Now, gets a bit upright when running through the line of scrimmage at times and will get a bit overextended with his lower half when trying to change directions. But for the most part is explosive, sudden and powerful with the ball in his hands. Runs hard and dishes out a fair share of punishment, but at times exposes his frame to some unnecessary hits because of that pad level.
Also, isn’t the most natural of backs between the tackles at this stage. Now, doesn’t have a ton of experience and is clearly instinctive in space, but too often simply tries to bounce the ball and outpace defenders toward the corner if he doesn’t see anything initially inside, something he won’t be able to get away with at the next level.
Does a great job catching the football out of the backfield and is a consistent threat on third downs. Looks natural selling the screen game, getting his head around and making the initial man miss. Can also get down the field and has some suddenness as a route runner as well.
Impression: Possesses a really gifted skill set. Is powerful, runs hard and displays good footwork and shiftiness to his game for a back his size. Now, he will be asked to run more so between the tackles this season and if he can quickly adjust, I think he certainly has the makings of becoming one of if not the top senior running back to come off the board come April."
Negatives: Puts the ball on the ground too often, appears fumble prone at times... Runs too upright, needs to lower his pad level to get more yards after contact... Lacks good instincts and is slow to locate running lanes... Comes with some injury concerns, dislocated his left shoulder in 2008 and struggled with an ankle injury in 2009... Never dominated at the collegiate level and has never carried the load... The most carries he's ever had in a single season was 84 as a freshman in 2007... Took a bit of a backseat to freshman Michael Dyer in 2010... Will turn 24 during his rookie season."
He’s a big, powerful kid who has a good initial burst to his game with the footwork and fluidity to make a man miss/break a tackle and accelerate into daylight. However, the big drawback to his game and one of the main reasons why he isn’t seeing a ton of playing time running the football between the tackles this season is because he isn’t the most instinctive of backs when asked to allow blocks to set up, identify holes quickly and pick his way through traffic. Nevertheless, the guy does two things very well that will give him a chance at the next level…
1. He catches the football in the pass game.
2. He can help out in blitz pick-up and block on third downs.
It may not sound like much, but those two skill sets are enough to give this guy a chance as someone who can play on third downs and be worked in as a rotational back. Even so, Fannin still isn’t ever going to be a high draft pick, but he’s a guy who should test well for his size and still has the ability to make a roster after being overlooked during the season."
Not only that, but he is a CRUSHING Blocker, and a DEADLY Receiver.
Sure, he runs too high, and his Navigational Skills need work.
But, my GOD.
This guy could end up being a DEMOLISHING Weapon.
Of this year's crop of Swing Backs ~ my new term for Full Service Full Back! ~ he is, in my view, clearly the best prospect of the bunch.
And he might not even get DRAFTED.
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