Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room examines 2022 NFL Draft prospect Jerrion Ealy of Ole Miss, the very definition of a classic scatback for Sunday football.
Jerrion Ealy reminds me of Dave Meggett. No, not David Meggett, Jr., the former prospect from Maryland, but Daddy Meggett, the New York Giants scatback and return specialist during the Parcells-Belichick years.
Like Meggett, Ealy has the acceleration and footwork to make multiple defenders miss in spaces large and small. And like most productive NFL scatbacks, Ealy has the low center of gravity and contact balance to deliver between the tackles often enough that opponents can’t solely key on him as a space player.
This edition of the RSP Boiler Room examines the strengths of Ealy as a downfield receiver, an open-field runner, and a decision-maker between the tackles. On the surface, he’s probably not the next Christian McCaffrey, Austin Ekeler, or D’Andre Swift in terms of early-career production potential, but his skills aren’t that far away. With the right fit, Ealy could out-perform his likely draft capital.
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