2018 NFL Draft: Mid And Late Round Running Back Prospects

Bo Scarbrough


Bo Scarbrough is a big bodied back that runs with consistent power and leg drive and can move a pile. He should excel as a short yardage running back that can take hits and keep moving. He lacks the ideal traits to be a true three down back, but his power, size, and surprising agility at his size should offer a team a high floor running back in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Scarbrough is a big back at 6’1 232 pounds. He doesn’t let that weight go to waste and is a very physical running back that is not afraid to punish smaller defenders. He runs with good power and maintains leg drive consistently to fight for extra yardage. He finishes runs and should be a valuable asset to a team in short yardage situations.


Scarbrough definitely isn’t an elusive runner. I wouldn’t expect him to be at his size. He does show sufficient lateral agility to make use of his blockers and get through traffic, and his lateral agility isn’t anything that I’d expect to hinder any part of his game other than his open field running. In the open field, Bo Scarbrough is going to try and win with his power, not his elusiveness.

Bo Scarbrough has only average vision. He has very little patience behind the line of scrimmage, and doesn’t always let his blocks develop in front of him. He needs to be less aggressive at times and let the play develop before attacking the defense. His aggression to the line of scrimmage leaves very little time to process what is in front of him, and it shows up in the way of missed running lanes.

Bo Scarbrough excels in pass protection, but his reps in that area may be limited at the NFL level. He hasn’t ever had consistent usage in the passing game at Alabama. This certainly doesn’t mean that he can’t catch the football, just that he is inexperienced as a route runner, something that is very coachable. The problem is that Bo Scarbrough doesn’t have the athletic proile to project as a threat in the receiving game. He isn’t particularly good in space, and his lack of suddenness puts a firm ceiling on his route running potential.


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Nick Chubb

Derrius Guice

Sony Michel

Ronald Jones II

Rashaad Penny

Royce Freeman

John Kelly

Kerryon Johnson

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