The New Super Sixteen All-Purpose Running Backs For The 2012 NFL Draft!
By Max Emfinger
There are a lot of running backs who will be Drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft as a running back and because he will be a rookie, he will get a chance to return punts or kickoffs. There are others that can make a living in the NFL by returning those punts and kickoffs and then go into the game on a third down passing situation.
David Wilson, Doug Martin, Lamar Miller, and Isaiah Pead are four running backs who will be drafted to play running back, but they also have had great careers in returning kicks and catching balls coming out of the backfield.
Wilson of Virginia Tech is probably the #2 running back in the 2012 NFL Draft, but he has been so successful at returning punts and kickoffs; he has got to be considered an All-Purpose Back. Wilson is also a Super Combine Freak.
Wilson, who is a junior opting for the 2012 NFL Draft, only started one season in 2011, but he was outstanding in every game as he rushed for 1,709-yards on 290 carries and scored 9 touchdowns. Wilson also had 21 catches for 126-yards and one other touchdown. One of his typical games was against Appalachian State when he ran for three touchdowns and rushed for 162-yards as the Hokies beat Appalachian State by a 66-13 score.
Wilson rushed for career-high 175-yards and returned two kickoffs for 38-yards, giving him 213-yards of total offense as the #10 Hokies eliminated #20 ranked Georgia Tech from the ACC race with a 37-26 victory.
In high school at Danville Washington, Virginia, Wilson rushed for 2,291-yards and scored 35 touchdowns as a senior; averaged 11.4 yards per carry; and was selected as the Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year. Wilson also returned 59 kickoffs for 1,285-yards and another touchdown. In 2011, Wilson was selected as the ACC Player of the Year.
At the 2012 NFL Super Combine, Wilson (5-10, 206, 4.41) did not run because of a previous injury, but he was very impressive at Virginia Tech Pro-Day when he did a 41-inch vertical jump; did a great 130 Standing Broad Jump; did a 4.12 in the pro-shuttle; and ran a 4.35 and a 4.4 in the forty. Wilson recorded an outstanding 1,952 MEARS RATING.
Doug Martin is a very versatile athlete who played both defensive back and running back, but he finished his Boise State career with 47 career touchdowns. Martin also rushed for 2,500-yards in the last two seasons, along with having 600-yards in receiving. A very important stat is that he also had 11 tackles on Special Teams.
Martin played his high school football at Stockton St Mary’s, California and he was not heavily recruited. Martin rushed for 1,950-yards and scored 18 touchdowns as a junior in high school, but he only had one offer, Martin joins the Ty Detmer, Barry Sanders, and Drew Brees One Offer Club who only had one offer. All four players made the best of their one offer. Detmer and Sanders were Heisman Trophy Award Winners and Brees was a Heisman Award Runnerup.
Martin (5-9, 223, 4.43) was really outstanding at the 2012 Scouting Combine when he posted a 4.43 in the forty; did a 36-inch vertical jump; did a great 4.16 in the pro-shuttle; had a great 120 Standing Broad Jump; and did an impressive 28 reps of 225 on the bench press, This gave Martin a great 1,926 MEARS RATING.
Lamar Miller was a Super Star coming out of Miami Killian High School in Florida. As a senior in high school, Miller rushed for 1,749-yards and scored 22 touchdowns, while averaging 8.1-yards per carry.
Miller did surprise a lot of people, including the NFL Scouts, when he declared to opt for the 2012 NFL Draft as a Redshirt Sophomore. The 2011 season was his second year to play and he rushed for 1,272-yards and scored 9 touchdowns. Miller finished his two-year Miami career with 1,918-yards and 15 touchdowns.
Miller rushed for 188-yards on 26 carries as the Hurricanes beat Ohio State on National TV by a 24-6 score. Miller ran 54-yards on the first play from scrimmage, piling-up 116-yards in the first quarter alone. Miller was a great All-Purpose back as he caught 28 passes for 181-yards and he ran 15 kickoffs for another 376-yards. One of his greatest runs was in that second game of the 2010 season against Ohio State when he ran the kickoff 88-yards for a touchdown.
Miller (5-11, 212, 4.4) did a 33-inch vertical jump at the 2012 Super Combine, but improved that to a 35.5 at the Miami Pro-Day. Miller also did a great 4.08 in the pro-shuttle and a 120 Standing Broad Jump, giving him a 1,904 MEARS RATING.
Pead rushed for 153-yards and a touchdown in a 25-16 victory over Louisville. Pead keyed the Cincinnati comeback from a 16-7 halftime deficit with a 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that gave the Bearcats the lead for good.
Pead finished a fabulous career by being named as the Senior Bowl MVP. In his four years for the Bearcats, Pead rushed for 3,288-yards on 545 carries for a nice 6.01 yards per carry average.
One of the qualities that the NFL Scouts love about Pead is his versatility and great athleticism. Late in his career, Pead was asked to return punts and he did a great job. Another thing that the NFL Scouts love about him is his great cut-back ability.
Pead (5-10, 197, 4.41) was impressive at the 2012 Scouting Combine and did not participate in the Cincinnat Pro-Day. At the Combine, Pead ran a 4.41 in the forty, but he was given a legit time of 4.47. He also did a 33-inch vertical jump; and a 116 Standing Broad Jump; giving him an 1,894 MEARS RATING.
One of the surprise running backs is Michael Smith of Utah State. Smith put-up some incredible measurables for the NFL Scouts at the Utah State Pro-Day. LaMichael James, Chris Rainey, Jeff Demps, and Cyrus Gray were great All-Purpose backs in college and they will probably be great All-Purpose backs again in the NFL.
Smith, who is a Junior College transfer, was on the same team with Ronnie Turbin and he got his chance to play when Turpin had an ACL injury. In 2008, Smith rushed for 1,002-yards as a sophomore in Junior College.
Smith ran for 124-yards and a long touchdown to lead the North Team to a 24-19 victory over the South Team in the Players All-Star Classic at War Memorial Stadium. Smith had an electrifying 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to bring the score to 17-16 and a North Team lead.
Smith (5-9, 207, 4.36) was not invited to the 2012 Scouting Combine, but he really put on a show for the NFL Scouts at the Utah State Pro-Day with some outstanding measurables. His most impressive measurable and one that got all of the NFL Scouts attention was his forty times when he clocked a 4.34 and a 4.33. His 40.5-inch vertical jump; 126 Standing Broad Jump; and 23 reps of 225 on the bench press gave him an outstanding 1,894 MEARS RATING.
Three of the greatest All-Purpose Backs in the country in 2011 were LaMichael James of Oregon, Chris Rainey of Florida, and Jeff Demps of Florida.
James had a typical game in the second game of 2011, when he rushed for 69-yards and a touchdown; had two catches for 56-yards and a touchdown; and returned a punt 56-yards for another touchdown, giving him 181-yards of total offense in their 69-20 victory over Nevada.
Then in the third game, James rushed for 204-yards on 12 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 1, 90, and 50-yards as the Ducks beat Missouri State 56-7. James also caught one pass for 27-yards, giving him 231-yards of total offense.
In the fourth game of the season, James rushed for an Oregon school-record 289-yards in a single game on 23 carries. James scored two touchdowns on runs of 12 and 19 yards as they beat Arizona by a 66-31 score. James also caught 2 passes for 15-yards and returned three punts for 60-yards, giving him an incredible 364 All-Purpose yards. If you get your calculator out; you will see that James had 13-yards per touch average on 28 touches.
James (5-8, 194, 4.35) was coming off of an elbow injury, and it did bother him in the forty at the the 2012 Scouting Combine, when he ran a 4.45, but he came back and had an outstanding Oregon Pro-Day. At Oregon Pro-Day, James, who is known for his speed, ran a 4.29 and a 4.36 in the forty; but the NFL Scouts agreed on a 4.41 legit clocking. Since James was hurting at the 2012 Scouting Combine, I’m throwing out the 4.45 that he ran. Then if you average the other three times at Oregon Pro-Day (4.41, 4.29, 4.36) James had a legit 4.35. James also did a 35-inch vertical jump; a 4.12 in the pro-shuttle; and a 123 Standing Broad Jump; giving him an 1,883 MEARS RATING.
In the first game of the season, All-Purpose Back Chris Rainey scored three touchdowns in three different ways, including a 14-yard catch; a 14-yard run; and he blocked a punt and scooped-up the football and ran 22-yards for his third touchdown as the Gators beat Florida Atlantic 41-3. Rainey also rushed for 77-yards.
Then in the second game, Rainey rushed for 119-yards on 16 carries and a touchdown; he also caught 3 passes for 43 yards, giving him 162-yards of total offense as they beat UAB 39-0. After two games, Rainey was the Gators leading rusher with 198-yards and leading receiver with 110-yards.
Rainey (5-8, 180, 4.35) had a great 2012 Scouting Combine as he shocked the NFL Scouts with his 3.93 in the pro-shuttle. His 4.35 in the forty was also impressive and he also recorded a 4.31. Rainey did a modest 36.5-inch vertical jump and a modest 120 Standing Broad Jump as he recorded an 1,855 MEARS RATING.
Jeff Demps says that he is going to by-pass the 2012 NFL Draft in favor of the Olympics and Professional Track. With his outstanding speed, don’t be surprise if an NFL Team Drafts him so they will have the rights to him if he decides to change his mind after the Olympics. Demps (5-8, 191, 4.26) won the national title in the 60-meter dash at the 2010 indoor NCAA Championships, with a 6.56 timing. Demps also has the Junior World Record in the 100-meters with an eye-popping 10.1 clocking.
In the fourth game of the 2011 season, Demps carried the football 10 times for 157-yards, against Kentucky, while averaging 15.7-yards per carry and scoring two touchdowns. Demps and teammate Chris Rainey are both 4.3 type guys who are usually the fastest players on the football field when they are in the game. Florida scored three touchdowns in a 4:31 span of the first quarter, and Demps iced the game with an 84-yard touchdown run as #15 Florida (4-0, 2-0 SEC) beat Kentucky 48-10 for the Gators’ 25th straight win in the series.
In this Kentucky game, Demps showed the kind of speed that the Gators have become known for as he raced by defenders on his long touchdown run. It was Florida’s longest touchdown run since the Emmitt Smith 96-yard touchdown run against Mississippi State in 1988. “I just tried to run a little faster,” Demps said. “As soon as you see the hole, you get through it. You’ve got your lane, and you take it and go score.” Rainey also rushed for 105-yards on 15 carries in that game. The Gators finished with 405 yards rushing.
In the ninth game and Homecoming Game, Demps rushed for a career-high 158-yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns in Florida’s 26-21 win against Vanderbilt. Demps caught two passes for 14-yards and returned two kickoffs for 41 yards, giving him 213-yards of total offense. This was his seventh 100-yard effort of his career and third of this season (105 vs. Florida Atlantic; and 157 vs. Kentucky).
Demps made a 52-yard run for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter that put the Gators ahead, 26-14, with 2:13 left in the game. For the season, Demps is 8th in the SEC in all-purpose rushing, with 850-yards on 89 plays. He has 494 rushing yards on 70 carries and two touchdowns.
Demps (5-8, 191, 4.26) did not participate in either the 2012 Scouting Combine or Florida Pro-Day, but based on his previous measurables, Demps would record an 1,850 MEARS RATING or better. Who knows? Demps has the twitch-muscles that might help him do a 45-inch vertical jump or a 140 Standing Broad Jump.
Cyrus Gray (5-10, 190, 4.4) was a real Super-Star coming out of Desoto, Texas high school. Gray rushed for 1,975-yards on 248 carries and scored 28 touchdowns as a senior. With a great 7.96 yards per carry average, Gray had scholarship offers from Texas A&M, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Kansas, California, Colorado, and Louisville.
In 2008, Gray set a Texas A&M school record in kickoff yardage with 1,169-yards, including a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Oklahoma. In that game, Gray recorded 294-All-Purpose yards and was Selected as the Big-12 Player of the Week. In 2009, Gray also ran a kickoff 99-yards for a touchdown against Colorado.
Gray was invited to the 2012 Scouting Combine and since he already had run a 4.4 in the forty in high school and had demonstrated great speed with two long kickoff returns for a touchdown, it would seem that Gray might be one of the fastest running backs in the 2012 NFL Draft, but his forty was disappointing.
Gray (5-10, 206, 4.47) ran a very modest 4.47 in the forty and did not participate in the pro-shuttle. Then at the Texas A&M Pro-Day, he recorded an outstanding 4.12 in the pro-shuttle, but decided not to participate in any other measurables. With a 118 Standing Broad Jump; a modest 32.5 vertical jump; and 21 reps of 225 on the bench press, Gray recorded an 1,822 MEARS RATING.
Gray still might be the “Sleeping Giant” with as much raw potential as any player in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Daryl Richardson of Abilene Christian University and Marcus Mendoza of Nebraska came to their School Pro-Day and put-up some mind-boggling measurables that the NFL Scouts cannot overlook on Draft Day.
Mendoza was a seldom-used speedy wide receiver that never started for the Cornhuskers. In one game, he got a chance to play and they threw him two passes and he dropped both of them. So he comes to the Nebraska Pro-Day and does one of the most incredible vertical jumps of the decade as he recorded a 45.5-inch vertical jump.
Mendoza (5-9, 187, 4.39) showed the NFL Scouts at Nebraska Pro-Day that the vertical jump was not a fluke and that he indeed had the great twitch-muscles as he did a 131 Standing Broad Jump and a 4.05 in the pro-shuttle. He also ran a 4.39 in the forty. If Mendoza would have had great evaluation points, he would have had at least a 2,000 MEARS RATING or better. Even without the performance points, Mendoza still recorded an amazing 1,819 MEARS RATING. With these measurables, he could be drafted.
Richardson had 2,012 career rushing yards for Abilene Christian, so he was not an unknown when he showed-up for the ACU Pro-Day. Richardson (5-10, 192, 4.4) did get the NFL Scouts attention when he did a 40.5 in the vertical jump; a 135 Standing Broad Jump; and two forties of 4.45 and 4.35. Richardson recorded a 1,819 MEARS RATING.
Albert Williams of Tulane and Raymond Carter of Colorado State were two other potential All-Purpose Backs who could get a chance in the 2012 NFL Draft after impressing some NFL Scouts at their Pro-Day. Williams (5-9, 185, 4.44) did an amazing 43.5-inch vertical jump; did 23 reps of 225 on the bench press; and a 129 Standing Broad Jump; giving him an 1,815 MEARS RATING.
Carter (6-0, 217, 4.44) did a 36.5 Vertical Jump; a 118 Standing Broad Jump; and 26 reps of 225 on the bench press; giving him a 1,814 MEARS RATING.
Austin Minefee (5-8, 204, 4,46) of Southern Utah had 330-yards of All-Purpose yards in one game, including a 99-yard kickoff for a touchdown, so he is a kickoff return specialist. Minefee showed-up at the Utah State Pro-Day and wowed the NFL Scouts with a 37-inch vertical jump; a 119 Standing Broad Jump; a 4.16 in the pro-shuttle; and 24 reps of 225 on the bench press. This gave Minefee an outstanding 1,813 MEARS RATING.
Deante’ Purvis of UNLV set a school and conference career record with 112 returns for 2,626-yards and in 2011, he had 41 kick returns for an exactly 1,000-yards and with a great 24.3 yard average return. Purvis (5-10, 198, 4.37) had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in their 38-35 victory over Colorado State.
In 2009, Purvis returned a 94-yard kickoff for a touchdown against BYU. In that game with BYU, Purvis also had four tackles from his cornerback position. At the UNLV Pro-Day, he did a 4,37 and 4.32 forty; did a 41-inch vertical jump and a 127 Standing Broad Jump; giving him an 1,801 MEARS RATING.
Bobby Rainey of Western Kentucky rushed for 206-yards and a career-high three touchdowns as Western Kentucky won its first home game since 2008 with a 42-23 victory over The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. It was the seventh game of the season and Rainey rushed for 99-yards in the fourth quarter.
In the eleventh game of the season, Rainey rushed for a season-high 214- yards and a touchdown against North Texas, helping the Hilltoppers to get bowl eligible with a victory over the Mean Green in Denton, Texas. The senior All-American also caught four passes for 48-yards, including a 34-yard touchdown reception in the first half. Rainey finished the game with a 262 all-purpose yards.
Rainey (5-7, 205, 4.51) had his second 200-yard rushing game of the season and it also moved him into second behind LaMichael James of Oregon in rushing yards per game in 2011. Rainey was averaging 133.5-yards on the ground and he only needed 82-yards against Troy to become the Western Kentucky all-time leading rusher.
Rainey was a 2011 Super-Star and an All-American, but he was not invited to participate in the 2012 Scouting Combine. He then was able to put-up some great measurables at the Western Kentucky Pro-Day, including a 35.5-inch vertical jump; a great 4.13 in the pro-shuttle; 24 reps of 225 on the 225 bench press; and a 120 Standing Broad jump; giving him a 1,796 MEARS RATING. Don’t be surprised when the name, Bobby Rainey, is called early in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The New Super Sixteen All-Purpose Running Backs For The 2012 NFL Draft!
By Max Emfinger
1. David Wilson – Virginia Tech – 1,952 MEARS
2. Doug Martin – Boise State – 1,926 MEARS
3. Lamar Miller – Miami – 1,904 MEARS
4. Isaiah Pead – Cincinnati – 1,894 MEARS
5. Michael Smith – Utah State – 1,894 MEARS
6. LaMichael James – Oregon – 1,873 MEARS
7. Chris Rainey – Florida – 1,855 MEARS
8. Jeff Demps – Florida – 1,850 MEARS
9. Cyrus Gray – Texas A&M – 1,822 MEARS
10. Daryl Richardson – Abilene Christian – 1,819 MEARS
11 Marcus Mendoza – Nebraska – 1,819 MEARS
12. Albert Williams – Tulane – 1,815 MEARS
13. Raymond Carter – Colorado State – 1,814 MEARS
14. Austin Minefee – Southern Utah – 1,813 MEARS
15. Deante’ Purvis – UNLV – 1,801 MEARS
16. Bobby Rainey – Western Kentucky – 1,796 MEARS
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