PFF scouting report: T.J. Logan, RB, North Carolina
Name: T.J. Logan
School: North Carolina
Position fit: Running back
Stats to know: Returned four kickoffs for touchdowns in his college career.
What he does best:
- As confirmed by his position-best 40-time at the combine, Logan has excellent speed and acceleration.
- Great fit for zone-blocking scheme. Shows good change of direction and patience when necessary.
- Quick acceleration gets him through tight holes before they close up, allows him to get through holes that many other backs would not.
- Can be utilized as a receiver out of the backfield. Dropped just one pass out of 69 catchable targets over three years.
- Reliable enough in pass protection to be a third-down back.
- Added value as a kick returner is a plus, where his speed can be put on display. Returned two for touchdowns on just 21 returns in 2016.
- Not as effective as an inside runner unless the defense is spread out with fewer numbers in the box.
- His speed has not generated as many big plays on offense as expected.
- Even in what was a down year for teammate Elijah Hood, Hood had both a greater number and higher percentage of 15-plus yard runs compared to Logan.
- Over the past three seasons, Logan did not have an offensive play over 50 yards, and just five plays that gained 40-plus yards out of 386 total offensive touches.
Logan and Elijah Hood split time over their years at North Carolina, with Hood handling the bulk of the running while Logan was more of a change-of-pace runner and their main receiving back. Logan will likely continue a similar role at the next level. He is not a No. 1-caliber running back, but his skillset is still very useful in the NFL. His speed is his greatest asset and help him get the edge on outside runs or bounces with ease. His quickness allows him to be an inside runner and is willing to lower his pads to take on defenders, although he still doesn’t gain more than the average number of yards after contact. However, he’s clearly more effective inside in spread looks where there are fewer defenders in the box and clearer lanes to run. The added ability as a returner figures to solidify his roster spot as a Day 3 draft pick.