Carlos Hyde Scouting Report

CARLOS HYDE – RB – OHIO STATE

Carlos Hyde

Strengths:

Powerful build with good thickness. Runs with good balance and does a great job of keeping his feet moving on contact. The type of back that falls forward more often than not. Good north/south runner who can pick up tough yards. Shows the ability to catch away from his frame. Has the size to stand his ground as a pass-blocker.

Weaknesses:

Lacks explosiveness and he’s very much a 1 speed runner. Doesn’t have an impressive burst and takes longer than most to reach his top speed. Not shifty and lacks any lateral explosion. Lacks the speed to routinely turn the corner. Can be too hesitant at times and lacks the burst to escape closing defenders. Not experienced as a pass-catcher. Still needs a lot of work on blitz pick-ups. Suspended for 3 games as a senior.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Athleticism: 2.0
Power: 3.0
Vision: 2.5
Hands: 2.5
Blocking: 2.0
Intangibles: 2.0

Verdict: Hate him

There’s nothing special about Carlos Hyde and it speaks of a poor running back class if he’s near the top of most peoples rankings. He’s a tough inside runner who can be a workhorse at the next level. However, he won’t excel. For a team needing a quick starting option at running back he is ideal. However, I anticipate his prime to be short and his overall career to be average at best.

Grade: 4th Round

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Ka’Deem Carey Scouting Report

KA’DEEM CAREY – RB – ARIZONA

Ka'Deem Carey

Strengths:

Tough runner with good size. Looks much bigger than his listed size. Relishes contact and runs with good natural power. Doesn’t waste time and likes to head north-south instead of dancing around. His toughness will translate well to pass blocking. Has pretty good hands.

Weaknesses:

Not an explosive athlete. Lacks an impressive burst and his straight-line speed is poor. Runs too upright and takes way too many hits. This also robs him of his natural power. Will miss glaring holes just to run through someone and will leave yards on the field. Needs to stop trying to jump over defenders. Not used too much as a pass catcher. Still raw as a pass blocker and shows poor awareness at times. Has had previous run-ins with the law and character has been questioned.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Athleticism: 1.5
Power: 2.5
Vision: 2.0
Hands: 2.5
Blocking: 2.0
Intangibles: 1.5

Verdict: Hate him

Ka’Deem Carey was a very productive running back in college but I’ll be surprised if he has the same success in the NFL. His game doesn’t translate well at all. He ran a very slow 40 and it shows in games as well. He lacks the ability to make people miss but at the same time is too stiff and upright to run through defenders consistently. To top it all off he doesn’t seem to be a model citizen off the field either. He’s a guy who I wouldn’t even have on my draft board.

Grade: 7th Round-UDFA

Bishop Sankey Scouting Report

BISHOP SANKEY – RB – WASHINGTON

Bishop Sankey

Strengths:

Good straight-line runner who gets to full speed quickly. Impressive burst through the hole. Remains patient and usually does a good job of finding open lanes. Has the speed to turn the corner and bust runs to the outside. Has great balance and runs through more tackles than you’d expect at his size. Great pass catcher who can make difficult catches. Willing blocker who is not afraid of contact.

Weaknesses:

Linear and doesn’t have great lateral agility. Looks stiff at times, especially in the open field. Lacks the ability to stop and cut on a dime. Smaller than most running backs and is especially small through the lower body. Doesn’t possess natural power and won’t be breaking too many wrap-up tackles. Can be too patient at times and his indecisiveness will lead to runs for losses. Had a huge workload as a senior and looked gassed at times in games.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Athleticism: 3.0
Power: 2.0
Vision: 3.0
Hands: 4.0
Blocking: 2.5
Intangibles: 2.5

Verdict: Meh

Bishop Sankey is a run-of-the-mill back who doesn’t really stand out in anyway save for his pass catching ability. He’s a little bit too linear to warrant a higher grade but I think he can be a nice #2 back in the NFL. I doubt he’ll ever be a bell-cow or if he’d ever succeed in that role but it seems like teams are shying away from that type of system anyways.

Grade: 3rd Round

Jacquizz Rodgers Scouting Report

Jacquizz Rodgers

Height: 5’6
Weight: 196
College: Oregon State
40 Time: 4.47
Class: Junior
Stock:
Projected: 3rd-4th Round

Stats

2010 – 257 carries, 1187 yards, 4.6 avg, 14 TD’s, 43 catches, 284 yards, 3 TD’s
2009 – 283 carries, 1440 yards, 5.3 avg, 21 TD’s, 78 catches, 522 yards, 1 TD
2008 – 259 carries, 1253 yards, 4.8 avg, 11 TD’s, 29 catches, 247 yards, 1 TD

Overview:

Jacquizz Rodgers was a superstar at Oregon State who had some dazzling plays. He’s a very shifty runner and is more quick than fast. He’s capable between the tackles and has great vision and patience. His size is a question mark but he’s also received a ton of touches in college which could have worn him out for the NFL. He also lacks great speed and has trouble breaking long runs despite getting into the open field a lot. He’ll probably be relegated to a 3rd down back or a #2 but he can be very successful in that role.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– Small frame but has great bulk
– Tremendous production
– Very shifty runner
– Has some nasty jukes
– Can stop on a dime
– Has a great burst
– Very quick feet can make quick jump cuts with ease
– Good between the tackles
– Patient and waits for his blockers to get in position
– Displays good vision to find cutback lanes
– Runs very low to the ground and has  the tendency to fall forward
– Keeps feet moving on contact
– Lowers the shoulder and doesn’t shy away from contact
– Very good receiver out of the back field
– Versatile, can run, catch, and return kicks

Negatives

– Size is still a concern
– Tough to tell how he will hold up against NFL hits
– Has already been worn down a lot in college
– Lacks breakaway speed
– More quick than fast and has trouble pulling away from defensive backs
– YPC was average, likely because he didn’t break off any long runs
– Will get over-matched as a pass blocker in the NFL due to his size
– May be limited to just a 3rd down back

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 2.5
Power: 2.5
Agility: 5.0
Vision: 4.0
Hands: 4.5
Blocking: 2.0
Pro Potential: 3.0

Daniel Thomas Scouting Report

Daniel Thomas

Height: 6’0
Weight: 230
College: Kansas State
40 Time: 4.60
Class: Senior
Stock:
Projected: 4th-5th Round

Stats

2010 – 298 carries, 1595 yards, 5.3 avg, 19 TD’s, 27 catches, 171 yards
2009 – 247 carries, 1265 yards, 5.1 avg, 11 TD’s, 25 catches, 257 yards
2008 – No Stats
2007 – No Stats

Overview:

Daniel Thomas is an interesting prospect. When you look at his measurables you automatically think he is a tough power back, but he doesn’t really play like one. He runs more like a scat back and he prefers to dance around tacklers rather than running over them. I question how his game translates to the NFL however. He lacks good top end speed and he won’t be able to dance around NFL players like he did in college. At the same time, he lacks the power in his lower body to be a true power back and pound away on defenses. Combine that with his little experience and his potential for injuries and you could have a mid-round flop.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– Has a great frame with a lot of bulk
– Good runner between the tackles
– Has a nice burst
– Long strider with deceptive speed down field
– Can make quick cuts
– Shifty runner who can make people miss
– Does a good job of fighting for yards
– Displays good vision and is patient
– Capable receiver out of the back field
– Team leader

Negatives

– A scat-back in a power-backs body
– Lacks a 2nd gear to challenge defenses and consistently turn the corner
– Doesn’t run with a lot of power
– Has pretty skinny legs and is mostly all a massive upper body
– Inexperienced, hasn’t played the RB position for long
– Prefers to dance around rather than hit the hole hard
– Will run around before running through defenders
– Runs very upright and takes a lot of hits on his body
– Has received a lot of carries in college and could be more injury prone in the pros
– Needs to protect the ball better
– Still raw in pass protection
– Had a lot of problems in school and might take some time to learn the playbook

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 2.5
Power: 2.5
Agility: 3.0
Vision: 3.0
Hands: 3.0
Blocking: 2.0
Pro Potential: 2.5

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