Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room showcases a conceptually and technically sound stand-up block of a defensive lineman by Georgia Southern running back Wesley Fields, a 2019 NFL Draft prospect.
Running backs are the shooting guards of the NBA. You can find a running back off the street, put him into an NFL lineup, and he’s likely to earn what the line gives him. What separates running backs with NFL talent from players who make NFL rosters is what they can do without the ball in their hands.
Pass protection is an essential component of a running back’s overall game. When a college player can effectively block an NFL-sized linebacker or defensive end, it’s a promising sign.
Wesley Fields displays this skill against a defensive tackle running a twist. Fields does everything you want to see form a running back in this situation: He reads the twist, knows how to set a proper angle of approach, and executes the attack with a sound punch and placement of his hands.
There are NFL running backs who wouldn’t handle this situation as well as Fields. This doesn’t make Fields a top running back prospect. There’s a lot more to watch of him. However, I’ve seen enough to believe he could earn an invitation to a college all-star game and additional looks from scouts.
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