Now, he is a pretty gifted athlete for the position who showcases a real feel in the pass game. Looks natural flaring out of the backfield, plucking the football and creating for himself in the open field. Has some nimbleness as a runner as well with the power to break a tackle and accelerate into daylight. However, runs too upright inside when asked to carry the football and isn’t nearly as physical as you would expect from a back his size. Possesses the straight-line speed to reach the edge and has the body control and vision to cut against the grain and attack up field but isn’t anything dynamic with the ball in his hands.
Impression: A good athlete for the position who can wear a lot of hats for an NFL offense and definitely create some plays in the pass game. However, he isn’t a real impressive lead guy and isn’t real dynamic when asked to carry the football. Nevertheless, he has the ability to be a nice piece for an offense who can create some mismatches out of the backfield."
Havili is obviously a superb pass catcher out of the backfield. During his career 12 of his receptions resulted in touchdowns. However, Havili can do more than catch the ball. On a team that has had some solid running backs over the last four years, Havili has made his mark. As a redshirt freshman in 2007, he rushed for 134 yards and two scores on just 21 carries. Havili did not see more carries than that until his senior season when he rushed for 166 yards on 26 carries, but he has averaged over six yards per carry during his career.
Havili is flashier than your average fullback. The NFL will like his versatility, speed and explosiveness, but he still needs to develop into a better blocker. He also has a few questions to answer about a fight with his teammate that led to a suspension. Yet, Havili will likely be the top fullback on most draft boards and the fact that he can be a third down running back will make him a more attractive option to teams that do not often use a fullback."
But now "FullBack" has evolved ~ or devolved ~ to evoke visions of bruising blockers ~ blocking specialists, if you will, who only occasionally catch the ball and rarely run it.
So to fill the emerging need to describe what used to be called a Full Back, I'm going to invent another one of my terms, here, and call Mister Havili and his ilk ~ the Peyton Hills brigade ~ a Swing Back.
MIND you: he's not nearly as savage a Blocker as I like in my FullBacks ~ Sam Gash Acolyte, here!! ~ and he's not the most gifted Runner...But he does have natural Receiving instincts, and he does a solid job at all 3. That makes him a fascinating weapon for any team to consider, and I'd be shocked if he makes it out'f the 3rd Round. He may even go in the 2nd.
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