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2013 Running Back Reports
Height: 5-11
Weight: 228
40: 4.68
Year: 4Sr

Shawne Alston

School: West Virginia
Position: RB
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Height: 5-8
Weight: 224
40: 4.53
Year: 4Sr

C.J. Anderson

School: California
Position: RB
Bio: Played in 12 games last season, starting two, and finished the year with 126 carries/790 yards/4 TDs. Junior totals included 72/345/8 when he was used on a rotational basis.
Positive: Strong, interior ballcarrier who consistently improvement last season. Runs with terrific vision and instincts. A tough ballcarrier who grinds it out on the inside and plays with an aggressive style. Drives his shoulders into defenders and tries to pick up as much yardage as possible each time he handles the ball. Keeps his feet moving on contact, breaks several tackles, and picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Finds the cutback lanes, works to get through them, and displays good short-area quickness. Adequate receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: Must be more patient and do a better job waiting for blocks to develop. Not a ballcarrier who will make defenders miss or avoid piles. Primarily used as a rotational player the past two years.
Analysis: Anderson is a solid interior back with next-level ability. He's a hard-charging ballcarrier who does the little things well and offers possibilities off the bench in a ground-and-pound offense or as a short-yardage runner.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 214
40: 4.59
Year: 4Sr

Montee Ball

School: Wisconsin
Position: RB
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons. Awarded all-America and all-Conference honors since his junior campaign and named Doak Walker Award winner in 2012. Senior rushing totals included 356 carries/1830 yards/22 TDs after 307/1923/33 the prior year. Career pass catching numbers came in 2011 when he posted 24 receptions/306 yards/6 TDs. Carried the ball 924 times in college.
Positive: Skilled ballcarrier with the instincts and size to be a feature runner at the next level. Patient, possesses outstanding vision, and underrated agility. Smart and will pick his spots on the inside, making the most of blocks. Quick in a small area, bounces around piles, and uses an effective straight arm to keep plays alive. Waits for blocks to develop, finds the running lanes and tough to stop once he gets a head of steam going. Runs through arm tackles, aggressively puts his shoulders into defenders, and doesn E(TM)t go down without a fight. Better than average speed getting around the corner or through the running lanes. Shows power his lower body, has the ability to break the first tackle, and picks up yardage off initial contact. Consistently runs North/South.
Negative: Not a truly creative or elusive ballcarrier. Can E(TM)t beat defenders into the open field or run to daylight. Comes off a somewhat disappointing senior campaign.
Analysis: Ball was ultra productive at Wisconsin and has all the skills necessary to start in the NFL. He's a complete back with potential in a variety of offensive systems but must consistently play at a high level to nail down a starting job at the next level.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 196
40: 4.41
Year: 5Sr

Kenjon Barner

School: Oregon
Position: RB
Bio: Awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totals of 270 carries/1767 yards/21 TDs and 20 receptions/256 yards/2 TDs. Junior rushing totals included 152/939/11.
Positive: Explosive ballcarrier with a versatile game. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and quickly gets through the running lanes. Shows the ability to cut back against the grain. Loses little momentum changing direction and follows blocks. Displays a terrific burst of speed, has the ability to turn the corner, and beats defenders into the open field. Quick footed. Sidesteps opponents and has the ability to create yardage. Solid pass catcher who extends to make receptions away from his frame.
Negative: Lazily finishes plays by running out of bounds on occasion. Doesn E(TM)t break tackles and was easily brought down at the point of attack by a single opponent.
Analysis: Barner is a well-rounded ballcarrier and pass catcher who plays faster than his 40 time. He'll do well lining up as a third-down back or as a rotational player at the next level.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 230
40: 4.56
Year: 3Jr

Le'Veon Bell

School: Michigan State
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a junior after posting career-best rushing totals of 382 carries/1793 yards/12 TDs and adding 32 receptions/167 yards/1 TD. Junior ground totals included 182/948/13. Combined for 33 rushing touchdowns the past three seasons while averaging 5 yards per carry on 671 carries.
Positive: Large, powerful ballcarrier who is surprisingly quick. Patient and instinctive runner with good vision. Effectively uses his blocks everywhere on the field. Punishing runner who aggressively puts his shoulders down into defenders, breaking tackles then picking up yardage off initial contact. Rarely brought down by the first opponent. Displays a burst through the hole. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield. Effective blocker who plays with leverage, sees the blitz, and squares into defenders.
Negative: Runs with an upright style. Loses a lot of momentum when he must quickly change direction or get through the cutback lanes. Not a creative back who shows the ability to bounce around piles. At times does too much east/west running.
Analysis: Bell was ultra productive and steadily improved in college, displaying the ability to carry the load at Michigan State. He's a well-rounded back who would be a nice fit in a power-running game or ball control offense.

Height: 5-8.5
Weight: 202
40: 4.53
Year: 3So

Giovani Bernard

School: North Carolina
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his freshman season. Sophomore rushing totals included 184 attempts/1228 yards/12 TDs with pass catching numbers of 47 receptions/490 yards/5 TDs. Also averaged 16.4 yards on 16 punt returns with two more scores. Rushing totals in 2011 included 239/1252/12and 45/362/1 as a pass catcher. Sat on the sidelines in 2010 with a torn ACL.
Positive: Explosive and creative skill player who produces in a variety of ways. Runs low to the ground and quickly finds the open lanes. Possesses a burst, loses little momentum changing direction, and gets lost behind blockers. Effectively uses his blocks everywhere on the field, keeps his feet moving on contact, and doesn E(TM)t go down without a fight. Displays the speed and agility necessary to turn the corner. Plays with outstanding quickness and a shifty runner with the ability to string several moves together. Runs North/South and works to get as much yardage out of each carry as possible. Outstanding receiver who displays terrific focus and concentration. Displays natural hands and the ability to get down the field as a receiver. Explosive punt returner with the ability to instantaneously alter the momentum of games.
Negative: Undersized and not a back who's going to pick up much yardage off initial contact or break tackles. Has an injury history, which must be checked out.
Analysis: Bernard is a versatile skill player who shows great creativity handling the ball as well as a willingness to take on defenders. He's a triple-threat player with size limitations but can produce at the next level in the right system.

Height: 5-5.5
Weight: 170
40: 4.48
Year: 4Sr

Matt Brown

School: Temple
Position: RB
Bio: 2012 Big East Special Teams Player of the Year with an average of 14.2 yards on 17 punt returns as well as 25.5 yards on 31 kickoff returns with one score. Rushing totals last season included 60 carries/372 yards/4 TDs. Junior rushing totals included 155/916/6 with an average of 10.1 yards on 18 punt returns.
Positive: Small but elusive ballhandler who can create his own yardage. He runs low to the ground and behind his pads. Agile and quick on his feet. Possesses the speed necessary to turn the corner or beat defenders into the open field. Patient. Finds the running lanes and bursts through them. Can cut back against the grain, avoid piles, or make defenders miss. Plays aggressively and keeps his feet moving on contact.
Negative: Not a ballcarrier who picks up yardage off initial contact. Marginal offensive threat as a senior.
Analysis: Brown is a change-of-pace ballcarrier for the next level but must immediately produce as a return specialist this summer to make a roster.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 214
40: 4.65
Year: 4Sr

Rex Burkhead

School: Nebraska
Position: RB
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons. Played in just eight games as a senior, missing five with a knee injury. Ground totals last year included 98 carries/605 yards/5 TDs. Junior rushing totals included a career-best 284/1406/15.
Positive: Small but elusive ballhandler who can create his own yardage. He runs low to the ground and behind his pads. Agile and quick on his feet. Possesses the speed necessary to turn the corner or beat defenders into the open field. Patient. Finds the running lanes and bursts through them. Can cut back against the grain, avoid piles, or make defenders miss. Plays aggressively and keeps his feet moving on contact.
Negative: Lacks the speed and quickness to turn the corner. Not a quick cutback runner who makes defenders miss. Too often brought down at the point by a single defender.
Analysis: Burkhead is a hard-running ballcarrier who consistently finds a way to produce but is limited athletically. He offers no dominant traits in his game, yet gets the most from his ability and could find his way onto a roster as a third running back.

Height: 5-8
Weight: 210
40: 4.63
Year: 4Sr

Jamaine Cook

School: Youngstown State
Position: RB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign. Senior totals included 279 carries/1274 yards/15 TDs and pass catching totals of 19 receptions for 144 yards. Junior rushing totals included 271/1386/13.
Positive: Patient ballcarrier with a hard-charging style. Displays terrific running vision and instincts. Picks his way on the inside to find the running lanes. Waits for blocks to develop, quickly gets through the cutback lanes, and runs with both balance and body control. Works hard trying to pick up as much yardage as possible from each carry. Displays some elusiveness and the ability to make defenders miss on the inside. Keeps his feet moving on contact.
Negative: Lacks the speed necessary to turn the corner. Not a ballcarrier who beats defenders into the open field.
Analysis: Cook was incredibly productive the three seasons he started at Youngstown State and could nail down a roster spot as a third running back if he plays well on special teams during the summer.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 216
40: 4.59
Year: 5Sr

B.J. Daniels

School: South Florida
Position: RB
Bio: Four-year starter who played in nine games as a senior before being sidelined with a broken leg. Passing numbers last season included 56.9%/2075 yards/14 TDs/10 INTs. Also registered 104 attempts/434 yards/5 on the ground. Posted career-best passing numbers of 2604 yards at 13 TDs as a junior. Freshman season included a career-best 772 yards and nine TDs on the ground.
Positive: Productive and athletic college quarterback who projects to either running back or safety in the NFL. Patient in the pocket, buys time for receivers, and does not force throws. Displays the speed and quickness necessary to turn the corner carrying the ball. Elusive and makes defenders miss. Sells ball fakes, possesses a strong arm, and powers the ball into targets. Quick release. Keeps his eyes downfield when scrambling outside the pocket.
Negative: Needs to improve his overall accuracy and pass placement. Stares down the primary target. Shows indecision under the rush.
Analysis: Daniels was a multidimensional quarterback at South Florida productive throwing the ball or carrying it. His size and substance dictate a likely move to running back, though Daniels could get consideration playing underneath center in certain Wildcat or read-option formations at the next level.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 227
40: 4.36
Year: 4Jr

Knile Davis

School: Arkansas
Position: RB
Bio: Rushing totals last season included 112 carries/377 yards/2 TDs with pass-catching numbers of 11 receptions/157 yards/1 TD. Missed the 2011 season with an ankle injury. All-Conference selection as a sophomore in 2010 after rushing for 1322 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Positive: Explosive, straight-line runner still struggling to return to prior form after his ankle injury. Plays with quickness, runs with good lean, and has a terrific burst through the hole. Can turn it on in a single step, beats defenders into the open field, and picks up large chunks of yardage if given an open running lane. Keeps his feet moving on contact, breaks arm tackles, and works runs. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes.
Negative: Shows a lot of indecision carrying the ball outside the tackle box. Loses a lot of momentum and balance when he must quickly cut back against the grain or change direction. Not a runner who will move the pile.
Analysis: Early in his Arkansas career Davis looked as though he would be the next top back to come from the program but was derailed by an ankle injury prior to the 2011 season. He's an explosive back with terrific straight-line speed but looked a fraction of his former self in 2012. Davis possesses the speed and athleticism to play the next level but has an undeveloped game and may take time before he's NFL ready.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 188
40: 4.59
Year: 5Sr

Matthew Denham

School: Eastern Kentucky
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after rushing totals of 287 carriets/1386 yards/14 TDs. Receiving totals included 14 receptions/175 yards/3 TDs. Junior rushing numbers included 254/1570/9.
Positive: Productive college ballcarrier with terrific vision and instincts. Resilient and keeps his feet moving on contact. Displays some shiftiness with the ability to create yardage. Patient, will pick and choose his spots on the inside, and finds the running lanes. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes and remains disciplined with blocking assignments. Solid receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: Has a slim build and is not a ballcarrier who will move the pile. One-speed player who cannot beat defenders into the open field.
Analysis: Denham was ultra productive on the small-school level and comes with a well-rounded game. He offers possibilities as a complementary/situational ballcarrier at the next level.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 216
40: 4.62
Year: 4Sr

Washaun Ealey

School: Jacksonville State
Position: RB
Bio: Senior totals included 179 carries/727 yards/10 TDs on the ground as well as 21 receptions/26 yards/3 TDs as a pass catcher. Used in a rotational system as a senior. All-Conference selection in 2011 after rushing totals of 178/1082/8. Began his college career Georgia and combined for 1528 yards and 14 touchdowns his two seasons in the program.
Positive: Well-sized ballcarrier best running between the tackles. Finds the small creases of the defense and has a burst through the hole. Runs with an aggressive style, isn E(TM)t afraid of contact, and drives his shoulders through defenders, falling forward when tackled. Effectively uses blocks, displays short area quickness, and sidesteps defenders or gets around the pile. Smooth runner.
Negative: Lacks the speed and agility to turn the corner. Not an elusive ballcarrier who makes something out of nothing.
Analysis: Ealey has been a productive four-year player on the college level and offers the size and skill to make an NFL roster as a backup running back.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 199
40: 4.58
Year: 5Sr

Andre Ellington

School: Clemson
Position: RB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore season. Senior totals included rushing numbers of 212 carries/1081 yards/8 TDs with pass catching totals of 14 receptions/232 yards/1 TD. Posted career rushing totals of 2023/1178/11 as a junior.
Positive: Versatile ballcarrier with a well-rounded game. Runs with good lean, has a compact style, and gets a lot of momentum going up the field. Makes defenders miss and avoids piles. Strong for his size, breaks arm tackles, and picks up yardage off initial contact. Patient, effectively uses his blocks, and displays quickness in his overall game. Loses little momentum changing direction, can turn it on in a single step, and plays with both vision and instincts. Runs hard on the inside, keeps his feet moving on contact, and quickly gets through the cutback lanes. Effective pass catcher out of the backfield.
Negative: Lacks the speed to run to daylight. Must improve his blocking.
Analysis: Ellington is a well-rounded back; strong enough to pick up the difficult yardage and nifty enough to make defenders miss. He lacks classic size, yet his ball carrying skills and pass-catching ability project him as a third-down back or a situational runner.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 215
40: 4.62
Year: 5Sr

DeLeon Eskridge

School: San Jose State
Position: RB
Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after rushing totals of 207 carries/1025 yards/11 TDs. Also added 28 receptions for 156 yards. Began his college career at Minnesota, leading the Gophers on the ground as a junior in 2010 with 193/698/7.
Positive: Strong interior ballcarrier who does the little things well. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes and gives effort blocking. Displays solid running vision. Patient. Will choose his spots on the inside and shows the ability to pick up the difficult yardage. Solid receiver who takes a pounding but holds onto the ball.
Negative: Possesses marginal quickness and speed. Struggles to turn the corner and loses momentum when he must change direction.
Analysis: Eskridge did a tremendous job last season at San Jose State, elevating his game and showing well-rounded skills. He's positioned himself as a free-agent prospect and could make an NFL roster as a third back.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 210
40: 4.42
Year: 4Jr

Michael Ford

School: LSU
Position: RB
Bio: Rotational runner who saw limited starting action at LSU. Junior rushing totals included 71 carries/392 yards/3 TDs after 127/756/7 as a sophomore.
Positive: Undeveloped runner with solid physical skills. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and displays quickness through the hole. Runs with good lean, displays strength in his lower body and shows the ability to move the pile or fall forward when tackled to pick up extra yardage. Possesses a fluid flowing style, works runs and keeps his feet moving on contact.
Negative: One-speed back with a minimal burst. Shows indecision carrying the ball, not an elusive runner and primarily a straight-line athlete. Does not display great awareness. Must pick up the intensity blocking. Rarely asked to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Analysis: Ford is a solid athlete with the physical skills to play at the next level but has an undeveloped game and is rough around the edges. If the light goes on and he's coached properly, Ford could surprise at the next level as he improves his game.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 205
40: 4.47
Year: 5Sr

Johnathan Franklin

School: UCLA
Position: RB
Bio: Four-year starter named to numerous All-America teams last season as well as being awarded all-Conference honors. Senior totals included 282 carries/1734 yards/13 TDs and 33 receptions/323 yards/2 TDs. Junior ground totals included 166/976/5 after 2014/1127/8 as a sophomore. Carried the ball 788 times in college and averaged 5.6 yards per attempt.
Positive: Super-productive back swiftly moving up draft boards. Double-cut ballcarrier who sees the field, strings several moves together over the course of a single run, and makes numerous defenders miss. Patiently waits for blocks to develop, picks his spots on the inside, and has a burst through the running lanes. Quick-footed, sets defenders up and works runs hard. Resilient, keeps the play in bounds, and drives his shoulders through defenders, falling forward when tackled. Easily bounces around piles and runs with good lean. A terrific receiver out of the backfield. Smart football player with outstanding awareness.
Negative: Not a strong back who picks up yardage off initial contact or moves the pile. Too often easily brought down at the point of attack by a single defender. Lacks great breakaway speed and is not a home-run hitter.
Analysis: Franklin possesses a well-rounded game and is a three-down back effective as a ballcarrier or pass catcher as well as a blocker when necessary. He E(TM)s not a heavy-duty feature runner on the inside, but could flourish in a west coast system that gives him a multiple responsibilities.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 208
40: 4.49
Year: 4Sr

Mike Gillislee

School: Florida
Position: RB
Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after posting career-rushing numbers of 244 carries/1152 yards/10 TDs. Also added receiving numbers of 16 receptions/159 yards/1 TD. Totaled 328 rushing yards as a junior with two scores.
Positive: Hard-working college runner with marginal physical skills for the next level. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and will pick and choose his spots on the inside. Quickly bounces it to the outside, avoiding piles and keeping plays alive. Shows a burst through the hole and keeps the play in bounds. Consistently runs north-south. Displays the quickness necessary to turn the corner, runs with good lean, and keeps his feet moving on contact. Loses little momentum changing direction and shows the ability to make defenders miss. Quickly gets into the flat as a receiver. Solid pass catcher who extends to make receptions away from his frame.
Negative: Possesses more of an initial burst and lacks the speed to beat defenders into the open field. Not a strong back who picks up much yardage off initial contact. Brought down by a single defender.
Analysis: Gillislee comes off a career year and carried the load for Florida while also showing a nose for the end zone. He projects as a complementary back at the next level and offers the ability to line up as a spot starter when necessary.

Height: 5-9
Weight: 199
40: 4.68
Year: 4Sr

Ray Graham

School: Pittsburgh
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after ground totals of 222 carries/1042 yards/11 TDs and pass catching numbers of 36 receptions/304 yards/2 TDs. Played in eight games as a junior before suffering a season-ending knee injury and ended with 164/958/9 on the ground and 30/200 as a pass catcher.
Positive: Small yet elusive ballcarrier who creates his own yardage. Displays terrific patience, waits for blocks to develop, and immediately find the running lanes. Possesses outstanding quickness with the ability to turn it on in a single step. Easily bounces around defenders, making opponents miss or avoids them altogether. Quickly changes direction and loses little momentum when he must immediately alter his angle of attack or cut back against the grain. Instinctive, keeps plays alive, and finds a way to squirm through the small openings on the inside. Uses his size to his advantage as he gets lost behind blockers and becomes tough to find. Has a burst to turn the corner and beat defenders into the open field. Strong for his size, displaying the ability to bounce off opponents to keep runs alive. Legitimate receiving target out of the backfield.
Negative: Undersized ballcarrier with a major knee injury in his past. Not a back who's going to pick up much yardage off initial contact. Cannot run to daylight.
Analysis: Graham is a multi-cut ballcarrier who strings several moves together over the course of a single run. He lacks the frame to take a pounding at the next level, yet should do very well as a situational skill player.

Height: 5-9
Weight: 211
40: 4.49
Year: 6Sr

D.J. Harper

School: Boise State
Position: RB
Bio: Boise State's primary ballcarrier last season, totaling career ground numbers of 220 carries/1137 yards/15 TDs while adding 23 receptions/163 yards/1 TD as a receiver. Junior rushing totals included 115/557/9. Missed the 2009 and 2010 seasons with consecutive knee injuries.
Positive: Elusive ballcarrier with a well-rounded game. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and effectively follows them. Sets defenders up then makes them miss, finding the cutback lanes. Can avoid defenders and shows the ability to create yardage. Possesses the speed necessary to beat defenders into the open field. Runs with excellent balance and gets lost behind blockers. Sifts through the trash on the inside and consistently finds the open lanes. Solid receiver who makes receptions then quickly turns up the field to pick up positive yardage.
Negative: Not a strong back who breaks tackles or picks up yardage off initial contact. Has suffered a pair of serious knee injuries.
Analysis: After missing two consecutive seasons with knee injuries, Harper improved in all areas of the running back position as a senior. If healthy and able to stay on the field, he offers possibilities as a third-down back/situational runner.

Height: 5-8.5
Weight: 208
40: 4.59
Year: 5Sr

Montel Harris

School: Temple
Position: RB
Bio: Four-year starter who began his college career at Boston College. All-Conference selection last season after ground totals of 186 carries/1054 yards/12 TDs as well as 10 receptions for 90 yards. Career-best ground totals of 308/1457/14 came during his sophomore season. Dismissed from the Boston College program in May of 2012 for repeated violation of team rules.
Positive: Hard-working and productive ballcarrier with marginal size/speed numbers for the next level. Runs with good lean, weaves through the traffic, and picks his spots on the inside. Keeps his feet moving on contact. Displays outstanding running vision and quickly finds the open lanes. Easily cuts back against the grain and loses little momentum changing direction. Plays with good balance, runs through arm tackles, or slices through the small openings of the offensive line. Makes outstanding use of blocks, keeps the play in bounds, and works to pick up as much yardage as possible. Slips off defenders and creates his own yardage.
Negative: Not a strong runner who will pick up yardage off initial contact. Does not display an explosive burst of speed. Average pass catcher out of the backfield.
Analysis: Harris was a productive four-year player who consistently picked up positive yardage. He overcomes a lack of physical skills with outstanding instincts, which could help him catch on as a rotational ballcarrier in the NFL.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 223
40: 4.53
Year: 4Sr

Mike James

School: Miami-Fl
Position: RB
Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a senior, posting career numbers of 147 attempts/642 yards/6 TDs on the ground with 30 receptions/344 yards/3 TDs as a pass catcher. Junior ground numbers included 72/2075/7.
Positive: Strong, interior running back who carries the ball with excellent vision and instincts. Follows blocks, will pick and choose his spots on the inside, and doesn E(TM)t go down without a fight. Shows power, grinds it out on the inside, and rarely goes down on initial contact. Falls forward when tackled to pick up the extra yardage. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield.
Negative: Does not play to his 40-time, lacks the speed necessary to turn the corner, and doesn E(TM)t show a burst. Not a creative back with the ability to make defenders miss.
Analysis: James was a consistent ballcarrier at Miami and offers the size and skill to play at the next level. He's a mid-round choice and with the ability to line up in a number of offensive systems in the NFL.

Height: 5-7.5
Weight: 203
40: 4.62
Year: 3So

Jawan Jamison

School: Rutgers
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a sophomore after totaling 255 carries/1075 yards/4 TDs carrying the ball while adding 28 receptions/322 yards/2 TDs as a pass catcher. Freshman rushing totals included 231/897/9.
Positive: Tough, well rounded ballcarrier with average size and speed. Patient and waits for blocks to develop. Carries the ball with outstanding vision and instincts. Runs with a compact style, will pick his spots on the inside and plays with a large degree of quickness. Loses little momentum changing direction, makes defenders miss in the open field, and has the ability to turn the corner. Finds the cutback lanes and immediately gets through them, effectively using blocks everywhere on the field. Has a physical style and plays hard-nosed football. Keeps his feet moving, shows a willingness to grind it out on the inside, and works to pick up as much yardage as possible. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield and presents himself as a downfield threat.
Negative: Not effective as a short-yardage runner. Easily knocked off balance by the first hit. Struggled with injury in the late part of his sophomore season.
Analysis: Jamison is a complete ballcarrier whose game is justifiably being compared to former Rutgers star Ray Rice. He has the ability to handle starting duties at the next level and should only improve as he physically matures and strengthens his frame.

Height: 5-10.4
Weight: 213
40: 4.71
Year: 4Jr

Stefphon Jefferson

School: Nevada
Position: RB
Bio: Broke into the starting lineup last season, winning all-Conference honors after rushing totals of 375 carries/1883 yards/24 TDs and pass-catching numbers of 22 receptions/170 yards/1 TD. Sophomore ground totals included 78/429/5.
Positive: Smooth ballcarrier coming off a career season. Finds the running lanes, squeezes through the small openings on the inside, and can turn it on in a single step. Possesses an explosive burst of speed and shows the ability to cut back in a small area. Possesses the agility and quickness to turn the corner. Solid receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: Plays too upright. Marginally instinctive and very rough around the edges. At times does too much east/west running. Does not attack blocking assignments.
Analysis: Jefferson possesses the physical skills to be a rotational player at the next level. While he improved in 2012, he still needs a lot of work on his game and may never be anything other than a backup in the NFL.

Height: 5-7
Weight: 210
40: 4.51
Year: 5Sr

Dennis Johnson

School: Arkansas
Position: RB
Bio: Posted career ground numbers of 137 carries/757 yards/8 TDs as a senior when he became a full-time starter at running back. Also added pass-catching numbers of 25 receptions/160 yards/2 TDs. Started six games as a junior posting 106/670/3 on the ground. Also averaged 25.6 yards returning kicks and was awarded all-Conference honors as a return specialist.
Positive: Underrated runner with a polished game. Patient, waits for blocks to develop then quickly hits the hole. Effectively follows blocks everywhere on the field, finds the running lanes, and squeezes through the small openings of the offensive line. Has an immediate burst, keeps his feet moving on contact, and shows the ability to break tackles off initial contact. Runs with an aggressive style and attacks defenders. Good vision carrying the ball or returning kicks.
Negative: More of a straight-line runner and loses momentum when he must quickly cut back against the grain. Puts the ball on the ground at inopportune moments.
Analysis: Johnson is a solid prospect with an underrated game and a player who could help an NFL team as a runner, receiver, and return specialist. He must improve the details of his game and most importantly, improve his ball security to have a career at the next level.

Height: 5-7
Weight: 188
40: 4.55
Year: 4Sr

Perry Jones

School: Virginia
Position: RB
Bio: Three-year starter posting ground totals of 137 attempts/462 yards/2 TDs as a senior and receiving totals of 49 receptions/397 yards. Career-best numbers of 184/915/5 came on the ground as a junior as well as 48/506/3 as a pass catcher.
Positive: Small and quick ballcarrier with a creative style. Elusive, quickly gets through the cutback lanes, and shows the ability to string several moves together over the course of a play. Makes opponents miss in the open field, has the ability to bounce around piles, and keeps his feet moving on contact. Solid pass catcher and shows skill running after the catch.
Negative: Does too much East/West running at times, rather than taking it up the field. Lacks the speed to turn the corner. Easily brought down at the point of attack by one defender.
Analysis: Jones was a versatile ballcarrier at Virginia and offers the skills to be a third-down back in the NFL. Returning punts or kicks enhances his chances of making a roster.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 231
40: 4.65
Year: 4Jr

Eddie Lacy

School: Alabama
Position: RB
Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a junior last season, finishing the year with ground totals of 204 carries/1322 yards/17 TDs and adding pass-catching numbers of 22 receptions/189 yards/2 TDs. Sophomore totals included 674 yards rushing when he came off the bench to relieve Trent Richardson.
Positive: Large, downhill ballcarrier best on the inside. Powerful, shows a burst through the hole, and is rarely brought down by a single defender. Runs with an aggressive style. Keeps his feet moving on contact and works to pick up as much yardage as possible every time he handles the ball. Aggressively puts his shoulders into defenders and falls forward when tackled. Strong enough to move the pile and picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact.
Negative: Fights the ball as a receiver and drops some catchable passes. Lacks the speed necessary to turn the corner. Must turn up the intensity as a blocker. Indecisive running east/west.
Analysis: Lacy is a powerful ballcarrier with better than average quickness and burst for big man. He's a bit one-dimensional, but would improve any offense needing to grinder on the inside.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 221
40: 4.55
Year: 3Jr

Marcus Lattimore

School: South Carolina
Position: RB
Bio: Totaled 143 carries/662 yards/11 TDs in nine games last season before tearing several ligaments in his right knee, which ended his season. Played in eight games as a sophomore in 2011 totaling 163 carries/818 yards/10 TDs before suffering a season-ending injury to his left knee. Totaled career ground numbers of 249 carries/1197 yards/17 TDs as a freshman when he also added 29 receptions/412 yards/2 TDs.
Positive: Patient, quick, and athletic runner whose career has been marred by injuries. Displays outstanding vision, running instincts, and overall awareness. Runs with good lean and keeps his feet moving on contact. Forceful, explosive, and shows the ability to pick up yardage off initial contact. Finds the cutback lanes, quickly gets through the hole, then turns it north-south to keep plays alive. Has a burst and solid playing speed. Solid receiver who nicely adjusts to errant throws and makes receptions in stride. Gives effort blocking, sees the blitz, and gets a pad on defenders.
Negative: Best running between the tackles. Really does not show the ability to elude defenders or even bounce around piles. Possesses more short-area quickness versus long-range speed. Coming off successive damaging knee injuries.
Analysis: After a brilliant freshman campaign, Lattimore was pegged as the next franchise running back to come from the SEC but major knee injuries in successive seasons has changed opinions. He's a downhill runner who does the little things well and should contribute at the next level if he's able to get back to prior playing form and remain healthy.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 220
40: 4.59
Year: 4Sr

Cameron Marshall

School: Arizona State
Position: RB
Bio: Senior rushing totals included 135 carries/583 yards/9 TDs. Posted career totals of 230/1050/18 on the ground as a junior. Initially broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore and totaled 150/787/9.
Positive: Underrated ballcarrier coming off a disappointing senior campaign. Displays good running vision and finds the open lanes. Runs hard on the inside, displays a burst through the hole, and consistently runs north/south. Shows force carrying the ball, puts his shoulders into defenders, and drives forward. Punishing runner who picks up the difficult yardage and is rarely brought down by the first defender. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes. A solid pass catcher out of the backfield.
Negative: Lacks the speed and agility to turn the corner. Not a creative ballcarrier who eludes defenders or makes opponents miss.
Analysis: Marshall struggled to see playing time last season in the talented Arizona State backfield but possesses the size and skill to produce in the NFL. He's a rotational back with a well-rounded game and the ability to surprise at the next level.

Height: 5-9
Weight: 209
40: 4.48
Year: 4Sr

Miguel Mayosonet

School: Stony Brook
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his junior season and named to numerous all America teams last year. Rushing totals in 2012 included 267 carries/1964 yards/21 TDs. Also averaged 25.8 yards on 12 kick returns with another score. Junior ground totals included 252/1633/15.
Positive: Elusive and creative ballcarrier with a versatile game. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and effectively picks his way through the traffic to find the running lanes. Loses little momentum when he must change direction. Finds the cutback lanes and quickly gets through them. Resilient back who finishes runs and displays focus and concentration. Sets his blocks up and uses them everywhere on the field. Possesses great vision, runs with balance, and falls forward when tackled. Sidesteps defenders and piles, does not go down without a fight, and is rarely brought down by the first defender. Flashes pass-catching skills out of the backfield. Effective return specialist.
Negative: Lacks the speed to beat defenders around the corner or into the open field. Cannot run to daylight. Possesses average size. Not a ballcarrier who will move the pile or be effective in short-yardage situations.
Analysis: Mayosonet is a skilled ballcarrier who combines instinct, toughness, and short-area quickness to consistently pick up positive yardage. He's a change-of-pace running back who could see action as a spot starter in the NFL and will be a late-round steal this April.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 168
40: 4.31
Year: 4Sr

Onterio McCalebb

School: Auburn
Position: RB
Bio: Part-time starter since his freshman season. Senior totals included 94 carries/570 yards/6 TDs on the ground with 18 receptions for 132 yards as a receiver. Also averaged 22.7 yards on 23 kick returns with another score. All-Conference selection as a junior after posting rushing totals of 112/641/5 and adding 32/344/2 as a receiver. Also averaged 33.7 yards on 11 kick returns with another score in 2011. Posted a career-best 810 yards rushing as a sophomore.
Positive: Explosive and game-impacting return specialist who can also double as a third-down back. Possesses a terrific burst of speed, easily beats defenders around the corner, and dangerous in the open field. Slippery, eludes defenders, and creates his own yardage. Plays with quickness, finds the cutback lanes, and immediately gets through them. Solid receiver out of the backfield and very effective running after the catch. Dangerous return man that can take it the distance if given the slightest bit of open space.
Negative: Small, lacks functional football strength, and easily brought down at the point of attack by single defender. Can be a liability in pass protection.
Analysis: McCalebb is an explosive skill player who plays to his 40-time and has the ability to make big plays from the line of scrimmage. He projects primarily as a kick returner in the NFL but can also be lined up in the backfield as a rotational runner or receiver.

Height: 5-6.5
Weight: 188
40: 4.47
Year: 5Sr

Curtis McNeal

School: USC
Position: RB
Bio: Senior rushing totals included 116 carries/701 yards/2 TDs after 145/1005/6 the prior year. Primarily a rotational back at USC and saw limited starting action.
Positive: Quick, elusive ballcarrier with the ability to create yardage. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and shows a burst through the running lanes. Easily bounces around piles or make defenders miss, loses little momentum changing direction and has the speed necessary to turn the corner. Effectively follows blocks everywhere and plays with an elusive style.
Negative: Undersized and stopped dead in his tracks by the first defender. Minimally productive catching the ball out of the backfield.
Analysis: McNeal is a change of pace runner with the ability to turn the corner or make defenders miss on the inside. He must improve catching skills in camp this summer to have any chance of making a practice squad.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 220
40: 4.49
Year: 4Sr

Christine Michael

School: Texas A&M
Position: RB
Bio: Part-time starter the past three seasons with ground numbers of 88 carries/417 yards/12 TDs as a senior after 149/899/8 as a junior. Sophomore totals included 126/631/4. Played in eight games in 2010 before breaking his leg.
Positive: Large, bruising ballcarrier with a well-rounded game. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and displays a burst through the hole. Plays with an aggressive style and plays with surprising quickness for a big back. Barrels over defenders, breaking tackles and picking up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Runs with good lean, turns it on in a single step, and works runs until the whistle. Displays outstanding running vision, instincts, and works hard as a lead blocker.
Negative: Lacks the speed and agility necessary to turn the corner. Struggles changing direction and loses a lot of momentum when he must immediately alter his angle of attack. Marginal pass rusher out of the backfield. Fell into the doghouse as a senior and lost playing time.
Analysis: Michael is a punishing runner who plays with a fearless attitude, using his size and strength to his advantage. He offers possibilities in a power running system or as a short yardage runner and will be productive in the NFL if he focuses on football and then plays to his level of ability.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 220
40: 4.61
Year: 5Sr

Latavius Murray

School: Central Florida
Position: RB
Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior when he moved into the starting lineup on a full-time basis and registered 198 carries/1106 yards/15 TDs on the ground while adding 27 receptions/2031 yards/4 TDs as a receiver. Rotated into the starting lineup the prior two years totaling 98/549/8 as a junior and 111/637/11 as a sophomore.
Positive: Big, straight-line ballcarrier who improved significantly as a senior. Possesses good running vision, effectively uses his blocks, and has a burst through the hole. Keeps his feet moving on contact, gets a lot of momentum going up the field, and breaks tackles while moving the pile. Works to keep runs alive. Displays some short-area quickness. A solid receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: Strictly a straight-line runner and loses a lot of momentum when he must quickly change direction. Runs too upright.
Analysis: Murray is a grind-it-out, interior ballcarrier who shows the ability to pick up tough yardage. His ball-carrying and pass-catching skills could help him catch on as a third back in a power running offense.

Height: 5-8
Weight: 180
40: 4.57
Year: 4Sr

Peter Nguyen

School: Montana
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior. Ground totals last season included 158 carries/926 yards/5 TDs as well as averaging 9.9 yards on 17 punt returns and adding another score. Junior rushing totals included 151/835/3.
Positive: Small yet fearless ballcarrier who produces in a variety of ways. Displays terrific quickness, makes defenders miss, and keeps the play in bounds. Runs north-south, plays with an aggressive style, and attacks defenders. Possesses good running vision, finds the cutback lanes, and quickly gets through them. Has a burst, runs through arm tackles, and beats defenders into the open field. Loses little momentum when he must quickly change direction or alter his angle of attack. Creates yardage as a ballcarrier or punt returner and is effective when used as a receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: Small and can be stopped dead in his tracks when met head-on. Lacks elite speed for the next level.
Analysis: Nguyen was a terrific college running back who played bigger than his listed size and got the most from his ability. He has limitations for the next level yet the versatility to create yardage whenever the ball is in his hands will get him consideration in camp this summer.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 204
40: 4.59
Year: 3Jr

Joseph Randle

School: Oklahoma State
Position: RB
Bio: Awarded all-Conference honors the past two seasons. Junior totals of 2012 included 274 attempts/1417 yards/14 TDs on the ground with 28 receptions for 224 yards as a pass catcher. Sophomore rushing totals included 208/1216/24 and 43/266/2 catch the ball.
Positive: Dependable interior ballcarrier with terrific vision and running instincts. Plays with quickness, shows a burst through the hole, and keeps his feet moving on contact. Tough to tackle, picks up yardage off initial contact, and plays bigger than his size. Works to get as much yardage as possible each time he handles the ball. Solid pass catcher who consistently makes catches in stride. Displays good blocking vision, seeing the blitz and getting a pad on defenders to knock them from their angle of attack.
Negative: Straight-line ballcarrier and struggles to side step piles or defenders. Loses a lot of momentum when he must immediately change direction.
Analysis: Randle was very productive for Oklahoma State the past three seasons and does the little things well. He lacks great size, speed, and agility for the next level, yet has enough skill to catch on as a rotational ballhandler.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 201
40: 4.62
Year: 4Sr

Theo Riddick

School: Notre Dame
Position: RB
Bio: Used in the starting lineup the past three seasons at Notre Dame, leading the team in rushing as a senior with 190 carries/917 yards/5 TDs, while also adding pass catching numbers of 36 receptions/370 yards/2 TDs. Junior totals included receiving numbers of 38/436/3.
Positive: Versatile skill player who consistently picks up positive yardage whenever the balls in his hands. Quick footed, avoids piles or defenders, and runs with an aggressive style. Puts his shoulders into opponents and works to drive through tackles. Keeps his feet moving, squeezes through the small openings, and displays a terrific burst through running lanes. Runs low to the ground, finds the cutback lanes, and consistently takes it North/South. Consistent pass catcher who adjusts to the throw, making receptions with his hands.
Negative: Not a strong back who breaks tackles or picks up a lot of yardage after initial contact. Lacks classic size and speed for the next level.
Analysis: Riddick bounced around the field at Notre Dame before stepping up his game as the team E(TM)s feature runner in 2012. He's a multipurpose player who should do well as a third-down back and slot receiver in the NFL.

Height: 5-5.5
Weight: 190
40: 4.75
Year: 4Sr

Robbie Rouse

School: Fresno State
Position: RB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his junior season. Rushing totals last year included 269 carries/1468 yards/12 TDs along with pass-catching numbers of 58 receptions/406 yards/2 TDs. Junior ground totals included 329/1549/13 after 205/1129/8 as a sophomore.
Positive: Diminutive ball carrier who plays big and consistently picks up positive yardage. Runs low to the ground, quickly gets into the clearing and a double-cut runner with the ability to throw multiple moves on opponents. Loses little momentum changing direction, shows a burst through the hole, and effectively uses blocks. Displays outstanding vision whether carrying the ball or blocking. Legitimate downfield threat as a receiver.
Negative: Times poorly in the 40 and cannot beat opponents into the open field. Gets eaten alive in pass protection.
Analysis: Rouse does not look the part but has consistently shown the ability to pick up positive yardage whenever he handles the ball. He's a versatile skill player who should have a role at the next level as a third-down back and receiver out of the backfield.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 212
40: 4.54
Year: 4Sr

Donald Russell

School: Georgia State
Position: RB
Bio: Kentucky transfer awarded all-Conference honors the past two seasons. Played in the first eight games of his senior campaign before sustaining a sprained MCL in his left knee. Ground totals included 120 carries/747 yards/3 touchdowns with pass catching totals of 16 receptions/162 yards/1 TD. Posted rushing totals of 128/665/9 as a junior.
Positive: Athletic ball carrier with the size and speed for the next level. Patient runner who displays outstanding vision and will pick and choose his spots on the inside. Runs north-south with a compact style plus plays with balance and body control. Finds the cutback lanes and strings several moves together over the course of a single run. Grinds it out on the inside and displays the ability to handle a lot of carries.
Negative: More of a straight-line runner and loses a lot of momentum when he must immediately change direction or cut back against the grain. Not a creative ball carrier who eludes defenders. Average receiver out of the backfield.
Analysis: Russell was putting together two productive seasons before being sidelined with a knee injury last year. He possesses the size and skill to be used in a power-running offense, and is an undrafted free agent who could surprise come September.

Height: 5-9
Weight: 190
40: 4.55
Year: 4Sr

Desmond Scott

School: Duke
Position: RB
Bio: Former running back who lined up at receiver last season and finished the year with 66 receptions/666 yards/2 TDs. Junior totals included 367 yards rushing.
Positive: Quick, elusive ballcarrier with a versatile game. Plays bigger than his listed size, keeps the play in bounds, and always works to pick up positive yardage. Effective running after the reception.
Negative: Not a breakaway threat when the ball is in his hands. Marginal size.
Analysis: Scott embraced his role in Duke E(TM)s offense last season and showed NFL teams another dimension to his game. He lacks great physical skills yet the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield or elude defenders taking handoffs could help him find a spot in the NFL as a third-down back.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 199
40: 4.48
Year: 4Sr

Akeem Shavers

School: Purdue
Position: RB
Bio: Junior-college transfer who led Purdue in rushing last season, registering 181 carries/371 yards/6 TDs while also adding pass catching numbers of 18 receptions/370 yards/3 TDs. Junior totals included 111/519/6 on the ground.
Positive: Productive ballcarrier with an all-around game. Works runs, possesses the speed necessary to turn the corner, and has a burst, which he flips on in a single step. Sets up blocks and makes defenders miss in the open field. Keeps his feet moving on contact, runs with an aggressive style, and doesn E(TM)t go down without a fight. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield and displays skill running after the catch.
Negative: Not a big back and easily brought down at the point of attack by a single opponent. Struggles picking up yardage off initial contact.
Analysis: Shavers displayed steady improvement on the field the past two seasons and has the skills necessary to make a roster as a third-down back or as a situational runner.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 202
40: 4.58
Year: 4Sr

Orwin Smith

School: Georgia Tech
Position: RB
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons after playing six games with the first team as a sophomore. Senior rushing totals included 79 carries/682 yards/5 TDs with pass catching numbers of 18 receptions/22 yards/1 TD. Junior totals included 61/615/11 on the ground with 13/306/1 as a pass catcher.
Positive: Patient, downhill ballcarrier with marginal size and speed. Waits for blocks to develop, displays good vision, and plays with awareness. Effectively uses blocks and breaks arm tackles to pick up yardage off initial contact. Solid pass catcher who makes the reception with his hands and shows the ability to get downfield.
Negative: Lacks the ability to quickly cut back against the grain or make defenders miss. Runs a bit tall. Lacks the speed to turn the corner.
Analysis: Smith was a well-rounded running back on the college field, yet lacks any outstanding physical trait to his game for the next level. His pass-catching skills could help him catch on as a third-down back in the NFL.

Height: 5-7.5
Weight: 190
40: 4.55
Year: 4Sr

Isi Sofele

School: California
Position: RB
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons totaling 146 carries/757 yards/4 TDs as a senior after career-best numbers of 252/1322/10 as a junior. Collected 21 receptions the past four years. Lined up as a kick returner during his freshman campaign.
Positive: Quick, creative ballcarrier with an elusive style. Effectively uses blocks, possesses the speed and agility necessary to turn the corner and gets a lot of momentum going up the field. Runs with good lean and has a tremendous burst through the hole. Strings several moves together over the course of a single run, making multiple defenders miss. Easily changes direction and loses little momentum, finds the cutback lanes, then quickly gets through them. Patient and shows good vision carrying the ball. Gets out front and blocks when necessary. Resilient, works hard, and keeps plays alive.
Negative: Undersized and too often tackled by the first defender. Does not have the frame to handle a lot of carries. Minimally productive as a pass catcher.
Analysis: Sofele is small in stature but plays big and offers possibilities as a third-down back at the next level if he improves his receiving skills.

Height: 5-8.5
Weight: 216
40: 4.53
Year: 4Sr

Zac Stacy

School: Vanderbilt
Position: RB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his junior season. Senior rushing totals included 207 carries/1141 yards/10 TDs after 201/1193/14 the prior year.
Positive: Tough, interior runner with outstanding vision and instincts. Sets up blocks, chooses his running lanes, and plays with an aggressive style. Better than average quickness, avoids defenders, and shows an elusive style. Finds the cutback lanes, quickly gets through them, and uses an effective straight arm to keep plays alive.
Negative: Doesn E(TM)t display any single outstanding physical feature. Not a strong runner and easily brought down by a single defender. Lacks the speed necessary to beat defenders into the open field.
Analysis: Stacy is a hard-charging runner who gets the most from his ability. He E(TM)ll do well as a situational back at the next level if he improves his receiving skills.

Height: 5-7.5
Weight: 199
40: 4.55
Year: 4Sr

Eric Stephens

School: Texas Tech
Position: RB
Bio: Broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore and posted totals of 127 carries/668 yards/6 TDs on the ground as well as 33 receptions/212 yards/2 TDs. Played in five games as a junior and posted 108/565/8 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Senior rushing totals last year included 89/480/5.
Positive: Quick, elusive ballcarrier who has struggled rebounding from his knee injury of 2011. Finds the cutback lanes, immediately gets through them, and displays the ability to make defenders miss. Displays outstanding vision when running the ball or blocking. Easily makes receptions in stride then picks up yardage running after the catch. Gives effort blocking.
Negative: Undersized and is easily brought down at the point of attack by a single defender. Lacks the breakaway speed you E(TM)d like to see from a smaller back.
Analysis: Stephens is skilled as both a ballcarrier and receiver, and has been a productive return specialist in the past. He could find a roster spot as a special teams player/situational runner if he's healthy this summer.

Height: 5-8.5
Weight: 216
40: 4.69
Year: 4Sr

Stepfan Taylor

School: Stanford
Position: RB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totaling career-best numbers of 302 carries/1442 yards/12 TDs on the ground and 38 receptions/270 yards/2 TDs as a pass catcher. Junior rushing totals included 242/1330/10 with pass-catching totals of 25/182/2. Posted 1137 yards rushing and 15 TDs as a sophomore.
Positive: Hard-charging interior ballcarrier with a terrific game. Instinctive, sees the field, and effectively follows blocks everywhere. Runs hard on the inside and drives his shoulders through defenders, falling forward for the extra yardage. Deceptively fast and displays the ability to beat defenders into the open field. Patient. Consistently runs north/south and keeps the play in bounds. Rarely brought down by the first defender. Strong in his lower body and forces a lot of missed tackles. Displays good short-area quickness with the ability to bounce around opponents and avoid piles. Effective blocker when called upon. Picks up blitzes. Effective pass blocker and handles linebackers on the second level when asked to run block.
Negative: Not an elusive ballcarrier and loses momentum when he must quickly change direction or cut back against the grain. Lacks the outright speed to turn the corner. Performed poorly at the combine.
Analysis: Taylor is a big ballcarrier with the ability to carry the load on the inside. He works to get as much yardage out of each handoff as possible and does the little things well. Taylor would be very effective in an offense that keeps him between the numbers.

Height: 5-7
Weight: 192
40: 4.52
Year: 4Sr

Chris Thompson

School: Florida State
Position: RB
Bio: Played in eight games as a senior and totaled ground numbers of 91 carries/687 yards/5 TDs before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Played in five games the prior season posting ground totals of 29/83/1 before breaking two vertebrae in his back, which ended his year. Sophomore totals included career-best numbers of 134/845/6.
Positive: Quick, elusive ballcarrier who struggled with multiple injuries the past two years. Runs ow to the ground, gets lost behind blockers, and finds the cutback lanes. Possesses the speed and quickness to turn the corner, shows a burst through the hole, and turns it on in a single step. Sets up then follows blocks, displays tremendous footwork, and has the ability to string together several moves over the course of a single run. Patient, consistently makes defenders miss, and gives effort blocking. Solid receiver out of the backfield who consistently makes receptions with his hands. Plays bigger than his listed size and gives effort in all areas of the game.
Negative: Not a big, tackle-breaking running back and brought down at the point by a single defender. Average production as a pass catcher. Has dealt with several serious injuries the past two years.
Analysis: When healthy and at the top of his game, Thompson is a versatile skill player who can be used as a ballcarrier or receiver out of the backfield. He possesses the ability to create his own yardage and is dangerous in the open field but must show no ill effects from the recent injuries and stay healthy to have any type of NFL career.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 222
40: 4.45
Year: 4Sr

Matthew Tucker

School: TCU
Position: RB
Bio: Started nine games as a senior totaling 118 carries/531 yards/6 TDs after 123/702/12 during his junior campaign.
Positive: Smooth, fluid ballcarrier with excellent size. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and quick on the inside with the ability to make defenders miss. Possesses terrific vision, shows a burst through the hole and slips defenders to keep runs alive. Keeps his feet moving on contact, shows outstanding field vision, and helps the quarterback sell ball fakes.
Negative: Not a true cut-back runner. Does not break a lot of tackles or pick up much yardage off initial contact for a bigger back. Minimally productive as a receiver out of the backfield.
Analysis: Tucker is a big back who plays light on his feet and displays the ability to consistently find the running lanes . He lacks the speed to turn the corner and doesn E(TM)t always play to his size but offers potential as a third running back if he turns up the intensity of his game.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 228
40: 4.63
Year: 3Jr

Spencer Ware

School: LSU
Position: RB
Bio: Started four games last season totaling 94 carries/367 yards/1 TD on the ground while adding 18 receptions/230 yards/1 TD as a receiver. Sophomore rushing totals included 177/708/8 when he started 10 games.
Positive: Strong, downhill runner who picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Runs with an aggressive attitude, barrels through defenders ,and rarely brought down by the first opponent. Displays a burst of speed, keeps his feet moving on contact, and grinds it out on the inside. Finds the running lanes, consistently runs north-south, and picks up the tough yardage. Effectively sets up blocks and does a nice job following them. Better than average agility and short area quickness for a bigger back. Sees the blitz and gets a pad on defenders, knocking them from their angle of attack. Solid receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: Not a creative runner who makes defenders miss. Can E(TM)t beat opponents to the open field. Struggled seeing the ball last season after a terrific sophomore campaign.
Analysis: Ware is a solid interior runner who can line up in a power-running offense or be used as a short-yardage back at the next level.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 214
40: 4.62
Year: 5Sr

Derrick Washington

School: Tuskegee
Position: RB
Bio: Awarded all-America and all-Conference honors last season after rushing totals of 214 carries/1679 yards/14 TDs while adding 20 receptions/305 yards/1 TD as a pass catcher. Began his career at Missouri and was an all-Conference recipient in 2009 after ground totals of 190/865/10. Dismissed from the Missouri program in September 2010 after his alleged involvement in a sexual assault case. He was eventually found guilty of the charge and spent four months in jail.
Positive: Elusive ballcarrier who consistently shows the ability to create his own yardage. Display's excellent vision, follows blocks, and keeps his feet moving on contact. Runs with balance and body control. Quickly gets back to running form after the initial hit, shows a burst, and always finds the running lanes. Solid receiver who extends to make receptions away from his frame.
Negative: Lacks the speed necessary to turn the corner. Runs with an upright style. Does not always play with a sense of urgency.
Analysis: Washington made a strong return to the field in 2012 after being sidelined with legal issues. He offers the skill and versatility to produce as a ballcarrier and pass catcher at the next level, but his obvious off-field issues may pose problems for NFL teams.

Height: 5-7
Weight: 182
40: 4.45
Year: 4Sr

John White

School: Utah
Position: RB
Bio: Junior-college transfer awarded all-Conference honors the two years he played at Utah. Rushing totals last year included 218 carries/1041 yards/8 TDs with 15 receptions/123 yards/1 TD as a receiver. Junior rushing numbers included 316/1519/15.
Positive: Small but explosive ballcarrier with the ability to create his own yardage. Gets lost behind blockers, has a darting style, and quickly gets through the running lanes. Picks his spots on the inside, carries the ball with an aggressive style, and consistently runs north/south. Does an outstanding job following blocks, can bounce around piles or avoid defenders, and very elusive. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and quickly gets through the cutback lanes. Keeps his head on a swivel, picking up blocking assignments.
Negative: Easily brought down at the point of attack by a single defender. Struggled with a foot injury last season, which must be monitored.
Analysis: White plays bigger than his listed size but lacks the measurables to be anything other than a situational player at the next level. He's a third-down back who would improve his chances of making a roster by showing return skills in camp this summer.

Height: 5-8
Weight: 195
40: 4.45
Year: 4Sr

Kerwynn Williams

School: Utah State
Position: RB
Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after posting career-best numbers of 218 carries/1512/15 on the ground while adding pass-catching totals of 45/697/5. Rotational player the prior two seasons totaling 81/542/3 on the ground as a junior. Experienced kick returner.
Positive: Swift, elusive ballcarrier whose draft stock is on the rise. Possesses terrific field vision and football instincts. Runs with good lean, displays a lot of wiggle, and makes the first defender miss. Can strings several moves together over the course of a single run. Sidesteps piles and shows a terrific burst through the hole. Beats defenders into the open field, then can run to daylight. Effectively sets up blocks then follows them. Legitimate downfield receiving thread with consistent hands.
Negative: Lacks great size and is easily brought down at the point of attack by the first defender. Marginal overall playing strength.
Analysis: Williams is a creative skill player effective both as a ballcarrier and receiver. He can fill several roles at the next level, including returning kicks, and looks like a terrific third-down back/situational ballcarrier.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 227
40: 4.57
Year: 4Sr

Ronnie Wingo

School: Arkansas
Position: RB
Bio: Rotational player who carried the ball just 12 times for 59 yards last season. Junior rushing totals included 104/458/3 with 20 receptions/187 yards/2 TDs. Posted 253 yards rushing as a sophomore.
Positive: One-time highly rated ball carrier who fell off the face of the earth last season. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and finds the running lanes. Has a burst through the hole, works to keep runs alive, and shows the ability to pick up yardage off initial contact. Solid receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: Straight-line runner and struggles changing direction. Lacks the speed necessary to turn the corner.
Analysis: Entering the 2012 campaign, Wingo graded as a late-round pick based on the skill and versatility he displayed the prior two seasons. He saw minimal playing time as a senior, falling out of favor with the Arkansas offense and now grades as a free-agent prospect. Wingo possesses the underlying ability to be a rotational/third back on an NFL roster but must quickly get his game back on track.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 218
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

George Winn

School: Cincinnati
Position: RB
Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after moving into the starting lineup and finishing with career numbers of 243 carries/1334 yards/13 TDs on the ground. Also added 15 receptions for 128 yards.
Positive: Skilled ballcarrier with an underrated game. Displays good vision, finds the running lanes, and has a burst through the hole. Keeps his feet moving on contact, displays solid quickness, and grinds it out on the inside. Falls forward when tackled to pick up the extra yardage. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield. Effectively picks up blocking assignments, seeing the blitz then squaring into defenders.
Negative: Lacks the speed necessary to turn the corner. Not a strong ballcarrier who will move the pile.
Analysis: After being used in a reserve role in 2011, Winn took hold of the starting job as a senior and watched his game take off. He offers versatility as a ballcarrier, blocker, and receiver and could sneak onto a roster as a situational player.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 213
40: 4.49
Year: 4Jr

Cierre Wood

School: Notre Dame
Position: RB
Bio: Started four games last season and finished with 104 attempts/742 yards/4 TDs. Posted career numbers as a redshirt sophomore in 2011 with 217/1102/9 on the ground and 27 receptions for 189 yards.
Positive: Strong, downhill ball carrier best on the inside. Waits for blocks to develop, finds running lanes, and makes decisive moves through holes. Keeps his feet moving on contact, falls forward when tackled, and tough to bring down. Shows a lot of strength in his running and the ability to pick up yardage off initial contact. Instinctive and displays excellent running vision and instincts.
Negative: One speed ballcarrier and lacks a burst through the hole or the ability to beat defenders around the corner. More of a one-cut runner who struggles to make defenders miss.
Analysis: Wood was a consistent ballcarrier at Notre Dame the past three years and would be a fine addition to a power-running offense.

Updated 5/7
RankRndNamePosYear
11stJadeveon Clowney
South Carolina
DE3Jr
21stKhalil Mack
Buffalo
OLB5Sr
31stJake Matthews
Texas A&M
T4Sr
41stGreg Robinson
Auburn
T3So
51stSammy Watkins
Clemson
WR3Jr
61stMike Evans
Texas A&M
WR3So
71stAnthony Barr
UCLA
OLB4Sr
81stTaylor Lewan
Michigan
T5Sr
91stAaron Donald
Pittsburgh
DT4Sr
101stEric Ebron
North Carolina
TE4Jr
111stBlake Bortles
Central Florida
QB4Jr
121stZack Martin
Notre Dame
T5Sr
131stJustin Gilbert
Oklahoma State
CB4Sr
141stC.J. Mosley
Alabama
ILB4Sr
151stDarqueze Dennard
Michigan State
CB4Sr
161stKony Ealy
Missouri
DE4Jr
171stMarqise Lee
USC
WR3Jr
181stCalvin Pryor
Louisville
S3Jr
191stOdell Beckham Jr.
LSU
WR3Jr
201stRyan Shazier
Ohio State
OLB3Jr
211stHasean Clinton-Dix
Alabama
S3Jr
221stBrandin Cooks
Oregon State
WR3Jr
231stJason Verrett
TCU
CB4Sr
241stTeddy Bridgewater
Louisville
QB3Jr
251stLouis Nix
Notre Dame
DT4Jr