RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Louisiana St.*

5’7” – 207 lbs.

Played sparingly in a reserve/special teams capacity as a freshman, and then saw his role expand dramatically as a sophomore, finishing with 146-658-7 (4.5). Was named the starting running back as a junior and enjoyed a very productive campaign of 215-1,414-16 (6.6) on the ground and 55-453-1 through the air. Also returned a total of 47 kicks over the three seasons. On the small side for a pro running back, although he has a pretty thick build for his size. Got a lot of his carries out of the shotgun, running both off-tackle and up the middle. A good athlete who has some burst in the hole and gets up to speed quickly. Makes good decisions, limiting or minimizing negative-yardage attempts. Has good footwork to make jump-cuts or slide into rushing lanes. Has enough juice to bounce runs outside, getting to the sidelines and picking up chunks of yardage. Runs hard for a smaller back, with some ability to bounce off of would-back tacklers for additional yardage; also flashes a violent spin move and is willing to throw stiff-arms when working outside. Not going to run over many people, but does a good job of lowering his shoulder into contact to deliver a little bit of punishment on his way down. Overall contact balance is adequate, and makes defenders work to bring him down; has good leg drive but isn’t going to push the pile too much. Ball security is very good; has just two career fumbles on nearly five hundred career touches (including his kick returns). A mixed bag in blitz pickup. Willing to stick his nose in and engage from his feet as a pass protector, but can be overwhelmed on contact by bigger defenders. Technique is inconsistent; will end up going low at times and can whiff. Showed that he could be a reliable receiver this past season and will also take occasional snaps aligned as a wide receiver, although he doesn’t present a big target and can be knocked off of his routes. A scrappy, likable back who’s undersized but runs hard, demonstrating impressive vision, footwork, and competitiveness while offering value in the receiving game as well. Could end up being more of a change-of-pace/third-down back at the next level, but looks like he could become a fan-favorite in that capacity. Has been getting some second-day hype but it’s possible he could slip into the beginning of the third day if teams don’t think he has the size to work as a lead back.

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