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2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: T.J. Yeldon

T.J. Yeldon Player Profile

April 7, 2015

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T.J. Yeldon

School: Alabama Crimson Tide

2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: T.J. Yeldon

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Height: 6’1”

Weight: 226

Position: Running Back

Career Stats: 576 rushing attempts, 3,322 rushing yards and 37 rushing touchdowns.

Strengths: T.J. Yeldon has terrific foot quickness and is so shifty in the open field, as he makes tons of defenders miss. Yeldon has solid field vision and does a good job of exploding through the hole. Yeldon has solid hands, hauling in 46 career receptions despite limited opportunities. Yeldon is a creative runner who can change direction without losing quickness and has above-average top end speed. T.J. Yeldon still has upside despite playing three years in college, as he’ll only improve once he adds on a few more pounds. Yeldon has zero off-the-field issues and was a leader for Alabama his last two seasons with the team.

Weaknesses: T.J. Yeldon still doesn’t know how to run low, as he runs straight up which exposes the ball and his body to crushing blows. Yeldon has ball security issues, fumbling the ball 10 times in his Alabama career. Yeldon was consistently banged up his last season and isn’t as polished in run blocking as you’d like from an every-down back.

Projection: I’m always a bit hesitant on taking Alabama players due to their disappointing track record, but Yeldon is an intriguing prospect. If Yeldon can improve in pass protection and stop fumbling the football, he could be an every-down back for an NFL team. Either way, he has the potential to be a game-changer in the backfield at the next level. I’d take Yeldon as early as the late second round.

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