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...Why go anywhere else for sports and entertainment?