NFL Draft Profile: Kenyan Drake
Kenyan Drake- RB- Alabama
Size: 6’1 210lbs
- Constantly moving legs, doesn’t give up on runs
- Good hands
Analysis: If you haven’t followed MFST’s NFL Draft coverage you might be unaware that I have Kenyan Drake ranked higher than his Alabama counterpart and former Heisman winner Derrick Henry. It’s more a knock on Henry, but Drake is an underrated back in this draft class. He has the speed and agility to not only fake-out defenders but run away from them. He features a second gear to burst through line and can string together moves in the open field. He keeps his legs churning through contact, showing a willingness to aggressively finish runs. He played some slot receiver at Alabama, showing decent hands. He can make an impact on a NFL team in a multitude of ways, from the return game to covering kicks and punts, showing off his versatility to scouts.
- Lacks patience
- Runs more East-West than North-South
- Lacks ideal strength
Analysis: While Kenyan Drake’s elusiveness is a strength, he fails to set up his blocks properly hurting his yardage totals and his ‘home run threat’ capability. He has a tendency to cut runs toward sideline rather than back into middle of the field. Drake’s injury history is the most concerning for NFL scouts, he suffered a broken leg against Ole Miss in 2014, and then fractured his right arm trying to make a tackle on special teams this fall. At the running back position, drafting a back with injury concerns is one of the biggest detractors for NFL teams.
NFL Comparison: TJ Yeldon
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round
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