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Ben Tate (RB)
  • Height:
    5'11"
  • Weight:
    220 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 1/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 in.
  • College:
    Auburn
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Houston Texans
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 26 (58)
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Pick Analysis: The Texans add a hard-nosed runner with exceptional skills. Tate is ideally suited to play in Gary Kubiak's zone-based running game. As a "one-cut" back with good speed and power, he excels at running between the tackles and is an aggressive finisher. With Steve Slaton unable to carry the load, Tate could be a vital contributor in the Texans' running game this season.

Overview

Tate is a hard-nosed runner that does not spend much time dancing around in the backfield. He likes to stick his foot in the ground and hit the hole at the first sign of a running lane opening up. He is a downhill runner that will veer off course as he gets through the hole but is not going to make a lot of people miss once he gets through the hole unless he can just outrun them. He had been considered a bit of an underachiever in the past but came through with a big senior season to raise his status going into this draft.


Strengths

Tate possesses a nice combination of size and speed at the running back position. Is a competitive back who will deliver blows to defenders. Shows good burst through the hole and usually doesn’t waste time in the backfield. He has some impressive initial quickness. Is a downhill runner.

Weaknesses

Tate’s production was inconsistent and he shared the load until having a big senior season. Can be caught at times making multiple cuts. Tate doesn’t possess elite size or power but also doesn’t have great elusiveness to make defenders miss or excel on the perimeter.

Grade

6.9

 

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