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Shane Vereen (RB)
  • Height:
    5'10"
  • Weight:
    210 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    30 5/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 in.
  • College:
    California
  • Conference:
    Pac-12
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Selected by: New England Patriots
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 24 (56)

Pick Analysis: Bill Belichick grabs an underrated homerun hitter with the addition of Vereen. He is a solid third-down back with the skills to excel as a runner or passer in the Patriots' wide-open offense. He could be a tremendous addition to their deep running back crop.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.5 sec
  • Vertical Jump34.0 inch
  • Broad Jump115.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill6.95 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.28 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle11.58 sec
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Overview

Vereen emerged from Jahvid Best's shadow to have breakout season in 2010 and he could be an effective weapon on third down at the next level. Vereen lacks the size and speed to be an every down back, but he is terrific pass catcher out of the back field that will keep the chains moving. He has very good vision and could be very effective in a zone blocking scheme. He also has the hands and enough lateral agility to contribute as a returner. Vereen has a limited ceiling but he is a quality back that could sneak into the third round.


Strengths

Vereen is a compact runner with a low center of gravity. Patient back that shows the ability to find holes and cutback lanes. Runs hard and fights for extra yards after contact. Possesses great hands and instincts as a receiver. Can split out wide and shows good effort and technique in pass protection.

Weaknesses

Lacks explosiveness and is more of a speed builder. Undersized back that does not run with great balance and will not break many tackles or push the pile. Does not have the foot quickness to make sharp cuts and make people miss in the open field. Has had some issues with ball security.

Grade

5.4

 

Video Playlist

  1. Patriots pick Shane Vereen No. 56

    Published: April 29, 2011 at 08:09 p.m.

    Former Patriots great Andre Tippet announces New England's selection with the 56th overall pick in the 2011 NFl Draft, Cal RB Shane Vereen.

  2. 2011 Draft Profile - RB Shane Vereen, California

    Published: April 8, 2011 at 12:31 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect California running back Shane Vereen.

  3. 2011 combine workout: Shane Vereen

    Published: March 8, 2011 at 06:34 p.m.

    Watch California RB Shane Vereen work out at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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