Ryan McCrystal

Bishop Sankey Scouting Report

Bishop Sankey RB Washington #25
Ht: 5’9″
Wt: 209

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Size/Athleticism: Slightly undersized but has elite measurables for a back of his size. Posted best three-cone and short-shuttle times at the combine among all running backs and ranked among the best in the 40 and bench press.

Vision: A patient runner who is willing to take his time following his blockers until the hole emerges. Doesn’t usually force it if it isn’t there—he’s willing to take what’s given him and turn everything into a positive play, even if only for a yard or two. Has a knack for slipping through small holes in the line and is surprisingly productive between the tackles as a result.

Power: Adequate leg drive for an undersized running back, but he seems to lack balance and goes down on contact too often. He’s a similar runner to Doug Martin in many ways, but pales in comparison in this area.

Speed/Agility: Has enough speed to bounce it outside and break off some long runs. Doesn’t always run with great balance, and plays a little out of control at times. Despite combine times, he isn’t exceptionally explosive. He can make guys miss in the open field, but he isn’t as elusive in tight spaces as the ideal undersized running back. Athleticism shows when he’s moving forward, but it’s the side-to-side movement and footwork when he’s dancing around linemen in the trenches where he’s a notch below the ideal ability for a runner of his size.

Passing Game: Didn’t get a ton of chance, but was always productive in the passing game. Used on a lot of screens, giving him opportunities in space where he’s most effective. Does a nice job snatching the ball away from his body. Enormous hands for his size (for comparison, they’re 3/8″ larger than Mike Evans’).

Intangibles: Team captain in 2013. Coaches speak highly of his work ethic and leadership.

Durability: Suffered a rib injury in 2013. 653 touches during his final two years—a lot of wear and tear for a smaller back.

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Comments: Sankey does everything well, but nothing great. I wouldn’t bet against him, but he also doesn’t show enough to project as a surefire starter at the next level. He reminds me of Justin Forsett, who has had flashes of productivity when given opportunities but has never been able to hold down a starting job. Like Forsett, Sankey has the tools to stick around in the league for awhile in some capacity, but it may only be as a backup.

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Ka’Deem Carey Scouting Report

Ka’Deem Carey RB Arizona #25
Ht: 5’9″
Wt: 207

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Size/Athleticism: Lacks ideal size and doesn’t really have the electric athleticism to make up for it. Plays bigger than his size though, and is capable of breaking some tackles.

Vision: Has his moments where he’ll string together a few moves and his vision looks great. But he tends to get the ball and just lower his head and plow into a non-existent hole too often. An undersized back needs to have better vision to give him the ability to become slippery as he works between the tackles but he lacks the vision and/or the ability to anticipate where defenders are coming from at the second level.

Power: Generates a decent push for his size. He can get low and has the strong legs to push the pile when he gets the right leverage. Lacks the size to provide a guaranteed positive play on every down though—gets hit hard and knocked backwards too often. Lacks the ability to spin off tackles and fall forward like some smaller backs have to make up for lack of size.

Speed/Agility: Runs with great balance. Quick enough to make guys miss in the open field. Lacks the explosion to really make up for his lack of size. Start-and-stop ability is average at best, which really shows up when he tries to run between the tackles. Speed is adequate, but there’s no second gear to leave defenders in his dust. Ran a 4.70 at the combine, but he clearly plays faster that that time.

Passing Game: Gives an effort as a blocker but the technique is shaky and sometimes just downright awful. Needs to stay low and play with leverage and not give up just because he’s at a size disadvantage. Doesn’t know how to use leverage to his advantage consistently. Decent productivity as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Occassionally lined up wide. Shows good technique catching the ball away from his body and quickly securing it.

Intangibles: Arrested and charged with assault on his pregnant ex-girlfriend in 2012, although charges were later dropped. Suspeded for 2013 season opener for violation of team rules. Kicked out of an Arizona basketball for an altercation with staff members. Reportedly removed from some team boards.

Durability: Extremely durable, but he’s already taken a pounding on a small frame. 714 touches over the past two seasons is a ton of work, and probably takes a year or two of quality production away from him in the NFL if he were to emerge as a feature back at the next level also.

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Comments: Carey has some potential and may be capable of playing a starting role in the right system if surrounded by a strong supporting cast. But he’s slightly undersized and lacks the explosion that you really need to overcome the size disadvantage. Some backs, such as Ahmad Bradshaw, have found success despite limited explosive ability, and Carey displays some of the same power that allowed Bradshaw to have a nice run before injuries derailed his career. He’s an interesting developmental prospect as a result, but off-field issues have reportedly removed him from some draft boards.

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Lache Seastrunk Scouting Report

Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor #25
Ht: 5’9″
Wt: 201

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Size/Athleticism: Lacks the ideal size for a workhorse running back. Could probably benefit from adding a few pounds of muscle to help with injury prevention. Speed and athleticism are decent, but definitely not special for an undersized running back. He lacks the explosive burst to make up for his inability to be consistently effective between the tackles.

Vision: Overaggressive in his pursuit of the big play. He sees holes that are there, but he bites off more than his legs can chew. Needs to settle for whats given him more often, rather try to expose the defense on the outside. He makes decisions with his cuts that only Barry Sanders could come through on and needs to retrain himself based on his own ability.

Power: Very little power to move the pile or break wrap-up tackles, but he is capable of running between the tackles due to his quick footwork. He’s the type that avoids contact and once he’s wrapped up he goes down, and is often knocked backward.

Speed/Agility: He’s shifty when running between the tackles and capable of making guys miss in the open field, but he isn’t elite in these areas when compared to other running backs who will fill the same role as him at the next level. Loves to start and stop to throw defenders off balance, but he lacks the burst out of these moves to really excel and too many linebackers at the next level will recover and shut him down immediately. Does a great job running with balance and making slight shifts to avoid reaching arms, but just doesn’t have the type of moves to juke a defender out of his shoes, which you need to be an elite player at his size.

Passing Game: Almost no experience as a receiver. Zero receptions in 2013 and just nine in 2012. Limited experience staying in the backfield to block, except on play action. Relies on the chop block. Lacks the lower body strength to anchor.

Intangibles: Transferred to Baylor after a year at Oregon. A very interesting character with a personality that will remind some of Clinton Portis.

Durability: Missed time with a groin injury in 2013. Suffered a pulled hamstring in 2012.

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Comments: Seastrunk can contribute as a change-of-pace back, but he lacks the elite quickness and ability to make guys miss to excel in an expanded role. It would be nice to see him add some weight to help him become more balanced, because he simply lacks the explosion to excel in the NFL at his current size. A guy his size with no experience catching the ball and no experience on special teams has very little value. He has potential, but may struggle to make a roster if he doesn’t make strides in those areas early in training camp.

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Charles Sims Scouting Report

Charles Sims RB West Virginia #3
Ht: 6’0″
Wt: 214

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Size/Athleticism: Adequate size and overall build. He’s capable of taking a hit, but doesn’t break a ton of tackles. Speed is decent but he lacks the second gear to run away from people and leave them in his dust.

Vision: Questionable vision as he attacks the hole. Tends to take the ball and simply plow full speed ahead at the designed hole, without assessing the situation or seeing the movement around him. Misses a lot of opportunities due to this style and consistently gets swallowed up because he doesn’t anticipate his next move.

Power: Very little power between the tackles. Doesn’t consistently run low and will get knocked backwards.

Speed/Agility: Breakaway speed is adequate but not special. Flashes the ability to make guys miss in the open field with some flashes moves. While he can make moves to avoid a would-be tackler he doesn’t make the same moves at the line of scrimmage to burst through holes. He has quick footwork, but he doesn’t have the burst to explode through holes.

Passing Game: Tons of experience as a receiver out of the backfield due to the offenses in which he played. Sometimes lined up out wide often for screens but occasionally will run routes downfield. Hands aren’t great. Technique is very shaky, lets the ball come into his chest on most receptions. Hands are tiny—only one running back at the combine had smaller hands. Blocking is a liability—gets the job done when he’s in position, but he’s slow to diagnose.

Intangibles: Will be a 24-year-old rookie. Transferred from Houston to play with coach Dana Holgorsen.

Durability: Plenty of experience and remained durable throughout his career, but he enters the league with 795 touches already under his belt.

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Comments: Sims is a flashy player who made some big plays in an offense that was designed to produce such performances. However, his vision is limited and he doesn’t have the tools to be a feature back as a result. His ability to make guys miss in space and his experience as a receiver out of the backfield makes him a strong candidate to be a third-down back at the next level.

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Tre Mason Scouting Report

Tre Mason RB Auburn #21
Ht: 5’8″
Wt: 207

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Size/Athleticism: Lacks the prototypical build, but plenty of running backs have been successful at his size. Elite athleticism. Speed is decent but his quickness is what sets him apart.

Vision: Good but not great. He tends to take the ball and go full speed ahead without always seeing whats in front of him. Vision in the open field is great and he consistently makes guys miss and takes good angles to pick up chunks of yardage.

Power: Lack of size limits his ability in short yardage situations, but because he’s so short it’s also tough for defenders to get a good hit on him and knock him backwards. He falls forward on the majority of plays. He’s also very slippery and picks up yards in short yardage situations just by sliding through the smallest holes on the line. Easily bounces off tacklers that don’t wrap up because he’s so compact when he lowers his shoulder.

Speed/Agility: Straight-line speed is among the best in this class. He’ll never get caught from behind, and once he hits the open field he’s almost impossible to catch. Elite change-of-direction ability. His ability to stay low and adjust his direction while maintaining balance is as impressive as you’ll see from any running back in the game. His combination of speed and agility makes it impossible to take him on in the open field without help—the first defender has to cause him to stutter, while another closes in.

Passing Game: Limited experience as a receiver (only 19 career receptions). Small hands which limit his ability to be a reliable receiver.  But if you can get him the ball in space, he is extremely dangerous and has a ton of potential to develop as a weapon in this area. Willing to step up in pass protection but lacks the strength to anchor. Relies on chop blocks against bigger pass-rushers and will whiff occasionally.

Intangibles: Nothing positive or negative of note.

Durability: Played through a sprained ankle in 2013. Doesn’t have a ton of wear and tear overall, but did have 325 offensive touches in 2013.

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Comments: It’s trendy to downplay the potential of running back prospects, but Tre Mason is legitimate NFL starter material. He reminds me of Doug Martin, who had a dominant rookie year before suffering through injuries in 2013. Mason has an impressive blend of speed and quickness, coupled with a bowling ball-like power when he runs up the middle. Knocking his size is easy, but the list of short running backs who have succeeded in the league is long. If he lands in the right system, he’ll start immediately and make a significant impact.

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