NFL Draft 2018 – Prospect of the Week
While some NFL fans become depressed or move on to basketball, hockey or baseball due to the end of the football season, others like myself and the CPGM Front Office live for this moment to evaluate prospects entering the NFL Draft. The NFL off-season is when NFL executives, front office personnel, coaches and scouts make their money. This is when NFL teams look at their salary cap and try and make shrewd moves to assemble a roster than can get all the way to the Super Bowl and be crowned champions. The NFL unlike the other major sports is truly a league in which teams are potentially one off-season away from making that destined run from losers to Super Bowl champions. You just have to get the right players in free agency and KILL the draft. Each week CPGM Headley (Yes third person) will give you a Prospect of the Week that the draft community might be too low on based on what I saw on tape.
Position – Running Back
School – Tennessee
Height – 5’9”
Weight – 212
• Three-year starter in High School playing running back, cornerback and returner
• Played in 10 games as Freshman – 40 carries/ 165 yards / 1 touchdown
• Played in 12 games as Sophomore – 98 carries/ 630 yards / 5 touchdowns
• Played in 11 games as Junior – 189 carries/ 778 yards / 9 touchdowns
Judging by the numbers above, Kelly might go unnoticed in a 2018 running back class that is deep with many different kinds of runners. He didn’t get to start for the Volunteers until his junior season as he was stuck behind Jalen Hurd and NFL offensive rookie of the year Alvin Kamara on the depth chart. When Kelly did get his opportunity, he showcased his dual threat ability as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. He is not the speed merchant, elusive back like Kamara but he does possess a similar three down skill-set like his former teammate. Instead of running around and past defenders, Kelly exhibits physicality with his hard nosed running style, tackle breaking prowess and ferocious stiff arm. The most impressive traits Kelly has are his feet in the hole and his low center of gravity through contact. He attacks rushing lanes with vision and footwork getting skinny through the hole and finishing runs consistently by churning his legs through contact picking up additional yards. Kelly never reached his full potential at the University of Tennessee due in large part to the Vols depth at tailback but he can be a late round steal for an NFL team if he cleans up some of the off the field concerns teams will have.
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