He followed that up with an impressive week of practice at the Senior Bowl in which his playmaking skills were largely put to the test at wide receiver, though his only touch during the game, itself, came on a five yard run.
A highly touted prep prospect, Rainey saw action immediately for the Gators but was sidelined after four games with a shoulder injury and eventually redshirted in 2008.
He saw action in 48 more games over his Florida career, starting 19 contests. The all-purpose star left Florida having rushed for 2,464 yards (ninth all-time for the Gators) and caught 69 passes for 795 yards, scoring 19 touchdowns over his career.
At his size, Rainey certainly isn't a workhorse candidate at the next level. Some, in fact, see his greatest potential lining up as a slot receiver in a similar role to what Percy Harvin (himself a former Florida Gator) has with the Minnesota Vikings.
If utilized as a back, Rainey's soft hands and playmaking ability could intrigue teams, especially considering the impact undersized multi-purpose backs like Darren Sproles, Reggie Bush and even Dexter McCluster saw for their respective clubs in 2011.
Strengths: Perhaps the most explosive cutting ability and straight-line speed of any athlete in the 2012 draft. Can make defenders look silly due to his lateral agility and sudden acceleration. Versatile.
Saw time as a running back, receiver, punt returner and kick returner for the Gators. Looks natural catching the ball out of the backfield and has shown the ability to track the ball over his shoulder and snatch passes outside of his frame. Has struggled a bit with durability over his career but is willing to play with pain.
Relishes his opportunities on special teams but is not just a return specialist. Explosive burst led to his breaking the school and SEC record with six blocked punts.
Weaknesses: A bit of a luxury prospect for the next level. Certainly is a versatile, playmaking athlete but provides next to nothing as a blocker which means he'll be an obvious focus of the defense whenever he's on the field.
Caught most of his passes on simple dump-offs and quick screens. Struggled tracking the ball over his shoulder as well as adjusting to poorly thrown passes over his career... Has had continued issues with his shoulders dating back to high school which will require a close look by team doctors at the Combine.
Character red-flag...Was charged with aggravated stalking (a felony) after sending a threatening text message to a former girlfriend in 2010. The charges were dropped as part of a pre-trial agreement in which he had to complete an intervention program..."
Can consistently turn the corner and/or put his foot in the ground and accelerate up the field. Runs with a good pad level, stays low out of his breaks and runs/finishes behind his pads. Exhibits impressive lateral quickness when asked to make a man miss at top-end speed. Uses a subtle head fake and has the wiggle to consistently leave a defender in the dust.
Plays quick in tight areas, is patient making his way through traffic before accelerating toward space. Has a natural feel about him in tight areas, but goes down instantly on contact. Doesn’t break many tackles and doesn’t possess the frame to do so in the NFL.
Tougher than given credit for, will stick his head in as a run blocker and isn’t afraid of contact. Displays good patience, doesn’t lunge into blocks and can cut down on contact. Not an anchor player though. Catches the football well out of the backfired. Has a good feel in the screen game and likes to work the shallow crossers and create after the catch.
Adjusts well to the football, but isn’t a natural route runner. Doesn’t seem comfortable running at full speed at this stage and plucking the football, seems to gear down while locating the football. Nevertheless, can create mismatches underneath in the pass game.
Has some character issues stemming from an arrest in September 2010 when he was charged with aggravated stalking, a third degree felony.
Impression: He’s a narrow-framed back, but has natural running ability, keeps his pad level down and can consistently make defenders miss. Needs to add girth to give himself a chance, as there aren’t many 175-pound backs playing in NFL. But if he can get up to around 190 pounds and add some strength, he certainly looks like a potential change of pace back with some big play ability in the NFL."
Sprinter on the Gators’ track team with a career best 10.6 100M clocking and the quickness to challenge the 4.3 mark over 40 yards at pre-draft testing;
Has decent hands, but is not a particularly skilled receiver; tends to round off routes and is physically mismatched against bigger corners; very quick in space, though, with the ability to start and stop and then explode upfield; as a result is shifty in the open field with excellent vision and good balance;
Has also blocked four kicks in his career; not very big and has had some injury issues in the past; had shoulder surgery during the 2007 season and was limited by a knee concern last season; was also suspended last fall after being charged with stalking an old girlfriend."
Very smooth runner with good hip movement... Has experience returning punts and kicks and even returned a punt for a touchdown this past year...
Spent his first three years as a hybrid wide receiver-running back and is adept at running routes out of the backfield or lined up in the slot... A versatile weapon in the mold of Kansas City Chiefs running back Dexter McCluster.
Negatives -- Very small, can get swallowed up by larger defenders... A poor inside runner, really has little to no power and cannot push a pile... Thin frame, doesn't have much bulk... Gets impatient at times and will outrun his blockers...
Likely nothing more than a situational back who will contribute on passing downs and as a big-play weapon out of the backfield... Has some character questions, allegedly sent threatening text messages to his ex-girlfriend which became public and was arrested in September 2010 for stalking... Small frame will make him susceptible to injuries...
Can get taken down by simple arm tackles... Poor pass blocker, doesn't have the size nor strength to anchor and was typically asked to run routes in passing situations rather than block...
Breaks everything to the outside, was able to get to the edge at the college level, but will be much more difficult in the NFL and will likely take a lot of negative yardage plays as a result... Never posted great numbers at Florida, only had 13 career rushing TDs despite seeing extended playing time for four years."