Tra Carson, RB, Texas A&M – 2016

Transferred from Oregon to Texas A&M in 2012.

Postseason Events: NFL Combine.

Positives: Good height and weight for the position, with adequate hand size. He runs with above-average straight-line speed and adequate burst. Shows surprising ability to change direction for his size, but is really more of a one-cut-and-go runner than a water bug. Though he doesn’t keep his legs moving through contact consistently, he isn’t easy to bring down – especially one-on-one in the open field. Finishes runs strong and will lower his shoulder into defenders and use a stiff arm very effectively – and looks like a natural born short-yardage runner. He has solid ball security technique, and protects the ball with both hands through the line and when he knows tacklers are coming at him from behind. Above-average pass protector who can maintain leverage on impact. Keeps his feet rooted to the ground even with low contact. Stays squared while making moves to prevent slipping. Adequate pass protector who is easy to move off of his spot. Adequate upper body strength.

Negatives: Inconsistent hands. Leans into contact at the line instead of churning through it. He needs to be more decisive on runs – and he will sometimes stop his own momentum in the hole instead of hitting at full speed. Dances behind the line too much, and will bounce runs outside that you should just push straight up the middle. Also shows below-average decisiveness on outside runs and will stretch them out too far. Unknown injury in November 2013.

Projection: Round 6. He should find his way on a roster as a short yardage specialist or potential third down back due to his receiving experience and blocking ability. May not ever be a fantasy star, but should contribute on the NFL level.

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