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2012 Running Back Reports
Height: 5-11
Weight: 206
40: 4.45
Year: 3Jr

Alvester Alexander

School: Wyoming
Position: RB
Bio: Three-year starter who shared time as a junior, posting 152 attempts/1695 yards/6 on the ground and adding 12 receptions. Sophomore totals included 189/792/14. Registered 136/640/7 as a freshman.
Positive: Strong ballcarrier who is best on the inside. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and runs low to the ground. Breaks the first tackle, drives forward and picks up yardage off initial contact. Effectively uses blocks all over the field, finds the cutback lanes and quickly gets through them. Will pick and choose his spots on the inside. Displays himself to be a downfield receiving threat and possesses much better pass catching skills than his numbers would otherwise indicate.
Negative: Not a quick cutback runner and loses momentum when he must immediately change direction. Gives minimal effort blocking.
Analysis: Alexander has been moderately productive and consistent on the college level. He possesses solid size/speed numbers and should find a home as a rotational back in the NFL.

Height: 5-7.5
Weight: 197
40: 4.62
Year: 4Sr

Keola Antolin

School: Arizona
Position: RB
Bio: Used as a rotational starter the past three seasons. Senior rushing totals included 126 carries/568 yards/5 TDs with 25 receptions/197 yards/1 TD as a receiver. Junior numbers included 143/668/7 on the ground with 28/24/2 as a receiver. Experienced return specialist.
Positive: Small yet quick skill player with the ability to create his own yardage. Runs low to the ground, displays the ability to immediately change direction and loses no momentum getting through the cutback lanes. Displays the agility necessary to turn the corner, quick-footed and easily bounces around piles or strings together several moves over the course of a single run. Effectively uses his blocks, displays good running vision and runs hard on the inside. Squeezes through the small openings of the offensive line.
Negative: Easily brought down at the point of attack by a single defender. Does not possess the speed to beat defenders into the open field.
Analysis: Antolin is a versatile skill player with size limitations. He could make a roster as a third-down back if he's able to produce on special teams.

Height: 5-6.5
Weight: 190
40: 4.51
Year: 5Sr

Antwon Bailey

School: Syracuse
Position: RB
Bio: All-conference selection as a senior when he became the featured running back at Syracuse and posted career-best ground numbers of 240 attempts/1051 yards/6 TDs while also adding 29 receptions/200 yards/1 TD as a receiver. Junior totals on the ground included 114/554/2 with 35/306/3 receiving.
Positive: Small yet tough player who was productive in a variety of ways. Sees the field, displays good instincts and terrific running vision. Sets up blocks, makes defenders miss and avoid piles to create yardage. Waits for blocks develop and effectively uses them up all over the field. Plays with good quickness. Keeps his feet driving up the field, runs north-south and aggressively puts his shoulders into defenders. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield. Displays the ability to turn the corner or get through the cutback lanes and loses little momentum changing direction. Solid blocker who picks up blitzes, squares into defenders and removes them from the action.
Negative: Undersized and not a strong ballcarrier who E(TM)s going to break tackles or pick up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Lacks the pure speed to turn the corner or run to daylight.
Analysis: Bailey was a terrific college running back who lacks the measurables for the next level. The ability to produce as a runner, receiver, and blocker will help him make it at the next level if he can contribute as a return man.

Height: 5-8
Weight: 204
40: 4.44
Year: 3Jr

Edwin Baker

School: Michigan State
Position: RB
Bio: Shared time carrying the ball last season and posted 170 attempts/665 yards/5 TDs on the ground while adding five receptions. All-conference selection as a sophomore with rushing totals of 207/1201/13.
Positive: Smallish yet explosive ballcarrier who plays with terrific speed and quickness. Runs with good lean, displays solid vision and effectively uses blocks all around the field. Possesses a burst through the hole, quickly cuts back against the grain and loses little momentum changing direction. Squeezes through the small openings of the offensive line, keeps his feet moving on contact and works runs. Possesses the agility and speed necessary to turn the corner. Better pass catcher than his numbers indicate. Extends his hands and displays good focus catching the ball.
Negative: Does not consistently play to his timed speed. Marginal strength carrying the ball and blocking. Easily brought down by the first defender.
Analysis: Baker was a solid back for Michigan State and projects as a third-down runner/situational ballcarrier at the next level.

Height: 5-8.4
Weight: 206
40: 4.58
Year: 4Jr

Mike Ball

School: Nevada
Position: RB
Bio: Played in nine games last season, starting five before being dismissed from the Nevada program due to a violation of team rules. Finished with 135 attempts/704 yards/3 TDs on the ground while adding 11 receptions/42 yards/2 TDs. Part-time player the prior two years.
Positive: Short, low-to-the-ground ballcarrier with an aggressive style. Elusive, strings several moves together over the course of a single run and makes defenders miss. Instinctive ballcarrier with vision. Patient, waits for blocks develop and effectively follows them everywhere on the field. Finds the running lanes, quickly gets through them and displays the ability to pick up big chunks of yardage from the line of scrimmage. Runs with good lean, picks his way on the inside and loses little momentum changing direction. Solid receiver out of the backfield. Sees the blitz and picks up blocking assignments.
Negative: Small and easily tackled by the first defender. Lacks the speed necessary to turn the corner.
Analysis: Ball seemed to be pulling together the pieces of his game last season before a suspension sidelined him. He possesses the football skills necessary to be a third-down back/situational runner yet will only have a career in the NFL if he's able to rid himself of off-the-field distractions.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 218
40: 4.58
Year: 4Sr

Vick Ballard

School: Mississippi State
Position: RB
Bio: Junior college transfer who immediately broke into the starting lineup at Mississippi State and proceeded to set several school records. Senior rushing totals included 193 attempts/1,189 yards/10 touchdowns with 20 receptions/187 yards/1 touchdown as a receiver. Awarded all-conference honors in 2011. Junior numbers included 186/968/19 on the ground with 10/106/1 as a receiver.
Positive: Sturdy interior ballcarrier who runs with good vision and quickness. Patiently waits for blocks to develop, actively uses them everywhere on the field and works hard in every aspect. Displays a burst through the hole, turns it on in a single step and shows the ability to beat defenders into the open field. Quickly regains his balance off the initial hit, picks up a good deal of yardage off initial contact and is a tough ballcarrier who keeps his feet moving up the field. Solid receiver out of the backfield. Gets out front and effectively blocks when required.
Negative: Not a creative runner who can string several moves together during a single carry or make defenders miss. Lacks the speed to run to daylight.
Analysis: Ballard turned in two very productive seasons at Mississippi State and is a ballcarrier who shows the ability to get into the end zone. He offers a versatile and complete game and Ballard is a prospect who will positively impact an NFL roster this fall.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 202
40: 4.56
Year: 5Sr

Joe Banyard

School: UTEP
Position: RB
Bio: Former TCU running back who transferred to UTEP and started his two seasons with the program. Senior totals included 127 attempts/832 yards/6 TDs rushing. Junior numbers included 109/623/8 on the ground with 17/107 as a receiver.
Positive: Shifty ballcarrier who is best on the inside. Runs low to the ground, plays with good balance and keeps his feet moving up the field. Shows some wiggle in his running with the ability to sidestep defenders. Effectively follows blocks. Solid receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: Possesses just an average burst through the hole. Must pick up his blocking intensity.
Analysis: Banyard was a solid college back who projects as a change-of-pace skill player but must improve his game and increase his production as a receiver out of the backfield.

Height: 5-8.5
Weight: 208
40: 4.58
Year: 5Sr

Duane Bennett

School: Minnesota
Position: RB
Bio: Posted career numbers of 166 attempts/639 yards/3 TDs as a senior when he started 12 games. Junior totals included 123/529/3 when he started seven games. Also added 33 receptions/319 yards/1 TD in 2010.
Positive: Hard-running ballcarrier with average size/speed numbers for the next level. Finds the running lanes, quickly gets through the hole and does not shy away from contact. Runs hard, keeping his feet moving and trying to pick up as much yardage as possible. Effectively uses his blocks, runs with good lean and displays good all-around quickness.
Negative: Possesses no outstanding feature in his ball carrying. Not a creative runner who can make something out of nothing. Lacks the speed to turn the corner. Doesn E(TM)t break tackles and pick up much yardage after initial contact.
Analysis: Bennett has been a serviceable player at Minnesota and could be used as a rotational back at the next level if he produces as a receiver out of the backfield.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 222
40: 4.51
Year: 4Sr

Brandon Bolden

School: Mississippi
Position: RB
Bio: Started four games as a senior, finishing with 96 attempts/462 yards/4 touchdowns on the ground while adding 14 receptions/147 yards/1 touchdown as a receiver. Junior totals included a team-leading 163/976/14 on the ground with 32/34/3 as a receiver. Started eight games as a sophomore and posted 129/614/4 rushing.
Positive: Explosive ballcarrier with outstanding size/speed numbers. Patient, quick-footed and avoids piles or makes several defenders miss over the course of a single run. Elusiv, creates his own yardage and finds the cutback lanes, then quickly gets through them. Terrific pass catcher who displays himself as a downfield threat.
Negative: Does not run like a 220-pound back, rarely breaks tackles or picks up tough yardage. Shows hesitation in his running. Lacks top skills trying to turn the corner.
Analysis: Bolden was a college ballcarrier who ran hot and cold. He possesses the underlying physical skills to be a big-time talent, but must really put together a complete game rather than just playing in spurts.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 215
40: 4.58
Year: 5Sr

Zach Brown

School: Pittsburgh
Position: RB
Bio: Former Wisconsin transfer who posted 82 attempts/357 yards/5 TDs on the ground last season while adding 25 receptions/184 yards as a receiver. Academic All-American performer.
Positive: Strong interior ballcarrier who also catches the ball well out of the backfield. Displays good vision, solid running instincts and is aggressive handling the ball. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes, keeps his head on a swivel and remains disciplined with pass protection assignments. Breaks arm tackles, keeps his feet moving up the field and falls forward when tackled. Aggressively puts his shoulders into defenders trying to pick up extra yardage. Displays solid and reliable hands, adjusting to the errant throw and catching the pass away from his frame.
Negative: Does not display a burst in his game. Loses momentum when he must quickly change direction.
Analysis: Brown is a skilled prospect yet has always been the bridesmaid in college and never a featured runner on a roster. He possesses the physical ability to be a situational runner in the NFL, and his pass catching skills give him additional value.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 209
40: 4.55
Year: 5Sr

Travaris Cadet

School: Appalachian State
Position: RB
Bio: All-conference selection the past two seasons. Posted rushing totals of 151 attempts/651 yards/6 TDs and 34 receptions/333 yards/1 TD. Also averaged 24.3 yards on 26 kick returns. Junior totals included 115/671/6 on the ground with 19/218/1 as receiver. Also served as a backup quarterback an Appalachian State.
Positive: Athletic skill player who produces in a variety of ways. Agile, possesses the speed and agility necessary to turn the corner and quickly gets through cutback lanes. Makes defenders miss and creates his own yardage. Patient back who does an outstanding job using blocks everywhere on the field. Terrific receiver out of the backfield who adjusts to the errant throw and catches the ball with his hands. Displays good quickness and has a burst of speed.
Negative: Lacks a physical nature to his game. Finishes plays by running out of bounds. Easily brought down at the point of attack by a single defender.
Analysis: Cadet possesses the size and athletic skill to be used in a variety of roles at the next level. He's a third-down back who can also line up as a slot receiver on occasion and he comes with return skills. Despite his skills, Cadet must pick up the intensity of his game and consistently play at a high level to have a career in the NFL.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 219
40: 4.67
Year: 5Sr

Lennon Creer

School: Louisiana Tech
Position: RB
Bio: Tennessee transfer who started the past two seasons and was awarded all-conference honors as a junior. Senior rushing totals included 198 attempts/838 yards/9 TDs with 18 receptions/93 yards/1 TD. Junior ground numbers included 212/1181/10.
Positive: Well-built ballcarrier who is best on the inside. Quickly finds the running lanes, keeps his feet moving on contact and grinds it out on the inside. Effectively follows blocks everywhere on the field and shows good football instincts. Strong with the ability to break tackles and pick up yardage off initial contact. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes. Solid receiver out of the backfield and makes the reception away from his frame. Displays blocking vision and picks up assignments.
Negative: More of a straight line runner who struggles to elude defenders or create yardage. Loses momentum when he must quickly change direction. Lacks the speed necessary to beat defenders around the corner.
Analysis: Creer was consistently productive at Louisiana Tech though yet out of place in their spread offense. He is a prospect who does the little things well and offers potential as a backup on the NFL level.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 225
40: 4.65
Year: 4Sr

Enrique Davis

School: Mississippi
Position: RB
Bio: Played in nine games as a senior, finishing with 173 yards on 58 carries. Junior totals included 82 attempts/337 yards/3 touchdowns. Missed time the past two seasons with nicks and bruises.
Positive: Nice-sized ballcarrier who flashes skill on occasion. Displays the speed and agility to turn the corner, can cut back in a small area and has the strength to break tackles. Keeps his feet moving on contact and picks up the extra yardage.
Negative: Runs with an upright style and exposes himself to some heavy hits. More of a downhill runner and loses momentum when he must quickly change direction. Marginally productive in college.
Analysis: Davis possesses next level size/speed numbers, but has been marginally productive at Mississippi. He could surprise people in camp this summer if he stays healthy, and he E(TM)s worth consideration on a practice squad.

Height: 5-8
Weight: 184
40: 4.32
Year: 4Sr

Jeff Demps

School: Florida
Position: RB
Bio: Part-time starter since his freshman season. Senior totals included 98 attempts/569 yards/6 touchdowns on the ground and 16/172 as a receiver. Also averaged 32.5 yards on 11 kick returns. Junior totals included 92/551/3 on the ground with 18 receptions. Posted a career-high 745 yards rushing as a sophomore. Two-time defending NCAA indoor 60 meter champion. Recently announced his intention to forgo the NFL and focus on 2012 Olympics.
Positive: Versatile skill player with the potential to be a third-down back at the next level. Fast, beats defenders around the corner and quickly gets to top gear. Solid pass catcher who easily adjusts to the errant throw and makes the reception away from his frame. Shifty runner who displays terrific quickness in his game and the ability to create yardage.
Negative: Not a strong ballcarrier and can be easily tackled by a single defender. Minimally productive in college.
Analysis: Demps is a tremendous athlete who did a solid job translating his sprinter E(TM)s speed on to the football field. He possesses the skills to be used as a ballcarrier, slot receiver and return specialist, but he has put his football career on hold for the Olympics.

Height: 5-8
Weight: 192
40: 4.62
Year: 4Sr

Lance Dunbar

School: North Texas
Position: RB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors the past two seasons. Senior rushing totals included 269 attempts/1115 yards/10 TDs with 29 receptions/350 yards/2 TDs as a receiver. Junior rushing totals included 274/1553/13 with 28/332/3 catching the ball. Totaled 17 rushing touchdowns as a sophomore.
Positive: Small, elusive ballcarrier with the ability to create his own yardage. Runs low to the ground, waits for blocks to develop and follows them everywhere on the field. Shows a burst, displays the ability to immediately change direction and gets through the cutback lanes. Quick-footed and makes defenders miss or strings several moves together in the course of a single run. Adequate receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: Does not play with great physicality. Lacks size and gets easily brought down at the point of attack.
Analysis: Dunbar is an elusive skill player but lacks classic size/speed numbers for the next level. He has enough ability to be kept on a roster as a third-down back/situational player.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 214
40: 4.56
Year: 4Sr

Nate Eachus

School: Colgate
Position: RB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his freshman season and named to several All-American teams in 2010. Senior totals included 162 attempts/763 yards/6 TDs on the ground with 18 receptions for 193 yards and 1 TD as a receiver. Limited to six games last season after suffering head and pelvis injuries. Junior rushing totals included 317/1871/21.
Positive: Tough, productive interior ball carrier who does the little things well. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and finds the running lanes. Keeps his feet moving on contact, drives through tackles and does not go down without a fight. Has a compact build, possesses a short burst of speed and gives effort blocking. Squares into defenders and does enough to seal opponents from the action. Solid pass catcher who keeps the play inbounds running after the reception, working to pick up positive yardage.
Negative: Lacks the speed and agility to turn the corner or beat defenders into the open field. Marginal quickness in his game and doesn E(TM)t create yardage.
Analysis: Eachus was incredibly productive on the college level and is a serviceable prospect who can be used on third-down situations in the NFL.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 238
40: 4.65
Year: 4Sr

Jason Ford

School: Illinois
Position: RB
Bio: Part-time player the past two years. Senior rushing totals included 155 attempts/600 yards/7 TDs with 19 catches. Junior rushing numbers included 99/480/7.
Positive: Well-sized interior ballcarrier who E(TM)s shown flashes of skill the past four years. Runs behind his pads, keeps his feet moving and does a terrific job using blocks. Aggressively puts his shoulders into defenders and falls forward when tackled. Patient and consistently runs North/South.
Negative: Not a natural receiver. Loses momentum when he must change direction and is not a quick cutback runner. Possesses a marginal burst of speed.
Analysis: Ford looks the part but was never the featured runner at Illinois or hasn E(TM)t met the expectations of NFL scouts. He possesses the skills to be a big-bodied rotational back in the NFL if he takes his game to the next level.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 239
40: 4.61
Year: 5Sr

Terrance Ganaway

School: Baylor
Position: RB
Bio: All-conference selection as a senior after moving into the starting lineup and posting 250 attempts/1556 yards/21 TDs and adding six receptions. Junior totals included 46/295/2.
Positive: Big-bodied ball carrier whose game is on the upswing. Runs with good lean, shows terrific power and picks up a lot yardage off initial contact. Uses an effective straight arm to keep plays alive, is tough to bring down and moves the pile. Has a fluid and smooth style, displaying the ability to cut back in a small area. Light on his feet for such a large running back.
Negative: Does not attack blocking assignments and lacks intensity. At times plays a bit soft. Loses momentum when he must immediately change direction.
Analysis: After coming off the bench during his early years at Baylor, Ganaway showed himself to be a feature runner last season. He needs to play at consistently high level yet offers possibilities in a ball control offense at the next level.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 223
40: 4.6
Year: 4Sr

Edwin Gowins

School: Cal-Pa
Position: RB
Bio: Played in six games last season, posting 54 attempts/273 yards/3 TDs on the ground. Started his college career at Stony Brook, where he was a freshman All-American in 2008 with rushing numbers of 140/1310/11.
Positive: Nice-sized interior running back who has a smooth style, finds the running lanes and quickly gets through them. Puts his shoulders into defenders, delivers a blow and falls forward to pick up extra yardage when tackled. Displays good quickness, shows better than average agility and patiently waits for blocks to develop. Keeps his head on a swivel blocking.
Negative: More of a straight line runner who loses momentum when he must quickly change direction. Possesses a marginal burst. Struggled with injury and other issues the past two seasons and played in just eight total games.
Analysis: Gowins looked like an up-and-coming prospect after his freshman season yet watched his play regress ever since. He possesses the size and style to be a rotational/short-yardage runner at the next level if he gets his game back on track.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 206
40: 4.43
Year: 4Sr

Cyrus Gray

School: Texas A&M
Position: RB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior with 198 carries/1045 yards/12 TDs rushing and 31 receptions/239 yards/3 TDs receiving. Junior rushing totals included career-best numbers of 200/1133/12 with 34/251/1 receiving.
Positive: Swift, versatile skill player who projects as a third-down back. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and immediately finds the running lanes. Quick-footed, displays the ability to make defenders miss and uses an effective straight arm to keep runs alive. Keeps his feet moving on contact, displays a variety of moves carrying the ball and quickly regains his balance off the initial hit. Effectively follows blocks everywhere on the field, avoiding piles and displaying the ability to create yardage. Finds the cutback lanes, quickly gets through them and turns it on in a single step. Solid receiver out of the backfield extending his hands to make the reception away from his frame. Shows a nose for the end zone.
Negative: At times does too much East/West running rather than taking the ball up the field. Does not display the speed necessary to beat defenders around the corner.
Analysis: Gray has been consistent in all areas of the game the past three seasons and is a productive ballcarrier who can fill a variety of roles. He lacks the skills to be a feature runner but should be an effective second ballcarrier on a roster.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 223
40: 4.75
Year: 4Sr

Jonas Gray

School: Notre Dame
Position: RB
Bio: Started four games as a senior, posting 114 attempts/791 yards/12 TDs on the ground. Played in seven games the prior year, carrying the ball 20 times for 100 yards before being shelved with a knee injury.
Positive: Short yet compact ballcarrier who picks up the difficult yardage. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and keeps his feet moving on contact. Displays short-area quickness, turns it on a single step and runs hard. Picks up the difficult yardage and falls forward when tackled. Shows a burst through the hole, runs low to the ground and has the ability to break tackles. Solid footwork in a small area. Weaves through traffic, finding the open space and choosing his spots on the inside. Solid pass protector who sees the blitz and works to get a pad on defenders.
Negative: Loses momentum when he must immediately alter his angle of attack. One-speed ballcarrier. Prior knee issues may raise red flags.
Analysis: Gray is a talented ballcarrier with the ability to be the third man on the depth chart at the next level and handle interior ball carrying duties.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 207
40: 4.6
Year: 4Sr

Jonathan Grimes

School: William & Mary
Position: RB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded varying degrees of all-conference an All-American honors since his freshman season. Senior totals included 288 tenths/1431 yards/10 TDs on the ground with 23 receptions/262 yards/4 TDs. Also averaged 22.1 yards on 37 kick returns. Junior rushing totals included 207/887/8, when he was also named CAA Special Teams Player of the Year, averaging 24.9 yards on 12 kick returns.
Positive: Ultra-productive small school skill player who positively affects the game in a variety of ways. Instinctive ballcarrier who displays terrific running vision, effectively uses his blocks and runs low to the ground. Makes several defenders miss at the line of scrimmage and in the open field, keeps plays in bounds and works hard to pick up as much yardage as possible. Keeps his feet moving up the field. Deceptively strong and breaks form tackles or falls forward when tackled to pick up the extra yards. Solid receiver out of the backfield. Effectively picks up blocking assignments, squaring into defenders and keeping them from the action.
Negative: Lacks the speed and agility to turn the corner. Not a fluid cutback runner and loses momentum when he must immediately change direction.
Analysis: Grimes lacks classic size/speed numbers for the next level yet has been productive in several areas since his freshman campaign. He gets the most from his ability and has the potential to make a roster as a situational ballcarrier and special teams ace.

Height: 5-8.5
Weight: 218
40: 4.51
Year: 4Jr

Jewel Hampton

School: Southern Illinois
Position: RB
Bio: All-conference selection last season with rushing totals of 230 attempts/1121 yards/17 TDs. Spent three seasons at Iowa before transferring to Southern Illinois. Missed the 2009 season and all but two games of 2010 with knee injuries.
Positive: Explosive back who picks up big chunks of yardage from the line of scrimmage. Patient, waits for blocks develop and will pick and choose his spots on the inside. Runs low to the ground, very quick and has a great burst of speed. Displays outstanding running vision, follows blocks everywhere on the field and gets through the small holes of the defense. Works runs, puts his shoulders into defenders and tries to pick up as much yardage as possible. Possesses the speed and agility necessary to turn the corner and beat defenders into the open field.
Negative: Not a back who picks up a lot yardage off initial contact. Has a long injury history, which will undoubtedly raise red flags.
Analysis: When healthy and at the top of his game, Hampton is a complete running back who offers next-level skill. Likely to be selected in the late rounds, Hampton will surprise in the NFL if he's able to stay on the field.

Height: 5-9
Weight: 193
40: 4.61
Year: 4Sr

Michael Harris

School: Murray State
Position: RB
Bio: Junior college transfer who E(TM)s started the past two seasons, winning all-conference honors each year. Senior rushing totals included 189 attempts/1018 yards/13 TDs with 30 receptions/234 yards/1 TDs as a receiver. Junior numbers included 139/904/10 on the ground with 28/161 166/1 as a receiver.
Positive: Undersized ballcarrier who runs low to the ground and behind his pads. Elusive, displays the ability to make defenders miss and creates his own yardage. Quickly finds the running lanes, immediately gets through the open holes and keeps his feet moving on contact. Works runs, falls forward when tackled and gives effort on the inside. Solid receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: Lacks overall running strength and be easily brought to the turf by the first defender. Possesses an average burst of speed and is not fast enough to beat defenders into the open field.
Analysis: Harris has been a productive multipurpose player the past two seasons at Murray State and possesses enough versatility and skill to be used as a rotational back or third-down specialist in the NFL.

Height: 5-8
Weight: 191
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

Jonathan Hernandez

School: Massachusetts
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his junior season. Senior totals included 261 attempts/1092 yards/12 TDs on the ground with 18 receptions/209 yards catching the ball. Junior rushing totals included 219/938/9 with 16/211/1 receiving.
Positive: Strong, one-speed ballcarrier who runs low to the ground. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and displays good quickness. Runs hard on the inside, weaves through traffic and finds the running lanes. Has a burst through the hole and can turn it on in a single step. Terrific job following blocks everywhere on the field. Solid receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: Not a smooth cutback runner and loses momentum when he must quickly change direction. Not a back who will beat defenders into the open field or run to daylight.
Analysis: Hernandez is an elusive change-of-pace back who could make it as a third-down specialist in the NFL with his ability to create yardage and catch the ball out of the backfield.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 213
40: 4.57
Year: 5Sr

Daniel Herron

School: Ohio State
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a junior. Played in just seven games last season after serving a suspension for his role in the Ohio State tattoo scandal. Finished the year with 134 attempts/675 yards/3 TDs on the ground after posting 216/1155/16 the prior year.
Positive: Quick-footed ballcarrier who is best running between the tackles. Sees the field, finds running lanes and effectively uses his blocks. Keeps his feet moving on contact, displays elusiveness and falls forward when tackled.
Negative: Must pick up the blocking intensity. Shows hesitation in his game. Average receiver out of the backfield. Lacks top speed.
Analysis: Herron has shown flashes of skill the past two seasons yet never displayed enough ability to project as a featured runner for the next level. He could be effective as a rotational runner on an NFL roster.

Height: 5-8.5
Weight: 200
40: 4.42
Year: 3So

Ronnie Hillman

School: San Diego State
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his freshman season. Rushing totals last year included 311 attempts/1711 yards/19 TDs with an average of 5.5 yards per carry. Added 24 receptions/270 yards/1 TDs. Freshman rushing numbers included 262/1532/17 with an average of 5.8 yards per carry.
Positive: Quick, creative ballcarrier who displays skill on the inside or around the corner. Is a patient runner who possesses vision and instincts. Very quick, can turn it on in a single step and easily avoids defenders. Bounces around piles, creates his own yardage and effectively follows blocks everywhere on the field. Locates the running lanes, weaves through the traffic and consistently picks up positive yardage.
Negative: Not a strong back who picks up yardage off initial contact or breaks tackles. At times does too much East/West running rather than turning it up the field. Lacks breakaway speed.
Analysis: Hillman has been incredibly productive the two years he started at San Diego State and offers the football skills to be used as a rotational ballcarrier in the NFL.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 247
40: 4.8
Year: 5Sr

Ryan Houston

School: North Carolina
Position: RB
Bio: Rotated into the lineup as a senior and finished with 85 tenths/325 yards/7 TDs on the ground while adding five receptions. Sat on the sidelines in 2010 with suspension. Part-time starter in 2009 and finished the year with a career-best 191/713/9.
Positive: Large, bruising runner who picks up the difficult yardage. Displays good vision, effectively uses blocks and plays smart football. Keeps his feet moving on contact and shows power on the inside. Breaks tackles and picks up a lot yardage off initial contact. Effectively picks up blitzes and stays with blocking assignments.
Negative: Only effective on the inside and loses momentum when he must quickly change direction. Lacks speed around the corner. Has marginal burst.
Analysis: Houston is an underrated prospect that offers a variety of skills. He's a potential short-yardage back and lead blocker that can protect the quarterback. Potentially a late-round pick, Houston should be an effective role player in the NFL.

Height: 5-8
Weight: 194
40: 4.58
Year: 4Jr

LaMichael James

School: Oregon
Position: RB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-American and all-conference honors since his freshman season. Rushing totals last year included 247 attempts/1805 yards/18 TDs with 17 receptions/210 yards/1 TDs. Also averaged 10.7 yards on 13 punt returns, bringing one back for a score. Sophomore rushing totals included 294/1731/21. Had 230/1546/14 in 2009 when he was named Pac-10 Offensive Freshman of the Year.
Positive: Small yet explosive big play threat who picks up big chunks of yardage whenever the ball is in his hands. Solid athlete who can turn it on a single step and has enough speed to beat defenders around the corner or into the open field. Quickly cuts back against the grain, immediately alters his angle of attack and loses no momentum changing direction. Keeps his feet moving on contact and is nifty and elusive. Sidesteps defenders, avoids the trash and creates yardage when seemingly nothing is available. Runs low to the ground with terrific balance and body control. Strings several moves together over the course of a single run and makes multiple defenders miss. Solid receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: At times does too much East/West running and dancing around the backfield rather than taking it up the field. Easily brought down at the point of attack by a single opponent.
Analysis: James is an all-purpose skill player who can be used in a variety of roles and lined up at a variety of positions. He's quick, fast and can be deadly in the open field. James will have a place in the NFL as a third-down back/situational runner who's also asked to handle return duties.

Height: 5-8.5
Weight: 201
40: 4.6
Year: 5Sr

Roddy Jones

School: Georgia Tech
Position: RB
Bio: Saw action with the starting unit since his freshman season. Senior totals included 57 attempts/458 yards/3 TDs after he posted 52/353/4 as a junior. Totaled 23 receptions in college.
Positive: Short, stout ballcarrier who is best in a straight line. Runs hard, keeps the play inbounds and drives to pick up as much yardage as possible. Works to stays square as a blocker and seals defenders from the action. Bends his knees and breaks down well.
Negative: Does not have the speed to run to daylight. Shows a minimal burst carrying the ball. Not a creative or elusive runner.
Analysis: Jones is a ballcarrier who did the little things well on the college level but lacks the necessary physical skills to be an NFL player. Could make it as a fifth running back if he produces on special teams.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 210
40: 4.6
Year: 4Sr

Ty Jones

School: Florida State
Position: RB
Bio: Rotational ballcarrier who totaled 23 attempts/71 yards/1 TD in nine games as a senior after posting career-best numbers of 87/527/5 as a junior.
Positive: Well-built interior ballcarrier who also displays an elusive style. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and finds the cutback lanes. Keeps his feet moving on contact, runs hard on the inside and displays the ability to bounce around piles and pick up positive yardage. Runs low to the ground and with good lean.
Negative: Marginally productive and was never a featured back at Florida State. Displays average skills as a receiver out of the backfield.
Analysis: Jones flashed ability during his sophomore and junior seasons and possesses the physical skills to get consideration as a short-yardage back in the NFL.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 231
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

Ashton Leggett

School: Illinois State
Position: RB
Bio: Michigan State transfer who started nine games as a senior and totaled 222 attempts/1031 yards/11 TDs on the ground while adding 18 receptions/118 yards as a receiver. Started four games as a junior and put up 139/599/8 rushing.
Positive: Nice-sized interior ballcarrier who runs with an aggressive style. Carries the ball with good lean, quickly finds the running lanes and possesses adequate footwork in a small area. Has solid vision, ball-carrying instincts and overall awareness. Grinds it out on the inside, picks up the tough yardage and rarely brought down by a single defender. Breaks several tackles during the course of a single run to pick up extra yardage. Adequate receiver who extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame and looks the ball in. Picks up blocking assignments.
Negative: Possesses minimal quickness, speed and burst in his game. Loses momentum when he must quickly change direction.
Analysis: Leggett possesses enough skills to be a short-yardage runner at the next level. He does the little things well, which could help him catch on as a fourth running back/lead blocker.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 223
40: 4.48
Year: 5Sr

Doug Martin

School: Boise State
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter at after spending his sophomore season on the defensive side of ball. All-conference selection last season after posting career-best rushing totals of 263 attempts/1299 yards/16 TDs and adding 28 receptions/255 yards/2 TDs. Also averaged 33.8 yards on 10 kick returns with one score. Junior rushing totals included 201/1260/12 with 28/338/2 catching the ball.
Positive: Polished running back prospect with a complete game. Displays terrific vision, finds the cutback lanes and quickly gets through the open hole. Shows a burst of speed, follows blocks everywhere and picks his spots on the inside. Quick-footed, displays the ability to make defenders miss and can throw double moves over the course of a single run. Keeps his feet moving on contact and works runs hard. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield who easily adjusts to the errant throw, extends his hands and makes the reception away from his frame. Quickly transitions from making the catch to running after the reception. Displays outstanding blocking vision, picks up blitzes and squares into defenders, keeping them away from the quarterback. Shows the ability to impact the game returning kicks.
Negative: More of a one-speed ballcarrier who can not beat opponents to daylight. Lacks the speed to turn the corner.
Analysis: Martin is an instinctive player with a well-rounded game and a ball handler that beats opponents in a variety of ways. He does the little things well, which will help him get drafted much earlier than most expect and Martin should see significant playing action as a rookie in the NFL.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 211
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

Joe Martinek

School: Rutgers
Position: RB
Bio: Senior totals included 24 attempts/123 yards on the ground with 27 receptions/262 yards/1 TDs as a receiver. Started at running back the prior two seasons, totaling 276 rushing yards and four touchdowns as a junior and 206/967/9 as a sophomore.
Positive: Productive college ballcarrier who offers a variety of skills. Runs low to the ground, displays the ability to get through the cutback lanes and makes defenders miss in a small area. Displays good vision, catches the ball well out of the backfield and easily adjusts to grab the errant pass from the air. Shows terrific skills as a pass catcher. Picks up stunts or blitzes thrown by the defense, squares into opponents and is a solid position blocker.
Negative: Not a or strong ballcarrier or bruising lead blocker. Marginal playing speed.
Analysis: Martinek was moderately productive in a variety of ways on the college level. The ability to carry the ball, catch it out of the backfield and be used as a blocker could help catch on as a fourth back in the NFL.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 205
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

DJ McNorton Jr

School: North Dakota State
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior. Totals last season included 197 attempts/1020 yards/13 TDs on the ground with 24 receptions/245 yards/3 TDs as a pass catcher. Junior numbers included rushing totals of 280/1559/15 with 25/433/4 receiving.
Positive: Patient and quick-footed ballcarrier with the ability to create yardage. Displays running vision, finds the cutback lanes and immediately gets through them. Loses little momentum changing direction, has a burst of speed and effectively uses blocks everywhere on the field. Makes defenders miss and has the ability to bounce around defenders or piles. Keeps his feet moving on contact and keeps the play inbounds.
Negative: At times does too much East/West running rather than taking the ball up the field. Marginal strength and doesn E(TM)t pick up yardage off initial contact. Minimal burst of speed.
Analysis: McNorton Jr was productive on the college level and is a well-rounded back who could find a home as a situational ballcarrier in the NFL if he produces on special teams.

Height: 5-8.5
Weight: 211
40: 4.5
Year: 4Sr

Davin Meggett

School: Maryland
Position: RB
Bio: Posted career-best rushing totals of 171 attempts/896 yards TDs/4 as a senior when he became Maryland's feature ballcarrier. Also added 17 receptions/141 yards/1 TD as a receiver. Junior rushing totals included 126/720/4.
Positive: Well-built ballcarrier who runs with a nice combination of strength and creativity. Finds the cutback lanes, quickly gets through the hole and displays strength carrying the ball with the ability to break the first tackle. Possesses good vision, runs low to the ground and aggressively puts his shoulders into defenders then drives forward. Keeps his feet moving on contact and can pick up the difficult yardage. Elusive and makes several defenders miss over the course of a single run.
Negative: Lacks the flat-out speed to beat defenders into the open field or run to daylight. Marginally productive as a receiver.
Analysis: Meggett was a solid player on the college level who could make an NFL roster as a situational back or third-down specialist if he improves his pass catching skills.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 212
40: 4.34
Year: 3So

Lamar Miller

School: Miami-Fl
Position: RB
Bio: All-conference selection last season after moving into the starting lineup and totaling 227 attempts/1272 yards/9 TDs on the ground and 17 receptions/85 yards/1 TD as a receiver. Totals during his redshirt freshman season included 646 yards rushing with six scores.
Positive: Shifty runner with a smooth, effortless style. Runs low to the ground, displays terrific quickness and has a burst. Easily bounces around piles and makes defenders miss. Consistently runs North-South. Quickly gets through the cutback lanes, easily changes direction and loses no momentum altering his angle of attack. Finds the running lanes, has a burst and squirts through the small creases of the defense. Beats defenders into the open field and can run to daylight. Effectively uses his blocks all around the field. Displays soft hands as a receiver. Effective blocker when required. Plays with excellent balance and body control.
Negative: Not a ballcarrier who breaks tackles or picks up much yardage off initial contact. Displays indecision in his game and is not overly instinctive.
Analysis: Miller comes off a tremendous sophomore season, and his game has taken a big leap forward. He's a creative ballcarrier with the skills necessary to start at the next level, although he may need time to adjust his instincts and learn the professional game.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 219
40: 4.63
Year: 5Sr

Alfred Morris

School: Florida Atlantic
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior with rushing totals of 236 attempts/1186 yards/9 TDs and 15/139/1 receiving. Junior ground totals included 227/928/7. Posted career-best totals of 236/1392/11 as a sophomore.
Positive: Tough, grind-it-out ballcarrier who is best on the inside. Runs North/South, displays vision and patiently waits for blocks to develop. Keeps his feet moving on contact, drives up the field and displays the ability to pick up yardage off initial contact. Will pick and choose his spots on the inside. Effective blocker who recognizes assignments, squares into defenders and removes them from the action.
Negative: Not a creative runner who will make something out of nothing. Loses momentum when he must immediately change direction or get through the cutback lanes. Minimal burst and long speed.
Analysis: Morris is a tough and smart football player who lacks the size and speed for the next level. He does the little things well and could catch on as a fourth back for an NFL team.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 197
40: 4.4
Year: 4Sr

Isaiah Pead

School: Cincinnati
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter named Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 with 237 attempts/1259 yards/12 TDs rushing and 39 receptions/319 yards/3 TDs. Junior totals included ground numbers of 157/1029/6 with 26/190/1 as a receiver.
Positive: Compact ballcarrier who is best running between the tackles. Displays terrific vision, instincts and effectively uses blocks everywhere on the field. Quick-footed in a small area with the ability to bounce around piles or avoid defenders. Shows a burst in the open field, keeps his feet moving on contact and rarely brought down by the first defender. Deceptively strong in his lower body and falls forward when tackled. Keeps the play inbounds trying to pick up as much yardage as possible. Effective receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: Does not display the playing speed or lateral running skills to turn the corner. Lacks top size for an interior runner.
Analysis: Pead was very productive the past three seasons and is a multipurpose running back who picks up yardage with his legs, as a receiver and offers return skills. He'll be a solid addition at the next level as a situational runner/third-down back.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 218
40: 4.43
Year: 3Jr

Bernard Pierce

School: Temple
Position: RB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors the past two years. Named to several Freshman All-American teams in 2009. Junior rushing totals included 273 attempts/1481 yards/27 TDs with just 3 catches. Sophomore ground totals included 154/728/10. Burst onto the scene as a true freshman with 1361 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns.
Positive: Solid college running back with outstanding ability. Displays terrific running vision, instincts and quickly finds the running lanes. Patiently waits for blocks to develop whenever the ball is in his hands. Makes exceptional use of blocks, uses an effective straight arm and very tough to tackle. Keeps his feet moving on contact, runs with good lean and rarely tackled by the first defender. Falls forward for extra yardage when brought to the ground. Aggressively drives his shoulders into opponents and breaks tackles. Weaves through traffic on the inside to find openings in the defense. Will pick and choose his spots and does not go down without a fight. Shows the ability to bounce around piles or defenders. Solid receiver out of the backfield despite his minimal production.
Negative: Does not play with 40 time or beat defenders into the open field. Really cannot turn the corner and a is one-speed back with minimal burst.
Analysis: Pierce has been very productive on the college level and possesses enough football skills to make an impact in the NFL. His lack of playing speed is a concern, but in the proper system he will excel as a rotational back for an NFL squad.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 215
40: 4.52
Year: 4Jr

Chris Polk

School: Washington
Position: RB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his freshman season. Posted career-best numbers of 293 attempts/1488 yards/12 TDs on the ground last season and 31 receptions/332 yards/4 TDs. Junior rushing totals included 260/1415/9 with 22/180 receiver. Sophomore totals included 1113 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
Positive: Talented interior ballcarrier with a solid game. Displays good running vision, quickly finds the open lanes and effectively uses blocks everywhere on the field. Quick-footed in a small area, makes defenders miss and will pick his way through the trash to gain positive yardage. Keeps the play in bounds, aggressively lays his shoulders into defenders and picks up the tough yardage. Displays a straight-line burst of speed and gets a lot of momentum going. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield who makes the reception with his hands. Shows the ability to get downfield as a receiver.
Negative: Possesses just an average burst through the hole. Not an elusive or creative back who creates yardage. Gives poor attempts blocking and gets poor results. Reportedly has personality issues that do not sit well with many teams.
Analysis: Polk possesses the ability to start at the next level as a featured ballcarrier if he focuses on his game and continues to approve improve, forgetting about outside distractions.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 205
40: 4.48
Year: 4Sr

Tauren Poole

School: Tennessee
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter who posted 187 attempts/693 yards/5 touchdowns on the ground and 21 receptions for 164 yards as a senior. Junior totals included career-best numbers of 204/1034/11 rushing with 22/171/1 receiving. All-academic performer in college.
Positive: Creative, quick ballcarrier who consistently displays the ability to find yardage. Possesses a burst of speed and the ability to cut back against the grain. Loses little momentum changing direction. Weaves through the traffic on the inside, gets through small openings and is a quick-footed ballcarrier who bounces around defenders or piles. Adjusts off the initial hit and immediately gets back to running form. Picks his way on the inside, can string several moves together over the course of a single run and consistently runs north-south. Gives effort blocking and picks up assignments. Adequate receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: Does not display the flat-out speed to beat defenders around the corner. Not a back who breaks tackles or picks up much yardage off initial contact.
Analysis: Poole is a versatile back with terrific size/speed, and he could fill many roles in the NFL. He'd be effective as a third-down back or situational runner and could eventually develop into a No. 1 ballcarrier for an NFL franchise.

Height: 5-7
Weight: 208
40: 4.47
Year: 5Sr

Bobby Rainey

School: Western Kentucky
Position: RB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors the past two years and named Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2010. Senior totals included rushing numbers of 369 attempts/1690 yards/13 TDs with 36 receptions/361 yards/4 TDs as a receiver. Junior ground numbers included 340/1649/15.
Positive: Small yet tough ballcarrier who consistently finds a way to produce on the field. Instinctive, displays great field vision and works hard to make plays. Runs low to the ground, quickly cuts back against the grain and is an elusive ballcarrier. Runs hard on the inside, aggressively puts his shoulders into defenders and falls forward when tackled. Solid pass catcher who occasionally lines up on the flanks. Very quick transitioning from making the catch to running after the reception. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes, patient in all aspects of the game and incredibly quick.
Negative: Not a strong runner and brought down at the point of attack by a single opponent. More quick than fast and does not have the ability to beat defenders into the open field.
Analysis: Rainey lacks classic size/speed numbers but gets the most from his physical skills. The ability to line up in the backfield as a ballcarrier, to be used in the slot as a receiver or as a return specialist gives him the upper hand in making a final roster this September.

Height: 5-8.5
Weight: 180
40: 4.38
Year: 5Sr

Chris Rainey

School: Florida
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior with rushing totals of 171 attempts/861 yards/2 touchdowns and receiving numbers of 31 receptions/381 yards/2 touchdowns. Also averaged 8.8 yards on 12 punt returns as a senior and 25.8 yards on four kick returns. Junior totals included 51 yards rushing with 25/216/3 receiving.
Positive: Slippery, explosive skill player who positively impacts the game from a variety of positions. Elusive, cuts back on a dime and loses no momentum changing direction. Displays a terrific burst, makes several defenders miss on a single carry and is dangerous in the open field. Bounces around piles to keep runs alive and keeps his feet moving on contact. Terrific pass catcher who displays eye/hand coordination. Gets downfield as a receiver and is a deep threat.
Negative: Displays little in the way of strength handling the ball and can easily get brought down by the first defender. Gives marginal effort blocking and rarely gets in the way.
Analysis: Rainey can be used as a running back, slot receiver or return specialist. He's an explosive athlete who will make big plays if given even the smallest amount of open space on the field. Rainey has the potential to be a dynamic ballcarrier for a creative offensive coordinator willing to design plays for his skills.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 228
40: 4.55
Year: 3Jr

Trent Richardson

School: Alabama
Position: RB
Bio: All-American and All-conference choice last season as well as winner of the Doak Walker Award in 2011. Junior totals included 263 attempts/1,583 yards/20 touchdowns on the ground with 27/327/3 as a receiver. Started two games as a sophomore, finishing with rushing totals of 112/700/6 and 23/266/4 receiving.
Positive: Well-rounded ballcarrier with potential as a featured back in the NFL. Instinctive, sees the field, chooses his spots on the inside and makes defenders miss in the open field. Runs low to the ground, weaves through traffic and effectively follows blocks everywhere on the field. Patient, keeps his feet moving on contact and turns it on in a single step. Breaks tackles, picking up yardage off initial contact, and rarely gets brought down by the first defender. Aggressively lays his shoulders into opponents and falls forward when tackled. Smooth, gliding runner who displays the ability to cut back in a small area and avoid piles. Workhorse back who can handle a lot of carries. Reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield who extends to make catches away from his frame. Does not give up on plays and works to produce as much yardage as possible whenever handling the ball.
Negative: Does not display the speed necessary to turn the corner and is not a downfield threat as a receiver. Not a back who makes something out of nothing.
Analysis: Richardson was a tremendous back at Alabama and has a great combination of quickness, power and instincts. He possesses the skills necessary to be a No. 1 ballcarrier at the next level and would be a good fit for a variety of offensive systems.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 231
40: 4.68
Year: 4Jr

Darrell Scott

School: South Florida
Position: RB
Bio: Colorado transfer awarded all-conference honors last season with rushing totals of 153 attempts/814 yards/5 TDs. Saw marginal playing time at Colorado.
Positive: Powerful interior ballcarrier whose game is on the upswing. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and displays solid quickness for a big man. Possesses terrific leg drive, keeps his feet moving on contact and moves the pile. Bounces off defenders keeping plays alive, runs with an aggressive style driving his shoulders into defenders and grinds it out on the inside. Effective blocker when he puts his mind to it.
Negative: Neither nifty nor nimble and doesn E(TM)t create yardage. Lacks the speed and agility to turn the corner. Rarely used as a pass catcher.
Analysis: Scott is a hard-running interior ballcarrier with potential as a short-yardage back in the NFL. He must improve the details of his game and pick up the intensity blocking, but he has the tools to make a roster as a fourth running back.

Height: 5-7
Weight: 172
40: 4.65
Year: 4Sr

Patrick Shed

School: Alabama-Birmingham
Position: RB
Bio: Junior college transfer who's started the two seasons he played for UAB. Played in five games as a senior before injuring his knees and finished the year with 60 attempts/223 yards/1 TDs on the ground. Junior totals included 157/847/3 on the ground and 47/471/4 as a receiver.
Positive: Small yet elusive ballcarrier who displayed the ability to create his own yardage prior to his injury. Displays great quickness, weaves his way on the inside and chooses his spots to keep plays alive. Finds running lanes, slips off defenders and avoid tackles. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield who catches the ball with his hands and turns up the field to pick up positive yardage.
Negative: Small, brought down by the first defender and overall game lacks strength. Possesses just a short burst of speed and cannot run to daylight.
Analysis: Shed turned in a terrific junior campaign and was shaping up to be a solid situational ballcarrier/return specialist for the next level prior to his injury of last October. He must quickly get back to health and show no ill-effects from the knee injury to have any chance of getting out of camp this summer.

Height: 5-8
Weight: 205
40: 4.35
Year: 4Sr

Michael Smith

School: Utah State
Position: RB
Bio: Junior college transfer who started four games last season and posted career rushing numbers of 114 carries/807 yards/9 TDs while adding 16 receptions/181 yards/2 TDs. Junior rushing totals included 153 yards with two scores.
Positive: Quick, explosive ball carrier with a developing game. Moves well in every direction of the field, easily cuts back against the grain and loses little momentum changing direction. Sidesteps defenders and strings together several moves over the course of a single run. Shows a burst through the hole, immediately gets to top speed and beats defenders into the open field. Squeezes through the small openings of the offensive line. Waits for blocks develop and effectively follows them. Possesses the speed and agility necessary to turn the corner.
Negative: Easily knocked off balance or brought down at the point of attack. Marginal strength in his running. Average receiver out of the backfield.
Analysis: Smith possesses the size/speed numbers and athleticism to be a rotational back at the next level. He possesses a large upside yet must continue to polish his game.

Height: 5-6.5
Weight: 177
40: 4.55
Year: 5Sr

Rodney Stewart

School: Colorado
Position: RB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a junior. Led the team in rushing every season since his freshman season, most recently totaling 189 attempts/854 yards/4 TDs as a senior with 45 receptions and 571 receiving yards. Junior totals included career-best rushing numbers of 290/1318/10.
Positive: Swift, elusive ballcarrier with the ability to create his own yardage. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and displays a terrific burst through the hole. Plays with great quickness, runs low to the ground and is small enough to squirt through the small openings of the defense. Keeps his feet moving on contact and changes direction without losing momentum. Turns it up the field and consistently runs North/South. Will pick and choose his spots on the inside, quickly gets through the cutback lanes and avoids piles or makes defenders miss. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield.
Negative: Lacks top speed and the ability to beat defenders around the outside. Easily tackled by a single opponent.
Analysis: Stewart is small yet elusive and a tough skill player that tries to squeeze as much yardage as possible every time the ball is in his hands. He could be used as a third-down back at the next level if he can return punts.

Height: 5-9
Weight: 185
40: 4.44
Year: 5Sr

Adonis Thomas

School: Toledo
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his junior season. Totals last year included 171 attempts/1071 yards/12 TDs on the ground and 31 receptions/350 yards/1 TD. Junior numbers included ground totals of 175/1098/8 with 31/372/2 receiving.
Positive: Quick, explosive skill player who is effective carrying the ball or catching it out of the backfield. Runs low to the ground, displays good vision and loses little momentum changing direction. Weaves through the traffic and picks his spots on the inside or slides off defenders to keep plays alive. Gets lost behind his lineman, makes exceptional use blocks and runs with good balance and body control. Finds the running lanes, has a burst through the hole and displays the ability to make defenders miss in the open field.
Negative: Lacks size and ball-carrying strength and easily gets brought down at the point of attack by a single defender.
Analysis: Thomas has a terrific combination of quickness, speed and balance. He possesses the skills to be used as a third-down back at the next level and would help his cause if he contributes as a return man.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 183
40: 4.55
Year: 4Sr

Jermaine Thomas

School: Florida State
Position: RB
Bio: Broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore and posted 163 attempts/832 yards/9 TDs on the ground while adding 17 receptions/129 yards/1 TD as a receiver. Junior totals included 490 yards rushing with six scores before his season ended with a knee injury. Sophomore totals included 61/279/1 on the ground with nine receptions.
Positive: Slightly underrated ballcarrier who does a terrific job creating his own yardage. Displays outstanding field vision, follows blocks everywhere on the field and weaves through the traffic to keep plays alive. Finds the running lanes, makes defenders miss and is fast enough to beat them into the open field. Quick-footed and runs with good balance and body control. Easily changes direction without losing momentum. Fluid cutback runner who can also turn the corner.
Negative: Lacks true breakaway speed. Not a strong ballcarrier who breaks tackles. Marginally productive as a receiver out of the backfield.
Analysis: After his sophomore season of 2009, Thomas looked as though he would be the next top situational running back to come from the Florida State program. Injuries set his progress back, but he is still a legitimate ballcarrier for the next level with the ability to line up as a third-down back/situational runner.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 222
40: 4.43
Year: 5Jr

Robert Turbin

School: Utah State
Position: RB
Bio: WAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 with rushing totals of 249 tenths/1517 yards/19 TDs and receiving numbers of 17 receptions/171 yards/4 TDs. Missed the 2010 season with a knee injury. Started 12 games in 2009, posting 207/1296/13 on the ground and adding 30/418/5 as a receiver.
Positive: Large, powerful downhill runner who picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Displays adequate vision, finds the running lanes and shows a burst through the hole. Pounds defenders on the inside, dishing out punishment and breaking tackles. Falls forward when tackled. Rarely brought down by the first defender. Works runs hard, uses an effective straight arm and plays until the whistle blows. Recognizes blitzes thrown by the defense and picks up blocking assignments.
Negative: Straight line runner who loses momentum changing direction. Lacks the speed to beat defenders around the corner or in the open field. Not a natural receiver out of the backfield. At times does too much East/West running. Seems to struggle with his instincts at times.
Analysis: Turbin is a terrific story as a person who overcame much to become a tremendous college running back. He's a big-bodied ballcarrier who would do well in a power running system yet is a bit one-dimensional in his game.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 187
40: 4.35
Year: 4Jr

Kenny Turner

School: New Mexico State
Position: RB
Bio: Junior college transfer awarded all-conference honors last season with totals of 206 attempts/1009 yards/9 TDs on the ground and 46 receptions/514 yards/3 TDs as a receiver. Junior totals included 115/461/2 on the ground with 25/203 as a pass catcher. Suffered two knee injuries in the past. Spent almost 5 years in jail after pleading guilty to one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Will be 27 years old this summer.
Positive: Explosive athlete who displays an all-around game. Plays with good balance, body control and tough to knock off his feet. Quick-footed, bounces around defenders and creates his own yardage. Works to keep plays alive, displays a burst through the hole and has the ability to immediately get through the running lanes. Beats defenders into the open field. Sets up his blocks at the line of scrimmage or down the field and follows them. Solid receiver who presents himself as a downfield threat. Displays strong hands and the ability to pick up yardage running after the catch.
Negative: Has an injury history and criminal background. Not a strong ballcarrier who breaks tackles and easily brought down by a single defender.
Analysis: After much upheaval in his personal life, Turner pulled it all together and was a terrific football player the past two years. He has the potential to line up in the offensive backfield as a ballcarrier or in the slot as a receiver if he passes medical exams for a franchise willing to overlook the criminal background. Worth bringing into a camp this summer to see where it goes.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 219
40: 4.7
Year: 5Sr

Marc Tyler

School: USC
Position: RB
Bio: Rotated into the lineup the past two seasons. Senior rushing totals included 122 attempts/568 yards/4 TDs with 11 receptions. Junior numbers on the ground included 171/913/9.
Positive: Strong interior ballcarrier who picks up the difficult yardage. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and displays good running vision. Keeps his feet moving on contact, displays solid quickness carrying the ball and above average footwork in a small area. Runs with an aggressive style, puts his shoulders into defenders and falls forward when tackled. Adequate burst through the hole. Picks up blocking assignments.
Negative: Runs with an upright style. Must gather himself changing direction and loses momentum trying to cut back against the grain. Marginal speed and quickness.
Analysis: Tyler showed flashes during his USC career yet displayed little in the way of consistency. He could make an NFL roster as a short-yardage back if he improves his blocking and pass catching.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 223
40: 4.62
Year: 5Sr

Darryl Whiting

School: Fordham
Position: RB
Bio: Full-time starter as a senior, finishing with 171 attempts/661 yards/1 TD and eight receptions. Junior totals included 169/771/8 after he had 132/681/5 as a sophomore.
Positive: Powerful interior ball carrier with both running vision and instincts. Aggressive, keeps his feet moving on contact and drives his shoulders into opponents. Displays a powerful lower body and picks up the difficult yardage. Falls forward when tackled. Solid footwork in a small area and bounces around piles. Picks up blocking assignments and squares into defenders. Patient, waits for blocks develop and finds running lanes. Sees the field and will pick and choose his way on the inside.
Negative: Loses momentum changing direction. Marginal quickness and speed in his game. Can not beat defenders around the corner or into the open field. Marginal pass catcher.
Analysis: Whiting possesses terrific size/speed numbers, which he plays to on the field. He does the little things well and has the physical makeup to be a short-yardage back in the NFL.

Height: 5-9
Weight: 193
40: 4.53
Year: 5Sr

Foswhitt Whittaker

School: Texas
Position: RB
Bio: All-conference selection as a senior after totaling 66 carries/386 yards/6 TDs on the ground and adding 16 receptions/145 yards/1 TD in nine games. Suffered a season-ending knee injury during a late part of his senior campaign. Junior rushing totals included 80/351/2 with 34/217 as a receiver.
Positive: Quick, undersized ballcarrier who runs low to the ground. Displays the ability to avoid piles and make defenders miss. Strings several moves together over the course of a single run. Patiently waits for blocks to develop and has an elusive style. Effective pass catcher who nicely adjusts to the errant throw and makes the reception in stride. Gives effort as a blocker, picking up blitzes and staying with assignments.
Negative: Lacks strength carrying the ball and easily gets brought down by the first defender. Marginal strength as a blocker. Has an injury history.
Analysis: Before his season-ending knee injury last year, Whittaker projected as a third-down back who could carry the ball or be used as a receiver out of the backfield. He displays a versatile game but may struggle getting out of camp this summer due to the timing of his injury.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 206
40: 4.41
Year: 3Jr

David Wilson

School: Virginia Tech
Position: RB
Bio: Started 14 games last season, earning All-American and all-conference honors while also being named ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Rushing totals last season included 290 attempts/1709 yards/9 TDs with 22 receptions/129 yards/1 TD as a receiver. Sophomore totals included ground totals of 113/619/5 with 15/234/4 as a receiver.
Positive: Explosive running back who can turn it on in a single step. Patient, runs with good lean and possesses a terrific burst. Quickly gets through the cutback lanes, possesses enough speed to turn the corner and can switch gears then run away from defenders. Keeps his feet moving off the initial hit and quickly gets back to running balance. Agile, gets through the small creases of the defense and flashes the ability to break tackles and pick up yardage off initial contact.
Negative: Shows hesitation in his game. Not a big-bodied ballcarrier. Fights the ball as a receiver on occasion.
Analysis: After a moderately productive sophomore campaign, Wilson watched his game take off last season and moves toward April's draft as one of the better ballcarriers available. He does not possess the size to be a featured runner, but he should be an exceptional situational back with the skills necessary to create his own yardage and break long runs.

Updated 2/26
RankRndNamePosYear
11stJadeveon Clowney
South Carolina
DE3Jr
21stJake Matthews
Texas A&M
T4Sr
31stAnthony Barr
UCLA
OLB4Sr
41stKhalil Mack
Buffalo
OLB5Sr
51stBlake Bortles
Central Florida
QB4Jr
61stTeddy Bridgewater
Louisville
QB3Jr
71stGreg Robinson
Auburn
T3So
81stSammy Watkins
Clemson
WR3Jr
91stTaylor Lewan
Michigan
T5Sr
101stC.J. Mosley
Alabama
OLB4Sr
111stMike Evans
Texas A&M
WR3So
121stKony Ealy
Missouri
DE4Jr
131stMarqise Lee
USC
WR3Jr
141stLouis Nix
Notre Dame
DT4Jr
151stJace Amaro
Texas Tech
TE3Jr
161stAaron Donald
Pittsburgh
DT4Sr
171stJustin Gilbert
Oklahoma State
CB4Sr
181stEric Ebron
North Carolina
TE4Jr
191stDarqueze Dennard
Michigan State
CB4Sr
201stCyrus Kouandjio
Alabama
T3Jr
211stDerek Carr
Fresno State
QB5Sr
221-2Zack Martin
Notre Dame
T5Sr
231-2Ra'Shede Hageman
Minnesota
DT5Sr
241stJohnny Manziel
Texas A&M
QB3So
251-2Jason Verrett
TCU
CB4Sr