Questions to ponder on NFL Draft Day:
- How many Panthers will be drafted?
- Who goes first, Ollison or Hall?
- Does George Aston get drafted?
- Of all the Panthers eligible to be drafter or signed as a FA, who has the most NFL upside?
- Do the Steelers grab a Panther this year?
- Who is your sleeper pick to get drafted?
Here is a list of all Pitt’s Draft-Eligible Players:
- WR – Rafael Araujo-Lopes
- FB – George Aston
- OL – Alex Bookser
- EDGE – James Folston
- RB – Darrin Hall
- DL – Dewayne Hendrix
- LB – Oluwaseun Idowu
- WR? – Colin Jonov
- RB – Qadree Ollison
- DL – Shane Roy
- LB – Quintin Wirginis
- LB – Elijah Zeise
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Day 2 addendum. I’ve been following the draft on cbssports.com (their live coverage is excellent by the way), and they have a nice little section about “best available” by position. So of course I decided to check out Running Back. What a freakin’ travesty. Here are the questionable backs that cbssports lists above Hall and Ollison.
Ryquell Armstead – Temple – 181:
Armstead is an authoritative back who gets to top speed quickly but doesn’t have another gear in his arsenal to hit big-gainers. His feet are impressive at times. He’s not that elusive in space, and despite his powerful running style, he doesn’t bounce off many tackle attempts. — CT
MM’s take – tell me how this is better than QO? And yet her is Armstead, from TEMPLE, no less ranked at 181, while Ollison labors at 279. Also, you know who does have another gear…Darrin Hall. He’s ranked 449. smh.
Jalin Moore – App State – 209:
Decent bounce, but his vision is lacking. Above-average contact balance and leg churn through tackles. Wiggle dissipates as he gets further away from the line of scrimmage, and his long speed is a major concern. Hard-nosed runner who could carve out a role as a RB3 in the NFL. — CT
MM’s take – so here is a guy that got hurt, can’t find the hole and isn’t fast. Correct me if I’m wrong but Ollison and Hall both ran in the 4.5 range and are pretty damn good at hitting the hole. Also durable as heck. Just sayin’
LJ Scott – Mich State – 192
Rare flashes of impressive feet for a bigger back his size. Vision isn’t great but didn’t have much room to run late in his long college career. Decently powerful but not as powerful as you’d expect at his size. — CT
MM’s take – You know who are as powerful as you’d expect at their size? Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall. Good job ranking this dude above them. And good job blaming his 3.3 YPC on the offensive line.
Nick Brosette – LSU – 268
Powerful but strictly linear runner. Lacks contact balance, shiftiness, and vision needed to be a consistent contributor at the next level. — CT
MM’s take – Yup, seems like a guy I’d draft ahead of the guy who did this:
Annnd just in case you hadn’t scouted the two most underrated backs in the class:
Qadree Ollision – Pitt – 279
Ollison is a tall, zone-blocking back with good one-cut ability for his size and above-average ankle flexion that allows him to hit those cutback lanes he sees. There’s some power and contact balance to his game too but stiffness in his hips. — CT
Darrin Hall – Pitt – 449 (449 is some bulls***)
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7.5 – HIGHER THAN ANYBODY ELSE ON THIS PAGE
Hail to Pitt