NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
I’m Back! This time for real. If anyone reads this, let me first apologize for my long absence from the site. Due to personnel reasons, my schedule over the past few months has not allowed me the time to work on the draft. My schedule is back to normal now and I plan on hitting this draft class hard. I am further behind this year than most seasons, but luckily there is still time to get an in depth look at this class, at least at the positions I feel the Patriots might target come April. With the Senior Bowl happening this week, this is a perfect time to jump in and get to work on this class. Today, we continue with a position I think the Patriots must address, Running Back.
Before we get to the report, let us first take a moment to congratulate the Patriots for making it to the Super Bowl. We as fans have been so spoiled over the past 15 years. No team in the history of any major sport has been able to put together this type of sustained success. We need to appreciate it now because who knows when this magical run will come to an end. With that said, if the Patriots want to continue their reign on the NFL, one position that still looks to need an upgrade is Running Back, so today I took a look at Alvin Kamara. Here is what I saw from his film.
Name: Alvin Kamara (#6)
School: Tennessee (rJr.)
Height: 5’11” (unofficial)
Weight: 215 Lbs. (unofficial)
Kamara is an explosive athlete. He jumps of the screen with his ability to reach top speed quickly. He runs with good balance and is elusive is space, making it difficult for defenders to bring him down. He has excellent hands and is a natural pass catcher, making him a weapon as both a runner and a receiver. Kamara shows great burst when he gets the ball and explodes up to and through the line quickly. He runs with good pad level and falls forward when tackled. He shows good vision and patience, especially on screen plays. His technique is raw, but he is willing to pass protect. Kamara has 7 career fumbles, so he is pretty good about protecting the ball.
There are very few negatives when it comes to Alvin Kamara. I am very interested to see his official measurements because he looks much smaller to me. On tape, he looks like he lacks bulk and Tennessee used him more as a change of pace/passing back until they were forced to use him as a feature back after Jalen Hurd quit the team. He lacks the lower body power to run between the Tackles consistently and be productive. Tennessee manufactured touches for Kamara to be productive and typically those plays were to the outside, which will not be as successful in the NFL.
The negative section on Kamara is really small. He is an exciting player with the ball in his hand and when he can get out in space. From a Patriots perspective, he does not fit what the team needs. I think Kamara would be a player Belichick would love to have on his team because of his ability to be a playmaker as both a runner and a receiver. Kamara has the chance to be an electric player in the NFL if he goes to the right system and a coaching staff can be creative with him. He reminds me of Duke Johnson from a few years back out of Miami. If the Patriots did not have Lewis and White, I think he would be high on the Patriots draft board. While he might not be a great fit for the Patriots needs, I think a team in the mid 2nd to mid 3rd will take Kamara.
Again, if anyone does actually read this, I apologize for the lack of posts this fall. I plan on grinding out many more of these in the coming months, so keep an eye out.