RB ANTONIO ANDREWS, WESTERN KENTUCKY

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6’0” – 219 lbs. – 4.60e

OVERVIEW:

Contributed in a reserve/rotational capacity as a freshman, then reprised the same role as a sophomore, adding some snaps as the team’s kick-and-punt returner. Stepped into the starting role as a junior and enjoyed an outstanding season, joining Barry Sanders as the only running backs to ever gain over 3,000 total yards in a season, being named to the All-Sun Belt First Team.

STRENGTHS:

•    Has had one of the most productive seasons in college football history.
•    Maintained his production against top programs such as Alabama.
•    Has contributed as a runner, as a receiver, and as a kick/punt returner.
•    Generally a decisive runner when presented with an open hole to hit.
•    Possesses good vision, taking advantage of cutback lanes when possible.
•    Makes smooth cuts in the hole, decent agility in the open field.
•    Possesses and aggressive demeanor, uses the stiff-arm effectively.
•    Tends to fall forwards on the majority of his rushing attempts.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Possesses an unimpressive build, with thickness but little musculature.
•    Lacks breakaway speed, can be chased down from behind by defenders.
•    Doesn’t do a great job of protecting his legs, frequently tackled low.
•    Probably not someone you actually want returning kicks in the pros.
•    Had some problems with fumbles early in the 2013 season, losing three.
•    Not very well-versed in pass protection, typically runs pass routes.
•    Statistics are inflated from having played in a weak collegiate conference.

SUMMARY:

It’s hard to ignore a back with Andrews’ production over the past two years, and his versatile skillset should also create some confidence in his ability to contribute at the next level. However, his production shouldn’t mask his average physical tools, which is certainly nothing special compared to NFL talent. Andrews is probably someone teams won’t want receiving or returning kicks much in the pros, limiting his appeal. RD 6

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