Photo of Malcolm Agnew
Grade
5.27 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'9" Height
  • 207LBS. Weight

Overview

Transferred from Oregon State. Played for the Beavers for two seasons, totaling 692 rushing yards at 4.6 yards per carry and six touchdowns. In 2013 for Southern Illinois, Agnew finished with 888 rushing yards and was selected to the Missouri Valley All-­Newcomer Team. As a senior, Agnew started the first eight games before suffering a season­-ending ankle injury. He finished with 820 rushing yards, 192 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. His father, Ray, played in the NFL for 11 seasons and is now part of the St. Louis Rams' player personnel department.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.57 and 4.6 seconds
20-yard short shuttle: 3.9 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Explosive off the snap and gets into high gear quickly. Shows noticeable acceleration after the handoff and tears through the line of scrimmage at high speed. Has the juice to get to the corner and turn it. Can sink hips and make sharp cuts on wide-flowing runs. Shows no hesitation to hit it hard between tackles. Makes changes to the course of his run on the fly. Very capable pass-catcher with instant "go" after catch. Can make defenders miss on second level. Determined to find positive yards with each downhill attempt.

Weaknesses

Despite his compact frame, won't move too many piles after contact and can be felled by a single tackler if squared up. Shows impatience as a runner. Needs to improve run tempo and learn when it's time to shift gears rather than relying on hard-charging approach. Gets excited to make cuts and fails to press the line of scrimmage for as long as he should when setting up cutback lanes. Tiny catch radius forces quarterbacks to be extremely accurate with throws.

Draft Projection

Round 6 or 7

NFL Comparison

Brandon Oliver

Bottom Line

Mighty-mite runner with a fearless approach to running inside. Has the acceleration and foot quickness to threaten defenses to the perimeter. Agnew will have to improve his ball security and show that he's big enough to stand up to NFL defenders. However, his toughness and talent as a pass-catcher will pair nicely with his acceleration through the line of scrimmage for teams looking for a change­-of­-pace backup with the ability to inject energy into a drive.
-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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