TJ Yeldon- Running Back- Alabama
Size: 6’1 226lbs
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2012 stats175 carries1,108 yards12 TDs
2013 stats207 carries1,235 yards14 TDs
2014 stats194 carries979 yards11 TDs

Strengths:

  • Good size
  • Quick feet
  • One-cut and go back
  • Makes tacklers miss
  • Decent hands

Analysis: Yeldon was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school, eventually signing his letter of intent with Nick Saban and Alabama.  Yeldon does not have the wear and tear of a lot of running backs in the draft class, due to the running back by committee approach employed by the Crimson Tide.  Yeldon is a one-cut back who uses his instincts to find the hole or cutback lane.  If not drafted into the correct offensive system, Yeldon could be a bust in the league–similar to other ‘Bama backs Trent Richardson, and until this season, Mark Ingram.  Yeldon has soft hands coming out of the backfield.

Need to improve:

  • Upright runner
  • Lacks ideal power
  • Does not have elite speed
  • Struggles in pass protection
  • Must improve ball security- 10 fumbles at Alabama

Analysis: Yeldon is an upright runner who rarely lowers his pads at contact, mostly due to his lack of power.  Yeldon ran a 4.62 40 yard dash at the combine, showing he is a step behind the elite backs in this deep class.  Yeldon will struggle to see the field as a rookie if he can’t pass protect better; and that starts with lowering his pad level.  On tape, he does not like to lower his shoulder and block oncoming rushers.  He will need time to develop, and I have him ranked towards the bottom of the top ten backs in this class.  I would not be surprised if Yeldon is over-drafted due to his notoriety compared to some of the other “no-name” backs in the group.

Round prediction: 4th round

NFL Comparison: Alfonso Smith

Dan SchalkNFL DraftNFL DraftTJ Yeldon- Running Back- Alabama Size: 6'1 226lbs Strengths: Good size Quick feet One-cut and go back Makes tacklers miss Decent hands Analysis: Yeldon was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school, eventually signing his letter of intent with Nick Saban and Alabama.  Yeldon does not have the wear and tear of...