2010 NFL Draft: RB Scouting Reports

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1. CJ Spiller, Clemson
Spiller is lightning in a bottle. He can instantly change a game with his quick feet, be it on offense or a return. He is not a 20 carry per game back; Spiller is ideally suited a 3rd-down back that is used on screens, draws, and catching the ball out of the backfield.

Pros: Speed, Elusiveness, Speed, Return Game, Speed, Homerun Ability
Cons: Durability, Inside Running
Verdict: 1st Round

2. Ryan Matthews, Fresno State
Matthews is a Junior with a lot of tread left on his tires. He is a strong finisher, and can really wear a defense down. His speed/strength combination is a rare one.

Pros: Inside Running, Consistency, Strength
Cons: Durability, Pass Catching
Verdict: 1st-2nd Round

3. Jahvid Best, Cal
After suffering a scary head injury, many teams moved Best down their draft-boards. However, if Best is fully recovered, he is an elusive runner whose only liability is in the passing game.

Pros: Speed, Elusiveness, Inside/Outside Running
Cons: Injury Concerns, Durability, Pass Protection
Verdict: 1st-2nd Round

4. Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss
McCluster is a tiny guy (5-7/165) that plays with a much bigger heart. Ideally, Dexter will be a 3rd down back or WR in the NFL that could also make an impact on wildcat plays. McCluster will not shy away from contact, and can finish runs well. Pass protection in college wasn’t a problem, although his small size might make that a problem in the NFL.

Pros: Speed, Elusiveness, Versatility
Cons: Size, Strength, Durability
Verdict: 2nd-3rd Round

5. Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech
Dwyer played in a weird triple-option system in college that will make it a challenge to change his reads. Dwyer’s strength and speed will help him make the adjustment. GT’s lack of a passing game makes it hard to determine his pass-catching and pass-protection skills.

Pros: Strength, Inside Running
Cons: System Experience, Pass Catching
Verdict: 2nd-3rd Round

6. Toby Gerhart, Stanford
Gerhart looks like a great inside-runner in college, but he will have tougher treading in the NFL. The athletes are bigger and stronger, and Gerhart’s speed won’t let him make any mistakes. That said, Gerhart will be a good short-yardage back.

Pros: Strength, Inside Running
Cons: Speed
Verdict: 2nd-3rd Round

7. Joe McKnight, USC
McKnight came out a year early, but a team looking for a high-risk, high-reward project might look him up. McKnight is very elusive in the open-field, but just like Reggie Bush, the trick will be getting him the ball.

Pros: Speed, Elusiveness
Cons: Intangibles, Durability,
Verdict: 3rd-4th Round

8. Anthony Dixon, Mississippi State

Dixon is a true-downhill runner, lacking the moves to make linebackers miss at the NFL level. Teams needing a short-yardage back will find Dixon can fill that role.

Pros: Strength, Toughness, Inside Running
Cons: Consistency, Elusiveness, Speed
Verdict: 3rd-5th Round

9. Montario Hardesty, Tennessee
Hardesty held off super-frosh Bryce Brown in completing his best season in Vol Oragne. He is a solid all-around back that has few deficiencies. That said, nothing he does makes you drop the remote and say “Wow.” He will be a solid backup RB in the NFL that can shoulder the load when called upon.

Pros: Consistency, Versatility
Cons: Injury History, Durability, Big Play Ability
Verdict: 3rd-5th Round

10. Joique Bell, RB, Wayne State
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