut RB ahead of him, with just Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster to take carries away from him, so I expect him to have fair NFL success.
Positives: Though his height and weight are slightly below-average, he has a solid build. Above-average hand size. Runs with adequate speed and quickness and above-average burst. Above-average track speed for the position. Good upper body strength, and very good for his size above-average vertical leap. Above-average cutback vision and is a patient runner who waits for blocks to develop. Runs very smoothly – changes directions well and with almost no transition. Fairly nimble and shows good balance after contact. Gets low in short-yardage situations and keeps legs churning for extra yards. Above-average hands. Above-average ball security technique and he protects the ball well through the line. Is a willing downfield blocker. Was also a wildcat quarterback.
Negatives: Slightly below-average height and bulk for the position. His patience sometimes borders on indecisiveness, and he is late to get through the hole. Though he shows good effort, he has below-average leg drive and doesn’t break many tackles. Isn’t a very effective blocker, and he tends to lunge at defenders and miss them instead of keeping his base and finding leverage.
Projection: I can absolutely see him as worth a late-first-round pick in dynasty rookie drafts with RB2 potential.