RB TERRANCE WEST, TOWSON*

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5’11” – 223 lbs. – 4.65e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2011: 194 – 1,294 – 29 (6.7)
2012: 195 – 1,046 – 14 (5.4)
2013: 413 – 2,509 – 41 (6.1), 26 – 258 – 1 (9.9) receiving

OVERVIEW:

Originally planned to attend either Clemson or Maryland, but didn’t score high enough on the SATs to qualify. Started for all three seasons at Towson, setting FCS records for rushing yards and touchdowns.

POSITIVES:

•    Has put together three incredibly productive seasons, with a monster junior campaign.
•    Possesses adequate height and a thick frame which is well-suited to a workhorse role.
•    Makes nice cuts once he sees the hole open, not fast but has a bit of explosiveness.
•    Doesn’t seek out unnecessary contact but can lower the shoulder for extra yardage.
•    Uses the stiff-arm often and effectively to create separation from would-be tacklers.
•    Exhibits more wiggle than might be expected from a top-heavy runner; nice jump-cuts.
•    Also developed as a receiving option as a junior, dramatically improving catch totals.
•    Was able to stay healthy long enough to touch the ball nearly 450 times as a junior.

NEGATIVES:

•    Will be making a steep jump in level of competition after playing at an FCS program.
•    Despite leaving school early, carried the ball over 800 times in total and 400 last year.
•    Build’s pretty uneven, looks big in the upper body but his legs are comparatively thin.
•    Certainly not someone who’s going to be able to run away from NFL defenders easily.
•    Must do a better job of running behind his pads with consistency to maximize his bulk.
•    Too finesse for someone so thick, also not as effective in short-yardage as expected.
•    Doesn’t run with great balance, can be tripped by arm tackles too often for a big guy.
•    Wasn’t retained too often in pass protection, probably a two-down back in the pros.

SUMMARY:

Despite his limited speed, West proved that he was capable of producing as a team’s workhorse (albeit at an FCS school) during his time at Towson, where he carried the ball over 400 times as a junior before opting to forego his senior season. Based on his build and skillset, West seems like he’d be a power back, but in reality is more of a one-cut back who runs with more finesse than expected, and arguably more than he should at times, seemingly preferring to try and reach the edge rather than run between the tackles. However, whether or not that approach will work for a player who’s unlikely to time any faster than a 4.6 remains to be seen. In addition to his somewhat incongruous style, West will need to make strides as a pass protector and do a better job of running behind his pads to limit how much of his body is exposed to defenders. Probably a third-day, rotational back at the next level.

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