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2015 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama

Not enough running backs for you? Here's another good one.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

T.J. Yeldon sort of flies under the radar when talking about the running backs, which is kind of crazy considering he's coming from Alabama, but it's true. The Giants seem full to the brim with runners right now but given how deep this class goes, a quality RB like Yeldon could come at a good price. If that's true, they definitely should pounce. Is Yeldon a fit for the Giants? Yes. Let's find out why.


- One of the most decisive running backs in the draft.

- Good burst off the line of scrimmage.

- Flexible hips and great lateral agility. Ability to make people miss.

- Vision and patience are terrific.

- Has a second and third gear once he reaches open field.


- Mediocre pass catcher. Doesn't define routes well.

- Issues as a pass protector.

- Lots of wear and tear.

- Runs way too upright, may be a factor of him being a bit too tall at 6-foot-1.

- Not a powerful back, and again may be a function of a high center of gravity.

Does He Fit With The Giants?

Yes. He's a one-cut, no-nonsense runner that can make people miss in the open field and has good burst. He's virtually tailor made for a zone system and would thrive in the Giants' blocking scheme. He's a smart runner and he's got patience, which is what Andre Williams lacked in his rookie year.

Prospect Video

Big Board Rankings

Big Blue View - 79

Mocking The Draft - 68

CBS Sports - 86

Draft Tek - 89

Final Thoughts

Yeldon will appeal to zone blocking teams more than he will power teams. That means he could be a target of the Cowboys, Giants, Eagles (though doubtful now), Ravens, Redskins among others. He should present value in the 3rd round but could go anywhere from the second to all the way to the fourth depending on how teams view his wear and tear as a member of Alabama. He reminds me quite a bit of Johnathan Stewart of the Carolina Panthers.