RB AMEER ABDULLAH, NEBRASKA

RB #8 AMEER ABDULLAH, NEBRASKA

5’9” – 195 lbs. – 4.50e

Team captain. Smaller than you’d like from a workhorse running back, with a thin build; will enter the draft with three years of starting experience under his belt but shouldn’t be asked to carry the load in the pros. Does a lot of his work on tosses and stretch plays. Shifty, explosive runner who gets up to speed quickly and can make the first man miss; impressive jukes. Capable of making something out of nothing when the hole’s not there. Fast enough to hit the home run; speed makes him a candidate to return kicks or punts at the next level, both of which he has some experience doing. Hard runner who works to gain yardage after contact and often falls forward at the end of his carries; can run through arm tackles, but doesn’t project as a power back. Good vision and impressive balance. However, is more of an east-west runner before he reaches the line of scrimmage; has been successful bouncing runs outside at the college level, but may have difficulty doing so as a pro. Has lost twenty fumbles over three seasons; will need to hold onto the ball in order to avoid ending up in a coach’s doghouse. In some spread formations, lines up in the slot to provide an additional receiving option, although he’s generally retained as a blocker rather than sent on routes. A willing blocker whose effectiveness is somewhat constrained by his lack of size; doesn’t stay on his feet to engage rushers, but must go low in order to obstruct their path. Gets overwhelmed on contact when he tries to remain upright. Will be entering the draft with three years of starting experience under his belt; has been able to stay healthy so far, but the amount of times he’s carried the ball may concern teams. Does a respectable job in blitz pickup and has been effective running the ball out of spread formations, which should help him compete for snaps as a team’s third-down specialist, but must prove that he can run between the tackles and protect the football in order to establish himself as a member of a team’s running-back rotation. Success as a return specialist in college will help him distinguish himself from some of the draft’s other third-day running backs.

Games watched: Georgia (’12), UCLA (’12), Illinois (’13), Southern Mississippi (’13)

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