MOBILE, Ala. Donnel Pumphrey ended his college career as the FBS’s career leader in rushing yards with more than 6,000 over the last four years. Production-wise, he checked all the boxes NFL teams could ask for in a college running back.
But a different set of numbers likely will impact where, or if, the Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys San Diego State product gets drafted.
Pumphrey weighed in at just under 5-8 and 169 pounds at the 2017 Senior Bowl, the second lightest player at the event in Mobile, Ala., (only above Memphis kicker Jake Elliott). His hand size just 8 ? inches is the smallest of any offensive skill position player. Those three numbers, combined with his eventual 40 time, will be the focal points of his scouting report for NFL decision makers.
Pumphrey been working to shift his national attention from college success to a role NFL teams can buy into. His rushing success is one thing, but for a diminutive running back prospect, his immediate value needs to be as a pass catcher.
Yeah, I certainly know that, Pumphrey said. It’s something I’ve been working on since my junior summer, before the season, getting better with my routes and breaks and such.
Howard doesn’t have to sell his upside to NFL teams; they know he has a rare skill set, and he’ll show his near-Vernon Davis-level athleticism at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in February.
But this week, he needs to show that his lack of production in college isn’t a concern, and that he can be the centerpiece of an offense in the NFL.