Nick Bawden

San Diego St.
RB

Prospect Info

College
San Diego St.
Hometown
Class
Los Gatos, CA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
245 lbs
30 1/2”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.36
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Detroit
Lions
Round 7 ‧ Pick 19
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Bawden's career with the Aztecs took a left turn early on, but it all turned out for the best. He was a three-star recruit as a quarterback (offered by Harvard, Utah, Washington, among others) when he left northern California (Los Gatos) for SDSU. Bawden got his opportunity to show coaches his skills as a passer in his true freshman season, starting two of five games played. He won one game and lost one, but only completed 13 of 38 passes (34.2 percent) for 147 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. His coaches asked him to move to fullback after the season, and he agreed after some deliberation. Bawden was a reserve in nine games at the position in 2015 before taking on the starting role the next two seasons. In fact, Bawden was the lead blocker for the nation's top rusher in 2016 (Donnel Pumphrey) and 2017 (Rashaad Penny). He caught 15 passes for 137 yards as a junior and nabbed 15 throws for 103 yards and his first touchdown this fall.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
Tommy Bohanon
Overview
Quarterback turned fullback who has bought into the physicality of the fullback position and has the mangled nose to prove it. Bawden has good size and is a competent pass-catcher. The market for old-school fullbacks has shrunk, but he has the ability to find a roster home as a contributing lead blocker and pass catcher on play-action.
Strengths
  • Shows ability to make adjustments in his block responsibility quickly when needed
  • As a run blocker, looks for work
  • Able to engage and sustain long enough for running backs to hit the crease
  • Triggers and accelerates into contact when he finds his target as iso-blocker
  • Able to unlock hips into contact
  • Decent athlete in space and can get his kick-out blocks on the perimeter
  • Catches with reliable hands
  • Able to be used as pass-catching option out of backfield even with a cast on his hand
Weaknesses
  • Looks hesitant at times when his expected block doesn't show up in the hole as lead blocker
  • Needs to improve with his hands at the point of attack
  • Will allow arms to get wide and grabby at times
  • Can play with a little better knee bend to improve his pad level at the point of attack

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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