Let's use today's 2012 NFL Draft Prospect Profile to add another running back to the list of players we have discussed thus. Utah Stat's Robert Turbin is a powerful inside runner at 5-foot-10, 222 pounds who seems like the type of player who might be a fit as a replacement for Brandon Jacobs. So, let's take a closer look at Turbin.
Interestingly, since Turbin draws comparisons to New York Jets running back Shonn Greene, the current Draft Tek mock has him going to the Jets with the 78th overall selection. I put that out there only as an indicator of where Turbin's draft stock currently sits.
Let's go to the scouting reports.
From Wes Bunting of the National Football Post:
"Physically, he reminds me some of New York Jets RB Shonn Greene. But as a runner, he looks more natural as a zone guy who he can use his cut back ability to pick his way through traffic, square his shoulders and then attack daylight. Has the skill set to mature into a starter at the next level, but because of his lack of a great burst, he doesn't strike me as a guy who is ever going to have a real gaudy yards per carry average. Nevertheless, he should be able to keep you ahead of the chains."
From CBS Sports:
"For those who haven't seen Turbin, he's a virtual pinball of muscle. Possessing as impressive an upper body physique as any running back in the country (well, perhaps excluding Alabama's Trent Richardson), Turbin uses his strong arms and good leg drive to plow through defenders. He's hardly just a power runner, however, possessing surprising agility and acceleration for such a powerful back. Rated by NFLDraftScout.com as a likely fourth round pick and the No. 11 running back overall, Turbin rushed for 3,315 yards and 40 touchdowns over his Aggie career. He's also a reliable receiver out of the backfield, having caught 67 passes for 845 yards and 11 more scores and is among the stouter pass blockers of this year's running back class."
From Sideline Scouting:
Positives: Huge running back with good build up speed... Combination of size and speed will be very appealing... Physically looks like an NFL feature back... Strong build, has a large upper body, a load to bring down, is tough to bring down when tackling him high because of his superior upper body strength... Looks like a good fit for a zone blocking scheme... Is very patient and is more of a one-cut runner than he is elusive.
Negatives: A stiff runner, there really is no smoothness to his game, is very aggressive and has to gear down when making cuts... Doesn't look like a natural runner... Has a tendency to carry the ball away from his body when he's not running through trash... More of an inside runner than outside, struggles to get outside.
Robert Turbin Profle
School: Utah State
40 time: 4.50
2011 Stats: 249 carries, 1,517 yards (6.1 yards per carry), 19 touchdowns, 17 receptions, 171 yards, 4 touchdowns
Complete List Of Prospect Profiles
Vontaze Burfict, MLB, Arizona State
Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
Kelcie McCray, SS, Arkansas State
Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (Ohio)
Senio Kelemete, OG, Washington
Chris Polk, RB, Washington
Amini Solatolu, OG, Midwestern State
Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
Harrison Smith, SS, Notre Dame
Desmond Wynn, OG, Rutgers
David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
Bobby Massie, OT, Mississippi
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State
Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Emmanuel Acho, LB, Texas
Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Dont'a Hightower, MLB, Alabama
Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
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