Photo of Cierre Wood
Grade
61.0 ?
  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 5'11" Height
  • 30 7/8" Arm Length
  • 213LBS. Weight
  • 8 5/8" Hands

Overview

Cierre Wood was a highly touted four-star recruit coming out of high school. Wood was rated the 10th-best overall player nationally and second-best running back by Sporting News, the 76th overall player in Rivals100 by Rivals.com and rated as the eighth-best running back prospect in the country, and ESPN ranks him as 25th-best overall player in ESPNU150. In his senior year, Wood rushed for 1,632 yards and 20 TDs and caught eight passes for 182 yards and four TDs as senior following 2,612 yards rushing with 34 TDs during junior year. After his senior year, Wood was selected to play in 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.



Wood did not see action in his first year at Notre Dame, but in 2010, Wood participated in all 13 games and earned five starts. He had 119 carries for 603 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes, and added two receiving touchdowns. In 2011, he became the 16th Notre Dame running back to top 1,000 rushing yards in a season in which he played in 13 games, and started nine. He totaled 1,102 yards and nine touchdowns on 217 carries. In 2012, after being suspended for the team's first two games, Wood played in 11 games, and carried the ball 114 times for 742 yards and four touchdowns.

Analysis

Strengths

Wood has a good frame and possesses thick legs. Quick and shifty runner. Reaches maximum acceleration quickly. Willing to run up the middle and shows a burst. Good feet and makes controlled, fluid movements when moving laterally. Showcases good vision.

Weaknesses

Doesn't play with as much power as his frame would indicate. Unrefined as a blocker, showcases poor technique. Has had trouble holding down the starting running back job at Notre Dame. Ball security a question. Suspended for violation of team rules.

NFL Comparison

Ryan Grant

Bottom Line

Wood has plus size, but doesn't play like a bigger back. He has good vision, acceleration, and plays very fluidly. Post season workouts will be important for him, but he will likely be selected within the middle rounds.
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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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