All running backs coming into the NFL are evaluated on three main attributes: running ability in general, pass catching ability, and pass protection. Overall running skills are, of course, most important and include the ability to run inside the tackles, ability to jump outside and have a strong burst, change of direction ability, vision, balance, ability to protect the football, and open field speed. Almost always a team will value pass protection as the second most important attribute, and many teams will take backs off of their board if they are unable or seemingly unwilling to block. Receptions by running backs are on the rise, and most teams make this a major part of their offense.
The Goods: School: Michigan Position: RB Class: Senior Height: 5-11 Weight: 220 lbs Projected Draft Round: 4-7 Quick Quote: “He also has proven he can catch. Add those traits to his blocking ability and his familiarity […]