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Draft Prospect Notes: Running Backs

The writers of Patriots Football Weekly have done their homework on all the prospects in this year's NFL Draft. Now, you can download the actual notes they took on all the top players, broken down by position for your convenience. Today's report breaks down running backs and fullbacks.

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RankPlayerSchoolHt.Wt.40
1
Daniel ThomasKansas State6-02304.63
Notes:[Andy Hart] Patience borders on slow to hole. Speed? Fumbles? Quick feet and good athlete. Good burst. Too high. [Erik Scalavino] Great size; shifty; not elite speed, but not bad, either; tough inside runner; OK hands. [Paul Perillo] Good size with angular build; Runs too upright; Quick feet; Gets to edge; Finds opening despite so-so speed; Fumbles too much.
2
Mikel LeshoureIllinois6-02274.56
Notes:[Andy Hart] Good size/speed combo. Keeps feet moving and fall forward. Stops in backfield too much. Deliberate cuts.. [Erik Scalavino] Solid frame; ran a lot of draws, inside handoffs; bounces outside well; questionable hands. [Paul Perillo] Good size/speed; Tough runner with good shake; Runs a bit upright; Nice vision and stiff arm; Solid.
3
Mark IngramAlabama5-92154.62
Notes:[Andy Hart] Good burst at LOS. Bounces off hits. Slippery if not pretty. [Erik Scalavino] Solid overall; tough to bring down; tends to clog up inside; Wildcat, but only as a run option. [Paul Perillo] Good power/speed combo; Tough and physical; Won't make many tacklers miss; Knee a concern?
4
Jordan TodmanUConn5-92034.43
Notes:[Andy Hart] Patient with vision. Good burst and big play ability. Very productive in bad offense. Upright. [Erik Scalavino] Speedy; cuts well; good burst; practical but decisive. [Paul Perillo] Fast and can get wide; Runs tougher than size; Very quick feet; Good vision/change of direction; A bit upright at times.
5
Ryan WilliamsVirginia Tech5-92124.59
Notes:[Andy Hart] Good burst but slows on cuts. Not elite speed or quickness. [Erik Scalavino] Runs hard; first tackler usually doesn't get him; moves well in traffic; good speed. [Paul Perillo] Quick and strong; Good speed but not overly elusive; Workhorse type; Not fancy but effective.
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PlayerSchoolHt.Wt.40
Taiwan JonesEastern Washington6-01944.33
Notes:[Andy Hart] Breaks tackles and never stops moving. Great vision and feel, with cuts at full speed.. [Erik Scalavino] Always keeps his feet moving; quick and shifty; doesn't always tuck the ball away properly; great potential. [Paul Perillo] Shifty and quick; squirts through small holes; Breaks tackles; Shows toughness; Excellent open field runner; Interesting.
DeMarco MurrayOklahoma6-02134.37
Notes:[Andy Hart] Doesn't play to 40. VG receiver. Versatile and productive. Not great in open field. Solid all around. [Erik Scalavino] Reads screens well; slasher with some power; good "football speed." [Paul Perillo] Excellent receiver; Always moves forward; Nice spin and leg drive; Breaks tackles; Versatile.
Shane VereenCalifornia5-102104.49
Notes:[Andy Hart] Versatile, good receiver. Decent power and burst. Keeps feet moving. [Erik Scalavino] Good receiver; tosses, draws his forte; best when he gets outside. [Paul Perillo] Another versatile back with great hands; Tough, quick and compact; Gets to daylight and runs well in open field; Won't break many tackles.
Roy HeluNebraska5-112194.4
Notes:[Andy Hart] Breakaway speed. Cuts full speed. Breaks arm tackles and lowers shoulder. Not good pass pro. [Erik Scalavino] Nice moves; deceptive speed; tough to bring down. [Paul Perillo] Good speed, feet; Hits hole quick; Another upright runner; Great speed in open field.
Derrick LockeKentucky5-81884.37
Notes:[Andy Hart] Great speed and confidence in it. Playmaker. Breaks arm tackles. Quick cuts. [Erik Scalavino] Decent receiver; shifty inside on short yardage; good field/ball awareness; runs hard for his size. [Paul Perillo] Small, good patience and great speed; Good hands; Makes people miss; Big-time playmaker would be mid-round steal.
Jacquizz RodgersOregon State5-61964.59
Notes:[Andy Hart] Avoids big hits. Keeps feet moving. Good vision. Good slide and jump cuts. Has a little power. [Erik Scalavino] Perfect change-of-pace back; not afraid to battle inside; decent hands. [Paul Perillo] Quick, elusive third-down back; Good vision, hands, toughness; Reminds me of Dexter McCluster.
Kendall HunterOklahoma State5-71994.5
Notes:[Andy Hart] Not elite speed for size. Keeps feet well. Deceptive power. Good vision. [Erik Scalavino] Jones-Drew-like, but not as fast; ran mostly inside from spread formations. [Paul Perillo] Compact third-down type; Quick and tough, but not as fast as you'd think; Elusive in open field; Shows good vision.
Noel DevineWest Virginia5-71794.34
Notes:[Andy Hart] Explosive and elusive. Video game in open field. Patience hiding behind line. Not a polished receiver. [Erik Scalavino] Think Kevin Faulk, only faster and lighter. [Paul Perillo] Small, fast, home-run hitter; Patient behind blockers; Tough to handle in open field.
Stevan RidleyLSU5-112254.65
Notes:[Andy Hart] Good burst through line. Lacks elite speed. Heavy legs, but keeps them moving. Ball wrong hand. [Erik Scalavino] Tough, mostly inside runner; more suited as a complement than a feature back. [Paul Perillo] Thick, compact, goal-line runner with nice power. Could be short-yardage specialist; Keeps pile moving.
Jamie HarperClemson5-112334.53
Notes:[Andy Hart] Thick, stiff, upright. Decent cuts and vision. Versatile. Patrick Pass?. [Erik Scalavino] Moves well for his size; OK hands. [Paul Perillo] Thick and stiff but shows good agility and quickness; Strong legs; Used effectively as a receiver and showed great hands; Versatile.
Delone CarterSyracuse5-92224.54
Notes:[Andy Hart] Not real quick. One-cut guy. Can pitter patter at times. Good power, build. [Erik Scalavino] Stocky, bowling ball-like runner; keeps his feet moving after contact. [Paul Perillo] Good feet; Takes on tacklers with good pad level; Lacks quickness but moves the pile; Powerful and finds seams.
Allen BradfordUSC5-112424.53
Notes:[Andy Hart] Quick feet for big guy. Nice line burst. Runs upright. Patient with good power. Sammy Morris?. [Erik Scalavino] Patient runner; deceptively quick, shifty; has some power, too; decent hands. [Paul Perillo] Decent speed with thick legs; Runs straight up; Definite power guy; Not shifty; Good hands; Hits hole.
Bilal PowellLouisville5-102074.52
Notes:[Andy Hart] Slow cuts, moves. Bull runner. Runs ugly, wasted motion. Not great speed. [Erik Scalavino] Gets a lot of tough yards after initial contact; runs with authority on every carry; doesn't hesitate; carries ball like Tiki Barber. [Paul Perillo] Runs tougher than size would indicate; Takes on tacklers; Squirts through holes; Not great speed or quickness.
John ClayWisconsin6-12484.67
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Dion LewisPittsburgh5-71954.52
Notes:[Andy Hart] Tiny, but OK power for tiny guy. [Erik Scalavino] 3rd-down back at best. [Paul Perillo] Tiny third-down back; Quick and elusive.
Evan RoysterPenn State6-02124.65
Notes:[Andy Hart] Slows to cut. Heavy legs. Not great burst. [Erik Scalavino] Insert Comments. [Paul Perillo] Not flashy but hits hole reasonbly well; Looks like a plodder.
Da'Rel ScottMaryland5-112114.42
Notes:[Andy Hart] Change of pace guy. Doesn't play to 40. Nothing special. Slows on cuts/contact. [Erik Scalavino] Patient; reads blocks well; good open-field speed; protects the ball. [Paul Perillo] Fast HR-hitter who gets downhill quickly; Bit of a one-trick pony in that he doesn't venture between tackles much.
Anthony AllenGeorgia Tech6-02304.58
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Darren EvansVirginia Tech6-02204.56
Notes:[Andy Hart] Not quick. Heavy legs. Stops feet. Upright. No burst or spark. Blah!. [Erik Scalavino] Kind of a plodder, despite 40-time; fairly elusive, though. [Paul Perillo] Good size but doesn't run like it; Doesn't keep legs moving on contact; Bounces wide too much.
Baron BatchTexas Tech5-92104.51
No footage available
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Graig CooperMiami5-102044.48
No footage available
Armando AllenNotre Dame5-92054.52
No footage available
Keith PayneVirginia6-32554.63
No footage available
John GriffinUMass5-112084.54
No footage available
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FULLBACKS

RankPlayerSchoolHt.Wt.40
1
Charles ClayTulsa6-32454.67
Notes:[Andy Hart] H-back. Pretty good speed and burst. Good hands. Good athlete.. [Erik Scalavino] Reminiscent of Aaron Hernandez; excellent receiver, but questionable blocker. [Paul Perillo] Good receiver, soft hands; Another H-back type who is too small for FB; Ran a variety of patterns at Tulsa.
2
Owen MarecicStanford6-02484.87
Notes:[Andy Hart] True fullback. Runs through blocks and finishes. Better run blocker than pass pro. [Erik Scalavino] Prototypical blocker with good hands; reliable short-yardage carrier. [Paul Perillo] Good blocker; Physical; Good receiver; Intangibles coming out of his pockets.
3
Anthony ShermanUConn5-102424.74
Notes:[Andy Hart] Not a killer blocker. Few catches. Very good HS running back. Pretty versatile. [Erik Scalavino] Punishing blocker, good receiver; nice speed for the position. [Paul Perillo] Solid blocker and battering ram type; Special teams ability.
4
Stanley HaviliUSC6-02274.64
Notes:[Andy Hart] Good receiver. Pretty quick as runner but lacks speed. Willing blocker. [Erik Scalavino] Solid hands and blocking ability. [Paul Perillo] Good hands; Good all-around skills; Not fast but receiving ability gives him H-back potential.
5
Henry HynoskiPittsburgh6-02575.06
Notes:[Andy Hart] True fullback. Not real fluid. Tree stump. Not as powerful as his size would suggest. High on blocks. [Erik Scalavino] Dependable blocker, OK receiver, lumbering runner. [Paul Perillo] Good lead blocker; Hammerin' Hank; Decent hands; Not a great athlete.
THE REST:
PlayerSchoolHt.Wt.40
Shaun ChapasGeorgia6-22474.87
Notes:[Andy Hart] Insert Comments. [Erik Scalavino] Serviceable; nothing elite. [Paul Perillo] Soft hands; Decent blocker; Not great size but has a nose for goal line.
Preston DialAlabama6-32384.83
No footage available
Robert HughesNotre Dame5-112454.72
No footage available
Bubba BartlettCarroll (MT)6-12454.78
No footage available
Brett MorseIowa6-22384.87
No footage available
Vince PascoeFresno State6-1245
No footage available
James McCluskeyBoston College6-22524.78
No footage available
Everette BenjaminCentral Conn. St.6-12284.78
No footage available
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