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Buck Allen in the 4th


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Agreed RavenMad.



What he brings: His specialty is as a downhill runner, but he also showed a good sense for identifying cutback lanes and displayed good patience in setting up his blocks and acceleration in exploding through the hole. He's capable of being a three-down back in the NFL, given his pass-catching ability.


He'll fit in very well. North/South runner.

Ozzie filled another need.

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STRENGTHS Loose hips for tight turns and razor-sharp cuts. Has quick-stop, jump-cut ability to make defenders miss in the backfield. Can slalom back and forth, navigating around traffic through the line of scrimmage and into the second level. Able to shake linebackers and downhill safeties in space. Short-area acceleration to give leg-tacklers a vanishing target. Has lateral quickness to bounce runs outside and create something out of nothing. Factors into passing game, averaging 11.3 yards per catch over last two seasons. Plays with adequate burst through the crease. Able to handle a heavy workload if asked. :thumbup:

WEAKNESSES Running style doesn't match his size. Upright runner. Plays with high pad level and doesn't finish runs with attitude and urgency. Slows feet into contact and rarely explodes through initial tackler with force. Lacks instincts and feel for developing running lanes. Chooses the trafficked path more than expected. At times, will show some indecisiveness and hesitation into the fray. Will break prematurely from path the play should follow rather than allowing it to develop. Focus drops plagued him out of backfield in 2014. :cryin:


SOURCES TELL US "He's not the most physical guy I've ever graded, but he'll pass block and he's solid is most areas. I have him as my 4th rated back in the draft for what we want." - AFC running back coach

NFL COMPARISON Bernard Pierce :scared:

BOTTOM LINE Workhorse back able to make plays late in the game and work out of the backfield to keep defenses honest. His relative elusiveness in space and ability to cut on a dime give him the ability to create yards where there are none, but his average vision and inability to finish off runs will keep him from getting some of the yards teams might expect. He's well-rounded enough to be a very good backup with middle-of-the-road starting potential.

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