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Draft Analysis:

  • 5'9" Height
  • 200LBS. Weight


After going from full-time starter to third string, Yearby decided it was time to leave Miami for the NFL. A two-time high school state champ and one of the top recruits at any position in the country, he stayed home in Miami to play for the Hurricanes. Yearby was a regular contributor as a true freshman (86 carries, 509 yards, one touchdown) before getting the starting nod in 2015. He garnered third-team All-ACC notice that season, carrying the ball 2015 times for 1,002 yards and six scores along with catching 23 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns. With new head coach Mark Richt and Walton leading the offense, Yearby took a back seat last fall (102-608, seven TDs), getting only three carries in the final two games. That, along with being the father of two young children, led Yearby to go pro.



Plays at a fast pace and can process run lane development quickly. Has light, bounding feet that allow him to probe along the offensive line and dart in and out of would-be run lanes. Features a good burst to the edge to race around the corner. Uses effective spin move to maneuver out of tackles. Plays with above average contact balance and will fight for additional yardage. Has one-cut quickness when he sees his path. Elusive runner with shake in tight quarters. Can make defenders miss on first and second levels and strings runs together. Has just one career fumble in 393 attempts.


Lost almost half of his carries this season to a more talented sophomore running back. Squatty build can carry additional body fat if he's not diligent in workouts. Short-stepper who is more quick than fast. Is usually walked down from behind in open field. Tight-hipped and runs with a fairly narrow base. Runs hard but isn't much of a tackle breaker. Plays so fast that his patience can be an issue. Below average success rate in short yardage situations.

Draft Projection

Round 7-PFA

Sources Tell Us

"He could be a third down back maybe. Nothing special there. I just don't see a defined role that you can project him to as a 'make-it' guy." - NFC area scout

Bottom Line

Yearby has decent size and very good quickness, but lacks power and many scouts see him as a backup running back with some third down potential. Yearby has average vision and is able to react quickly to what is in front of him. Yearby's quickness to the perimeter combined with his quick cuts and elusiveness make him an interesting change-of-pace runner who could surprise on the next level if given a chance.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster