Mar 30, 2016, 2:40 PM EDT
Redskins draft countdown
The NFL draft is 29 days away and there is plenty of speculation as to what players Scot McCloughan will select to wear the burgundy and gold. Between now and the draft we’ll look at some of the players who might be of interest to the Redskins and discuss how he might fit in Washington.
40-yard dash: 4.48
Projected draft round: 3-4
What they’re saying
Ascending running back prospect with the physical build to handle a workload, the athleticism to create for himself and the hands to keep stacking total yardage up. While Prosise has the acceleration and play strength to fit into an NFL offense, he needs to become a shade more decisive and has to improve in protections if he is to become a three-down option. Prosise looks like an immediate “committee” runner with future starter potential.
How he fits the Redskins: With Alfred Morris now wearing Cowboys colors the Redskins need a running back to pair with Matt Jones. One of the reasons they let Morris go is that they want a more versatile back, one who is a threat to catch passes out of the backfield.
Prosise certainly has pass catching on his resume. He started out at Notre Dame as a slot receiver. In 2014 as a redshirt sophomore he 29 passes for 516 yards (a team-leading 17.8 yards per catch) and two touchdowns.
He switched to running back during spring practice last year and he caught on well enough to be the team’s leading rusher with 1,029 yards on 157 carries and 11 touchdowns. But he didn’t forget how to catch passes and move up the field (26 receptions, 308 yards).
Prosise ran a 4.48 in the forty-yard dash at the combine. That’s not blazing speed but it was faster than the times recorded by over three fourths of the other backs who ran. However, he can operate between the tackles as illustrated here.
Potential issues: He has logged just that one season at running back and various nagging injuries limited him to 10 of Notre Dame’s 13 games. Prosise was rarely asked to do anything in pass protection so his abilities there remain to be seen.
He decided to come out after his redshirt junior year when another year of experience as a running back could have helped his draft stock a great deal.
Bottom line: If Scot McCloughan agrees that Prosise will be able to be a part of a running back by committee as a rookie he could come under serious consideration in the third round, although the lack of experience may make him a better consideration in the fourth round.
The lack of pass blocking ability is not as alarming as it may seem. Most college programs don’t ask their top backs to do much pass protection and most who come into the NFL have to be brought up to speed to some extent before taking the field.
In his own words
On his transition to the NFL:
“I know it’s going to be a tough transition. I’m still new at this position and I’ve still got things to learn, and I have to learn fast. I want to fly, because these guys are moving a lot faster than in college. I’m really excited for that challenge, and I just can’t way for it.”
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