After parting ways with Rashad Jennings and with Shane Vereen entering the final year of his contract, it seems likely that the New York Giants will select a running back at some point in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Many Giants fans are looking for bigger, more powerful running backs to partner with Paul Perkins. However, there is something to be said for partnering a smaller, faster running back who might not offer much contrast to Perkins, but would offer fresh legs with similar capabilities.
In that case, North Carolina’s T.J. Logan is another small scat-back who might pique the Giants’ interest.
- Very athletic. Shows agility and long speed in the open field.
- Quick feet to make a tackler miss then a good burst to pick up chunk yardage.
- Shows good patience behind the line of scrimmage to set up blocks, and vision to see creases open up.
- Versatile player who can catch out of the backfield and even line up as a receiver.
- Smaller back. Might have a hard time sustaining the pounding he will take in the NFL
- Needs work in pass protection.
- Struggles to get the tough yardage.
Does He Fit With The Giants?
Logan fits the Giants in a similar way as Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen fit the Giants. He is a versatile scat back who has the ability to make defenders miss and make them pay for it with big chunks of yardage. He plays with some physicality, but he doesn’t have the mass to really impose his will playing behind his pads.
Whether or not he will intrigue the Giants depends on what kind of running back they look for. If they believe Perkins can fill that role by himself for them going forward, then I believe they would look in another direction.
Big Board Rankings
Big Blue View - Not in Top 100
CBS Sports - 217th overall
Draft Countdown - 182nd overall
Draft Tek - 222nd overall
The Giants may or may not be interested in drafting another scat-back. Doubling down on their best skill-set and making sure that it is always on the field isn’t necessarily a bad strategy. It would, however, limit them in other ways.
This draft has a plethora of options for a team that is looking to add a versatile and athletic offensive weapon. If one like Dalvin Cook or Christian McCaffrey either isn’t available or doesn’t present good value at the top of the draft, a player like Logan could make much more sense later in the draft.