Day 1 of the official testing is done, and while the offensive line had a tremendous testing day, the Running Backs disappointed heavily. There was no stick out tester this year that truly showed that he was a fantastic athletic Running Back of epic proportions, but there were at least a few impressive testers, but there were also a myriad of disappointments. With the dust settled, here are the standouts and the fallouts.
Loser: Georgia RB Elijah Holyfield
I am not worried too much about Holyfield’s testing, I mean on tape he certainly was not as bad of an athlete as he proved to be today. But anytime you run a 4.8 40 as a RB, you have my attention, and not in a good way.
I expected Holyfield to much better in almost every area. I expected a 4.6 40, but it is alarming that he is that slow. The power portion is evident, and he did not participate in agility testing, where I believe he would have thrived based off of his tape. Right now, his testing is comparable to that of BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
That’s not a complementary thing either.
It never got better for Holyfield, as he dropped passes in the RB gauntlet and showed off poor hands when receiving was already a very questionable part of his game. Needless to say, Holyfield did a lot to hurt his stock today, even if the film shows a much better athlete.
Elijah Holyfield ran a 4.8 40. Let’s see why it doesn’t matter as much as you’d think. Because he’s got short area burst, cutting ability, and power to his game with leg churn. It simply wins in other ways than pure speed. pic.twitter.com/3PFeXYQG3F— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) March 2, 2019
Winner: Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill
Elite testing, but it was expected. I wish he had done the agility, because I genuinely wanted to see how elite his agility would have been. It would have been incredibly jaw-dropping. His film is littered with quickness all around.
Regardless, Hill ran a 4.4 40 yard dash and showed off fantastic explosion with the vertical and broad jump. That means he has legitimate long speed and short-area burst, two of the key things that scouts will look for in a RB.
Hill looked like a natural in receiving drills, and he consistently caught the ball with his hands and away from his body. He looked a guy who could be shifted out into the slot if you really wanted him to be.
It is a day that took Hill from a potential fifth round pick to a borderline Day 2 pick now. And it also looks great that he met with the Steelers and that there is that potential there.
Justice Hill is a fantastic jump cut back. It's all over his film.pic.twitter.com/AWfOaqEqO0— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) February 24, 2019
Loser: Florida Atlantic RB Devin Singletary
Not a good two days for Devin Singletary. He is only 5’7”, and now he runs a 4.66 40 yard dash with nothing more than mediocre agility numbers. Again, this isn’t a shocking surprise, and he has the advantage of knowing that he created more yards after contact than any other RB in the NCAA this season, so there is a huge positive.
However, Singletary did one thing Holyfield didn’t do — he caught well.
While athletically he tested porous, he shored up a concern in his receiving ability by catching extremely well all day and showing fluid cuts when he needed to. Sometimes it is a matter of foot speed as a RB, and Singletary has a fair amount of it. So, a loss, but not a complete disaster.
I love Devin Singletary. From the insane contact balance to the pressing the line and jump cut to the outside, this dude is a straight up beast. pic.twitter.com/ZmL6kwxpZY— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) February 21, 2019
Winner: Kansas State RB Alex Barnes
On the opposite end from Singletary and Holyfield, I never truly was enthralled by Alex Barnes’ tape. He runs extreme;y hard, there is no doubt at that, but other than that, I saw a lot of average in his game.
Well, it turns out the guy is an athletic freak.
His 34 bench is absurd, but with how great of a pass protector and blocker he is, it was expected. That 40 for him is fantastic. At 226, 4.59 and burst that showed up in the broad jump and vertical is going to be huge for him. He has definite big play ability and ability to win around the edge at the very least. Barnes is an animal.
He caught well, too. Barnes had a great day and was the most impressive RB at the event this year.
His numbers actually line up similarly to Nick Chubb. So do we have a more powerful, less elusive version of Nick Chubb here? Maybe, based on the tape, no, but athletically and size wise, it is a near perfect match.