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
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
Averaging 7.8 yards per carry for a season’s worth of work is very impressive. But doing it back-to-back years is bordering insane. And that’s exactly what RS Junior Lache Seastrunk has managed to do for the Baylor Bears in 2012 and 2013.
An Oregon transfer, Seastrunk was recognized by almost every major scouting outlet as one of the premier high school running backs in the Country. Since transferring to Baylor, he’s totaled 1,994 yards and 18 TDs during his two years as a starting running back with the afore-mentioned, mind-blowing 7.8 yards per carry (on 257 carries!).
Seastrunk was on pace to top his impressive 2012 season before a groin injury sidelined him. However, he appears to be healthy again and is likely to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft.
Below is FRG Scouting’s breakdown of Lache Seastrunk. Continue reading
Marion Grice, the all-purpose running back for the Arizona State Sun Devils, is finishing his 2013 senior season on crutches, but his body of work over the last two years has placed him in the race to be one of the first backs selected in next May’s NFL Draft.
The JUCO transfer has enjoyed a stellar season, totaling 996 yards rushing, 438 yards receiving, and 20 total TDs. He’s also displayed his ability in the return game on his 21 kickoff returns this year.
The following is FRG Scouting’s take on Marion Grice as we approach the 2013 NFL Draft. Continue reading