However, as much as I love his size, balance and patience inside, he just strikes me as a very "blah" athlete who doesn't have the type of skill set needed to be an every-down type of guy at the next level. He isn't real explosive initially when pressing the hole and seems to only have one gear to his game. Isn't real sudden or shifty either in tight areas and simply doesn't possess the kind of wiggle needed to make a would-be tackler miss and then accelerate into the open field. He's also not real explosive once he recognizes a cutback lane.
Does a nice job keeping his feet under him and maintaining his balance. He just lacks the burst to quickly get from point A to point B laterally. Now, he is a natural receiver in the pass game. Looks comfortable not only working out of the flat, but can turn his way up the field and generate some separation for himself underneath. Is also a willing and coordinated blocker who can help out in blitz pickup at the next level as well.
Impression: A productive college back who has the skill set and natural running ability to make an NFL roster, but is nothing more than a number two back. Isn't dynamic enough in any area of the game to warrant starting consideration."
Positive: Well-built ball carrier who is best running on the inside. Patient, displays good vision, and quickly finds running lanes. Waits for blocks develop, has good quickness, and a strong lower body. Runs with an aggressive style, driving his shoulders into defenders and trying to pick up extra yardage. Breaks tackles and picks up yardage off initial contact. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield who nicely adjusts to errant throws and catches the ball with his hands.
Negative: Not an elusive runner who creates yardage or makes defenders miss. Must pick up intensity as a blocker. Came into his senior season poorly conditioned.
Analysis: When on his game, Royster is a running back who can control the situation as an interior ball carrier. He does not possess the skills to be a feature runner at the next level, but could be effective as a second running back or rotational player if he's focused."
Negatives: Below average straight line speed, gets beat to the corner and has trouble running away from defenders at the second level... Lacks explosion, doesn't accelerate quickly... Not a top athlete... Is rather tall for a running back and runs a bit upright which leaves him exposed to big hits... Not a creative runner, isn't very elusive in the open field... Doesn't possess good body control or change of direction ability... Struggles as a cutback runner, misses his cutback lanes... Allows too many balls get into his body and drops some easy passes... Never took his game to the next level after his breakout sophomore campaign, actually seemed to regress a little over the past two years... Is not horrible at anything, but isn't great at anything either, just average in about every facet of his game... Will turn 24 halfway through his rookie season... Has had a few nagging injuries throughout his career."
But NFL coaches will be looking for measurements such as 40 time or the agility drills for him to standout. He's NFL-ready in that he's a good pass blocker, he can diagnose defenses quickly and uses his vision to break off long runs. There are no serious durability issues. He could be a workhorse back, but fits best in a tandem as he's never had more than 205 carries in a season.
Royster projects as a late 2nd round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft."
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