Category: Running Back

  • No-Huddle Series: Boise State RB D.J. Harper

    No-Huddle Series: Boise State RB D.J. Harper

    Once upon a time, D.J. Harper was the lead back in the Boise State offense over Doug Martin. Two ACL injuries later and now finishing his sixth year of eligibility, Harper is entering the NFL Draft. I remember seeing Harper before the injury and there was no doubt he could fly. Most doubt Harper will […]

  • Player B

    Player B

    This time of year I’m marrying NFL Combine data with my tape analysis. I don’t take a close look until now. So today being one of the first days I’m examining the results, I came across something that – at least to the eyeball test – passed muster in a way that confirmed a conclusion […]

  • The Best On-Field RB Prospect No One is Talking About

    The Best On-Field RB Prospect No One is Talking About

    It’s late and I have to write about this prospect because he’s one of the few that generated that “wow” factor for me. Understand, the “wow” factor for me has included players ranging from Matt Forte, Ray Rice, Russell Wilson, and Ahmad Bradshaw to Cedric Peerman, Nate Davis, Trent Edwards, and Bilal Powell. Even if […]

  • Instinct or Practice: Demystifying the Nature of Running Back

    Instinct or Practice: Demystifying the Nature of Running Back

    Is it instinct or practice? Nothing is as simple as it looks. Here’s a 2nd-and-five run by USC running back Silas Redd in the middle of the second quarter against Utah this year that begs the question. Nice run. Some might say Redd demonstrated excellent balance. Others might go further and say it was nice […]

  • Forget Leon Sandcastle

    Forget Leon Sandcastle

    Forget Leon Sandcastle. He’s a joke – albeit a hilarious one. I’ve dug deep into my contacts to unearth a gem. A prospect so good that he will make you wonder if his career will be on par with the all-time greats. In fact, I guarantee it. To give you some context, Bo Jackson was the […]

  • No-Huddle Series: LSU RB Spencer Ware (and 2015 Update)

    No-Huddle Series: LSU RB Spencer Ware (and 2015 Update)

    (Audio of this post’s highlight videos is NSFW) “If I had to take a hit from anybody, it wouldn’t be Spencer Ware. He’s a guy who’s going to put everything into it and fight for that extra yard.” – Josh Dworaczyk, LSU Tackle [Author’s Note: For a look at Ware’s work with the Chiefs, scroll to the […]

  • Emerging Talents: Lamar Miller

    Emerging Talents: Lamar Miller

    Evan Silva termed Miami running back Lamar Miller “the early preseason-buzz MVP.” Understandable. He’s a back whose talents reminded me of two of his University of Miami predecessors: Clinton Portis and Edgerrin James.  The 2012 rookie is earning a lot of encouraging PR from his organization. With Reggie Bush leaving and third-year back Daniel Thomas not […]

  • Senior Bowl: Day Two Skill Player Notables

    Senior Bowl: Day Two Skill Player Notables

    Day Two of the Senior Bowl was packed with observations from both practices. This morning’s report covers wide receivers, quarterbacks, running backs, and tight ends. There are also some thoughts about drills and the Senior Bowl selection process. Plenty of highlights today, most notably a football roundtable with Rotoworld’s Josh Norris, CBS’s Rob Rang, Football […]

  • The Boiler Room: RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford

    The Boiler Room: RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford

    One of the challenges involved with player analysis is to be succinct with delivering the goods. As the author of an annual tome, I’m often a spectacular failure in this respect. I will often study a prospect and see a play unfold that does a great job of encapsulating that player’s skills. When I witness […]

  • Chicken or Egg: RB Stefphon Jefferson or Nevada Scheme?

    Chicken or Egg: RB Stefphon Jefferson or Nevada Scheme?

    Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson declared for the NFL Draft this week. Looking at the numbers, it’s hard to blame him. Although he only had 73 carries as a freshman and sophomore, his junior year blew away all expectations:  375 carries and 397 total touches 5.0 yards-per-carry average 1883 yards rushing 2053 yards from scrimmage […]