Branden Oliver, RB, Buffalo


Chargers, UDFA. Is a good effort guy with some nice running skills and will at least get a shot to make a roster in training camp. Regardless, he should be able to make a practice squad. If he doesn’t make the Chargers roster, keep an eye on where he lands.

All-Star Games: Was on early South Carolina College All-Star Bowl roster, but not on the final roster.

Positives: Runs with adequate speed and burst. Above-average vision for cutback lanes, and patiently waits for blocks – especially in the open field. Though his height and weight aren’t typical of NFL backs, he is well built and compact, and runs very tough for his size. Finishes his runs well, and with a lot of power. He keeps his legs moving after contact and will get low to tunnel for extra yards, giving good second effort. Good balance after contact. Adequate hands.

Negatives: Short for the position, with below-average bulk. Tends to dance around a bit behind the line instead of being decisive. Injured leg in September 2012 and missed two games.

Projection: He could be surprisingly effective in the NFL and worth drafting late in fantasy rookie drafts in deep leagues.

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