John Crockett, RB, North Dakota State-FCS – 2015

All-Star Games: Shrine Game.

Positives: Has very good height and above-average bulk for the position, with good hand size. Keeps balance well after contact. Above-average cutback vision, and also reads his blocks well in the open field. Above-average speed, burst and quickness for his size. He also changes directions well and shows some agility – able to spin around or jump over would-be tacklers. He’s able to get skinny through the line to take advantage of even a small crease. Has very quick feet with a nice jump cut, helping him pick through traffic at the line. Runs very tough with high knees – like a bull in a china shop – and even looks like he initiates contact at times. Has above-average hands and also extends well for passes away from his body. Is also a pretty solid pass protector who will knock back defenders and won’t let up once he has a defender handled.

Negatives: Though he has good size for his position, his build is more like a wide receiver, and maybe gives too much area for defenders to hit. He also runs too upright through the line at times, giving defenders time to hit him. Though his speed is pretty good for his size, he isn’t a burner, and can get caught from behind. His ball security technique is inconsistent, and he holds the ball too loosely through the line at times. He lacks patience behind the line. He will sometimes give up on plays and leave his feet when contact is coming – when it would be better for him to churn through it. His legs are sometimes out of sync with the rest of his body, and he will lose balance. Needs to be more aware of the sideline and of when to just duck out of bounds to save time. As a kick returner, he doesn’t seem to look to change directions.

Projection: Round 6. Teams looking to land David Johnson in the earlier rounds would be well served picking Crockett later if they miss out. He has the all-around skills, including the blocking skills, to be a solid contributor on most teams – especially as a third-down or receiving back.

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