Jaguars, Round 7. Was a redshirt junior. Transferred from Miami in 2012. Ranked as my number-8 RB going into the draft, he went much later than I expected, which was Round 4. Looks like a potential solid contributor in a committee approach with Gerhart and also has a good enough combination of quickness and power to develop into a pro two- or three-down back.
Positives: great height for the position. Runs with above-average speed and good quickness. Changes directions well. Has above-average patience, vision, decisiveness, and burst – a combination that lets him quickly knife through the line and get to the second level with just a small seam. Stays on the hips of his blockers to wait for blocks to develop. Above-average power and runs tough, with a strong lower body and good body lean. Churns through contact well, getting low through contact and easily breaking arm tackles. Above-average balance after contact and always falls forward for extra yards. Adequate hands.
Negatives: slightly below-average bulk for the position and for his height. Built more like a wide receiver than a running back. Below-average track speed for the position. Suspect balance making cuts and tends to let his legs get out of line with his shoulder and slip. Gets tripped up fairly easily at the line and needs to run with his knees pumping higher. Consistently questionable ball security – holds the ball in one hand on the goal line and through traffic. Though his hands are adequate, he has some trouble extending for passes away from his frame. Below-average upper body strength. Injured hamstring at March Pro Day.
Projection: In dynasty leagues, he’s worth drafting late in the second round as a 2014 RB4 with RB2 potential in 2015 and beyond.