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Roy Helu (RB)
  • Height:
    6'0"
  • Weight:
    219 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 3/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 1/4 in.
  • College:
    Nebraska
  • Conference:
    Big Ten
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Selected by: Washington Redskins
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 8 (105)

Pick Analysis: Mike Shanahan picks up one of the top "one-cut" runners in the draft. He excels at running downhill between the tackles and has the size to become a punishing runner as a pro. Throw in his solid receiving skills, and he is the versatile feature runner that Shanahan loves to build around.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.42 sec
  • Bench Press11.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump36.5 inch
  • Broad Jump119.0 inch
Buzz

Overview

Helu has enough size and speed to serve as a backup but probably won't be a full-time load back in the NFL. Isn't your prototypical inbetween-the-tackles or game-breaking back. Runs hard but doesn't pick up as many yards after contact as you'd like to see. Can get to the perimeter and get headed vertically but doesn't have home-run speed or great elusiveness. Somewhat of a liability in passing situations. Not a polished route-runner, hands are only average, and doesn't protect the passer with much technique or passion. Helu's still a big back who can run and should be selected on Day 3.


Strengths

Helu possesses an ideal running back build. Does a good job running behind his blockers and finding running creases. Has more straight-lined speed than most big backs. Can get the edge, stick his foot in the dirt and accelerate upfield. Can break some tackles. Fairly reliable underneath option for his quarterback.

Weaknesses

, isn't a truly powerful downhill running back. Does a pretty good job running behind his pads, but legs will stop driving when hit and won't get low to push the pile for extra yardage. Also lacking in pass pro given his size. Doesn't have the lateral agility to make many defenders miss.

Grade

4.7

 

Video Playlist

  1. 2011 combine workout: Roy Helu

    Published: March 7, 2011 at 06:57 p.m.

    Watch Nebraska RB Roy Helu work out at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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