Rajion Neal, the starting running back for the Tennessee Volunteers, enters the 2014 NFL Draft process with very little hype or exposure. His name is not one of the first ones mentioned with the top senior runners, and it likely won’t be until an all-star game or the NFL Scouting Combine before that changes (if at all.)
Neal has had a very nice 2013 season. With 1,124 yds rushing and 12 TDs, Neal surpassed 2,000 career yards for the Volunteers and had the best rushing season that the team has seen since 2009. He also managed to set a career high with 27 receptions this year.
While not a flashy runner, Neal is a name to keep an eye on as we inch toward the NFL Draft.
Below is FRG Scouting’s analysis of Rajion Neal. Continue reading
Tre Mason, the Heisman Trophy finalist and leading rusher for the Auburn Tigers, is likely to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft. And when he does, he’ll bring his 1,621 yards and 22 TDs to the strong running back class. Mason became the Tigers’ starter mid-way through last season, and has totaled over 2,600 yards and 30 TDs since.
Auburn will be playing in the National Championship game versus Florida State in January, and Mason will have a chance to showcase his talents on the biggest stage. While it’s unlikely that he’ll win the Heisman Trophy, he will benefit from the exposure and attention that comes along with the game’s biggest award.
Mason is an intriguing player who will likely have a wide range of opinions come draft day. Below is FRG Scouting’s analysis of Tre Mason. Continue reading
Not many running backs will enter the 2014 NFL Draft with as much production as that which the Arizona Wildcats’ Ka’Deem Carey has enjoyed over the last two years as a starter. He’s churned out 3,645 yards and 40 TDs during that time, and has put together a reel of film that will allow NFL talent evaluators plenty of reps to check out.
Carey’s 2013 season didn’t start as well as he would have hoped, as an alleged domestic violence and other off-field altercations led to his suspension for the opening game. Since his return, there simply hasn’t been many running backs that have managed to keep up with his pace.
But production doesn’t always speak to success in the pros. And in the case of Ka’Deem Carey, his numbers tell only part of the story.
The following is FRG Scouting’s analysis of Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona. Continue reading
After being suspended for the first three games of the 2013 season, Carlos Hyde has gone on an absolute tear to lead the Ohio State Buckeyes in rushing with his 1,408 yards and 14 TDs in only 10 games. Hyde is no stranger to production, as he enjoyed a 970 yard, 16 TD season in 2012.
Hyde is averaging 7.7 yards per carry this season, which is a marked improvement over his 5.3 yard per carry average coming into the year.
In addition to his rushing production, Hyde has chipped in with 32 career receptions (three for TDs.).
While there will be a lot of debate about this bruising Buckeye and his off-field concerns, there’s no denying he is one of the most, if not the most, talented runners in the class.
Below is FRG Scouting’s breakdown of Carlos Hyde. Continue reading
Bishop Sankey, the record-setting running back from the University of Washington, enters the 2014 NFL Draft process as one of the most productive runners in this year’s class.
After a 2012 season that saw the junior runner total 289 carries for 1,439 yards and 16 TDs, Sankey topped those numbers this season with 306 carries, 1,775 yards and 18 TDs (breaking Corey Dillon’s single season rushing record). The Huskies’ featured back also pulled in 58 receptions over that two year span.
It’s expected that he will declare for this year’s NFL Draft, and there’s no doubt in FRG Scouting’s analysis that he will become an impact player in the NFL.
The following is FRG Scouting’s analysis of Bishop Sankey. Continue reading
De’Anthony Thomas will be a polarizing prospect as the 2014 NFL Draft season unfolds. Some will see him as a dynamic offensive weapon that lacks a true, natural position. Others will express confidence in his ability to be a running back in the NFL, and there will be a collection of analysts that view him strictly as a slot WR.
Thomas was the top athlete in the 2011 high school class (Rivals), and brought a sprinter’s speed to the Oregon Ducks’ backfield. He made an immediate impact as a freshman, earning the Pac-12 Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year award.
Thomas’s 2013 season has been impacted by a nagging ankle injury (causing him to miss several games) and his production has dipped as a result. That said, Thomas still has rare athletic traits that will trump the box score during the evaluation process.
The following is FRG Scouting’s evaluation of De’Anthony Thomas. Continue reading