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Prospect Profiles: Roy Helu Jr

ROY HELU Jr, RB, NEBRASKA

Triangle Numbers: 6,220,4.55

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

Strengths:
• Prototypical height and bulk with good strength
• Athletic with excellent balance and body control
• Not a blazer but has adequate speed for his size
• Hits the hole with authority and has decent burst
• Patient yet decisive w/ solid vision and instincts
• Shows ability to get outside and turn the corner
• Soft hands as a pass catcher out of the backfield
• Still seems to possess some unfulfilled potential

Weaknesses:
• Runs with high pad level and takes punishment
• Simply isn’t very physical, tough or powerful
• Goes down easy and won’t fight for extra yards
• Isn’t very shifty or elusive and lacks wiggle
• Should be a much better blocker than he is
• Gets nicked up and durability may be an issue

Sporting News:

In a Missouri-Nebraska game full of NFL prospects, Nebraska senior running back Roy Helu Jr. stole the show Saturday.

Helu had an excellent ’09 season and looked like he was going to be a star this year but had not been as productive with freshman QB Taylor Martinez at the helm. Helu had been getting only about 10 touches per game but had a breakout game against sixth-ranked Missouri.

Nebraska coaches gave Helu a heavy 28-carry load Saturday—especially after Martinez was knocked out of the game with a bruised leg—and he delivered touchdowns runs of 66 yards, 73 yards and 53 yards en route to a 307-yard game.

Helu (5-11, 220) showed the strength to consistently break tackles, running with good balance and agility. He also showed surprising acceleration and big-play speed.

Martinez’s injury isn’t considered serious, and he is expected to play next week at Iowa State and again be the focal point of the offense. That means Helu shouldn’t expect any more 25-carry games.

Still, Helu’s dominant performance Saturday proved he has the physical tools and big-play ability NFL coaches covet. Coming into the ’10 season, Helu was viewed as a third- or fourth-round prospect, but he could challenge for a spot in the second round with good pre-draft workouts next spring.

Roy Helu Jr/RB/Nebraska: Helu was Wednesday’s most complete back, showing a tremendous burst as well as speed carrying the ball. His ability to elude defenders was better than expected. Helu also caught the ball well and looked terrific in pass-blocking drills. In a draft with very few feature runners, the Nebraska senior stated his case.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:
Can’t quite wrap my head around Helu. Has all the tools. Very productive in college, especially his last two years. Good hands, can run it up the middle, smart, very athletic. Yet, from the reports I’m reading, and the videos I’m watching, there’s something missing. Consistency, maybe. A little soft, maybe. Definitely has talent, and could be a late bloomer. But he’s not very elusive, and he’s not very fast. He’s a between the tackles runner, but how good is he at that? Only decent. He’s a mid round prospect. 4th-6th round. Wouldn’t be a bad option as a 3rd down, change of pace back. Nice back. Could be much better, and I think that’s what so frustrating.

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