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Old 04-12-2005   #1
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Default Sproles in the 3rd to fix special teams?

Anyone think this Meggett type player is worth a 3rd rounder to fix our return game?


Darren Sproles 5-5, 185 4.50 Kansas State

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RB | (5'6", 187, 4.49) | KANSAS STATE

Scouts Grade: 71

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Career Totals Rushing Receiving
SEASON ATT YDS AVG TD REC YDS AVG TD
2004 244 1318 5.4 11 32 223 7.0 0
2003 306 1986 6.5 16 25 287 11.5 2
2002 237 1465 6.2 17 9 99 11.0 0
2001 28 217 7.8 1 0 0 0.0 0
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Strengths: Is an experienced, proven, durable and versatile back. Has exceptional quickness and COD skills. He is a shifty runner that does a nice job of getting lost behind his offensive line. He has terrific vision, good burst to the hole, and does a nice job of cutting back against the grain. Shows very good body control and smooth hips. Will make a lot of defenders miss in space. Is a tough back for his size. Will break some arm tackles and does a good job of keeping his legs moving. He has a good feel as a route runner and reliable hands. Is a weapon in the passing game because of his receiving and open-field running skills. He also has NFL potential as a punt returner.

Weaknesses: Lacks NFL size. Is short and lacks bulk. He lacks power as a runner and he won't break enough tackles. Goes down too easily. He simply lacks the size and power of an every-down back in the NFL and he may never be more than a third down back and return specialist at the next level. Can be overwhelmed at the POA too often as a pass blocker.

Overall: Sproles saw time as a backup in his true freshman season in 2001 and he has been a fulltime starter since. He followed up an impressive 1,465-yard rushing campaign as a sophomore with an unprecedented 2,067 rushing yards as a junior in 2003. He also had 25 receptions for 287 yards; averaged 10 yards on 19 punt returns with a touchdown and 27.2 yards on 10 kickoff returns in 2003. As a senior in 2004, Sproles rushed for 1,318 yards and 11 TD's on 244 carries. He also chipped in for 223 yards on 32 receptions and 492 yards on 21 KOR's. Sproles is one of the quickest and most versatile running back prospects in the 2005 draft class. He shows excellent burst, elusiveness and acceleration as a runner. He is one of the most polished route runners and reliable receivers that the 2005 class has to offer at the RB position. He also shows reliable hands and explosiveness as a return specialist. Sproles' lack of size will prevent him from ever developing into a premier starting running back in the NFL. However, if his career at Kansas State wasn't enough, he more than proved at the Senior Bowl that he belongs and can contribute at the NFL level. His versatility and explosiveness will give the team that takes a chance on him an opportunity to get the ball in his hands several different ways  as a runner, receiver and return man. Expect Sproles to come off the board late on Day 1 or early on Day 2 and to give his future employer Dave Meggett-type production.


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No. I would take him in the 5th maybe.
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try the 6th or later...he may even be available as an undrafted free agent. wrong or right about that a 3 is far to high.
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The only situation I see Sproles succeeding in, is if he lands in KC. Then I feel with his speed burst and vision(and that All-Universe line), he can easily be a poor man's Holmes. At worst, I'd see him spliting returns with Hall(down the line though).
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Sproles will probably end up going in the 4th at the absolute earliest...
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Well, if we could get him in the 4th, it would be worth that pick to fix our special teams.
Plus, he could be a mismatch to throw teams off at times - especially in the red zone.
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you all will think I am full of it, but this kid will be the next Barry Sanders.. You aint gottta believe me... lets just watch and see.. I would take him low in the 3rd or in the 4th... I wish and hope we take this kid, but I dont think we will since Wells is on board now
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Wells didn't get any signing bonus. He can be cut up until very shortly before the season with no cap impact. I wouldn't read anything into his signing other than having flexibility rather than a need.
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Might want to check this highlight film (you might have to copy+paste the link)

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you all will think I am full of it, but this kid will be the next Barry Sanders.. You aint gottta believe me... lets just watch and see.. I would take him low in the 3rd or in the 4th... I wish and hope we take this kid, but I dont think we will since Wells is on board now
I really, really want to believe this. However, I feel Darren doesn't have the overall agility and vision Barry had. Darren's first cut is nice, but he doesnt have the body going to the left, legs going to the right ability to make cuts on a dime like Barry. Barry also had one of a kind vision, that will probably never be seen in Football for a while.

I can see the comparisons...small, fast, shifty back. Dispite the size, can "make guys miss" if they dont fully wrap him up. However, Barry was just....Barry...
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He will probably be like Quentin Griffin of the Broncos. A nice siuational player but not an every down back. Quentin also had a very nice cut but the broncos prefer downhill runners to slasher types though it seems like they can plug anyone back there.
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But nevertheless regardless of his "NFL size" you can not deny is work ethic, durablity, production and talent. While I don't believe we'll pick him in the 3rd considering there are still some needs to be addressed with the 2-3rd picks i could see him at the 4th Round, just because of his production and he's a great return man.. at least, and I strongly believe that he could come into the NFL and do some big things, but due to his "NFL size" or lack there of he could prove a valuable back up...

SEASON ATT YDS AVG TD REC YDS AVG TD
2004 244 1318 5.4 11 32 223 7.0 0
2003 306 1986 6.5 16 25 287 11.5 2
2002 237 1465 6.2 17 9 99 11.0 0

Come on don't you think that's at least worth a shot!?
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