4.9 ?
  • 6'0" Height
  • 235LBS. Weight


The guy they call Bubba is what scouts affectionately call "a load," as he is difficult to bring down on first try because he lowers his pads and churns his legs through contact. After spending his redshirt freshman season at fullback (two starts, no carries), he got a chance to tote the rock in 2016. Pettway garnered first-team All-SEC nods from league coaches and media with 1,224 rushing yards despite playing in 10 games, starting six, due to a left leg injury. He was the first Auburn back since Heisman winner Bo Jackson to have four straight 150-yard contests, and returned from his injury to cover 101 yards on 24 carries against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. Pettway could only play in five games, with two early-season starts, in 2017 due to a fractured shoulder blade. He ran for 305 yards and six scores on 76 carries (three catches, 32 yards receiving). Pettway is married (Natonya) with a young daughter (Kaisley).



Big running back with broad shoulders and physical demeanor. Always looking to meet aggression with aggression at point of contact. Dips shoulder at impact and catches tacklers with punishing lead shoulder. Leans into contact to counter-balance vs. hits and continue to add to yardage total after contact. Had 17 carries go for 15-plus yards in 2016.


Has heavy, plodding feet. Slow to hit it downfield and labors to get through the line of scrimmage without being accosted. Lacks juice when trying to burst. Grinder-only. Early traffic will ruin him. Lacks feet for lateral quickness to make defenders miss. Runs into squared up contact on a regular basis. Hurries the run in short yardage and will just jam it up his blockers backs. Considered immature and unreliable by people inside the program.

Draft Projection

Priority Free Agent

Sources Tell Us

"He's a mess. They were done with him over there and he's got too many character flags to be drafted. I thought he might be a late pick last year, but not anymore." -- AFC regional scout

Bottom Line

Big, bruising and slow, Pettway is a grinder who is unable to make tacklers miss and rarely gives it much of a shot. He's physical and heavy behind his pads, but he doesn't have the functional vision or burst necessary for interior running duties in the pros. Pettway's off-the-field concerns will sink his draft stock and may make it challenging to get into a camp unless he rehabilitates his image with NFL teams.
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.