Photo of Anthony Kimble
Grade
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  • 4.68 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.08 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.40 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 216LBS. Weight

Overview

A former wide receiver, Kimble posted a career high 717 rushing yards despite missing time in 2007 and looked poised to emerge as one of the Pac-10's better, more versatile backs as a senior. Instead, Kimble took a bit of a back seat to sophomore sensation Toby Gerhart in 2008.

While it may ultimately harm his draft stock, the lack of punishment in a heavier workload could translate into a longer NFL career - if Kimble can impress in workouts. Scouts certainly know he can be a productive back, considering Kimble rushed for 1,940 yards and 18 touchdowns during his career while also posting 60 catches for 485 yards. Had an arm span of 30 1/8 inches and a hand span of 9 1/2 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Versatile back capable of helping in a variety of ways. Good patience and vision to locate the hole. Can get to the second level and gain yardage in chunks. Former receiver whose soft hands are evident as a reliable receiver out of the backfield. Willing to take on the blitzing linebacker in pass protection. Also has experience returning kicks (22-yard average on 26 returns from 2007-08). Team-first guy who mentored Gerhart and other young backs. Negatives: Jack of all trades, master of none type. Lacks burst to the hole and doesn't have the acceleration or straight-line speed to capitalize when he's in the open field. Not much of a power runner despite good size due to his upright running style and marginal leg drive. Missed five games in 2007 with a right shoulder injury.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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