Joshua Kelley

UCLA
RB16

Prospect Info

College
UCLA
Hometown
Class
Lancaster, CA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
212 lbs
31 5/8”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.93
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.49
Seconds
 
Bench Press
23
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.95
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.28
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Kelley was a late bloomer in high school, excelling as a senior but only receiving a scholarship offer from Cal-Davis. So he went from SoCal (Lancaster) to NoCal to begin his college career, punishing tacklers with the Aggies in 2015 (106 carries, 530 yards, 5.0 ypc, three touchdowns; 26.1 yards per kick return) and 2016 (87 carries, 609 yards, 7.0 ypc, four touchdowns; 24.3 yards per kick return, one touchdown). Kelley redshirted in 2017 after transferring to Westwood. He burst onto the national scene as a junior, starting nine of 11 games played and earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 and team MVP honors by rushing for 1,243 yards and 12 scores on 225 carries (5.5 per). He also caught 27 passes for 193 yards (7.1 per). Kelley was a second-team all-conference pick in 2019, even though his numbers were down a bit in 11 starts (229 carries, 1,060 yards, 4.6 ypc, 12 touchdowns; 11 receptions, 71 yards, 6.5 average, one touchdown).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
John Kelly
Overview
Physical, downhill runner best-suited for gap-scheme rushing attack. On most carries, it feels like Kelley is playing a game of chicken against defenders when he ducks his head and hits the accelerator into contact. He's going to create some yardage after contact and break tackles here and there, but he tends to become a tackle magnet who is not able to make tacklers miss. He's a tough runner with short-yardage ability and maybe even third-down value. He could be a Day 3 pick with RB3 potential, but he might always be fighting for his job.
Strengths
  • Size and strength runner
  • Accelerates downhill and runs aggressively behind pads as TD-maker
  • Absorbs contact and falls forward to finish his runs
  • Does not back down from handling the hard work
  • Didn't get enough blocking help but created for himself with power
  • Strong lower body to dismiss upper body tackles
  • Runs with square pads
  • Quick hands to stab and secure high throws
  • Size and spirit to become decent protection option
Weaknesses
  • Running style takes a toll on him
  • Doesn't try to make many people miss
  • Drops head and rams forward rather than surveying for more moves and yards
  • Tight hips hinder ability to transition from cut to cut
  • Forward lean works against him from a balance standpoint
  • Slow to gather and cut downhill
  • Below-average start-stop and lateral change of direction
  • Crowds blockers and lacks feel for the contours of the run lane
  • Below-average vision to reroute the run
GRADE
8.0
The perfect prospect
7.3-7.5
Perennial All-Pro
7.0-7.1
Pro Bowl talent
6.7-6.8
Year 1 quality starter
6.5
Boom or bust prospect
6.3-6.4
Will be starter within first two seasons
6.1-6.2
Good backup who could become starter
6.0
Developmental traits-based prospect
5.8-5.9
Backup/special-teamer
5.5-5.6
Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
5.4
Priority free agent
5.0-5.1
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league