Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Donnel Pumphrey

Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State
5-8, 176
Pumphrey finished his career as the all-time rushing leader in FBS history for the Aztecs, eclipsing Ron Dayne's mark in the Las Vegas Bowl win over Houston in December.
Pumphery was a four year player for the Aztecs, and was a starter for three of those seasons. As a freshman, he backed up Adam Muema, and rushed for 752 yards and eight scores, while averaging 9.62 carries per game, and 6.02 YPC. As a sophomore, he became the starter, and rushed for 1873 yards and 20 scores, and averaged 21.31 carries and 6.76 YPC on 277 carries in 13 games. He continued strong as a junior, and ran for 1653 yards and 17 scores. He carries the football 309 times, and averaged 22.07 carries per game, and 5.35 YPC.
As a senior, Pumphrey finished strong, rushing for a whopping 2133 yards on 349 carries. He scored 17 more TDs, and averaged 6.11 YPC, and 24.93 carries per game.
The Good
Super productive in every way. One of the best players in the nation in the college game over the last three seasons.
Very fast on the scale of things, as he ran a 4.48 40.
Has excellent field vision and knows when to make his moves.
Runs well in traffic, keeps solid body control in tight spaces.
Good enough at kicking outside, but does not fear tucking up inside between the tackles.
Very shifty, seriously strong at stringing moves together.
Has another gear in the open field, and is tough to catch.
Has receiving skills, with route running ability of a wide out.
The Bad
Lacks necessary size. Warrick Dunn size.
Is not powerful, and uses finesse and is mostly dependent on it.
Does not have size and power enough to bounce off of tackles. Hit him and he goes down.
Will not be able to block on passing downs.
Very much like former Aztec back Ronnie Hillman, but with more skill.
Final Overview
Pumphrey was one of the most dynamic players in college football, but was underexposed nationally. He did not receive near the media attention that former Aztec Marshall Faulk received, but he was more productive by the numbers. Pumphrey is a bit undersized, but you cannot deny that he has ability. He gets drafted in the later rounds, but he is a diamond in the rough. Use him wisely, and he is a home run. Probably the highest value back that will get drafted later than he should.

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