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Quick Hit Profiles: RB

We continue with our quick hit profiles, this time with the running backs. Enjoy

EDWIN BAKER, RB, MICHIGAN STATE

Strong, NFL body. Good blocker. Can run inside with a low center of gravity. Good vision. Has a problem with fumbles and lost playing time in his junior year. Profiles as a nice change of pace back who can run the rock inside. Built to take a pounding, despite being 5-8

BRANDON BOLDEN, RB, MISSISSIPPI

Good size, built well. Good inside runner. Not elusive and has some character issues. But another guy who can run inside and also has experience on special teams.

CYRUS GRAY, RB, TEXAS A&M

We profiled him quickly in our draft crushes. Here’s what I said:

The 5-10, 206 pound back was very productive in college. Good receiver. Good blocker. Seems like a decent guy in the locker room. Can return kicks. Not the biggest, not the fastest, but is a smart, patient running back who can contribute in many ways. Solid in many ways. While he probably won’t ever be a feature back, he’s a guy who can produce with 10 touches, out of the backfield, and on returns.

RONNIE HILLMAN, RB, SAN DIEGO STATE
Explosive, productive RB. Great speed. Makes plays in space. Agile, elusive. Good receiver. Not a good blocker, and is undersized. More of an outside runner. Lots of tools to work with.
ISAIAH PEAD, RB, CINCINNATI
Greg Cosell likes Pead, so we’ll let him talk:

* Isaiah Pead: He ran almost exclusively out of one-back shotgun sets in Cincinnati’s version of the spread. He was a decisive downhill runner with outstanding short-area burst. He went from zero to 60 in a heartbeat. Pead showed dynamic open-field instincts; he was naturally shifty and elusive with explosive change of direction. While not a big back (197 pounds), he was a tough and physical runner, just not strong and powerful. Pead was a natural catcher; he will provide alignment versatility in the passing game. I see some similarities to Jamaal Charles when he came out of the University of Texas. Charles was a third-round pick in 2008.

BERNARD PIERCE, RB, TEMPLE

A big, bruising back. Built to run in the tackles. Has enough speed to bounce outside too. Not a receiver or blocker and doesn’t like to run inside, despite that being his strength. Some accounts have him as immature.

TAUREN POOLE, RB, TENNESSEE

Built to run inside, played behind a young line at Tennessee. Has potential as a rotation back.

CHRIS RAINEY, RB, FLORIDA

Incredibly fast with game breaking ability. Concerns about size and character.
DARRELL SCOTT, RB, SOUTH FLORIDA

Former top recruit transferred from Colorado. Great size–almost 6-1, 230. Lots of talent. Can run between the tackles, and has some athletic skills. Big questions about him are his toughness and his willingness to work.

MICHAEL SMITH, RB, UTAH STATE

Stuck behind Robert Turbin, Smith has been gaining steam on draft boards. Small, but tough. Keeps moving. Super fast, running in the 4.3s at 208 pounds. Strong. Can catch. Didn’t play much, is only 5-8. Not a guy who is going to break a lot of tackles. You worry about why he didn’t play much, but has a good skill set to work with.

FOZZY WHITAKER, RB, TEXAS

Short, lean back who is very fast and can catch. Durability issues and is really thin. But, he has one of the top names in the draft and can run. Would be interesting to try as scat back.

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3 Responses to “Quick Hit Profiles: RB”

  1. Jason C. says:

    Would be interesting if they picked up Darrell Scott, just to see how they worked out his and Da’Rel Scott’s jerseys.

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