Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M
40 Time: 4.41
Grade: 6.2 (Grading Scale)
Arms: 29 1/2″ Hands: 9 1/8″
Vertical: 32.5″ Broad:9’6″ 3 Cone: 7.17 Short Shuttle:4.28 Bench: 21
Film Room Notes: vs Baylor
Strengths: Gray has a solidly built frame with adequate bulk – Strong enough to handle the NFL game – Gray is at his best when he is making one cut and attacking the hole – Has good lateral quickness, can make people miss – Gets through the hole with quickness and is able to lower his shoulder – Keeps his eyes down field, once he gets through the line of scrimmage he can make the next level miss – Has good vision and a feel for were the hole is – When on the perimeter and with the ball in his hand he allows for the blocks to set up – Exhibits patience while in space, reads his blocks well – Gray exhibits good balance, runs with his pads over his feet and maintains balance in and out of his cuts – Gray is a good receiver out of the backfield, has soft hands and creates YAC – Was used in various ways in the pass game, split out wide, shovel passes, swing passes and traditional screen passes – Tough to tackle in the open field, usually makes the first man miss – Gray also has enough power to lower his shoulder and get the tough yards – Is pretty solid in pass protection – Recognizes where pressure is coming from – Steps up, using pretty good technique and delivers a good pop to oncoming pass rushers
Weaknesses: Gray shows the tendency to make one too many cuts behind the line of scrimmage – Tries to bounce the run outside, instead of getting what is blocked – Has good, but not great top end speed – Lacks the extra gear to run away from the defense – There are some durability concerns, missed time the previous two seasons, as well as failing the Senior Bowl physical – Loses too much speed when he makes his cuts, would like to see him accelerate out of his breaks more – Not sure if he can handle being an every down back – Needs to keep his feet moving after initial contact, gets taken down too easily at times.
While Gray might not be as dynamic and doesn’t possess the game breaking ability as some of the other running backs in the draft, Gray exhibits enough ability to be a productive back. Combined with this ability to contribute in the passing game and his ability to pass block, Gray has a package of skills that will be attractive to NFL teams in the mid rounds.
Last Updated: April 7, 2012