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NFL Prospect Evaluations – March 21


Joseph Randle
, RB, Oklahoma State, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds



PROS: Quick, shifty, experience in passing game – both catching the ball and blocking.


CONS:
Thin build, runs too tall, struggles finding the hole when the box is stacked, lacks breakaway speed necessary for thinner running backs to thrive.


DRAFT BRIEFING:

Having difficulty getting a read on how teams value him. My opinion all along has been that the internet likes him more than teams do, but the internet has gone somewhat quiet on his prospects. I think he is picked Day 2, but not until near the end of it. NFL teams do not see three down potential, and, despite his advanced skills in the passing game, that’s a problem.

2013 OUTLOOK: I plan to ignore him. His best case involves whoever is in front of him getting hurt, and even then I will bet he shares touches with whatever veteran is on his roster.

DYNASTY OUTLOOK: I never rule out a running back until they’re drafted, but unless Randle slips to Round 3 he is not on my radar. He is not a three down player and he lacks the game breaking element part time runner’s need to be reliable starter’s.


Kenjon Barner


, RB, Oregon, 5-foot-9, 190 pounds


PROS: Threat to score anytime he touches the ball, explosive, shifty, decisive through the hole, and runs with excellent balance.

CONS: The next tackle he breaks will be his first. This can be masked at the college level … in the pros? Not so much.

DRAFT BRIEFING: I expect him to be treated similarly as
LaMichael James
last year, a luxury Day 2 pick to a team needing an explosive element in the running game. Where he ends up and his expected role will play a big part to his fantasy value.

2013 OUTLOOK: Bleak. He will probably start off as a returner with a select few specialty package plays mixed in, but that’s about it.

DYNASTY OUTLOOK: Intriguing. Much like his former teammate, James, he will probably have to wait until year two before he shows his true worth. Unlike Randle, he has the game breaking element a part-time player needs to be considered as a RB2 or RB3. He just needs the right situation.



Tyler Bray


, QB, Tennessee, 6-foot-6, 210 pounds



PROS: Best arm in the draft, tall, can make all the throws.

CONS: Total mental midget on and off the field. Awful footwork, doesn’t move the pocket well, poor decision making, even worse under duress, ball security, awareness, and, worst of all, has ‘not coachable’ issues swirling around him.

DRAFT BRIEFING: Due to this class being void of a consensus franchise quarterback and the need throughout the league somebody is going to convince their (desperate) front office to give him a shot. It would not surprise me one bit if a team drafting early in Round 2 vaults back into Round 1 and locks him up.

2013 OUTLOOK: Not an option. Despite the physical tools, he has way too many hurdles to cross to even be thought of as a possible option until at least 2014 and likely later.

DYNASTY OUTLOOK: Any quarterback who has the potential to start in two years is an option in your rookie draft, so Bray must be ranked, but keep him in the afterthoughts portion of your rankings. Even if he ends up in a strong organization like
Ryan Mallett
did, it’s going to be a while before any potential is realized. The likelihood of him panning out is stronger, but the level of patience needed to wait is high, usually too high for most owners.

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