Photo of Peyton Barber
Grade
5.12 ?
  • 4.64 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 111.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.00 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.21 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.65 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 5'10" Height
  • 30 1/4" Arm Length
  • 228LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

As a freshman, Barber was diagnosed with a learning disorder that, along with ADHD, had hampered him since middle school. Since his father had the same issue, Peyton received the support he decided both from his family and the university tutor system and did well in the classroom. He only saw the field in six games as a redshirt freshman in 2014, running the ball 10 times for 54 yards. But after a sophomore season where he chugged out 1,017 rushing yards and 13 scores (on a workhorse-like 238 carries), Barber decided to follow the path of his second cousins, Marion and Dominique Barber, to the NFL.

Analysis

Strengths

Good thickness through his lower body with an ability to drop his pads and hit it downhill when he's near the end zone. Has vision to recognize running crease development. Can weave from cut-to-cut on second level. Flashes good lateral agility to jump­-cut his way into better running lanes when interior traffic is a problem. Intelligent with ability to learn NFL playbook quickly. Makes sound decisions in blitz pick­ups. Needs technique work, but has capability to handle himself in pass protection. Had the lowest "stuff rate" (rushes for 0 yards or less) of any of the top runners in the SEC at 10.1 percent (Leonard Fournette was 15.3 percent).

Weaknesses

Entirely too much dancing when approaching line of scrimmage. Will make juke­-step rather than trusting the crease and mashing the gas downhill. Grinder with limited second level shake to keep the run going. More elusive near the line of scrimmage than in open field. Needs to play with greater decisiveness on the next level. Better pre-­cut movement can help him set­up blocks more effectively. No "wow" factor.

NFL Comparison

Josh Robinson

Bottom Line

Redshirt sophomore who came out early, in part, due to depth of next year?s draft class at running back. Barber proved to be steady and productive with plus vision and a nose for pay dirt, but was missing the decisiveness and explosion that teams like from featured backs. Barber has the size and enough wiggle to make an NFL roster, but his draft value might be determined by his ability to help on special teams and on third downs.
-Lance Zierlein
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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.