Darrin Reaves, RB, Alabama-Birmingham

UDFA. Signed by the Panthers as a UDFA but was released in August. Was a junior.

Positives: Though his bulk is on the low side, he’s compactly built. Above-average hands and can extend to catch passes away from his body. Keeps legs churning through contact. As a pass protector, he keeps his feet fairly well and doesn’t lunge too much. Runs with good body lean. Doesn’t just duck out of bounds on the sidelines. Keeps his balance fairly well after contact. Adequate speed and burst. Patient behind the line. Fair lateral quickness, and can bounce runs outside. Above-average concentration on contested passes. Very good vertical leap.  Adequate ability to change directions in pro day workout.

Negatives: Very short for the position. Slightly below-average bulk. Though he shows fair pass-protection technique, he’s not much good at it. Has a hard time staying with quicker-moving defenders as a pass protector. Below-average upper-body strength.

Projection: Should stick on an NFL roster somewhere and has a good chance of being a heavy contributor in the years to come. I’d stash him in deep dynasty leagues.

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