RB CYRUS GRAY – TEXAS A&M – 5-10, 206
Gray has a very cut up, compact build and his greatest attributes are his burst and his ability to make the first defender miss when he gets the ball in his hands. He is extremely light on his feet and shows great agility with lightning quick cuts to elude the initial defender in the hole, getting himself out of trouble. From there it only takes him a few steps to achieve top speed and that’s when Gray can become a real threat to make big plays happen.
Very good cut back ability and is also a very willing receiver and kickoff returner. Has good vision and seems to process the field quickly; however I do see him running a bit out of control at times and overrunning his blockers. Seems to run better to the right side of the field than the left. I’m not sure why that is – maybe he’s more comfortable or perhaps I’m seeing things. Tries to fall forward on plays, but really needs to work on breaking tackles. Not easy to bring down, but way too often you’ll see him on the ground from arm tackles and defenders simply throwing their arms into his legs. You need a running back to run through that consistently and would expect it in the NCAA especially. Breakaway speed is not exceptional, but also not far off. Gray can get outside (which he loves to do) and take the ball to the house in a hurry. Big time homerun threat. My favorite game of his is still his junior year against Oklahoma. He had some runs in that game that just made you shake your head and looked like a future star.
Great fit for a team looking for a Brian Westbrook, Jahvid Best type of runner. I know they’re different players, but a multi-talented athlete with speed who may not be a workhorse. I’d take him in the 3rd round, but wouldn’t be surprised to see him go higher given his versatility.