Well, I mentioned there would be complete all around running backs available for the Dallas Cowboys. Here’s the first example of one. Chase Brown from Illinois isn’t the type of running back that will blow you away, but he will absolutely get the job done. He is probably one of the least hyped but effective running backs in the entire draft class.
At first glance, you would think he is a speed back but he’s more than that. He has good size at 5’9″ 209lbs with a very compact frame. The speed was confirmed at the NFL Combine – 4.47 in the 40-yard dash. He runs strong between the tackles and has done a good job being a load carrier for the Illini. Didn’t get a ton of targets as most of his workload came from him carrying the rock but he has decent hands.
This player is different than the Keaton Mitchell type we talked about being available in the fifth round. Their height isn’t far off, I’ll give you that. However, Brown does check the weight category. He had the injury concern at the end of his final season in Champaign that scouts will certainly dig into. Considering he participated in most drills at the NFL combine, my guess is there’ll still be some poking and prodding by team doctors, but he’ll be just fine.
Being the bell cow for your team in a good Big Ten conference will get you some well-deserved attention. In his five seasons, it was the final two were excellent. Brown was able to accumulate 2648 yards on the ground at a school not known for exceptional talent. Could he be this year’s Kenneth Walker? Similar size, good productivity coupled with good speed. If he is, sign me up.