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Prospect Profiles: Robert Turbin


TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 5-10, 216, 4.5


National Football Post:

What I like…

– Possesses an ideal physical make-up. Is a thick kid with a low center of gravity and natural power/girth through both his upper and lower half.

– Is a powerful/aggressive back who can make himself small, runs behind his pads and can churn out tough yards through contact.

– Showcases a natural feel when working the zone stretch toward the edge, exhibits good vision and quickly is able to decipher cut back/running lanes.

– Does a great job dipping his pad level, sticking his foot in the ground and accelerating through lanes as a zone runner. Showcases a burst to his game and is quickly able to square his shoulders and get north to south.

– Exhibits “plus” foot quickness in tight areas for his size and is a naturally balanced back. Demonstrates the ability to side step defenders even at full speed and simply run through arm tackles in the open field.

– Takes what the defense gives him when running between the tackles. Presses the line of scrimmage quickly in short yardage/goal line situations, keeps his pad level down and can routinely push the pile/run over defenders.

– Runs with a low center of gravity and routinely exhibits good knee bend when changing directions in a phone booth. Can pick his way through tight areas and get up to top end speed quickly out of his breaks.

– Exhibits the ability to change gears and set up his angles well toward the edge. Is a patient back who allows his blocks to set up well.

– Possesses the frame to carry the load at the next level. Gets stronger as the game goes on and really seems to wear on opponents.

– Has experience running from the gun, running from more typical zone looks and also playing some option football. Isn’t just a downhill guy.

– Can catch the football out of the backfield in the screen game. Looks natural when asked to adjust and pluck off his frame.

– Possesses the physical make-up and patience to pick-up blitzing linebackers and hold his own on third down. Takes pride in pass protection.

What I don’t like…

– Missed the entire 2010 season with a knee injury and determining his medical long term will be key.

– Isn’t a real dynamic athlete. Lacks a great first step in all areas of the game and isn’t a guy who is going to outpace many angles in the open field. Looks like a 4.6 guy.

– Isn’t the most decisive of runners when asked to find a hole quickly at the line of scrimmage. Will slow his feet trying to decipher information and leave some yards on the field.

– Will get lose with the football and let the ball get away from his pad level when he gets into the open field.

– Looks a little tight hipped when trying to turn the corner and accelerate, maxes out at top end speed quickly and will stiffen up in the open field.

– Isn’t a guy who is going to simply make defenders miss consistently from a stand still position. Needs to get his momentum going downhill in order to be effective.

– His tightness in the hips will show up when trying to change directions at full speed, will chop his feet and gear down because of it.

Impression: Physically, he reminds me some of New York Jets RB Shonn Greene. But as a runner, he looks more natural as a zone guy who he can use his cut back ability to pick his way through traffic, square his shoulders and then attack daylight. Has the skill set to mature into a starter at the next level, but because of his lack of a great burst, he doesn’t strike me as a guy who is ever going to have a real gaudy yards per carry average. Nevertheless, he should be able to keep you ahead of the chains.

Buffalo Bills Draft:


Big, strong kid who runs with a good low pad level…very thick in the lower body, runs through arm tackles with ease…his footwork give him great balance and some wiggle, looks like a dancing bear at times…can get small in the hole and squirt through the line…picks his way through traffic surprisingly well for a man his size…wears down his opponents effectively…versatile back schematically speaking who could work in both a traditional offense or in a zone blocking scheme…good vision to pick his hole.


Has a good burst but questionable long speed…he can be caught from behind…struggles when the hole isn’t visible immediately…ball security…downhill runner who doesn’t offer much break tackle ability in the open field…he has the ability to catch passes but struggles at times to show the burst after the catch to immediately get up the field…Likely an in between the tackles work horse back in the NFL who will need to be used in a rotation with a speed back who can keep defenses honest and stop them from stacking the box.

FF Toolbox:

Robert Turbin is a thick back with a power running style. Has quick feet, always moving forward. He runs behind pads, stay slow, uses good leverage and above average balance. Good speed for his weight and explosive out of his breaks. Very athletic.

Turbin has a great blend of power and quickness. Gets to full speed quickly and a natural downhill runner. Has solid hands and turns around quickly to get upfield. Keeps his legs moving through contact and can continue to gain yards after first contact.

Concerns after 2010 knee injury. Doesn’t often play up to timed speed (4.5 40 yard dash at combine). Would typically be described as “more quick than fast.” Sometimes a bit reckless with the football in the open field. Vision can still be improved, another year in college could have ironed that out and moved him up a round, but he’ll earn his keep in the NFL and probably see the field as a rookie.

Turbin will likely end up becoming a zone runner who can pick his spots and hit the hole full force. He’s not a home run hitter, but he’ll grind out yards and wear down defenses


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Robert Turbin is a big, physical running back prospect. Good size. Powerful. Patient. Can wear down defenses. Good out of the backfield. Not an outside runner, more of a powerful, inside runner. Not a feature back, a complimentary back. 3rd round. I really like Turbin. Has a lot of potential. Obviously played mid major competition so that will be a jump. But with Jacobs gone, Turbin is someone to consider. Turbin can wear down defenses and would be a nice change of pace back to Bradshaw. When pairing backs, want someone who does the opposite. Turbin is opposite to Bradshaw. And that’s good. Lots of people are high on Turbin; add me to that list. In the third round, he would look great in Blue.



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6 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Robert Turbin”

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  2. Joe D says:

    Why you only profile inferior rbs. Give me Doug Martin or give me death!!!

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