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2012 Draft
FULLBACKS

Emil Egwenagu 6-1 238 UMass

Combine: DNP

Pro Football  Draft Guide   (as a TE)  Too small to be a full time contributor, but could become a pass-catching weapon.

From nfl.com - Intriguing prospect who never really found a consistent position in college, but contributed as a tight end and could play the role of a hybrid H-back type player in the NFL. Runs well for his size and crafty at getting open, catching the ball, and moving up the field. Not a deep threat and is most productive on short first downs. Could be a late-round flier.

A powerful mover who is tough to bring down once he has the ball. Relies on strength in routes to separate at the last moment and get open. He has a little bit of shake to him once he has the ball, and can overpower tackling linebackers..

Slow / has to rely on his strength when running routes against linebackers. Some concern whether he can match up with more athletic (but similarly strong) NFL linebackers.

ESPN (Scouts, Inc.) - Plays hard. Tough guy mentality / likes to hit. Will catch in traffic and secure ball while getting hit. High motor guy. Carries the ball out away from frame at times and will need to protect the ball better.

Better-than-average blocker. Strapped-up and tough. Has worked in-line, flexed out wide and from the FB position. More natural-looking as an in-line blocker but continues to improve in space. Nice first step when working in-line. Good leverage locks on and typically sustains well. Can improve angles as an ISO blocker. When in position, has strong POA skills. Good initial pop / usually keeps his feet driving after initial contact. "

Limited experience as an inside runner (12 career carries). Adequate initial burst. Some initial pop but must run with better pad level. Vision and patience are decent at best.

Robotic  route runner. Must work on getting in and out of breaks /struggles to get off of press. Quicker than fast. Good body control for size Ball skills are above average for position. Will fight the ball a bit, but is mostly reliable as a short-yardage pass-catcher. Can adjust and pluck on the run. Not much of a weapon after catch. Takes time to get going up the field. Runs hard and will bust through attempted arm tackles.

Rhett Ellison 6047 251 USC

Combine: Forty: 4.88|

Pro Day - His father was a player at USC and played in NFL. Ellison was used as a FB last season but probably will be moved back to tight end in the NFL. He grades out as a third-day selection. He ran 4.75- and 4.81-second 40-yard dashes, had a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-3 broad jump, 4.40-second short shuttle and 7.16-second 3-cone drill. He also worked out in individual drills.

Pro Football  Draft Guide   (as a TE)  His toughness will earn him a roster spot. He should be able to rotate-in at fullback, H-Back or on the line and pitch in on special teams as well.

From nfl.com - Hybrid fullback/tight end benefitting from a light TE class, projecting to be one of the first off the board. A bruiser with a punishing frame/ reliable blocker both inline and out of the backfield. Equally reliable out of backfield and working upfield Will likely be selected in the middle rounds by a team looking for a physical player who can bring a workmanlike attitude to the facility and to special teams.

Quick off the LOS for his size / understands how to stem to avoid jams. Decent route runner who will get covered but can separate at the top of routes. He catches nearly everything in his path and is a very good blocker inline. But not very fast or quick-twitch (evident when running deep routes or working upfield). Labors to move at times and can struggle in hard moves on his routes.

ESPN (Scouts, Inc.) - (Almost all attributes listed here are as a receiver). Average route runner. Not an explosive athlete but fluid getting in and out of stem and creating separation vs. underneath man-coverage. Good balance and strength to ward off contact and get to proper area with routes. Natural feel for soft spots vs. zone coverage. Good instincts / will work to open window if first window is closed.

Natural hands /catches the ball away from frame. Can pull in tough grab down low but lacks the body control and athleticism to consistently make tough catch that's high and away in the strike zone.

As a runner, he has enough top-end speed to factor in down the middle of the field. Not much of a threat after the catch. Shifty / runs hard but lacks elusiveness and won't make many defenders miss in space. "

Tough enough to do the dirty required by the position. Will work the middle of the field and secure the ball in traffic. Takes pride in his assignments and works to execute them.

Bradie Ewing 5116 239 Wisconsin
Combine: Forty: 4.76|

Pro Day - Stood on everything he did at the combine. Did position drills and worked out really well. Hes a very, very good athlete and was considered good enough to be on the basketball team as a walk on.

PFW Scout's candid comment - "I really like Ewing. I interviewed him. He's a former walk-on. He played at about 235 pounds this year. He only ran it once or twice but he played on all the special teams. He's a tough guy. He's as smart as a whip. He's your typical Wisconsin kid. He's built, really thick and can adjust to inside and outside blocks. He brings it."

Pro Football Draft Guide   No write up 

From nfl.com - Another beneficiary of a thin fullback crop ( although there's growing sentiment that the position is being eliminated entirely from NFL offenses). A throwback player -- a block-first guy who will need to be selected by an offense who intends to use him that way, and as a special teams contributor. Wisconsin's special teams player of the year as a senior.

Powerful blocker who hits the hole hard and can dip, sit, and uncoil his hips to explosively block LB.. Has had few carries or catches in his career, but reliable when thrown to. More of a seek-out, engage and stalemate blocker. Quick off the snap for his size and understands how to maximize his opportunities. An NFL-ready player who has played in professional blocking schemes for years at Wisconsin. But wont make any electric plays at the next level. Can block with the same tenacity of fullbacks who have been successful of late in the NFL (i.e. Vonta Leach). A decent athlete but very stiff and straight-line as a runner.

Alfred Morris 5-10   222   Florida Atlantic
PFW - Lacks speed & agility to stay at RB in the pros. A physical competitive inside runner whose aggressin in pass pro , hard-nosed style and outstanding intangibles indicate he could make a successful conversion to FB. Scout's candid comment - "He'll get drafted if he runs faster. He did not go against great competition in the Sun Belt, but he still rushed for more than 1,000 yards. He has that weird build but he runs with good balance and vision. He's a really good blocker. He's played FB and RB. He's a really good football player."
Cody Johnson   5-11   260      Texas
PFW - Thick and muscular with a sturdy trunk. A big RB for Longhorns but best shot to stick in the pros is at FB.  However he is not a blow-up ISO blocker or a sledge-hammer as a short-yaedage back. Tough, hard-working conversion candidate. Scout's candid comment - "Johnson is a short-stepper who tiptoes through holes, but he's a load to bring down."
Chad Diehl   6-1   257   Clemson
PFW - Has outstanding size and the requisite contact-thirsty old skill mentality to willingly bulldoze as a straight-ahead blocker. But was an afterthought on offense and his robotic movement restricts his effectiveness. Will have to impress as a blocker and on ST's. Scout's candid comment - "Got hurt in the Senior Bowl and was sent home with a concussion. He's a great kid - not just a good kid - a great kid. He's just really stiff. He can't hit a moving target in space. In the game I watched, he never had a carry. He actually has good hands - he just barely ever touches the ball."
Ryan Houston   6-1   245   North Carolina
PFW - Thickly built and strong/can move the pile between the tackles. Yet too often did not play to his size and concerns about his blocking and character can make it an uphill battle to win a roster spot in the pros. Scout's candid comment - "Got demoted in place of a freshman. He is big and soft. He freezes in ther hole and tries to dance too much.
Joe Martinek   5-11   211   Rutgers

Pro Day - Martinek ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds both times. He is very, very fast; he ran the first 10 yards of the 40 in 1.5 seconds, or a full tenth of a second faster than Sanu. He recorded a 32-1/2-inch vertical, a 9-8 broad jump, a 4.21-second short shuttle, a 6.87-second three-cone and did 26 strength lifts. He will be a seventh-round pick or priority free agent

PFW - Tough competitive, team-first, try-hard overachieving converted RB with tweener traits.  Best chance is as a West Coast FB.
  Jared Crank   6-2   238     Purdue
No Combine numbers or other published info.

BRS (Gollin) - We know very little about him, but then again, FB's tend to have a very limited job description (i.e "Can he lead block?" Also maybe: "Can he catch out of the backfield?"). Cards are likely to keep only one FB  (his name is Sherman). Crank - who's not all that big at 238 lbs = is more suited to be a place-holder in an expanded 90-man roster.

Walter Mitchell (posting on ASFN) -
2011 stats: 29/106/3.7. Coaches raved about his blocks---and what a great name name for a FB. Cardinals were at the Purdue Pro Day, so they got a good look at him.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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