DeDe Westbrook – Oklahoma
WR 6’0″ 180lbs
Even though DeDe Westbrook is six feet tall, he is relatively slight. (I’ve seen him listed anywhere from 170 to 182 pounds.) Westbrook’s primary ability, it should come as no surprise, is his speed. He is very fast both as a route runner and once he has the ball in his hands. He is quick at (and just after) the catch point, which is important because he works a lot of short to intermediate throws. (That’s not to say Westbrook can’t take the top off the defense when he gets a clean release, however.) Continue Reading
Malachi Dupre – LSU WR 6’3″ 195lbs
LSU makes scouting receivers difficult (I suppose that’s the price you pay for rolling out two dynamic running backs.) Gone are the days of Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham.
Christian McCaffrey – Stanford
RB 5’11” 202lbs
You are going to hear McCaffrey compared to names like Danny Woodhead, Rex Birkhead, Peyton Hillis. Those comps are not close; Do not believe them. While McCaffrey is far from a lock to become a starting caliber back in the NFL, he does have the skill and physical attributes to get there.
Joe Mixon – Oklahoma
RB 6’1″ 226lbs
I watched all the film on Mixon I could find. All of it. Including the surveillance video of him knocking out a woman in a restaurant. I wish that was all the tape I needed to see, but I believe that he will end up seeing an NFL field.
Leonard Fournette – Louisiana State
RB 6’0″ 240lbs
The NFL is going to be higher on Fournette than I am. He’s a big, physical back who excels between the tackles. For a man of his size, the speed with which he runs is impressive. Fournette tends to punish defenders with a lowered shoulder, often running through several opponents before he’s brought down. He’s the kind of back that front offices salivate over with visions of Adrian Peterson dancing in their heads.
Dalvin Cook – Florida State
RB 5’10” 210lbs
I see Cook as a guy who has everything I’m looking for in a running back (except size.) He has elite vision, waits for blocks, gets skinny through the hole and then explodes out the other side.
Kareem Hunt – Toledo RB 6’0″ 225lbs
I wasn’t really sure what to expect on Kareem Hunt; thus far, he’s been one of the most polarizing backs in the 2017 class. I’ve heard analysts completely Dismiss him, and I’ve heard others heap on the praise. When something like that happens, it makes me really anxious to take a look and see for myself.
Samaje Perine – Oklahoma
RB 5’11” 237lbs
Perine was in a unique situation in Oklahoma; he split touches with Joe Mixon, one of the most dynamic backs in the 2017 class. He played the compact, inside runner and saw some goal line work, but it’s difficult to tell whether he was limited to this role because of talent around him or his own ability.
D’Onta Foreman – Texas RB 6’1″ 246lbs
D’Onta Foreman is another banger dropped into this year’s class of RBs. He is big (6’1 245) and physical, running mostly between the tackles. He has times where he looks lost in pass protection, but I don’t foresee him being asked to do much in the passing game at the next level. Foreman is not classically fast, but does pick up speed through the hole deceptively well. He won’t break away from the defense, but builds inertia fast enough to produce some chunk runs.
James Conner – Pittsburgh RB 6’2″ 240lbs
James Conner is immense. He looks like a middle linebacker carrying the ball, and he hits like one too, initiating contact at the end of runs. He is primarily a downhill/ north/south runner, and although Conner can catch the ball a little out of the backfield, he needs to be moving forward at the catch point to be productive.