Bo Scarbrough

Alabama
RB

Prospect Info

College
Alabama
Hometown
Class
Northport, AL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
228 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
10 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.50
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Dallas
Cowboys
Round 7 ‧ Pick 18
40 Yard Dash
4.52
Seconds
Bench Press
14
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
40.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
129.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.34
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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It's difficult to watch the tall, powerful Scarbrough run the ball for the Tide without thinking of 2015 Heisman Trophy winner and 2016 second-round pick Derrick Henry. He played football for Tuscaloosa County before his senior year, when he transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida for his final high school season. He grayshirted, enrolling in January 2015 and participating in spring practices; unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury in the first scrimmage, causing him to miss the first four games of the 2015 season. Scarbrough managed to play in seven games that year, rushing 18 times for 104 yards and one score while Henry cleared 2,000 yards. He only started twice in his sophomore year, but still racked up 812 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground (four receptions, 22 yards). Scarbrough was the Tide's Offensive MVP against Washington in a College Football Playoffs semifinal with 180 yards and two touchdowns, and only a leg injury prevented him from putting up big numbers in the 2016 title game. He managed 16 carries for 93 yards and two scores in the first half against Clemson.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Derrick Henry
Overview
Scarbrough can be a runaway locomotive, but he needs a long track to get rolling or his effectiveness will drop sharply. Scarbrough won't make tacklers miss, but he is a brute force who can add yardage to the end of runs. Scarbrough is a one-cut runner who is best in an under-center rushing attack where he can get carries in bunches. He has the talent to be an effective NFL running back, but durability concerns and a lack of pass catching ability could cap where teams are willing to consider drafting him. His explosive testing at the Combine could intrigue teams who had written him off previously.
Strengths
  • Tapered, powerful physique
  • Is a punisher behind his pads
  • Can absorb solid blows and keep runs alive
  • Will always fall forward once he gets a head of steam behind him
  • Plays with steady tempo
  • Has surprising ability to gather weight and cut sharply downhill as outside zone runner
  • Generally comfortable making reads and choosing track from I-formation
  • Tackling him high ends poorly for defenders
  • Able to create additional yardage through power and long speed
  • Able to batter defenses late in game and then hit the chunk play
  • Short yardage touchdown specialist who can leap up-and-over the pile
  • Had dominant stretch against Auburn, Florida, Washington and Clemson late last year
  • Can thump in blitz pick-up
  • Hasn't had to handle a heavy workload thanks in part to Alabama's committee approach
Weaknesses
  • Plays with upright running style
  • Frame too accessible for big hitters looking for a slab of ribs
  • Durability is a major concern
  • Has suffered through multiple lower body injuries dating back to high school
  • Long strider who needs a long runway to get to top speed
  • Doesn't have bend and footwork to string moves together
  • Too big and leggy to counter sudden penetration in backfield and needs runs to stay on schedule
  • Impatient with a penchant for crowding lead blockers and eliminating his own escape routes
  • Burst and feel for running lanes is below average
  • Defenders got hands on him much earlier in the carry than his teammate Damien Harris
  • Missing second-level vision to play chess against linebackers
Sources Tell Us

"He's in the old school mode of big and physical with no third down value as a pass catcher. Give him room and he's trouble but how is he going to get yards if he has a bad line in front of him?" - Former NFL offensive coordinator

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GRADE
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