PFF scouting report: Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama

Matt Claassen and the PFF draft analysts break down the play of Alabama's Kenyan Drake ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

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PFF scouting report: Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama


Below is the PFF draft profile for Alabama’s Kenyan Drake, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.

Position fit:

Situational runner who can also line up as a receiver. Biggest contribution may be as a kick returner.

Stats to know:

• Overall grade ranked 20th among draft-eligible running backs. Receiving grade ranked fourth, while rushing grade ranked 21st.

• Lined up as a receiver on nearly 25 percent of his snaps in 2015.

What he does best:

• Excellent straight-line speed, and has a good burst to get to the edge on outside runs.

• Does a good job catching the ball both out of the backfield and when lined up as a receiver.

• Productive as a kick returner in 2015, and shows the burst and speed to continue return duties in the NFL.

Biggest concerns:

• Not particularly sharp cutting and getting downhill; seems to almost lose control of his legs at times.

• Looks to bounce runs outside too often and can lack patience to allow blocks to develop up front.

• Lack of consistent power and physicality doesn’t match up with his body size, and he doesn’t always stick his head in to finish runs through contact.

Player style comparison:

Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers. Yes, Montgomery is technically a wide receiver, but we viewed him more as a running back with some positional versatility coming out of college last year. Both have similar builds and skill-sets and are capable of making big plays from any alignment on the field. Both are threats in the return game, but are not players you want getting 15-plus offensive touches per game.

Bottom line:

Drake is a finesse-style runner who has more straight-line speed than quick-cutting ability. Still, his 44 missed tackles forced on 142 offensive touches last year prove he can be elusive. He will be an asset as a returner and may make his mark more as a receiving threat out of the backfield than as a runner, as he won’t be an every-down back. He is a fast player who is capable of making big plays and should be given a few offensive touches per game. He’s certainly worth a Day-3 draft pick.

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