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Players to look out for next year in College Football... HB Edition (Part 2)

  
 
 
This is the thirteenth installment of this series, and my third one on the Pats Pulpit. As a reminder:

 

                             This is just a list of top prospects, at the positions I think the pats will be in need of: 1) Pass rushing DE 2) Guard  3) RB                          

Instead, This is a list of prospects that can be taken with low draft pick next year. (To me, a 4th rounder is still a high draft pick.)

                           DISCLAIMER:  These choices assume that newcomers at CB, OLB, ILB, etc. stick around. So don't blame me for not predicting that some don't pan out.

 

                            Before we get too f ar into our prospects for this installment, let's look at the Backs the Pats have currently, to see what they look for in one. I found these at the Patriots home site.

 

     No.          Name                              Pos                 Height                  Weight                          DOB

    44           Eric Kettani                       RB                  5-11                     235                           3/26/1987

    29           Chris Taylor                      RB                   6-0                       224                           11/7/1983

    33           Kevin Faulk                       RB                   5-8                       202                           6/6/1976

    34          Sammy Morris                   RB                   6-0                       220                           3/23/1977

    39        Laurance Maroney               RB                  5-11                      220                           2/5/1985

    21            Fred Taylor                      RB                   6-1                      228                           1/27/1976

    42     BenJavarus Green-Ellis         RB                   5-11                     215                            7/2/1985

    35          Thomas Clayton                RB                  5-11                     220                            4/26/1984

 

So by look at their overall heights, we can see that most of our backs are between 6'0" and 5'10", the exception being our utility guy, Cobbs. Meanwhile, our backs tend to be on the big side, 220 lbs. or more. There is one exception, Faulk. So we should be looking for a guy that fits those descriptions. From my previous HB editions, my favorites are Bradford and Royster.


Quizz Rodgers*, Oregon State
Height: 5-7. Weight: 191.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Projected Round (2011): 2-3.
3/29/10: Can Quizz Rodgers handle the load at just 191 pounds? Look at these numbers, and you tell me: 273 carries, 1,440 yards. 78 catches, 522 rec. yards, 22 touchdowns. Insanity sauce.

8/6/09: Quizz Rodgers is only 193 pounds, but considering his small height, he has the same bulk as a 6-0, 205-pound runner. Rodgers rushed for 1,253 yards and 11 scores as a freshman. He also chipped in with 29 receptions.

 

 

This guy looks good in these highlights, but doesn't fit the team mold of what a HB is. I would be very surprised if this FO drafted him, because (if you haven't noticed yet) this coaching staff believes in getting bigger, meaner, and stronger. If we did draft him, he would be the fastest HB.

 

Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 227.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2011): 2-3.
3/29/10: Daniel Thomas rushed for 1,265 yards and 11 touchdowns on a 5.1 YPC. He also caught 25 balls for 257 more yards. If he can run a fast 40, he may break into the first round.

 

 

 

This big guy was definately the workhorse Kansas. He seems like a guy that will run over defenders in order to get to pay dirt. sounds a lot like our own Ronnie Brown. Hopefully he doesn't get taken too soon, because I really like this kid because he almost meets all the critera. The only thing he might get points off for are for: needs to be taken with a high draft pick,he might not have the neccasary speed to be a legit offensive threat at the next level. On the other hand he had a 5.1 ypc last year, which means he must have had some nice chunk yards to go along with his methodical grind it out type play his size appears to be made for.

 

  Noel Devine, West Virginia
Height: 5-8. Weight: 175.
Projected 40 Time: 4.31.
Projected Round (2011): 2-3.

11/7/09: Someone will draft Noel Devine in Rounds 2-3 if he runs a fast 40. He's averaging 6.2 YPC and 8.2 yards per reception this year. He'll be seen as a Darren Sproles-type player.

2/6/09: There's a chance Noel Devine runs a 4.2 at the Combine. If that happens, he could be selected on Day 1. As a sophomore, Devine rushed for 1,289 yards on a 6.3 YPC. He also caught 35 balls for 185 more yards.

7/25/08: Noel Devine might be exciting to watch because of his blazing speed. His yards-per-carry average (8.6) is also astonishing. Unfortunately, he's nothing more than a third-down back and a kick returner, as his small size limits his NFL potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This guy looks good in these highlights, but doesn't fit the team mold of what a HB is. I would be very surprised if this FO drafted him, because (if you haven't noticed yet) this coaching staff believes in getting bigger, meaner, and stronger. If we did draft him, he would be the fastest guy on an offense that is pretty average when it comes to speed (not including Sheets). He has a lot of highlights, which means he produced at a high level since his freshman year. He is very small, but is also very elusive.

 

My favorites at this point are D. Thomas and Evan Royster for the go ahead for a high draft pick by this FO.

 Well there it is the second HB edition. Ask me to do more prospects per position if you want me to, I'd be happy to do so. Oh, and I will do more, check the top of the post for the other Editions. I've already have done SS, click here for that edition. Here is the TE Edition. The first HB Edition.  Remember, I am open to suggestions and the like. 

The views expressed in these FanPosts are not necessarily those of the writers or SBNation.

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