TERRANCE GANAWAY, RB, BAYLOR
TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 5-11, 239, 4.67
A thickly put together back with natural girth through his lower half. Carries his weight decently through his mid-section, but might be better suited to lose a little girth in order to help with his athleticism. For his size exhibits an average first step pressing the line of scrimmage. Runs with good forward lean initially when pressing the hole, and through contact. When not at full speed exhibits some slight change of directions skills, side stepping a defender in the hole. However, isn’t real sudden or dynamic, and isn’t a guy who can be real productive picking his way through traffic laterally before accelerating toward daylight. Doesn’t have a great initial burst or second gear and seems to play more so at one speed. Looks like a 4.6 guy and isn’t going to run away from any defenders in the NFL. Additionally once he reaches top end speed, he plays really linear as he has a tough time breaking down and changing directions at all.
Runs hard and will break tackles once he gets into the second level. Also, can move the pile and fight for tough yards inside if nothing is there. But is too limited in terms of creating on his own in order to be an overly effective NFL back.
Impression: Possesses good size, some natural lean and power. Exhibits the footwork to pick his way through tighter creases inside, but runs through some big leans and isn’t overly shifty in the open field. A reserve power guy at best, but doesn’t play up to his size/strength numbers consistently.
• Built to pound between the tackles
• Hits the hole and barrels downhill
• Strong hips to power through tackles
• Runs with forward lean and leg drive
• Good feet for his size
• Average initial quicks and lateral agility
• Loose with the ball
• Minimal use/value as a receiver
• One-year producer
• Motivation needs to be evaluated
The Way We See It:
Big, strong, thickly built power back who runs like a bull in a china shop — has to square his shoulders and roll downhill to be effective. Lacks special-teams utility and could require patience, but could fill a two-down, between-the-tackles role in a man-blocking scheme.
Strengths: Terrance Ganaway’s speed is underrated considering he weighs 240 pounds. While he won’t make his living running away from defenders in the open field he is a deceptive athlete that can break the big run. He is always falling forward and his legs are always churning for extra yards. Ganaway has very little wear and tear on him so durability shouldn’t be an issue at the next level.
Weaknesses: Ganaway’s hands won’t permit him to be a three down back in the NFL. He won’t create any extra yards as an athlete and has little game experience as this season was his only as a full time starter at Baylor. Ran out of the spread option a lot at Baylor, so he’ll have to be able to pick up an NFL system.
Bottom Line: Ganaway has some value as a two-down back in a back by committee role to begin his career. His ability to break big runs at his size should find him a spot earlier than most expect in the draft. He’s also a high character guy that graduated in December with a degree in General Studies. At best he’s Brandon Jacobs minus the issues and at worst you are getting a solid goal line back.
Draft Projection: Ganaway is probably a fifth round pick at this point but I see him going as high as the late third round come April.
Terrance Ganaway is small, but wide running back prospect. 5-11, but 240. He’s an inside runner, but can break big runs. Deceptive speed. Strong and tough to bring down. Not a three down back, as he can’t catch. But has the potential to be a solid, two down thumper. A smaller version of Brandon Jacobs. Has the deceptive ability to break long runs, but is better suited to bang between the tackles. He can push the pile, so should be a good goal line runner. The Giants need to replace Jacobs, and Ganaway is the closest thing to him in the draft. Obviously, he’s not 6-4. But there isn’t another back like Jacobs in terms of size. Ganaway is, however, the closest thing to him. Ganaway, then, would fit right in. 4th round, I think. The Giants need a back and he could play right away as a move the pile type of guy.