RB Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky*

5’10” – 224 lbs. – 4.66
Has been a major contributor since his freshman season, in which he ran for 186-1,091-13. Saw his role expand the following year, going 262-1,333-19 as a sophomore and went 289-1,449-16 as a junior before declaring for the draft. Thickly-built running back who really looks the part of a feature back and carried a heavy load over the past three years. Demonstrated solid ball security, with just two fumbles in each season. Plays in an offense which often had him running off-tackle, but was asked to grind out yardage up the middle as well. At his best when he’s making one cut, getting behind his pads, and burrowing into congestion to push piles for four yards. Does a good job of following his blocks, with a gritty approach, low pad level, and solid leg drive up in the middle. Able to pinball off of tackle attempts and fall forward for additional yardage. Has a little bit of shake and adequate footwork to cut runs upfield or bounce inside attempts to the outside. When he gets in the open field, is able to get low and punish defensive backs. Not the fastest or most explosive back (only two carries over forty yards this past season, and four over thirty), but is capable of ripping off chunks of yardage when he finds an opening. Balance to stay on his feet through contact is just average, although he tends to fall forward. Wasn’t used very frequently as a receiver, catching 29 passes over the course of his career, although his role did expand as a junior; might be more commonly retained as a blocker at the pro level if he stays on the field during passing downs. Has the type of frame and strength teams look for in blitz pickup, and demonstrates a good level of activity in that capacity; plays with the same physicality he does as a runner and does a good job of engaging from his feet and sliding to mirror rushers on the edge. Was also occasionally lined up outside to help lead the way for tunnel screens. Isn’t one of the most dynamic or exciting running back prospects in the class, but offers a thick frame, a physical running style, and plus power to grind for yardage up the middle, along with three seasons of high-end production against college football’s toughest defenses.

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