2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M

by Cory J. Bonini on April 19, 2012 @ 21:45:25 PDT

 


Texas A&M running back Cyrus Gray is an all-around prospect for the 2012 NFL Draft and comes with far more positives than negatives. 

Gray rushed for 1,045 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011. He gained 1,133 rushing yards and accounted for as many ground scores the year prior. Gray has racked up 65 total receptions and four aerial scores in the past two seasons.

Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M
All-around talent

Strengths

  • Good lower-body strength and leg drive (32 1/2-inch vertical)
  • Slashing, one-cut-and-go style with above-average vision - ideal for a zone-blocking scheme
  • Great receiver with the ability to run downfield routes
  • Extremely quick, precise footwork
  • Plus straight-line speed (4.41-second 40-yard dash)
  • Patient runner that follows his blockers well
  • Experienced, successful kickoff returner
  • Able to play three downs
  • Limited wear and tear
  • Tenacious pass protector
  • Elite intangibles - amazing work ethic and attitude - a coach's dream

Weaknesses

  • Lacks ideal size to take a bruising (5-foot-10 3/8, 206 pounds)
  • Mild injury concerns
  • Doesn't always turn the corner with efficiency - needs to plant and drive more often
  • Tends to dance too much behind the line
  • Not much of a breakaway threat

Expected draft placement

Gray should be viewed as a third- or fourth-round prospect. Expect him to come off the board no later than the early fifth, but he could go as soon as the beginning of the third round. 

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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