Donnel Pumphrey-RB-San Diego State
Size: 5’8 169lbs

Donnel Pumphrey

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 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.

Weaknesses:

  • Size
  • Durability
  • 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 5

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