Tony Pollard

Memphis

Prospect Info

College
Memphis
Hometown
Class
TN
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
210 lbs
30”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.33
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Dallas
Cowboys
Round 4 ‧ Pick 26
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40 Yard Dash
4.52u
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Bench Press
13
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
35.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Pollard was one of the top return specialists in college football the past three years, tying the FBS record with seven career kickoff return touchdowns. The Memphis native earned playing time as a redshirt freshman, starting seven times in 13 appearances (29-298-10.3, two TDs receiving; 31-159-5.1, one TD rushing) and finishing among the national leaders in kick return average (28.1) and scoring twice to be named the American Athletic Conference's Special Teams Player of the Year. AAC coaches voted Pollard the top special-teamer in the conference again in 2017 as he led the nation with a school-record 40 yards per kick return (22-881) and four kickoff returns for scores. He also caught 36 passes for 536 yards (14.9) and four touchdowns and ran 30 times for 230 yards (7.7 average) and two scores in 13 games. In 2018, he produced 78-552-7.1 and six TDs rushing, 39-458-11.7 and three TDs receiving and 27-667-24.7 with one TD on kick returns. He completed his career with the Tigers by rolling up 318 all-purpose yards (209 on kick returns, 109 and one TD rushing) in the Birmingham Bowl against Wake Forest. Teammate Darnell Henderson, also an early entrant in this year's draft, skipped the bowl game, which opened the door for Pollard to shine as a ball-carrier.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
Andre Roberts
Overview
It's hard not to get excited about a player with good size/speed and the type of per-touch production he put together at Memphis during his three-year stay. However, finding Pollard's NFL fit could be easier said than done as he's not a natural runner and is behind in ball skills and route-running as a receiver. He has enough talent to handle the packaged/gadget plays, but with kick-return value diminishing league-wide, he will need additional fundamentals training at one position to be more than a shiny toy that is rarely out of the box.
Strengths
  • Proven playmaker with NFL size
  • Averaged a touchdown every 13.5 touches and 9.2 yards per touch
  • Finished three-year run with seven kick return scores
  • Subtle shifts without breaking stride and runs through arm tackles
  • Used in joker role but has one-cut potential as runner
  • Adequate vision and cuts effectively off blocks
  • Not overly shifty, but creates some misses
  • Balances through heavy contact for YAC yards
  • Works into traffic as pass-catcher
  • Above-average catch-and-run option
  • Provides valuable roster flexibility
Weaknesses
  • Takes time to gather weight and cut
  • Can be impatient with the ball in his hands
  • Improv-oriented and gets off rush track as running back
  • Below-average short-area route quickness
  • Needs to be more sudden to uncover against tight man
  • Needs more bend and upfield burst into routes
  • Runs rounded, telegraphed slants
  • Body catcher and struggles to rescue poor throws
  • Needs to work back to ball earlier
Sources Tell Us

"When he came out, I didn't even know who he was to be honest. I've watched him since then and I think he's OK. I don't think he's plus in any of the areas he's used, but that versatility is major." - AFC director of scouting
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