Donnie Ernsberger

Western Michigan
RB

Prospect Info

College
Western Michigan
Hometown
Class
Battle Creek, MI
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
241 lbs
31 5/8”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

4.98
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.78
Seconds
 
Bench Press
15
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
114.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.09
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.34
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
LoadingLoading spinner

Playlist

Ernsberger's sister, Shalene, created a viral video in October 2017 by running onto the field to celebrate a touchdown by her brother. That was one of four scores the thick receiver caught on the year among his 34 receptions that covered 394 yards. The two-time All-MAC selection (second team in 2017, third team in 2016) was more typically used as a strong lead blocker for the Broncos' rushing attack during his career, starting all 39 games from 2015 to 2017, but only catching nine passes for 112 yards and a score in 2016 and two for 22 yards the previous season. In 2014, the Battle Creek, Mich., native was primarily used as a blocking fullback and on special teams.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority Free Agent
Overview
Ernsberger's size will likely make him an H-back or fullback candidate. As a pass catcher, he will need to improve his route-running in order to free himself against NFL man coverage. As a blocker, he's a willing hitter, but very inconsistent with his technique. Ernsberger could offer special teams value, but he plays a position that may not have many openings so he'll need to find something in his game to stand out in order to become an NFL player.
Strengths
  • Has lined up all over the field and may offer flexibility of an H-back
  • Does a good job of selling the block fake before leaking into the flat
  • Gets into his routes with adequate quickness and maintains play speed in his routes
  • Reliable hands catcher in space
  • Adds run after catch yardage
  • Aggressive in limited iso-block opportunities
  • Accelerates into his block
  • Should continue to improve as blocker
Weaknesses
  • High-cut and may be caught between positions
  • Lacks route savvy and gives intentions away before his breaks
  • Is smallish to be a tight end
  • Inconsistent blocker
  • Pad level too high and rarely wins leverage
  • Leaves his feet behind into contact and falls off blocks
  • Body control is below average
  • Needs to show improvements in adjusting to targets in space as blocker

News

Path to the Draft

Final quick-snap 2018 NFL Draft grades for all 32 teams

Best and most worrisome picks from the 2018 NFL Draft

Winners and losers from Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft

Winners and losers from Rounds 2, 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft

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