Photo of Jeremy Langford
Drafted By: Bears
  • Round 4
  • Pick 7
  • Overall 106

Combine Results

Grade
5.42 ?
  • 4.42 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 34.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 118.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.22 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.32 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Langford brings a strong 3rd down skill set to the Bears' backfield. His 4.4 40 time translates well to the field. The Bears add some explosiveness to their run game. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 208LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/4" Hands

Overview

2014: Honorable mention All-Big Ten. Started all 13 games at running back. 2013: Honorable mention All-Big Ten. Started all 14 games at running back. 2012: Played in nine games. Switched positions to WR during spring practices, but switched back to running back at the start of the regular season. 2011: Played in all 14 games. Switched positions to CB during spring practices and played primarily on special teams. 2010: Redshirted.


Pro Day Results


20-yard short shuttle: 4.27 seconds
Bench press: 19 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Running back who has played wide receiver and cornerback at Michigan State. Improved a great deal since 2013 season. Has feet to avoid the trash and bounce it outside. Has burst around the corner and can separate from linebackers in pursuit. Finished his 2014 campaign with 22 carries of 15-plus yards, placing him fifth in running-back heavy Big Ten. Effective with chip blocks and will square up blitzers and take them on in pass protection. Has blocking and pass-catching talent to play on third downs. Good spin move and plus lateral foot quickness. Maintains balance through contact. Showed special-teams potential as a sophomore.

Weaknesses

Not a physical runner. Broke very few tackles this year and churned out pedestrian yards after contact. Gains extra yards by sliding laterally out of tackles rather than leg churn. Lacks commitment between the tackles. Seems content to absorb hits rather than dish them out. Scouts believe he will be a "bouncer" in pros, looking to take runs outside prematurely. Has burst, but not as much wiggle as anticipated.

Draft Projection

Round 4

Sources Tell Us

"I don't see him as a starter. I think he can be a backup or compete as a third down back, but he doesn't run tough enough to be able to project him as a starter in really any scheme." -- NFC East scout "Didn't like him in his early games but liked him a lot better over the second half of the season. Asked around that program about him and they said he was playing hurt early so you should get the back you saw late in the year. That guy has a shot." -- AFC running back coach

NFL Comparison

Donald Brown

Bottom Line

Langford showed improvement from 2013 to 2014, but he doesn't accelerate through contact like you want to see. He has some speed and creativity, but without an ability to maximize his yards with each carry, teams could peg him as a "committee back" with an ability to play on third downs.
-Lance Zierlein
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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