UDFA. Signed by the Broncos as a UDFA but was released in August and put on their practice squad. Was a redshirt sophomore who had transferred from junior college in 2013. It’s easy to see why he’d declare for the draft so early – he was highly unlikely to put up numbers again anywhere near where he did in 2013. There should be a place for him in the NFL, but it may take a while to find it.
Positives: adequate bulk for the position. Above-average upper body strength. Runs with above-average speed and adequate change-of-direction ability. Has above-average vision for cutback lanes and is also fairly patient behind the line – will stay on the hip of his blockers and wait for holes to develop. Above-average power, and runs with good body lean, especially in short-yardage situations – finishing runs strong and churning his legs through contact for extra yards. Good balance after contact. Adequate pass blocker. Protects the ball well through the line. Tough, and played 2013 ball game with turf toe. Adequate hands. Scored 28 TDs in 2013.
Negatives: below-average height for the position. Below-average hand size. Below-average track speed at the Combine, and surprisingly slow for his size. Adequate burst, but it seemed to be negatively affected by his turf toe injury, and was still affected by the Combine. Lacks experience – only one year of major college football, and not at elite competition.
Projection: Could put up RB3 numbers in the right situation. I expect him to be on a practice squad for a while. If that happens, there’s probably no need to pick him up unless he lands in a great position for him.