Photo of Jay  Prosch
Drafted By: Texans
Grade
5.09 ?

Draft Analysis:

"Prosch caught the ball well out of the backfield at Auburn's pro day. He was an occasional ballcarrier for Auburn, and if a team needs an additional player in the backfield -- such as an H-back or blocking back type -- this guy is more than capable of playing that role." -- Gil Brandt

  • 6'1" Height
  • 256LBS. Weight

Overview

Alabama prep who earned all-state honors at linebacker as a senior and at offensive lineman as a junior. Played in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game in 2009. Recorded a 440-pound bench press and 590-pound squat in high school. Began his college career at Illinois, where he made the transition to fullback by upping his weight from 245 to 255 while dropping his body fat from 11 percent to 9 percent. Played in 13 games (seven starts) for the Illini as a true freshman in 2010, including a start in the season opener. Touched the ball once all year, on a 1-yard reception. Was the primary fullback and a key special teams player in 2011, appearing in 12 games (five starts) and rushing twice for 9 yards (4.5-yard average) and no touchdowns while recording 11 special-teams tackles. Did not play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl because of a staph infection in his left knee. After the season, he obtained an NCAA waiver to transfer to Auburn in order to be close to home; his mother, Iris, had been diagnosed with a terminal form of brain cancer (she died in September 2012). Was Auburn's main fullback in 2012, appearing in all 12 games (seven starts) with 12 carries for 38 yards and two touchdowns and five catches for 19 yards and no touchdowns. Played in 14 games in 2013, including 11 starts at H-back, but did not have any rushing attempts. Had five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown, including a 56-yard reception vs. Texas A&M. Was a starter on three special-teams units despite breaking a thumb during the season.

Analysis

Strengths

Exceptional weight-room strength. Outstanding peripheral blocking vision -- scans wide and locates. Generates power through his lower body and drives defenders out of the hole. Very good hip roll and explosion. Runs his feet on contact. Intense, determined competitor. Good finisher. Is fairly light on his feet for such a big, strong player. Can create a surge in short-yardage situations and power through the line. Catches the ball easily. Core special-teams performer. Outstanding personal and football character -- highly respected team leader. Versatility is a big plus. Very durable.

Weaknesses

Robotic, overly muscled, tightly wound mover. Has very short arms and struggles to lock on and sustain on the move. Marginal elusiveness -- gears down to cut. Unsudden route-runner. Limited receiving production/touches.

Draft Projection

Round 7-Priority free agent

Bottom Line

An old-school fullback with explosive power to pave the way as an iso-lead blocker and enough speed and athletic ability to carve a niche as a core special-teams performer. Valuable pass protector with good hands and short-yardage running power to contribute when needed.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
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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