Photo of Alfred Blue
Drafted By: Texans
  • Round 6
  • Pick 5
  • Overall 181

Combine Results

Grade
5.24 ?
  • 4.63 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 13 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.15 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.50 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Blue is described as a very good receiver coming out of the backfield." -- Gil Brandt

  • 6'2" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 223LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands

Overview

Baton Rouge-area native who earned all-state honors after rushing for 1,695 yards and 25 touchdowns as a high school senior. Played in 11 games (one start) as a true freshman for LSU in 2010, rushing 20 times for 101 yards (5.1-yard average) and one touchdown. Missed two games with a foot injury. Appeared in 13 games in '11 (one start) and carried 78-539-7 (6.9). Missed one game with an ankle injury and overcame the loss of his family's home in a September fire. Was off to a great start in '12 before tearing the ACL in his left knee in Week 3, which necessitated season-ending surgery. Started the first three games, including back-to-back 100-yard contests, and carried 40-270-2 (6.8) and caught 7-45-0 (6.4). Returned in '13 and played in all 13 games (two starts), amassing 71-343-1 (4.8) rushing and 5-62-0 (12.4) receiving. Was awarded a fifth season of eligibility by the NCAA due to the hardship rule, but decided to decline to pursue a pro career. Despite making just seven collegiate starts, he finished his LSU career with 209-1,253-11 (6.0) rushing and 16-105-0 (6.6) receiving.

Analysis

Strengths

Terrific size and musculature. Inside-outside ability. Nice vision, instincts and patience. Has good speed for a back his size -- opens up his stride in the clear. Strong runner -- heavy on contact. Powers through arm tackles and runs with forward lean. Wields an effective stiff-arm. Looks to have good hands in limited exposure. Flashes playmaking ability. Has tread on his tires -- averaged just 52 carries per season at LSU. Has experience in a pro-style offense and on special teams. Clear upside.

Weaknesses

Average initial quickness and lateral agility. Smoother than he is explosive. Can run with more consistent intensity and pad level on a carry-by-carry basis -- does not always run angry or lower his pads. Shows some stiffness as a route runner. Weak in pass protection -- needs to improve willingness, awareness, technique and physicality. Was never the feature back at LSU (seven career starts). Suffered a torn ACL in 2012. Made controversial, homophobic remarks and maturity should be looked into. Recorded a 4.56-second 20-yard shuttle time, the second-slowest of any back at the combine.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

Bottom Line

A physically gifted runner who would have been the No. 1 back at most schools given his combination of size, speed, power and competitiveness. Is a second-round talent on talent alone, but injuries and a stacked stable of LSU runners limited Blue’s opportunity to shine. Scheme-versatile runner who is a prime candidate to elevate his stock prior to the draft and be a far more productive pro than college player if he proves he can stay healthy.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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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.

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