However, runs leggy for a small back, doesn’t stay real compact and struggles to get back up to speed quickly. Doesn’t exhibit an initial burst to separate once he makes a man miss and lacks the type of power to routinely break tackles. Despite his size exposes a lot of body through the line and goes down easy on contact.
Initially presses the hole low, but pops upright when trying to make defenders miss and doesn’t have the kind of second gear to simply outpace them to the edge. Looks most comfortable running from the gun and trying to reach the perimeter, but isn’t overly dynamic as a straight-line guy either. Isn’t going to push the pile inside and create through contact. Isn’t real patient in blitz pick-up.
Tends to drop his head, doesn’t see what he hits and will whiff to often into blocks. Can catch the football out of the backfield and is comfortable in the screen game. Does a nice job as a route runner being sudden out of his breaks, separating vs. linebackers and running away from them in man coverage as well. Catches the ball well off his frame and can create after the catch.
Impression: He’s undersized, doesn’t run real balanced, and lacks great straight-line speed. More of an underwhelming 3rd down type back to me in the NFL that isn’t worth a pick."
Ceiling is confined by limited instincts, run strength and blocking ability."
Better receiver with 57 career receptions including 34 last fall; character player who is already in graduate school, but durability is an issue as he always seems to be dinged; missed three games in 2009 and 6 in 2008 with knee injuries."