The DFW 2016 NFL Rookie Fantasy Football GuideDFW is proud to release the 2016 edition of The Warehouse 2016 NFL Rookie Fantasy Football Guide: 122 players, 52,012 words and 100+ hours of research and analysis boiled down for your NFL draft day enjoyment, with a ton of information and analysis distilled for dynasty rookie and 2016 redraft domination. The guide includes: key notes for every player on their background, main statistics, strengths and weaknesses, and a synopsis of their Combine performance, their draft location (or location if signed as a free agent) with 2016 Outlook. You will find this to be an extremely valuable source of information and a super enjoyable read, get the guide as part of your DFW Insider Membership by signing up here. Please enjoy! [Please note that we are releasing new rookies daily and adding them to this centralized database of players and updates will happen again after the NFL draft]





* In Alphabetical Order


DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Devontae Booker

RB Devontae Booker – Senior / 5-10 / 219 – UTAH

  • Highly productive player at every level (High School, Junior College, Division I), had 4,734 yards and 81 touchdowns in final two years of high school (WOW!)
  • Every down back (averaged 28 touches per game in his two years at Utah); ranked 3rd in the nation in plays from scrimmage in 2014, and 9th in 2015
  • Produced 100+ rushing yards in seven games each season (2014, 2015)
  • Very capable of contributing in the passing game; averaged nearly 4 receptions per game at Utah
  • Experienced success against top-ranked rushing defenses in 2015; 124 total yards, 1 touchdown v. Michigan (16th), 132 total yards, 2 touchdowns v. Arizona State (20th)
  • Displays excellent patience and vision
  • Great change of pace in the hole
  • Lowers pad level upon contact
  • Good forward lean as he goes to the ground; results in positive gains after contact
  • Good change of direction and decision making in the open field
  • Average height, weight, speed – wins with patience, decision making, quick feet, and strength
  • Tape does not show elite speed, which may limit his ability for long runs
  • Age is a concern relative to other prospects; Booker will be 24 years old in his rookie season (took a year off of football in 2013 for academic reasons)
  • Adequate in pass protection, but room for improvement
  • High usage at every level provides significant experience and production, but also may limit the length of his career
  • Fumbles are a concern with six fumbles in 10 games played in 2015
  • Suffered a torn meniscus in his knee; missed the final four games in 2015 (has otherwise been durable)
  • Transferred to Utah after two years in Junior College
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Booker was not able to participate in on field drills at the combine due to his late season knee injury. He did complete the weigh in and bench press (22 reps), and measured competitively in both areas. Booker hopes to participate in Utah’s March 24th Pro Day, but may need to host a workout in April if he is not able to go. Booker is not expected to run a fast Forty-time, but a time in the 4.5 range would benefit his draft stock due to concerns about his long speed.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 4th Round (4.38), Denver Broncos
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Despite Denver matching Miami’s offer sheet for C.J. Anderson (four years, $18 million) and resigning Ronnie Hillman, the team drafted Booker in the fourth round.  Following the draft, the team claimed they had Booker as the second-rated RB on their board.  Booker has shown enough to push for playing time this season, but how will the team distribute the carries?  Booker is similar to Anderson, but has better hands in the receiving game.  Also, Anderson has not been a consistently effective primary RB thus far.  If Booker can stay healthy, he could make a case for RB1 duties by the end of the season.  Dynasty owners should look to add Booker near the end of the first round.






RB Tra Carson – Redshirt Senior / 6-1 / 227 – TEXAS A&M

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  • At 5’11 and nearly 230 lbs, Carson is a bruising back with just enough burst to get through the hole and get to the next level
  • Interior grinder who is tough and physical — who will look for contact and seems to almost thrive on being the one to deliver the hit, as opposed to taking it
  • Bruising style limits his potential — will probably only be useful in short-yardage and goal-to-go situations at the next level
  • Has some quick acceleration for a back his size but is not a fast runner by any stretch
  • Though not considered an overly-versatile back, Carson does possess some pass-catching ability (totaling 29 receptions for 183 yards in 2015)
  • Does appear to be a back that you can leave in on passing downs to protect your quarterback, which will add some to his value at the next level
  • Does not have the top-end speed to be a “home-run hitter”
  • Carson is a straight-line runner, needing to slow down and think before making any lateral cuts — not a back that is going to make many miss in the open field
  • Averaged a relatively mediocre 4.9 YPC over his college career
  • Averaged a brutal 3.8 YPC against AP-ranked teams in 2015 (on 82 attempts; versus 4.8 for the season – Carson had a similar drop-off in preceding seasons as well against top talent)
  • Totaled just 20 career TDs on 473 rushing attempts
  • Can be described as a far less-talented Jeremy Hill (in terms of size and running style)
  • Carson originally played at Oregon before transferring to A&M (and sitting a year)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Carson was forced to miss the Combine die to a bone spur issue in his foot. The good news for Carson though is he showed that he can trim down, getting down to 227 lbs at the Combine weigh-in (he was listed at 240 lbs in college and he looked it). Carson did participate in the Bench Press but only did 19 reps, 13th for his position and not overly-spectacular given his size. Overall, Carson is probably a 6th-7th round pick at best, and most likely an UDFA who sticks with a team who needs his physicality.
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: A big-bodied runner with some explosiveness, Carson unfortunately went undrafted and is currently unsigned by any NFL team as well.  Should he land in the right situation he could have a chance at production since he is a stout lad with passing game skills.  Still, he’s a longshot to make an NFL roster, much less a fantasy roster.





DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Alex Collins

RB Alex Collins – Senior / 5-10 / 217 – ARKANSAS

  • Despite playing in the superior SEC, Collins averaged 5.7 YPC through his three seasons with Arkansas in a tandem with Jonathan Williams
  • North-South downhill runner who quickly hits his top speed to bust through the line
  • Punishing runner that doesn’t shy away from hits and churns to pick up extra yardage
  • Has very quick feet and Collins displays good vision to make cuts and find his way through the defense
  • Possesses an exceptional jump cut
  • Extremely effective around the end-zone and Collins leaves with the 3rd-most all-time touchdowns in school history with 36 scores
  • Excels in pad and knee placement always making sure to lean forward
  • Backs up Darren McFadden in second-most all-time rushing yards in school history with 3,703 rushing yards and Collins boasts an impressive 17 games with 100 yards or more rushing
  • Not overly-used in the passing game in college, averaging just 0.7 receptions per game over his college career (while he averaged 18 rushing attempts per game)
  • Ball security may drive down his draft stock as he lost 9/17 fumbles
  • Needs to improve in pass protection in squaring up to his opponent rather than blocking with his shoulder
  • Joins Herschel Walker and Darren McFadden as one of the only three RBs to post three seasons of 1000+ rushing yards
  • Has drawn comparison to Chris Ivory and Karlos Williams due to his quick cuts and punishing style
  • Collins was the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2013
  • Collins was the top-ranked running back in the country coming out of high school according to 247Sports
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Collins turned in a somewhat disappointing Combine performance beginning with a 4.59 Forty time, a Vertical Jump of 28 ½ in, and just a 9″ Broad Jump. Collins did not participate in the agility drills in the Combine. Somewhat surprisingly, Collins chose not to do the agility drills at the March 16th Arkansas’ Pro Day either.  Collins said he and scouts seemed okay with his Forty-time and Collins wanted to spotlight his pass-catching skills and show he can do a better Vertical Jump. Collins added four inches to his Vertical Jump and didn’t drop any balls in receiving drills.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 5th (171 overall)
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Collins enters a crowded stable of varied RB talent in Seattle. The incumbent is Thomas Rawls who is coming off a broken ankle he suffered in early December. Rawls presents a lot of power and some very similar traits to those of Collins. The Seahawks also chose Collins’s polar opposite (C.J. Prosise) in round three. Prosise is a space slicer who is a converted WR. Yet, if draft position determines the depth chart Prosise would likely see the snap majority over Collins who lacks concrete pass catching production. Collins will need an injury or some major ineffectiveness to see any substantial productivity as a rookie. His talent is very real and the Seattle scheme seems like a good spot for Collins to flourish. You need major patience with Collins 2016. But the reward could be greater than his draft position eventually.



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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Marshaun Coprich

RB Marshaun Coprich – Senior / 5-8 / 207 – ILLINOIS STATE

  • Lower-level back who was ultra-productive during his four years at Illinois State, racking up more than 5,100 yards for his career and 59 touchdowns on the ground (plus adding 33 receptions and touchdown in the receiving game)
  • Ran for well over 2,000 yards in his junior season, and fell only 33 yards short of reaching the 2,000-yard plateau again in his senior season
  • Hit the 200-yard rushing mark four times in 2015
  • While incredibly productive, his production came largely against lesser competition, playing in the FCS division — in his one game against and FBS opponent (Iowa, 2015) Coprich struggled, only tallying 32 yards on 13 carries
  • Has a surprising amount of speed for a back with his frame with enough burst to break away from would-be tacklers when he reaches the defense’s second level
  • Despite being 207 lbs, Coprich has the potential to be an every-down back
  • Gets lost behind his offensive linemen due to his short stature, and uses that to his full advantage with excellent vision to find the hole and when to bounce runs outside
  • Smooth hips and displays impressive moves and jump-cuts to make defenders miss
  • Shows tremendous burst and has solid long speed to take it the distance once past the defenders
  • Was a contributor on special teams during his career at Illinois State, which will help his cause at the next level, as he’ll likely have to contribute in that phase to stick with a team early in his career
  • Is often-times too quick to make a cut, not selling the defense on a direction in order to open up a cutback lane
  • Most likely does not have quite enough strength yet to stand up to NFL-caliber tacklers, and will need to put in significant work in the weight room
  • Takes on defenders but doesn’t display a lot of strength to finish runs and will also need to learn to better avoid big hits to survive at the NFL level
  • Ball security is a mild concern (11 career fumbles, 6 lost)
  • Coprich does enter the NFL with a lot of mileage having carries a heavy college workload (927 career carries, 681 in last two seasons)
  • Two-time FCS first-team All-America selection
  • Will draw poor-man Maurice Jones-Drew comparisons
  • Character issues will be a large hurdle for Coprich to clear going into the draft — Coprich nearly missed his senior season (and will still be on probation during the draft) for attempting to sell marijuana to an undercover officer (a felony charge of 30 grams of marijuana); Coprich took a plea deal to reduce the punishment to community service and participate in a first-time offender program
  • COMBINE UPDATE: The big highlight for Coprich at the Combine was a strong 4.47 second time in the Forty-Yard dash (tied for a 5th-best among this year’s running backs). Coprish also validated his quick burst with a 1.54 second time in the 10-Yard-Split. The down side for Coprich were poor times in many of the athletic drills (with poor results in the Broad Jump, 3-Cone and Short Shuttle events). Coprich also measured in with both small hands and short arms. At his Pro Day, Coprich again showed off his speed, improving his Forty-time to 4.38 seconds and added 4” to his Vertical Jump to 38”. Coprich also got good marks in receiving drills, something he didn’t do a ton of in college. Despite his marijuana felony conviction, Coprich is on the draft radar and will get selected somewhere in Day 3 and has some sleeper upside.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: Undrafted. Signed by the New York Giants
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 6th/7th round pick
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Coprich offers the Giants something they don’t currently have. A player that can run up the middle and make you miss. Basically, he is Shane Vereen and Andre Williams all in one package…except that package is only 5’8″. We have seen smaller backs excel before and Coprich could be next in that lineage. He should see some playing time in 2016 if he is able to crack the top 53.




DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Kenneth Dixon

RB Kenneth Dixon – Senior / 5-10 / 215 – LOUISIANA TECH

  • Super dual-threat coming out of the backfield
  • Should get an opportunity to be a three-down player in the NFL
  • While a little light, Dixon has near ideal running back size (ideal height and fluid movement)
  • Never got overwhelmed or frustrated even versus power five opponents
  • Dixon plays with heart and determination and no one will ever question his character
  • Excellent vision and precise nose for the sticks
  • Displays patience running the ball and after the catch
  • He shows a relentless motor no matter the opponent or score
  • College production is gaudy and Dixo  is a top 30 player in this year’s draft
  • Very pro ready and Dixon understands the subtleties of the running back position
  • Has drawn Tiki Barber to Edgerrin James comparisons
  • Led the nation as a freshman with 28 touchdowns and scored a ridiculous 87 TDs over his collegiate career
  • Gained nearly 4,500 yards on the ground in 47 college games
  • Caught 30 balls in each of his last two college seasons and had at least one receiving touchdown in every season
  • Averaged 12.8 yards per catch as a Junior and 14.8 YPC as Senior, tremendously high numbers for a college back
  • Dixon is second all-time in FBS history for touchdowns scored with 87
  • Played mostly versus inferior competition in the Sun Belt
  • Leg and knee injuries in college that slowed down some of his production but Dixon ended his career at LA Tech strong
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Dixon’s 4.58 Forty-Time was not among the top RBs but it certainly was not slow or concerning. His 10.1 Broad Jump should squash any doubts about his ability to gain yards after contact or excel at the second and third levels. Dixon’s 6.97 time in the Three-Cone drill was 3rd-best amongst RBs and scouts will take that to the war room as agility justification. His 37.5” Vertical says a lot about his athletic explosion. His 20- and 60-yard shuttles also placed well and Dixon left the Combine as a top five back, and potentially the third back off the board in the 2016 draft.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 4th Round (134 overall)
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Several bodies litter the Raven RB depth chart but we believe in Dixon has he most talent. This season will probably start with Justin Forsett as RB1. Meanwhile Buck Allen will be relegated to third down duties. We expect Dixon to see a couple of series per game early on. That way Baltimore can gauge his performance and figure out how to use him moving forward. If he lights up the preseason, no in-season training wheels will be needed and Forsett find himself without a helmet or a team. Eventually we see Dixon as a top ten PPR RB for a solid three to five seasons. Dixon’s versatility can very similar to that of Ray Rice and Matt Forte. That will be evidenced by his Fantasy production. Be happy with an amuse bouche of 500 combined yards as a rookie.




DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Kenyan Drake

RB Kenyan Drake – Senior / 6-1 / 210 – ALABAMA

  • Elusive, all-purpose weapon that works best out in space
  • Averaged impressive 6.4 yards per carry and 12.4 yards per reception throughout his four seasons at Alabama (Alabama offensive line though dominant and defenses beaten down by Derrick Henry)
  • Had just 279 total touches throughout entire college career (233 rush and 46 receiving), so with lots of tread left and after having to take a back seat to Derrick Henry
  • Shows quick feet and explosive cuts to pair with excellent lateral agility.
  • Great burst and acceleration for shooting through open lanes and flashy stop/start evasive maneuvers
  • Showed his versatility in 2015 while lining up at receiver (29 receptions) and taking over kick return and even kick coverage duties
  • Averaged 26.6 yards in kick returns including an explosive 95-yard touchdown in the National Championship
  • Alabama OC Lane Kiffin called him “the closest talent he’s had to a Reggie Bush-like weapon”
  • Not enough power to be as effective between the tackles, yet does well to churn legs through contact to fight for more yardage
  • Has the tendency to want to break everything to the outside
  • Runs without discipline or patience, looks sometimes jittery and indecisive when not given a lane
  • At 6’1″, is taller than the ideal size for a RB and has a very lean lower body
  • Runs with a high pad level which could expose him to big hits at the next level
  • Adequate awareness in pass protection but needs refinement in blocking technique
  • Struggles with fumbling, averaging 1 lost fumble per every 40 touches at Alabama
  • Forced out of most of the 2014 season with a gruesome leg injury and missed two games in 2015 with a fractured arm
  • Drake brings vast amount of difference in grades from draft evaluators, including one anonymous scout who says he is a first round talent
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Drake was the only running back at this year’s Combine to rank in the top-10 in the Forty-Yard-Dash (4.45 sec.), Vertical Jump (34.5″), Broad Jump (123″), 3-Cone drill (7.04 sec.), and 20-Yard Shuttle (4.21 sec.), further displaying his speed and explosiveness as he moves further away from that horrific knee injury in 2014. The hype continues to build for Drake, who doesn’t have the stature or strength to be an every down back but can still be featured as a specialized weapon in a Theo Riddick or Charles Sims-type role. He is a potential home run threat with every touch and the team that drafts him will want him on the field to exploit that ability as long as he can limit his fumbles.
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD




DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Ezekiel Elliott

RB Ezekiel Elliott – Junior / 6-0 / 225 – OHIO STATE

  • Displays elite vision and is decisive when making a cut
  • Can change directions without losing momentum
  • Possesses a deadly jump-cut, allowing him to evade would-be tacklers
  • Shows enough speed to outrun pursuing defenders when bouncing runs to the outside
  • Runs with good pad level and always seems to be leaning forward
  • Fights for every yard with a relentless leg drive and competitive fire
  • Unafraid of contact and usually finishes runs with a blow to the defender
  • Has a good build to withstand the rigors of an NFL season at the RB position
  • Utilizes his blockers well and has an innate feel for how to set up blocks for maximum impact
  • Despite his penchant for taking on defenders, he has excellent ball security (four fumbles in his three years at OSU)
  • Effective as a receiver out of the backfield and has above-average hands (dropped just three of 55 catchable balls the last two seasons)
  • Averaged an impressive 6.7 YPC over his collegiate career on 592 rushing attempts
  • Enters the NFL draft with a high number of touches (more than 600 the last two seasons)
  • While his physical running style can be a benefit, it also opens him open to big hits from defenders and will sometimes take unnecessary punishment
  • Pass routes could be a bit better and needs to work on technique as a pass blocker
  • Concerns about his maturity and negative locker room presence have arose since the end of the 2015 season and sources indicate he did not interview well at the NFL Combine
  • Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2015
  • Set Big Ten season records in 2015 for: Rushing Yards (1,821), Rushing TDs (23), Yards from Scrimmage (2,077) and TDs from Scrimmage (23)
  • Won four state high school titles as senior in track and field (100 meters, 200 meters, 110 high hurdles, 300 hurdles)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Elliott’s Combine was just average with the exception of a top-five time in the Forty (4.47 seconds), but it solidified the belief he is the most polished prospect entering the NFL Draft at the RB position. Elliott should be a three-down RB in the NFL and has the ceiling to be a Pro Bowl caliber player. Elliott seems destined to be an early first-round selection in the NFL Draft and is a good bet to go #1 overall in rookie dynasty drafts. Elliott has elite RB upside.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 1st Round (1.04), Dallas Cowboys
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: First, likely #1 overall
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Sometimes these things just write themselves.  Dallas took Elliott at #4 overall and he instantly becomes a three-down RB and near-consensus #1 overall pick in rookie drafts.  Elliott probably goes no later than the second round in redraft leagues.  Combine arguably the best O-Line in the NFL with a RB who might be better than DeMarco Murray was in 2014 (just 1,845 yards and 13 TDs along with 57-416 receiving).  Take Elliott at 1.01 and plug him in for the next seven years.






RB Tyler Ervin – 5th-Year Senior / 5-10 / 192 – SAN JOSE STATE

  • Small and lean for the running back position, making Ervin likely more of a complementary back at the next level (has drawn Darren Sproles comparisons by some, but Andre Ellington or Dion Lewis is more accurate)
  • Quick block reader who is decisive and gets to his top speed instantly and hits the hole quickly, but lacks ideal power due to his smaller stature
  • Ervin possesses fantastic speed and he is a tremendous athlete
  • Smart runner who avoids punishing hits
  • Versatile back who also lined up as a slot receiver (Ervin had 87 career receptions in college and had the second most receptions on the team in 2015 with 45)
  • Totaled 339 plays from scrimmage in 2015, the 3rd-most in the nation
  • Can be pushed around by defenders at times but doesn’t back down from pass protection
  • Suffered a season-ending foot injury during the first game of 2013 but has had no other injuries since then
  • Doubled his rushing attempts and yards between 2014 and 2015, including shredding Fresno State with 42 carries for 300 yards and 3 TDs and followed that up with 27-160-1 at Auburn the following week in 2015
  • Leaves San Jose State as the school’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards at 5,960 (2,803 rushing, 783 receiving, 2,374 on kick-off returns and 186 on punt returns)
  • Averaged a solid 5.3 yards rushing per attempt over his collegiate career
  • Excelled in kickoff returns leading to school career records in career kickoffs returned, kickoff return yards with three kickoff returns for a TD (his special team potential will give his some added boost on draft boards) – Ervin averaged 23.9 yards per kickoff return in 2015, 6th-best in the nation
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Ervin entered the Combine as one of the most versatile backs in this year’s class and didn’t disappoint — Ervin had an exceptional Combine performance. He posted the 2nd-fastest time in the Forty (4.41), tied for 2nd-longest Broad Jump with Derrick Henry at 10’10,” and Ervin had the 2nd-best Vertical Jump at 39.” Ervin boosted himself up draftboards some with his performances. Ervin also had talked about wanting to add muscle before the Combine to dispel concerns on his size and was able to get up to 192 pounds (after being listed at 177 pounds at San Jose State). Ervin tweaked his calf toward the end of the Combine but is expected to be at the San Jose State Pro Day slated for March 16th. Pending draft spot, Ervin has a chance to land in the 3rd rounds of rookie dynasty drafts.
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD



Josh Ferguson

DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Josh Ferguson

RB Josh Ferguson – 5th-Year Senior / 5-9 / 198 – ILLINOIS

  • Possesses tremendous open-field shake-and-bake moves with quick feet, Ferguson is a very creative runner
  • Changes direction well and has punt-returning type vision
  • Sets up defenders well and able to make the first defender miss
  • Has a good first step and gets up the field extremely quickly
  • Tremendous receiving skills out of the backfield, leaving college with 168 receptions (a huge number for a college back), a Illinois school record
  • Adjusts to bad throws well, catches the ball well in motion and Ferguson has soft hands as a receiver (makes it look easy)
  • Played a lot out of shotgun formations (which is how we would likely be best-used at the next level as a 3rd-down and receiving back)
  • Ended 2015 as the only active FBS player with 2,500+ rush & 1,500+ receiving yards in his collegiate career
  • Vocal on the field and works to fire up teammates as a leader, Ferguson was an Illinois’ team captain in 2015
  • Does not possess “a 2nd-gear” and lacks elite top-end speed
  • Has had fumbling issues — Ferguson had six times on just 145 carries in 2014
  • Struggled against elite competition, with his yards-per-carry dropping from 5.5 overall to 3.4 against AP-Ranked teams in 2015
  • Never had a 1,000-yard rushing season in his collegiate career (often used in tandem with another back, which is how he will be used at the next level)
  • Some injury concerns, in addition to a season-ending hamstring injury in 2011 Ferguson missed time in 2015 due to a shoulder injury (and with his size these type of injuries are at a greater risk)
  • Ferguson got a fifth-year medical hardship waiver despite playing three games in 2011 (he missed the rest of the 2011 season due to a hamstring injury)
  • Will draw Giovani Bernard comparisons (although Bernard has about ten pounds on Ferguson)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Ferguson had a solid Combine, in particular showing up well in the Forty with a 4.48 time and 21 Bench Press reps (a solid number for a player his size). Ferguson measured with 9” hands and he’s had fumbling issues in college. Ferguson will likely be a Day Three pick but he has the skills to instantly contribute to an offense in the passing game out of the backfield.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: UNDRAFTED, Signed by the Indianapolis Colts
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Although Ferguson went undrafted, he has some fantasy and dynasty cache playing for the Colts. For one, their depth their is nearly non-existent after Frank Gore. Ferguson very well carve out a role in 2016 in the passing game (where he excels). Andrew Luck has shown a penchant for targeting his running back on dump offs and quick slants in the red zone.






RB Aaron Green– Senior / 5-10 / 202 – TCU

  • Shifty North-South runner with a smooth shift to the next gear
  • Quick and balanced on his feet with the ability to cut laterally on a dime and make defenders miss gaining crucial yardage
  • Double threat as a runner and pass catcher (Green had a receiving touchdown every year in college)
  • Excellent ball control with only three fumbles through 50 games played in college
  • Did not play the 2012 season due to transfer ineligibility from Nebraska to TCU
  • Posted solid outings against teams like Oregon (25-101-1) and Oklahoma State (24-97-1) in 2015 will help his draft stock
  • Needs improvement in route-running, but will hit the line of scrimmage with a plan and will fight for every yard
  • Lacks elite speed and size to be used in all three downs
  • Lacks ideal size for RB position often knocked to his feet as a blocker
  • Has difficulties gaining yardage after first contact and lacks elite downfield speed
  • Not strong between the tackles or through congested areas
  • Has shown proficiency up the middle and as a slot receiver, but sometimes gets caught with tunnel vision at the line of scrimmage
  • Led TCU with 922 yards earning second team All-BIG 12 honors in 2014 and improved in 2015 with 1,272 yards and 11 TDS for All-BIG 12 Honorable Mention honors
  • Rivals and Scout.com listed Green among the nation’s top 10 running backs coming out of high school Arguably more of a “game-manager” type of quarterback
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Green was not invited to the Combine but most expect Green to get drafted in the late rounds and he was invited to the Senior Bowl where he collected 38 yards on seven carries.
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Green has a chance to win the backup job to Todd Gurley. He could be a third down back if he proves adequate in pass pro during training camp. He will fight for an active roster spot with second year man Malcolm Brown. If you own Gurley no one would blame you for grabbing Green late as deep insurance. Although his skill set is dynamic he lacks between-the-tackles toughness. He could gain himself a roster spots as return specialist and that may possibly toughen him up. If you get 20 rookie receptions from him consider that a building block, albeit a less than solid one.




DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Derrick Henry

RB Derrick Henry – Junior / 6-3 / 247 – ALABAMA

  • Large, behemoth of a runner with freak athleticism
  • A true workhorse running back — Henry averaged 27 touches per game in 2015 and never showed signs of wearing down or tiring
  • Relentless near the goal line, amassing 45 total touchdowns in college and an astonishing 153 touchdowns while in high school
  • Makes great initial reads off blocks to make a single cut then heads north/south
  • Equipped with devastating power and lean to fall for extra yards after contact
  • Forces many missed tackles using long strides and deceptive speed to outrun pursuit angles
  • Excellent ball security — only lost 4 fumbles while at Alabama on 619 touches
  • While not heavily-used in the passing game, Henry was a force when catching screen passes out in space and squaring up with smaller defenders on the outside that want no part of trying to take him down
  • Shows good vision to follow blocks and set up defenders at the second and third levels.
  • Has the characteristics and skills to be successful in any running scheme
  • Even against top-ranked teams, Henry was effective averaging 5.9 YPC in 2015 against AP-ranked teams
  • Played as a true freshman for Alabama even after breaking his leg in spring training
  • At 6’3″ and 247 pounds, he is much larger than the ideal size for a running back but Henry has much more speed and explosiveness than other backs of comparable size
  • Hasn’t shown the ability to break through as many well-formed tackles as you would like to see from a back his size
  • Lacks balance and change of direction to create on his own when the play breaks down
  • Needs room to accelerate up to top speed
  • With small hands (8 1/2″) and only 17 catches in his entire collegiate career, there is worry about how productive he can be in the passing game out of the backfield
  • Inconsistent awareness in the few times used in pass blocking but showed the ability to hold up technically and physically against blitzing linebackers
  • Will benefit greatly to go to a team that can control a game and will use him as the workhorse to impose their will on defenses
  • Leaves Alabama with the single season rushing record (2,219 yards) in the SEC and decorated with the Heisman, Doak Walker, Maxwell, and Walter Camp awards
  • Led the Crimson Tide to a National Championship with 167 yards and 3 touchdowns in his final game
  • Graduated high school a year early as the 2012 Maxwell Club High School Player of the Year and the record holder for career rushing yards (12,124)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Henry will extend the list of Alabama running backs drafted high to five in the last six drafts, joining T.J. Yeldon (2015; 2nd round), Eddie Lacy (2013; 2nd round), Trent Richardson (2012; 1st round), and Mark Ingram (2011; 1st round). There was some concern with Henry’s unusual size (along with the some of the misses at running back from Alabama) but a 4.54 Forty-Yard Dash, 37″ Vertical Jump, and 130″ Broad Jump at the Combine prove that comparisons to Brandon Jacobs or LaGarrette Blount do not do justice for what Henry will bring to the NFL this year. Henry was incredible in drills, especially for his size. A 4.54 Forty at his size is almost unheard of, while Henry was tied for second in the Broad Jump. Henry followed that up with a solid Alabama Pro Day, where he stepped in as a receiver as the throwing events didn’t have enough wide receivers. Scouts on hand were reportedly very impressed with how Henry stepped in and how well his route-running ability was (something he didn’t do a lot of at Alabama). Henry not only solidified his draft day stock but improved it with truly exceptional workouts.
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD





DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Jordan Howard

RB Jordan Howard – Junior / 6-0 / 230 – INDIANA

  • Started his collegiate career at UAB, then was forced to transfer (ultimately to Indiana) after UAB disbanded their football program (and was as such granted immediate transfer eligibility so never red-shirted)
  • Howard’s level of play increased along with the increase in competition at Indiana, as he stepped right into a Big 10 schedule and produced over 1,200 yards and 9 touchdowns (and All-Big Ten honors last year)
  • Thick build — at 6′ and 230 lbs, Howard employs a bruising running style, opting to run over you than around you
  • Show very nice vision to choose the correct hole or crease to gain yardage
  • Pro ready and workhorse potential — in the six games where Howard received 20 or more touches he averaged a stout 5 yards per game (including a 238-yard effort against Michigan)
  • Howard is confident in his decision making and takes what is given, will see a hole and accelerate, running north-south with conviction
  • Seeks out would-be tacklers and often a punishing back them
  • Howard has the strength needed to break tackles and get to the next level
  • Howard’s size should lend well at the next level especially in short yardage and goal line situations where he can take advantage of his bruising running style and good vision
  • Howard held how own against AP-ranked teams last year, averaging 6.4 YPC on 82 attempts with 6 total touchdowns
  • Seldom used in the passing game, so will likely not be an option on third downs at the next level as a pass catcher
  • Plays with an upright running style, which could lead to some injury concerns when he plays against significantly larger and more athletic talent in the NFL
  • Lacks elite, sudden movements
  • Doesn’t show the ability to shift into another gear once in the next level to pull away from quicker corners and safeties and can be caught from behind in the open field
  • Howard’s college workload could work against him some as he already has well over 600 carries on him and some have questioned his ultimate lifespan
  • Note: Howard underwent (minor) surgery for a knee injury in November but claims to be 100 percent healthy
  • Howard set a single-season school record with 1,587 rushing yards in 2014 for at Alabama-Birmingham
  • Will draw a younger-version of LeGarrette Blount
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Howard went to the Combine but opted to participate in just a handful of events, but didn’t run the Forty. He did run it at the Indiana Pro Day and turned in a solid 4.5o time. He also really struggled catching the ball during positional drills as he couldn’t track the deep pass and had a number of throws bounce off his hands. Howard though will be an interesting dynasty pick pending where he lands. He is not a back likely to contribute much in the passing game but is pro-ready and could contribute running the back quickly.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 5th Round (5.11), Chicago Bears
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Howard could be seen as a buzz-kill for excited Jeremy Langford owners this offseason but his skill set is far from what former RB Matt Forte boasted for a long time in that offense.  Howard is a bruiser but is not a natural pass catcher and has to improve his pass protection.  I think it’ll be a year or two before he garners a significant role.  I could see him playing a 2-down role with Langford paying the COP back eventually but I wouldn’t expect that real soon.



Darius Jackson

DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Darius Jackson

RB Darius Jackson – Senior / 6-1 / 220 – EASTERN MICHIGAN

  • Selected as a Doak Walker Award Candidate in 2015 (not a finalist)
  • Great size to be an every-down back
  • Tremendous athlete — Jackson once broad jumped 11 feet in high school and was a star baseball (centerfielder), basketball and football player in high school
  • Has a good stutter-step to set up defenders and plants quickly
  • Runs hard, constantly looks to get up-field with good vision
  • Big enough to punish smaller defenders, which Jackson will do
  • Explodes through the hole and Jackson is plenty capable of taking the ball the distance and hitting a home run
  • With 41 receptions over the last two seasons, Jackson at least has the potential to be a three-down player as a later round flyer
  • Had success with deeper routes as well out of the backfield, with many of his targets being not just check-offs
  • Gets very good marks from coaches on being a humble, hard-working player
  • Not a return man, but Jackson contributed on special teams in college (as a blocker) and that should help his odds in the pros
  • Jackson set the Eastern Michigan record in 2015 with 16 total touchdowns
  • Often played out of a spread
  • Lacks obvious playing time against much elite competition (but same could be said for Thomas Rawks out of Central Michigan last year)
  • Held his own okay in a match-up at LSU where Eastern Michigan of course got pounded (44-22), where Jackson totaled 66 yards rushing on 19 carries with a score
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Jackson wasn’t invited to the Combine, but he got on the radar with a blistering Pro Day performance. Weighing in at 6’1” and 220 lbs, Jackson run two blazing fast Forty–Yard dashes — one in 4.35 seconds, and the other at 4.38. He then went on to post an insane 41” Vertical Leap and 11’1” Broad Jump. Both of those scores at the Combine would have been 2nd-best among running backs. His 4.35 time would have been 2nd-best as well. We posted a Thomas Rawls profile last year on DFW, and Jackson certainly merits some consideration that he too could be a deep high-upside sleeper. He went to Eastern Michigan because they would let him play both baseball and football (Jackson eventually settles on just football). With his impressive Pro Day, look for Jackson to get his name called later in the NFL draft. He’ll make for an interesting deep-sleeper DFW dynasty watch.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 6th Round (6.41), Dallas Cowboys
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Jackson has a lot of raw physical attributes and good size that makes him an attractive dynasty sleeper. Unfortunately, the path to playing time is close to nil in 2016 with Ezekial Elliott set to be the man in Dallas and the team stacked with veteran depth in Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden. Jackson will need to bid his time and wait. McFadden has one year left on his contract and Morris has two, so it’s possible that by 2018 Jackson is the RB2 in Dallas (or perhaps next year if he can push Morris).




DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Devon Johnson

RB Devon Johnson – Senior/ 6-0 / 238 – MARSHALL

  • May get relegated to a goal line/short yardage back or possibly a fullback or H-back at the next level
  • Often looks like a blitzer the way he bum rushes second and third level defenders like a Mack truck
  • Really impresses on film with stamina and long speed for a player his size
  • Nicknamed “rockhead” because he barely flinches upon initial contact
  • Thundered his was to 1,700 yards and 17 TDs as junior
  • Did have 29 carries over 15 yards in his career
  • Unstoppable in the end zone with 31 career TDs (against weaker competition in the Conference USA conference)
  • Johnson had at least one receiving touchdown in every year at college
  • He started his career as college TE so he does have soft hands
  • Back injury cost him over half of 2015 and he gained only just under 600 yards and scored 5 TDs
  • Has a too upright running style
  • Not a creative runner, he sees an opening and he goes through it full throttle
  • Fumbled 5 times in less 300 carries which will be a major strike against Johnson in NFL war rooms
  • Never played against elite competition in college (never had a game against an AP-ranked team)
  • He could be a Marcel Reece type of player in the NFL
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Johnson was unable to test at the Combine after re-aggravating his back injury that cost him over half of the season during Senior Bowl week. Johnson posted a 4.63 Forty-time at his Pro Day, which is above average for a man his size. His 33.5” Vertical Jump would have been amongst the top 15 RBs at the Combine (an impressive number when you consider the weight of Johnson).
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: Undrafted (Panthers)
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Johnson presents versatility both as a between the tackles thumper and a pass catcher. However for now he is blocked by Fozzy Whitaker and Mike Tolbert. Johnson will have to work his tail to make the final roster. If he does it may be as a TE. The talent above him is experienced but that is really it. Like most players Johnson just needs a opportunity to prove he belongs. He is a competitive warthog with ball, so we should  all take notice of any touches he gets.





DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Daniel Lasco

RB Daniel Lasco – Senior / 6-0 / 209 – CALIFORNIA

  • Displays agile feet with the ability to make quick cuts in traffic
  • Has a good build for an NFL RB and has the frame to add muscle without sacrificing agility
  • Has shown flashes of good top-end speed, but generally Lasco’s strength is being quick to the hole and showing good acceleration
  • Productive as a receiver out of the backfield, with the athletic ability to twist to make the reception and turn up-field in one fluid motion
  • Unafraid of contact as a blocker both in pass protection and in the open field
  • Lasco doesn’t show the instinctiveness NFL RBs typically have, struggling to identify the running lanes and make decisions late in the play
  • Runs too upright, causing him to be off-balance and absorb unnecessary punishment
  • Looks to bounce plays outside, sacrificing a short gain for the potential of a big play
  • Goes down too easily on contact and slows up when contact is apparent
  • Just one year of elite production (2014), with a significant drop in 2015
  • Durability is a question after missing numerous games in 2015 as a result of a hip injury
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Lasco continued his impressive off-season at the NFL Combine with good scores among RBs in the Forty (4.46 seconds, fourth), Bench Press (23 reps, seventh), Vertical Jump (41.5”, first), Broad Jump (135”, first and best among RBs all-time), 20-Yard Shuttle (4.26 seconds, sixth), and 60-Yard Shuttle (11.31 seconds, second). Lasco should make a team as a special teams’ contributor and could provide a team with an effective change-of-pace option as a RB.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 7th round, 237th overall by the New Orleans Saints
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: The Saints backfield is loaded…with injury prone players, so it wouldn’t be shocking if Lasco found himself on the active roster and given some playing time throughout the season. Injuries would have to hit early down backs Mark Ingram or Tim Hightower for Lasco to see the field, but that isn’t the craziest scenario we’ve heard of. Given Sean Payton’s love of using multiple backs, Lasco could be a sneaky stash at the end of your bench





DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Keith Marshall

RB Keith Marshall – Senior/ 5-11 / 219 – GEORGIA

  • A great combination of size and speed before several knee injuries caused Marshall to miss most of multiple seasons (including a torn ACL in 2013)
  • At 5’11” and 220lbs, Marshall possesses the size to be an every-down back
  • Possessed strength to get through the big guys up-front, with tremendous burst showing a second (and even third) gear to blow by linebackers and defensive backs
  • Was a shifty back prior to the knee injuries, possessing a cutting ability to make defenders miss that does not appear to be there yet in his most recent tape
  • In his one healthy season and while splitting carries with Todd Gurley, Marshall averaged an eye-popping 6.5 YPC
  • Due to the emergence of Nick Chubb, Marshall received a limited amount of work in the 2015 season (68 carries for 350 yards and 3 TDs)
  • Durability is always going to be a major concern for Marshall
  • Marshall doesn’t seem completely confident in his knee’s ability to hold up — seems hesitant to hit the hole in his 2015 tape, and his cutting ability is far from what it was his freshman season
  • A bit of a straight-line runner and doesn’t possess elite lateral movement
  • Lacks patience as a runner waiting for blocks to develop
  • If Marshall can overcome the mental hurdles he’s facing, he could end up being the steal of the draft (especially as likely a Day 3 pick)
  • Scout.com rated Marshall as a five-star prospect and the No. 1 running back in the country coming out of high school in the recruiting class of 2012
  • Tremendous high school track and field athlete — Marshall was named the 2011 Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year for the State of North Carolina
  • North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year as a high school senior in 2011
  • Note — Marshall was a high school of friend of Todd Gurley and helped to convince Gurley to play at Georgia
  • COMBINE UPDATE: There was plenty of intrigue to see Marshall run at the Combine and he certainly dazzled there with a 4.31 time in the Forty, the best of any back in attendance. Marshall also showcased his strength with an impressive 25 Bench Press reps. Marshall’s right knee (which he tore in 2013) also reportedly checked out medically at the Combine. Marshall definitely improved his draft stock, with some thinking he could sneak into the 4th (or 5th) round of this year’s draft.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 7th Round (7.21), Washington Redskins
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Marshall is a player I like even if he is undersized.  He’s got playmaking ability and talent to go along with freakish speed, but players taken in the 7th round of the draft aren’t guarantees to make the roster, much less be productive.  Washington is RB needy and he should be able to carve out a niche role in the offense if injuries don’t become a concern.  He’s worth a 3rd round rookie pick.




Paul Perkins

DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Paul Perkins

RB Paul Perkins – Redshirt Junior / 5-10 / 208 – UCLA

  • Dual-threat that will get that the third down back tag
  • Perkins though has the traits to be three-down back if given proper guidance
  • Creates space for himself with a quality wiggle
  • Possess an incredible nose for the sticks
  • Show very good vision and displays the right kind of patience and his bursts are calculated and effective
  • He has the suddenness to his running style that should translates well versus bigger and stronger competition
  • Runs very low to the ground which makes it hard to hit him squarely
  • Would be an ideal crack screen RB because he can do damage in space
  • Can juke for days and he has made defenders look silly
  • Uses too much vigor at times and runs out of bounds
  • Seems to run with certain fearlessness but does shy away from contact
  • In 39 college games he rushed for 3,488 yards (5.6 YPC) and caught 80 balls
  • He cannot run over people, hence he relies on athleticism too much
  • Can break tackles but usually gets halted after one
  • Will need more upper body bulk to hold up in the pros
  • Very comparable to Bengals’ Giovani Bernard
  • Just a 3-star recruit out of high school (Scout.com)
  • Both Perkins’s father and uncle played in the NFL and his younger will be a redshirt freshman at Arizona State this fall Possesses a huge arm and can make every throw needed in the NFL
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Pre-combine there was plenty of buzz surrounding Perkins and those who had studied his film were not surprised by his 4.54 Forty-time (a faster time could have help him immensely). His 19 Bench Press reps speak to his solid strength for his size. His 32” inch vertical was a little on the low side, and Perkins measured in with somewhat smaller hands at 9”. His Broad Jump of 10’3” did place inside the top five RBs at the combine highlighting his leg power.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 5th Round (149 overall) Giants
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Perkins enters a crowded situation with the Giants. Yet he may be the most complete RB in camp. However that is not really saying much. Rashad Jennings looks to be the starter at this point but the aging veteran always to seems to get hurt when his work load increases. Shane Vereen was a lock for third duties but when Perkins was drafted that role became less defined. Andre Williams has basically been diet Brandon Jacobs. Orleans Darkwa is a journeyman who likely lose his roster spot to Perkins. Some believe Perkins can be a solid early down player. We need to see it happen on the NFL stage before such an endorsement can be fulfilled. If you are stuck with any of current Giant RBs nabbing Perkins is highly recommended but please do not think you have the next Tiki Barber on your squad. There is still a lot to be sorted before a breakout can be sequestered.





RB CJ Prosise – Redshirt Junior / 6-0 / 220 – NOTRE DAME

  • Has near prototypical size for the running back position
  • Very comfortable in space and brings elite receiving skills, running precise routes with soft hands (Prosise had 62 receptions in his final three seasons at Notre Dame)
  • Comfortable and productive running between the tackles and has the potential to be a three-down back at the next level
  • Despite being raw as a running back, Prosise shows good patience and vision through the hole
  • Brings top-notch speed on the field, adequate speed to turn the corner, and Prosise isn’t a back that will generally be caught once he gets past linebackers and through the secondary
  • Shows above average lateral agility
  • Highly effective in limited college carries, averaging a 6.9 YPC over his collegiate career and Prosise showed he could carry a full workload (over a small sample), averaging 18.4 carries per game over his first seven games of 2015 (before spraining an ankle)
  • Capable of using his 220-lb frame to break tackles (had reportedly 43 broken tackles on 183 touches in 2015)
  • Has a major nose for the end zone, scoring 15 TDs on just 229 touches in college
  • Leaves college with very limited wear and tear (averaging just 115 touches per season) and many feel Prosise could be a better pro than college player
  • Should be able to contribute on special teams which will help his draft value (Prosise was Notre Dame’s Special Teams Player of the Year in 2014 with 11 tackles)
  • Raw and Prosise has limited experience as a running back — Prosise was originally a defensive back / safety as a freshman and switched to wide receiver and then switched to running back in his junior season
  • Has small hands and that may have, in part, led to a high fumble rate (five fumbles in 2015 on 183 touches)
  • Will need to improve in pass protection
  • Somewhat of a long-strider and not overly quick
  • Brings injury concerns (especially for the volume of ailments given his workload) — suffered a high ankle sprain in 2015 which caused him to miss three games, was dinged with a shoulder injury and Prosise also suffered a concussion in 2015 (Prosise also missed time prior to the 2015 season with a hamstring injury)
  • Has drawn Fred Jackson comparisons
  • COMBINE UPDATE: The highlight for Prosise was a strong time in the marquee event with a 4.48 second time in the Forty-Yard-Dash, 8th-best among running backs, and a very solid height-weight-speed number. The time matches up with the speed Prosise shows on tape. Prosise measured in with just 8.5” inch hands, and the small hands may have contributed to some fumble issues in college. Prosise didn’t do the short-area drills at the Combine but performed them at the Notre Dame Pro Day. He didn’t fare well in either with a 4.48 second-time in the Short Shuttle (near fullback level) and a 7.32 second-time in the Three-Cone Drill (which would have been dead last among running backs at the Combine). The solid forty-time, however, is drawing the most press, as is Procise’s ability to contribute in the passing game. He’s being projected to go in the 4th round of the NFL Draft.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 3rd Round (3.27), Seattle Seahawks
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Prosise lands on a Seahawks team with relatively little depth behind Thomas Rawls but projects to be a change-of-pace, 3rd down back as confirmed by both the GM and head coach.  That doesn’t mean the dynamic, pass-catching talent from Notre Dame can’t put up solid PPR numbers, or that it’s impossible for him to become a workhorse back, but the the odds are against him.  Think Gio Bernard, not Matt Forte.




DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Keenan Reynolds

RB Keenan Reynolds – Senior / 5-9 / 190 – NAVY

  • Reynolds finished 5th in Heisman voting in 2015
  • Even as a quarterback, Reynolds rushed 977 times in college — which is the 17th most ever in NCAA history
  • Led the NCAA with 31 rushing TDs in 2013 and leaves college with 88 rushing TDs, the most in college history and leaves with also the most total points (528) in NCAA history as well
  • First player in college history with over 5,000 yards passing and over 3,000 yards rushing
  • Despite playing at quarterback in college (essentially running back), Reynolds is expected to play running back at the next level (but could potentially be a slot receiver)
  • Worked out at quarterback, running back, receiver and punt returner during his Pro Day workout
  • Has an off-the-chart work ethic and tremendous leadership skills with extremely high-character and Reynolds is an easily coachable player (Reynolds was the 2016 Pat Tillman Award winner, which is given annually to the player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service, both on and off the field)
  • Shifty, quick and elusive, Reynolds a tough guy to tackle
  • Reynolds can also contribute on punt and kickoff returns
  • Could potentially have impact as a wildcat quarterback in select packages
  • Played in the Navy’s service academy option offense so it’s hard to put his numbers into true context
  • No experience in a Pro-Style offense
  • Lacks an ideal running back frame and lower-body thickness and isn’t someone who broke many tackles in college
  • After playing quarterback, Reynolds has only one career catch in college and as thus is completely unproven as a pass-catcher (although by all accounts, Reynolds has soft and dependable hands)
  • The Secretary of the Navy will ultimately make the decision on Reynolds’ immediate NFL availability versus his five-year service commitment but as it is good PR for the Navy most belief they will not block him from playing football right away while he is in his athletic prime (players from the armed forces academies are eligible to postpone their commitment if they’re granted a delay due to professional sports opportunities — the Navy makes those decisions on a case-by-case basis)
  • Reynolds’ number #19 was retired by the Naval Academy, joining Roger Staubach (#12), Joe Bellino (#27) and Napoleon McCallum (#30) whose numbers have been retired by the school
  • Note that New England has shown a lot of interest in Reynolds, including Bill Belichick who made a person trip to the Naval Academy to see Reynolds in early April (Belichick of course has ties to the Naval Academy with his father having coached there for 34 years)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Reynolds didn’t receive a Combine invite, and which is considered one of the bigger Combine snubs (especially for a player with his records and having finished 5th in the 2015 Heisman voting). Reynolds though performed extremely well at the Navy Pro Day, where scouts from 18 different NFL teams showed up (and mainly to see him perform). Reynolds posted a 4.56 second time in the Forty-Yard-Dash — but it would have been faster as he tweaked his hamstring in the home stretch of his first run (and wasn’t able to run a second time). Reynolds was impressive in other drills including a 37.5” Vertical Jump and a 10’ Broad Jump, both of which would have been near the top among running backs at the Combine.
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD




DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Wendell Smallwood

RB Wendell Smallwood – Junior / 5-10 / 208 – WEST VIRGINIA

  • Undersized, Smallwood excels with good burst and initial quickness through the hole
  • Tough runner for his size
  • Shows good patience and reads blocks well, would be a good fit as a zone runner
  • Should be able to contribute as a 3rd-down running back at the next level as a receiver and he shows good hands (Smallwood leaves college with 68 career receptions), although Smallwood doesn’t have elite pass-blocking skills or size
  • Smallwood fumbled only twice in 264 touches in 2015
  • Averaged stout 4 yards per carry as a junior in 2015 and averaged 6.3 YPC against AP-ranked teams (Smallwood had games of 22/111/0 against Oklahoma, 19/147/1 against Oklahoma State, 12/89/0 against Baylor and 24/165/0 against Texas in 2015)
  • Smallwood won the Big 12 rushing title in 2015 and had at least 72 yards rushing in every game (with 100+ yards rushing in eight games)
  • Can add additional value to an NFL team as a kick returner (Smallwood was WVU’s special teams’ most valuable player as a freshman)
  • Lacks ideal running back build and is never going to be a back that can move the pile
  • Doesn’t have high-end wiggle, lacks creativity and tends to run at one speed
  • Not a prolific scorer — Smallwood scored just 12 TDs on 493 plays from scrimmage in college, including failing to have a receiving touchdown on 68 receptions
  • Has some off-the-field red flags as Smallwood was arrested in July 2014 on charges that he attempted to intimidate a witness in a murder case (charges were later dropped however)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Smallwood’s calling card coming into the Combine was his quickness and lateral agility and he delivered in this area with a 6.83 time in the 3-Cone drill, the best of any running back this year. Smallwood has likely guaranteed that his name gets called on draft day — with projections have him going in the 5th or 6th round.
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD




DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Kelvin Taylor

RB Kelvin Taylor – Junior / 5-10 / 207 – FLORIDA

  • Powerful and elusive runner able to make defenders miss in the open field and can grind out extra yards after initial contact
  • Shifty player that has the ability to make the first defender miss with tremendous lateral quickness and Taylor can make multiple cuts and has good vision
  • Strong lower body and rarely looks off balance
  • Most comfortable between the tackles
  • Capable receiver out of the backfield, showed good hands in a limited sample size at Florida but not a back who is likely to be a huge contributor in the passing game (zero receiving TDs in his college career)
  • Tremendous work ethic
  • Absolutely tremendous ball security — Taylor had zero career fumbles in 510 touches at Florida (456 carries/24 receptions)
  • Has a nose for the end zone — Taylor scored 23 rushing touchdowns while at Florida
  • Shows quickness on film but lacks long speed to break off long runs – Taylor averaged just 3 yards per carry on 486 attempts at Florida
  • Lacks prototypical-size for every down back in the NFL
  • Has particularly small hands and short arms
  • Lacks ideal speed
  • Will need to develop better pass protection skills
  • Taylor really struggled against elite competition in college, averaging just 3.6 YPC rushing against AP-ranked teams in 2015 (on 84 rushing attempts in those games) — for example, Taylor had 25 yards rushing on 15 attempts at LSU and 8 yards rushing on 7 attempts at Alabama in 2015
  • Likely the second back in a committee, will draw Ronnie Hillman type comparisons
  • Taylor was the brunt of a profanity-laced tirade by Florida HC Jim Elwain in 2015 which caught some national attention (after Taylor was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after making a throat-slash gesture)
  • Taylor is a 4-Star high school recruit that broke Emmitt Smith’s Florida High School rushing record by totaling 12,121 rushing yards and 191 TDs in high school
  • NFL Pedigree — son of former Jaguar great Fred Taylor
  • Taylor won the 2012 Lou Groza High School Player of the Year, joining his father in winning the award and the two became the first family duo to do so
  • COMBINE UPDATE: To say that Taylor had a lackluster showing at the Combine is putting it kindly. Taylor ran a 4.60 in the Forty-Yard-Dash, the 6th slowest time among RBs in attendance and posted just 15 Bench Press reps, the 4th-fewest among the backs. His Vertical Jump was also poor at 32”. If that wasn’t bad enough, Taylor also dropped passes in receiving drills, while measuring with both the smallest hands (8-1/4”) and shortest arms (29-1/4”) of all the backs at this year’s Combine. For a player of his size most expected him to test better athletically.  Taylor redeemed himself some at the Florida Pro Day by cutting his Forty-time to 4.57 seconds and marginally getting his Bench Press reps up a little (to 17). Taylor also had no drops at the Pro Day.
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD



DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB DeAndre Washington

RB DeAndre Washington – Redshirt Senior / 5-8 / 204 – TEXAS TECH

  • Was a full-time starter for two seasons while at Texas Tech
  • Nice production in his two years as a starter, rushing for well over 1,000 yards in each season, adding 15 touchdowns over the two years (14 of them in his senior season)
  • Was a high-volume contributor in the passing game as well, adding 71 receptions for over 700 yards and two touchdowns in his final two years
  • Has exceptionally quick feet and gets to his second gear very quickly
  • Very confident running back, in spite of his small stature. Is not afraid to carry the ball between the tackles and will take on guys much larger than him with enthusiasm
  • Tough runner and has the strength and motor to push through arm tackles with relative ease, and has enough speed to break away from next-level defenders
  • Gets good marks from coaches in terms of work ethic
  • Earned second-team All-Big 12 honors in his junior season and followed it up with first-team All-Big 12 honors in his final year
  • Held his own against AP-Ranked teams in 2015 with a 5.3 YPC average in those games
  • Posted some huge games in 2015 including a 22/188/4 game against TCU, a 27/248/3 game against Kansas State and a 28/173/2 game at Texas
  • Caught a pass in every game in 2015 and had seven games with three of more receptions (including a 7-reception game with 81 receiving yards against LSU in the Texas Bowl)
  • Teams may have some injury concerns with Washington, as he was forced to redshirt the 2012 season due to a torn ACL
  • Size will be his biggest hurdle at the NFL level — he’s only 5’8″ and just over 200 lbs.
  • Doesn’t have great vision and Is sometimes late reading the cut-back lanes
  • More straight-line speed than shiftiness as a back
  • Though Washington is eager to take on would-be tacklers, he tends to lack the size to be able to hold up in pass protection, likely especially at the next level where blitzers are going to be even larger
  • Teams may question his production numbers, coming from an offense known for its high-throwing, Air Raid, non-pro style offense
  • Also has small hands for his size, which could cause teams to question his effectiveness in the passing game (although Washington certainly has lots of experience as a receiver with 124 career college receptions)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Washington had a solid enough Combine to likely ensure getting drafted in the later rounds of the NFL Draft, with some projecting he could go as high as the 5th round. Washington ran the Forty in 4.49 seconds, posted 24 Bench Press reps and had a time of 4.20 seconds in the Short Shuttle, all of which were relatively strong marks.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 5th Round (5.04), Oakland Raiders
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Washington is a big-bodied workhorse type back who should push an underwhelming Latavius Murray for playing time.  The 5th rounder needs to work on pass protection to get significant playing time but is really the only other option besides Murray on the roster so he’s got plenty of opportunity.  Keep an eye on him.





DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Jonathan Williams

RB Jonathan Williams – Senior / 5-11 / 220 – ARKANSAS

  • Elected to stay for his senior season but then suffered a foot injury in the fall and missed the entire season (with several screws inserted into his left foot to help mend ligaments)
  • Near ideal running back size (maybe an inch taller than you’d like)
  • Thick and runs strong, Williams has a bit of “Beast Mode” to his running style
  • Reads blocks well and consistently runs north-south
  • Finish runs strong and Williams is effective in the red zone
  • Has loose hips and is smooth in movements and also has quick feet for a man his size — looks a little like Frank Gore in hip movement and Alfred Morris a bit in his north-south style
  • May operate best in a one-cut and go system
  • Showed grit post-injury that lost his senior season as Williams was reportedly back in the weight room at 6 AM with his strength coach and working out the day after surgery — on his injury, Williams has said that “I am a better man for it”
  • Coaches talk about Williams being a “man of character” and he gets high-praise from teammates as well about his selfless nature — elected team captain in 2015 despite having to miss the season
  • Averaged a healthy 5.7 yards per carry over his collegiate career
  • Averaged 82 yards rushing per game and two scores in three games against Alabama, Georgia and LSU in 2014
  • Lacks elite speed to take it the distance and can be caught from behind
  • Lacks elite initial burst off the line
  • Runs too upright at times
  • Marginal receiver and is not likely to receive much work in passing situations at the next level and thus not a 3-down back in that sense
  • The screws in Williams’ foot were removed in December 2015 and structurally-wise he has been medically cleared
  • Williams was back on the field for the final play of the Liberty Bowl (recognized to return to the field during the final “victory formation” play) and he was on the field during the Senior Bowl week, but only participated in non-contact drills
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Returning from foot surgery, Williams did not participate in individual drills outside of the Bench Press, but Williams weighed in at an ideal 220 lbs. Williams also measured in with 10” hands, one of three backs who topped the 10” mark at this year’s Combine. Williams also talked about how missing a year has really motivated him to get back on the field, and how he used to his time off during his senior season to be focused in the meeting room and to make his football intelligence higher, something Williams was able to display to scouts at the Combine. Missing a year of course provides some risk But by all accounts Williams should be a full-go for his rookie NFL season.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 5th Round (5.18), Buffalo Bills
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Williams should quickly settle into the RB3 role for Buffalo, which means he has a chance to start some games in 2016 potentially (if last year is any indication of the the future as both LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams missed time). Long-term, Jonathan Williams could be an NFL starter. He’s a solid 3rd round stash in dynasty leagues and a good handcuff for either McCoy or Karlos Williams owners.