2017 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Prospect: Alvin Kamara
Ht: 5'10" Wt: 215
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After starting his career at Alabama and transferring to a junior college, Kamara finally got the opportunity to showcase the talents that made him one of the top high school Running Backs in the country when he came to Tennessee. Kamara was never the feature back in Knoxville. Tennessee's offense featured Jalen Hurd in 2015 and a portion of 2016. On top of that, Tennessee's offense runs heavy read-option, where mobile quarterback took a lot of carries.
Despite playing behind Hurd, Kamara made a major impact, averaging 6.5 yards per carry and scoring seven touchdowns in 2015, and averaged 5.79 yards per carry and scored nine times this past season. Kamara is incredibly talented. He's quick out of the backfield. Once he's at the line of scrimmage, he can turn on the jets and accelerate. He's shifty, strong and can evade defenders. Best of all, he's got a great change of direction. He can plant, cut, and then reaccelerate, unlike many backs coming out, who have trouble getting moving again.
In the passing game, he's used all over the field. He can line up in the slot or be a receiver out of the backfield. He shows willingness and talent as a pass blocker.
Sometimes his explosiveness can get him into trouble. He needs to develop more patience when he's running. Sometimes he can find and hit the holes, but other times, he runs into piles and bodies before something can develop, or even miss something that is developing elsewhere. Much of this though, can be fixed by seeing more in-game action. As mentioned, he was never the starter for a full season, so more reps and gameplay can help in this aspect.
There's a lot to be excited about with Kamara. He has everything a team could want out of a 3 down running back. Plus, as a huge bonus, he has light tread on the tires (only 210 carries and 74 receptions the past two years). He has vision/patience problems, but as mentioned, these are things that could be fixed over time with more reps. He has suffered some injuries to his knees, but recent success of NFL players have shown they can be fixed as long as they are not super severe/career threatening.
He's established himself firmly as a Day 2 pick in the draft, and would likely be competing for late first round if he saw more on field action and had greater statistical success during his career.
NFL Comparison: Paul Perkins (New York Giants)
- Quickness, Acceleration, Speed
- Change of direction
- Receiving Ability
- Inconsistent Vision
- Lacks patience as a runner
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