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Frank Summers (RB)
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 241
College: UNLV
Conference: Mountain West
Hometown: Oakland, CA
High School: Skyline
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Selected by: Pittsburgh Steelers
Round: 5
Pick (Overall): 33 (169)
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Pick Analysis: The former Rebel is a bruiser and has the skills to shine as a fullback or short-yardage specialist in the Steelers' offense. He could potentially steal some touchdowns from Willie Parker.
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Overview

A short, stumpy running back who might translate better to fullback if he'd been willing to block, Summers could struggle to find a role in the NFL.


Nicknamed "The Tank" due to his build and powerful running style, Summers signed with Cal out of high school, transferred to Laney Community College. He then chose UNLV over Southern California because the Rebels offered him a chance to remain at running back while the Trojans wanted him to move to fullback. Utah and Washington State also recruited him.


An immediate starter for the Rebels as a junior, Summers started all 12 games, rushing for 928 yards and scoring six touchdowns in earning Mountain West Conference honorable mention accolades. His rushing total dropped to 740 yards in 2009, but he improved upon his scoring (eight touchdowns) and showed enough at the Texas vs. Nation game and in subsequent workouts to earn a late-round look.


"The guys that I've talked to -- the other running back coaches -- have all said he might be one of the more difficult guys to tackle that they've seen on film this year," Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal following Summer's pro day in early March. "You don't see that (good receiving ability) of a big man much."


Junior College

LANEY: Attended the junior college in Oakland for the 2005 and '06 seasons and earned All-America honors ... A 2006 preseason second-team All-America choice by JC Gridwire. Set school records for carries in a game (48) and season (254) for the Eagles in 20


High School

A 2003 graduate of Oakland's famed Skyline HS ... Rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a senior in 2002 for coach John Beam ... The state prep power posted an 11-0 record and was ranked in California's Top 10 that season ... Also played linebacker.


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Analysis

Positives: Thickly-built back capable of handling the punishment of the NFL. Good vision. Locates the hole quickly and is surprisingly quick to and through the hole. Can drop his shoulder into the defenders and has good leg drive to push for the tough yards. Rarely used as a receiver at UNLV, but displayed soft, natural hands in workouts. Some potential as a fullback. Helped his cause with a strong week of practice at the Texas vs. Nation game.


Negatives: Lacks the lateral agility or straight-line speed teams prefer at running back. Hasn't shown a willingness to move to fullback in the past. Inconsistent effort as a blocker. Has struggled with his weight in the past. Might struggle with a complicated playbook.


Injury Report

No significant injuries reported.


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