First name is pronounced "kuh-PREE." Was a Chicago-area prep running back, running his way into the Illinois football record book in 2010 after recording a 520-yard, seven-touchdown game. As a junior and senior, he combined to rush for 61 touchdowns and 4,210 yards. Also lettered in bowling and track. Initially was a member of Colorado State's 2011 recruiting class, but failed to qualify academically. Spent the '11 season at Snow CC (Ephraim, Utah), where he played in 11 games and rushed 74 times for 415 yards (5.6-yard average) and six touchdowns with one reception for 7 yards. Did not play in '12, attending classes at Front Range CC in Colorado before enrolling at Colorado State. In '13 in his only FBS season, he amassed 281-1,741-31 (6.2) on the ground and 8-59-0 (7.4) receiving despite starting just seven of CSU's 14 games. His 31 rushing touchdowns tied for the most in FBS. On Nov. 9 vs. Nevada, he set a Rams single-game rushing record with 312 yards (on 30 carries). The following week, he tied a Mountain West record by scoring six touchdowns during a 291-yard performance at New Mexico. Scored at least three rushing touchdowns in eight games, tying Barry Sanders' single-season mark (Oklahoma State, 1988). Did not run any shuttles at the combine because of a turf toe injury.
Good initial quickness. Nice vision and balance. Has one-cut ability -- shows burst when he sticks his foot in the ground and gets upfield. Runs hard. Will be a 21-year-old rookie and has tread on his tires.
Average power and tackle-breaking ability. Lacks extra gear to pull away. Questionable third-down ability -- minimal production/exposure as a receiver and pass protection needs work. Does not adjust to throws or catch naturally. Carries the ball loosely. One-year wonder. Showed he could be contained (Alabama, Boise St., Utah St.). Recorded a 29-inch vertical jump.
Priority free agent
Compactly built, productive, monotone runner lacking exceptional traits to distinguish himself from other recyclable backs. Would have been better served returning to school, if for no other reason than to improve in pass protection. Workout numbers could dictate draft value.