Donnel Pumphrey NFL Draft Profile
Donnel Pumphrey-RB-San Diego State
Size: 5’8 169lbs
- Route running
- Speed to get to the outside
- High motor
Analysis: Pumphrey and Ron Dayne are now the top two rushers in FBS history, even though San Diego State’s small and quick runner (listed at 5-foot-9, 180 pounds) couldn’t be any different in style than the brutish former Heisman Trophy winner. Pumphrey beat the record in his final game, finishing off an All-American season where he led with nation with 2,133 rushing yards on 349 carries (tied for most in FBS) and 17 scores (along with 27-231 receiving). Donnel Pumphrey is patient but decisive when he sees the hole. Accesses instant turbo burst. Rarely loses races to and around the edge. Plus vision creates ability to navigate shifting run creases like a seasoned veteran. Slaloms through traffic from side to side with seamless, tight jump cuts. Keeps tight track through the gaps, maintaining distance from defensive linemen. Able to string moves together. Razor-sharp cutbacks at challenging angles are his thing.
- Pass protection
- Fails to break tackles
Analysis: The largest detractor to Pumphrey’s draft stock is his size. He lacks the leg thickness and overall physical strength desired out of an NFL running back. At the next level any stronger defender should be able to take Pumphrey down with an arm tackle, he doesn’t have the strength to break away with ease. While his route running is stellar, he tends to ‘body-catch’ failing to use his hands. Too small to handle blitzing linebacker’s at the next level (not without trying).
NFL Comparison: Dexter McCluster
Draft Projection: Round 5https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/donnel-pumphrey-nfl-draft-profile/https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/GettyImages-501444156.jpg?fit=1024%2C684&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/GettyImages-501444156.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1AFC EastAFC NorthAFC SouthAFC WestNFC EastNFC NorthNFC SouthNFC WestNFLNFL DraftRecent Postsdonnel pumphrey,Donnell Pumphrey,NFL,NFL DraftDonnel Pumphrey-RB-San Diego State Size: 5'8 169lbs Strengths: Patience Vision Shifty/agile Route running Elusive Speed to get to the outside High motor Analysis: Pumphrey and Ron Dayne are now the top two...Dan SchalkDan Schalkmyfantasysportstalk@gmail.comAdministratorDan Schalk is a sports enthusiast with degrees in Sports Coaching and Sports Management. He founded MyFantasySportsTalk in July of 2014 to bring a new platform to the sports media industry and allow various sports fans across the country have their voices be heard. Hailing from Buffalo, NY the land of the real chicken wing, you can stay up-to-date with Dan on Twitter @ffsportstalk You can also check some of Dan's work at Fantasypros.com, as he covers the Houston Astros as a team correspondent.MyFantasySportsTalk