Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room No.209: RB Trey Sermon’s (Oklahoma) Curvilinear Movement


Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room examines the curvilinear movement and lower-body mobility of Oklahoma’s Trey Sermon, a running back prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Sean Myszka is a movement and skill acquisition coach. He often uses the term “curvilinear” to describe the movement of football players. Without getting too technical, think of a street motorcycle cornering a hairpin turn as an example of curvilinear movement.

We often linking “cutting” with a running back’s change of direction. However, there are runners who are particularly good at “cornering,” or executing curvilinear movements. Dalvin Cook is one — and his style confused those who leaned on NFL Combine data because it didn’t accurately match the positives of Cook’s running style.

James Wilder, Jr., another former FSU back who led the CFL in rushing last year, is another runner with curvilinear skills.  Although I haven’t performed an in-depth study of body types in connection with curvilinear movement in running backs, it appears that height and weight don’t play a part with the movement style. Cook is 6’0″, 209 pounds and Wilder is 6’2″, 227 pounds. Rams runner Darrell Henderson is 5’9″, 200 pounds and also a curvilinear mover.

The latest viable NFL prospect at the position with a curvilinear movement style is 6’0″, 224-pound Oklahoma runner Trey Sermon. In this episode of the RSP Boiler Room, we examine a handful of plays that highlight Sermon’s mobility and movement. As I continue delving into the subject of archetypes for the position, curvilinear movers are a prominent type deserving of greater study.

For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), pre-order the 2020  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for a discounted price of $19.95 during the early-bird period of Thursday, December 5th through Friday, December 27th.  

If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2019 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.  

Best, yet, 10 percent of every sale is set aside until the RSP has reached its annual goal of donating $5,000 Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse. 

Categories: 2020 NFL Draft, Matt Waldman, Players, Running Back, The Boiler RoomTags: , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: