Trenton Cannon

Virginia St.

Prospect Info

College
Virginia St.
Hometown
Class
VA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
185 lbs
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Hands
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Prospect Grade

4.99
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
New York Jets
Jets
Round 6 ‧ Pick 30
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Cannon is not a big back by any means (5-foot-11, 185 pounds), but trying to catch him in the open field is a tough job. He started his career at Shepherd University, but only played in six games as a reserve there in 2014 (47 carries, 216 yards, two touchdowns; three receptions for 28 yards). Cannon transferred to Virginia State for the following year, and led the team in rushing as a 10-game starter (174 carries, 1,178 yards, nine touchdowns; nine catches, 182 yards, two touchdowns). Though he didn't start in 2016, Cannon still earned first-team All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association notice with 1,214 yards and 18 touchdowns on 168 carries (18 catches, 203 yards, two touchdowns; 14 kick returns, 449 yards, one touchdown). In his final season, the Hampton native finished third in Division II in rushing with 1,638 yards on 212 totes, scoring 17 times on the ground (21 catches, 225 yards, three touchdowns). He was a first-team All-CIAA pick as a running back and kick returner in 2017 (25 returns, 821 yards, two touchdowns).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Tremendously explosive change-of-pace runner who will need to live in the cafeteria and the weight room early on to help build his frame up to NFL standards. Cannon has juice for days and that big-play ability in space will be very appealing to teams as a likely undrafted free agent. Cannon can catch it and has a history of handling kick return duties when needed so that may be enough to help him find a practice squad this season.
Strengths
  • Explosive athlete with breakaway potential. Posted 38.5-inch vertical leap and 10-foot-9 broad jump. Ran 4.40-second 40-yard dash with electrifying 1.49 10-yard split. Gets to top gear immediately to pull away from defenders when racing around the corner. Loose hips with lateral agility to make sharp, late cuts to avoid tacklers who are on top of him. Homerun ability with 35 rushing touchdowns over the last two seasons. Offers special teams potential with three kick returns for touchdowns during career
Weaknesses
  • Smallish back at just 185 pounds. Lacks frame for anything more than a change-of-pace role. Unable to push through contact to break tackles and add to his yardage after contact. Will get too far along into the run and ends up limiting his backside options
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