Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn – 2015

Transferred from junior college in 2013.

All-Star Games: Senior Bowl.

Positives: Is a patient, slashing-type runner behind the line, but is also decisive when he makes his cuts. Runs with adequate speed and burst and has quick feet to keep defenders guessing. He doesn’t change directions super-suddenly, but he is able to deceptively change angles on the move to keep gaining yards. Runs tough, with above-average power, and is not easy to bring down. He’s able to get low through the line in short-yardage situations to tunnel for extra yards. Churns his legs well through contact, with above-average balance. Uses a stiffarm well – not only on outside runs, but on inside runs, too. Has shown generally adequate hands and body control, and can adjust to passes thrown behind him. Good pass protector who maintains his base and leverage on impact. Was a versatile player in college, and was the team’s wildcat quarterback.

Negatives: Doesn’t have exceptional size, and has slightly below-average height, bulk, and hand size for the position. Also seems to have a short wingspan. Has below-average cutback vision behind the line and will push the ball too far into line before trying to make a move. Doesn’t seem capable of sudden changes of direction. Though he is effective in short-yardage situations when he is decisive, he sometimes dances behind the line too much, losing momentum. He is also a little slow to get going downfield after the catch. Though he showed some receiving skills in limited opportunities in college, he isn’t very experienced as a receiver. Will also bobble some passes. Is already 24 years old.

Projection: Round 5. He has enough running and receiving ability – and short-yardage ability – to be effective in that role in the pros. But he’s not so exceptional that he will be more than a situational or committee back in the NFL.

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