Photo of Kiero Small
Drafted By: Seahawks
Grade
4.75 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'8" Height
  • 28 3/4" Arm Length
  • 244LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Converted from a junior college linebacker to fullback. 2013: Played in all 12 games, starting in seven. Had three rushing touchdowns in final four games. 2012: Played in the season opener, but suffered a season-ending foot injury in practice and was granted a medical redshirt. 2011: Played in 13 games and started in two. 2010: Played at Hartnell Community College, playing both linebacker and fullback. Misc.: Attended military school after high school, dropped out and worked with his father, before contacting every junior college in California. Lived in a two-bedroom apartment with six other guys at Hartnell before ultimately moving in with a teammate and his family.

Analysis

Strengths

Has a compact frame and carries his weight well. Good short-area power and natural leverage. Stout in pass protection and can stop a charge. Sticky isolation-lead blocker. Matched up well vs. C.J. Mosley in the run game. Functional short-area catcher. Drives his legs on contact and will lower his shoulder and flatten tacklers after the catch. Strong short-yardage/goal-line runner. Has a classic special teams temperament.

Weaknesses

Very short and short-armed. Does not drive defenders out of the hole and often is stalemated on contact. Average body control. Not a nuanced route runner. Only has a 25-inch vertical jump and clocked a 4.55-second 20-yard shuttle time at his pro day.

Draft Projection

Priority free agent

Bottom Line

A compact, bowling ball blocker with the toughness, power and leverage to pave the way as a lead blocker and compete for a job on special teams.
-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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