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Combine Results

5.39 ?
  • 4.65 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'9" Height
  • 30 3/4" Arm Length
  • 215LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands


2014: Second-team All-MAC. Suspended two games after being charged with three felonies. Missed time at end of season with knee injury. Did not play in bowl game due to academic issues. Led team in rushing despite playing only nine games. 2013 (at Michigan): Played in one game as a running back. Contributed on special teams. 2012 (at Michigan): Played in eight games, started vs. Ohio State. 2011 (at Michigan): Played in 10 games, four as a reserve running back.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.42 and 4.5 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.12 seconds
20-yard short shuttle: 4.4 seconds



If you don't bring it to him, he will bring it to you. Powerful beyond his size with strong legs and outstanding balance at and beyond contact. Able to absorb contact on legs with defenders bouncing off. Coils into a ball of power and explodes into tacklers with cocked hip and low pad level to finish his run with a message being sent. Competes hard on every run with jump cuts and lateral shiftiness in the hole to go with his power. Sudden runner with ability to make sharp, decisive cuts. Can plant and go with immediate burst downhill or bounce to perimeter in search of new opportunities. Has desired foot quickness and hip fluidity. Has above-average vision and feel for the changing shape of running lanes. Hands are good enough to factor in passing game.


Appears to be too cutback-happy at times rather than sticking with the original track. Doesn't keep ball tucked into contact at all times and gave away fumbles. Physical run style opens him to excessive wear and tear. Makes marginal effort in pass protection. Was held out of one game and suspended for another in 2014, but was reinstated after making plea deal in purse-theft case. He had been charged with felonies of larceny and credit card fraud after allegedly stealing a 62-year-old woman's purse in April 2014, but plead guilty to a charge of attempted larceny after the plea deal. Was sentenced to one year of probation and 104 hours of community service. Missed bowl game for academic reasons.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5 or 6

Sources Tell Us

"Our regional scout killed him in readings, but I'm going to bring him back up when the time is right because he's got what you are looking for." -- AFC running backs coach "Watched him a little. He's not bad - late round guy to me. We took him off our board though so I don't know if it was medical or character or what." - NFL Assistant Head Coach

NFL Comparison

Ahmad Bradshaw

Bottom Line

Compact, powerful running back who runs just as powerfully on his 35th carry (back-to-back games of 40 carries) as he does to start the game. While he finishes with brute force, he possesses the vision and lateral movement of a finesse runner. He is more than capable of handling a starter's workload in the NFL, and had Purdue's safeties ready to tap out by the end of that game last season. His character must be vetted carefully, but the tools and the talent are those of a league starter.
-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.