Scouts Perspective Draft Preview: RB’s

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In this episode of A Scouts Perspective I am breaking down Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State, Devontae Booker, Utah, Alex Collins, Arkansas, Paul Perkins, UCLA, Derrick Henry, Alabama and Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech.

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT – NOVEMBER 8: Running back Devontae Booker #23 of the Utah Utes stiff arms linebacker Derrick Malone #22 of the Oregon Ducks during the first half of an NCAA football game November 8, 2014 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

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Ezekiel Elliott’s dad, Stacy, played linebacker for the Missouri Tigers and was on the unfortunate end of the infamous “fifth down” play in which Colorado scored a game-winning touchdown (which might not have crossed the goal line) after officials in charge of the down markers failed to mark a play. “Zeke” has had much more success than heartbreak during his athletic career, however. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch High School Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, Elliott also had the speed to win four state titles in track and field (100 meters, 200 meters, 110 high hurdles, and 300 hurdles). He contributed as a reserve in his freshman year in Columbus (30-262, two TD rushing) before hitting it big in 2014, finishing with three straight 200-yard games, including two against Alabama which (scoring six times in those two contests) helped the Buckeyes win the national title. Elliott carried forth the momentum from the end of his honorable mention All-Big Ten sophomore year into 2015, when he received the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award (1,821 yards, 23 TD rushing; 27-206 receiving) and second-team All-American notice from the Associated Press and USA Today. Unfortunately, Ohio State’s home loss to Michigan State on a terrible weather day, in which Elliott received only 15 carries (complaining to the media afterwards about his lack of totes), prevented the team from defending its title in the College Football Playoff. His 149-yard, four touchdown effort against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl put a happy ending on his career, however, allowing him to finish second all-time in rushing yards for the storied Buckeyes program. (Official NFL Combine Bio.)

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  • californy

    I started talking about this player just 2 days ago. The number that stand out for me is 22 TD as a 5th string rb his Rookie year. Could you imagine should he be more of a feature RB at 6-1 210 lbs and 4,45 Speed In kenyan Drake RB from Alabama

    • I am liking Keith Marshall and he has 4.3 speed.

    • The measurables are great for Drake but he doesn’t play like a feature back. he’s a 3rd down option type back. Versatile weapon but a backup option. Elite speed and quickness. He returned kickoffs and could be really valuable there. I have a 4th round grade on Drake.

    • As predicted, there are starting caliber backs available in the 4th round. Devontae Booker, Kenneth Dixon, Alex Collins, Paul Perkins.

  • californy

    Mayock has Drake rated as his fifth-ranked running back in his
    positional rankings. Drake is expected to be taken in the third or
    fourth round in the draft though his stock seems to be on the rise. One
    NFL evaluator told Peter King that Drake had “first-round
    talent.” Drake was hampered by injuries during his Alabama career, but
    has good speed (4.45 40-yard time) and good athleticism.

    I am projecting him as a undrafted RB. That why I mention his name here. RB is a position of Luxury now not necessity