UDFA HB Edition

With all the hype around FA HBs like Reggie Bush, Darren Sproles, Micheal Bush, and DeAngelo Williams; I though it would be a good Idea to introduce the available UDFA HBs that are out there. I will be using for my post, If you guys know of a guy that I miss; put him in the comments please.


With our HB corps the way it is, we will probably be able to attract one of the better ones. Behind our second round pick, Daniel Thomas, we have two unknowns. Lex Hilliard was not very impressive pounding the rock as a second year player, picking up a low 3.9 YPA. The only saving graces Hilliard has is his ability to lead block, pass block, and cath out of the backfield. Kory Sheets is a complete unknown. He only saw the field for one carry and he is a speed guy with a leg coming off a leg injury, but he can help return punts.


Since we run a two back system, I expect our team to try to upgrade this roster in FA. We have our bruising back and are missing our change of pace back. I think this time we go after a guy that is a homerun threat because of how often Sparano went on about our backs not complimenting each other.

UDFA HBs after the jump!


Mario Fannin, RB, Auburn 
Height: 5-10. Weight: 231. 
Projected 40 Time: 4.55. 
Combine 40 Time: 4.37. 
Pro Day 40 Time: . 
Benchx225: . Vertical: 37.5. Broad: . 
Projected Round (2011): 5-7. 

2/28/11: Mario Fannin was the third-string running back at Auburn, but opened up some eyes at the Combine. He ran a 4.37 40 and notched a 37.5-inch vertical at 5-10, 231 pounds. Fannin is not a good runner, but he has proven that he can excel at catching the ball out of the backfield. He could become a solid third-down back in the NFL. 

3/29/10: Mario Fannin rushed the ball only 34 times in 2009. The intrigue is his ability in the passing game; he caught 42 balls for 413 yards. 

Mario Fannin played H-back and some tail back. He ran the second fastest 40 time at the NFL combine. His combination of great size and elite speed give him tremendous upside. He was primarily a pass catcher at Auburn, but when he was given the ball on a hand off, showed good strength and pop at the POA. Having said that, he is very raw, he could work on his vision.


Mario Fannin Highlights (via jefrow34)


Mario Fannin footage (via jefrow34)


Mario Fannin Draft Profile (via ProFootballWeekly)

You may not have heard much from Mario Fannin during Auburn's National Championship season, but the versatile RB-FB combo brought a lot to the table in college and could do the same in the NFL.




Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia 
Height: 5-8. Weight: 179. 
Projected 40 Time: 4.36. 
Combine 40 Time: DNP. 
Pro Day 40 Time: 4.26. 
Benchx225: 24. Vertical: 35.5. Broad: . 
Projected Round (2011): 5-7. 

3/28/11: Noel Devine didn't run or work out at the Combine, but he was able to blaze a 4.26 40 at West Virginia's Pro Day. 

1/25/11: When they show those Christian Children's Fund commercials with the weird old creeper, is Noel Devine one of the kids? Why is he only 160 pounds? Can someone please drive him to a McDonald's? His 8-and-a-half inch hands aren't helping him either. 

10/1/10: Devine suffered a bruised toe against LSU and was limited later in that game. In his first three games, Devine accumulated 73 carries for 354 rushing yards and 80 receiving yards. He is an electric player in the open field and it is inevitable he will draw comparisons to Dexter McCluster

11/7/09: Someone will draft Noel Devine in Rounds 2-3 if he runs a fast 40. He's averaging 6.2 YPC and 8.2 yards per reception this year. He'll be seen as a Darren Sproles-type player.


I think the 4.26 40 at his pro day answers the question, "Will injury slow him down?" WITH A RESOUNDING NO!


Devine Intervention (Noel Devine Freshman Highlights) (via dougitydog)


Simply Devine (Noel Devine Sophomore Highlights) (via dougitydog)

Incredibly Devine (Noel Devine Junior Highlights) (via dougitydog)

Devine has no draft profile


 Darren Evans, RB, Virginia Tech 
Height: 6-0. Weight: 227. 
Projected 40 Time: 4.52. 
Combine 40 Time: 4.56. 
Pro Day 40 Time: . 
Benchx225: 26. Vertical: 35. Broad: . 
Projected Round (2011): 6-FA. 

3/29/10: Tore his ACL in September. 

8/6/09: Took over as Virginia Tech's starting running back as a true freshman a few games into the 2008 campaign. Darren Evans finished with 1,265 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught 17 passes. 


Got injured before his Sophmore campaign. This opened the door for Ryan Williams and Williams never looked back. He performed well as a freshman and the years not pounding the rock mean he wasn't getting hit.


Darren Evans (via CavvyTube)

Darren Evans Draft Profile (via ProFootballWeekly)


VaTech RB Darren Evans may have been used much more as a running back in college had his freshman-year injury not allowed two other backs to take his place. A healthy Evans is looking for a second chance in the NFL.



Nic Grigsby, RB, Arizona 
Height: 5-11. Weight: 199. 
Projected 40 Time: 4.50. 
Combine 40 Time: DNP. 
Pro Day 40 Time: 4.38. 
Benchx225: 21. Vertical: 43.5. Broad: 11-0. 
Projected Round (2011): 6-FA. 

3/13/11: Nic Grigsby had a breath-taking Pro Day. He ran a 4.38, and notched a vertical of 43.5 inches and a broad jump of 11 feet. Grigsby caught 25 passes last year, so he projects as an intriguing third-down back. 

3/29/10: Saw a drop in production last season; had just 79 carries for 567 yards (7.2 YPC) and 13 receptions. 

8/6/09: Nic Grigsby rushed for 1,153 yards and 13 touchdowns on a 5.4 YPC in 2008. He also caught 12 passes. Unfortunately, his 40 time will hurt his draft stock considering how small his frame is. 


Grigsby (via evglenn)



John Clay, RB, Wisconsin 
Height: 6-1. Weight: 230. 
Projected 40 Time: 4.64. 
Combine 40 Time: 4.77. 
Pro Day 40 Time: 4.72. 
Benchx225: . Vertical: 29. Broad: . 
Projected Round (2012): 6-FA. 

2/28/11: John Clay slimmed down to 230 pounds, but didn't look any faster. Clay ran a 4.77 40 and didn't cut very quickly in the drills. He could be an undrafted free agent. 

7/26/10: Yet another powerful Wisconsin back, John Clay rushed for 1,517 yards and 18 touchdowns on a 5.3 YPC. Teams might be concerned about his 40 time. At the very worst, he'll be a great goal-line back. 


I don't think we need another bruiser, but he is an option.



Andre Harris, RB, Northern Colorado 
Height: 6-0. Weight: 223. 
Projected 40 Time: N/A. 
Combine 40 Time: DNP. 
Pro Day 40 Time: 4.50. 
Benchx225: 23. Vertical: 36. Broad: 9-11. 
Projected Round (2011): 7-FA. 

3/29/11: Andre Harris is an intriguing prospect out of Northern Colorado. He rushed for 711 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games last year, including 14-63 at Michigan State. He caught 13 balls on the season. At Northern Colorado's Pro Day, Harris had a 4.50 40, including a solid 1.55 10-yard split. 


Based off of numbers, his 40 indicates slightly above average speed. His broad jump shows some explosiveness in his legs.

No videos.



Graig Cooper, RB, Miami 
Height: 5-10. Weight: 205. 
Projected 40 Time: 4.42. 
Combine 40 Time: 4.63. 
Pro Day 40 Time: 4.66. 
Benchx225: . Vertical: 32.5. Broad: . 
Projected Round (2011): 7-FA. 

3/29/10: Bad news: Graig Cooper partially tore his ACL in Miami's postseason practice game. There's a chance he could be ready for the 2010 season opener. During the year, Cooper had 695 rushing yards on a 5.2 YPC and 18 receptions for 132 more yards. 

8/6/09: As a sophomore, Graig Cooper rushed for 841 yards and four scores on a 4.9 YPC. He also registered 29 catches for 113 receiving yards. Additionally, Cooper took a punt return to the house in 2008. 


Good news? Plays fast. Bad news? Can't stay healthy.


Graig Cooper Draft Profile (via ProFootballWeekly)

Miami RB Graig Cooper is a quick change-of-pace back who flashes big-play ability, but he'll be 18 months removed from surgery as a rookie--can he fully recover?


Graig Cooper RB Miami highlights (via MRMSports)

Graig Cooper Mid-Season Highlights (via CEBHighlights)


Graig Cooper Miami Hurricanes (via dclfboy5)

Armando Allen Jr., RB, Notre Dame 
Height: 5-8. Weight: 201. 
Projected 40 Time: 4.50. 
Combine 40 Time: DNP. 
Pro Day 40 Time: 4.60. 
Benchx225: 23. Vertical: 10-0. Broad: . 
Projected Round (2011): 7-FA. 

10/1/10: Allen is averaging 5.0 yards per carry this year and seems to have improved his burst through the hole and power. 

3/29/10: Bothered by an ankle injury all year, Armando Allen rushed for 697 yards on a 4.9 YPC. He also caught 28 passes. He didn't do any work on special teams. 


His short frame means he is bulkier that other guys in his weight class.


Armando Allen Highlight (via jarrelldotcom)


Armando Allen Highlight Reel (via Ryry4094)


Armando Allen - 2008 Highlights (via awasiele)

Seems like he plays faster than his 40 time suggests.




Brandon Saine, RB, Ohio State 
Height: 5-11. Weight: 220. 
Projected 40 Time: 4.40. 
Combine 40 Time: 4.44. 
Pro Day 40 Time: 4.40. 
Benchx225: . Vertical: 34.5. Broad: . 
Projected Round (2011): 7-FA. 
3/17/11: Brandon Saine once again ran a great 40, notching a 4.40 at his Pro Day. His 10-yard split of 1.53 was very good. 

3/29/10: Brandon Saine rushed for 739 yards (5.1 YPC) and caught 17 passes for 224 more yards in his first year without Chris Wells on the roster. 


Saine is a very good pass catcher.


Brandon Saine (via jefrow34)


 Damien Berry, RB, Miami 
Height: 5-10. Weight: 206. 
Projected 40 Time: 4.40. 
Combine 40 Time: 4.59. 
Pro Day 40 Time: 4.45. 
Benchx225: 23. Vertical: 33.5. Broad: 10-0. 
Projected Round (2011): 7-FA. 

3/27/11: Damien Berry shed five pounds since the Combine. That helped improve his 40 time, as he dropped down to a 4.45. For a running back who was benched late in the year, every little bit helps. 

2/28/11: Fumbling issues resulted in a late-season benching. 


Damien Berry Draft Profile (via ProFootballWeekly)

Can't follow directions? That doesn't sound good.


Damien Berry Draft Profile (via ProFootballWeekly)

(Is this music or the sound of a dying duck?)



Emmanuel Moody, RB, Florida 
Height: 5-11. Weight: 206. 
Projected 40 Time: 4.44. 
Combine 40 Time: . 
Pro Day 40 Time: . 
Benchx225: . Vertical: . Broad: . 
Projected Round (2011): 7-FA. 

3/29/10: For the second consecutive year, Emmanuel Moody carried the ball only 58 times, this time compiling 378 yards (6.5 YPC). 

2/6/09: Emmanuel Moody carried the ball just 58 times, but managed 417 yards (7.2 YPC) and a touchdown in 2008. 

7/25/08: Emmanuel Moody had to transfer out of USC because of the crazy number of running backs on that roster. Moody showed a lot of promise as a freshman in 2006, rushing for 459 yards on a 5.8 clip. 


Moody was UF's redzone back and, occasionally, in 3rd and short situations.


C.J. Gable, RB, USC 
Height: 6-1. Weight: 202. 
Projected 40 Time: 4.52. 
Combine 40 Time: DNP. 
Pro Day 40 Time: 4.59. 
Benchx225: 22. Vertical: . Broad: . 
Projected Round (2011): 7-FA. 

2/6/09: C.J. Gable rushed for 617 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. Like the rest of the USC backfield, Gable didn't get many opportunities. He did, however, return a kickoff for a touchdown. 

5/21/08: C.J. Gable missed most of the 2007 season with a groin injury. 

2007: C.J. Gable finished third on the Trojans in rushing, but he picked it up at the end of his freshman year, garnering 91 yards against California, 107 versus Notre Dame and 52 at UCLA. 


USC #2 C.J. Gable 2008 Highlights (via trojnfball)


USC RB #2 CJ Gable Highlights 2010 (via CaliforniasGold)


Gino Gordon, RB, Harvard 
Height: 5-9. Weight: 193. 
Projected 40 Time: N/A. 
Combine 40 Time: DNP. 
Pro Day 40 Time: 4.56. 
Benchx225: 15. Vertical: 30. Broad: 9-3. 
Projected Round (2011): FA. 

4/9/11: Gino Gordon's 40 won't impress anyone, but he had a solid 1.53 split. 


Great 10 yards split. Average 40 time for a HB.


2010 Ivy League Player of the Year Gino Gordon Highlights (via HarvardAthletics)


Gino Gordon - Harvard University (via Dweinshel)



John Griffin, RB, UMass 
Height: 5-11. Weight: 205. 
Projected 40 Time: N/A. 
Combine 40 Time: DNP. 
Pro Day 40 Time: 4.57. 
Benchx225: 19. Vertical: 36. Broad: 9-9. 
Projected Round (2011): 7-FA. 


John Griffin UMass 2010 (via jagriffin28)

Profile John Griffin (via UMassAthletics)



There you have it, what is left of this RB class.

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