Raiders, Round 5.
Postseason Events: NFL Combine. Was also a late-week addition to the Senior Bowl.
Positives: He was a redshirt senior, so he is experienced. Though small, he is built proportionally. He runs with above-average speed, lateral quickness, and burst. Has quick feet and runs with high knees through the line to avoid low arm tackles. Pretty good stop-and-start ability. Is agile and can spin away from defenders in the open field. Keeps churning his legs through contact, and runs with adequate power – but better effort. Stays square while making moves so he doesn’t slip. Above-average quickness and acceleration out of his breaks, and sets up linebackers well with quickness to create separation. Tracks pretty well over his inside and outside shoulders. Above-average hands and can extend well. Runs with pretty good body lean and isn’t easy to bring down. Gets low for extra yards. Above-average track speed for the position. Adequate vertical leap and broad jump for the position. Above-average ability to change directions with burst in Combine measurements. Above-average upper-body strength.
Negatives: Short for the position, with below-average bulk and below-average hand size. Below-average vision for cutbacks, and will pinball through contact. He sometimes runs top-heavy and off-balance. Though he has above-average hands, he has some trouble bringing in quick passes. Will sometimes jump for passes when he doesn’t need to.
Pre-Draft Projection: Round 6. If he was a little bit bigger, I can see him going in Round 4 or so. He should be a solid contributor in a committee approach with his running ability, athleticism, and receiving ability.