Photo of Ameer Abdullah
Drafted By: Lions
  • Round 2
  • Pick 22
  • Overall 54

Combine Results

5.7 ?
  • 4.60 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 24 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 42.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 130.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.79 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 3.95 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.18 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Abdullah is outstanding in the passing game. The problem has been fumbles; he has small hands. He is really good in the zone run game. He has breakaway speed. If he hits the hole, he's gone." -- Mike Mayock

  • 5'9" Height
  • 30" Arm Length
  • 205LBS. Weight
  • 8 5/8" Hands


Played at Homewood High School in Alabama, where he gained 2,315 yards from scrimmage and scored 28 touchdowns as a senior. Played in every game his freshman season and averaged 29.3 yards per kick return. As a sophomore, played in all 14 games and started 7. Was the first running back at Nebraska to record 100-plus yards rushing in his first five starts since 1994. Finished 2012 with 1,137 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns while being named second-team All-Big 10. As a junior, Abdullah ran for 1,690 yards and nine touchdowns while topping 100 yards in 11 of 13 games. Abdullah was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and the team MVP. Weight-room demon awarded "Lifter of the Year" and he has transformed his body since arriving at Nebraska. Team captain and 2013 Academic All-American.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.54 and 4.53 seconds



Decisive runner with good lower-body drive and a willingness to run behind his pads. Finishes his runs. Has NFL-caliber burst and can hit top speed quickly. Defenses must respect his ability to turn the corner on play-side. Patient runner with plus vision. Willing to seek out cutback lanes. Rarely dances to the line or makes unnecessary lateral moves. Isn't a predictable runner. Lacks blazing top-end speed but plays fast. Highly competitive with a high football IQ. Hasn't dropped a pass in two years and can be a valuable weapon in passing attack. Will make arm tacklers pay and is better in short yardage than most backs his size. Can help immediately as a punt or kick returner. Personal and football character is considered off-the-charts by the scouting community.


Lacks ideal size that teams look for from a three-down running back. Frame is close to maxed out. Doesn't always go through his pass routes at full speed. Smallish frame causes some issues in pass protection. Tenacity in protection needs to improve. Ball security is a legitimate concern with 13 fumbles over his four years at Nebraska.

Draft Projection

Round 2

Sources Tell Us

"He has the highest overall character grade I've ever given to a prospect, and includes both football character and off-the-field. Aside from (Melvin) Gordon and (Todd) Gurley, I think he's the third best running back in this draft." -- AFC North scout

NFL Comparison

Andre Ellington

Bottom Line

Despite having first-round talent, Abdullah's lack of preferred NFL size and issues with ball security might cause some teams to shy away from him in the opening round. Abdullah has explosive potential as a runner and ball-catcher and is a natural zone-scheme fit. His high character will make him a hit during interview process.
-Lance Zierlein
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.