Zurlon Tipton, RB, Central Michigan


Colts, UDFA. There’s definitely a place for him in the NFL as the power-running component of a committee – maybe more if he improves some of his flaws. On the Colts, he would be the fourth RB behind Richardson, Ballard, and Bradshaw.

All-Star Games: South Carolina All-Star Bowl.

Positives: Great height and good bulk for the position. Runs with adequate speed, burst, and quickness for his size. Runs with good power and leg drive, and churns his legs, fighting hard through contact for extra yards. Finishes runs with pop. Has fair balance when he doesn’t run upright, and can keep his legs after contact. Adequate hands. Though he broke his ankle in the first game of 2013, he returned strong at the end of the season. Very good ability to change directions in Pro Day testing.

Negatives: Runs upright — even in short-yardage situations — which negates his power and makes him easy to knock off his feet with hits up high. Suspect ball security. Though his hands seem adequate, they are inconsistent. Broke ankle in first game of 2013 and missed most of season. Below-average vertical leap. Poor lateral quickness at Pro Day testing. Slightly below-average upper-body strength.

Projection: No need to draft in fantasy yet, but he could certainly become a contributor down the line.

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