NFL Draft Spotlight: Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford

by Cory J. Bonini on April 14, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


Toby Gerhart caught the attention of college football fans everywhere last season with his 1,871-yard, 27-touchdown season for Stanford. While quite productive in 2008, Gerhart earned a bigger role in the offense and dominated his way to being the nation's No. 1 leading rusher during the '09 campaign.

Strengths

  • Big frame (6-foot, 231 pounds)
  • Bruising runner, tough to bring down
  • Excels in short-yardage situations
  • Decent enough in pass protection
  • Cut-back ability - quality vision
  • Of good character; hard worker
  • Capable receiver
  • Reasonable speed: 4.53-second 40-yard dash

Weaknesses

  • Is he a running back in the NFL or a fullback?
  • Not particularly athletic
  • Runs too upright
  • No upside
  • Not elusive or a big-play threat
  • Limited outside runner

Expected draft placement

Here is where the debate begins. Is he a fullback? If so, Gerhart is a late-round pick - probably no higher than the fifth round. Is he a tailback or lead ball carrier in the NFL? If so, he's a late second- or early third-round pick. We believe a team will take a chance on him in the third round. Expect Gerhart to enjoy a very respectable career as a part-time runner, possibily resigned to short-yardage and goal line situations, as well as a special teams contributor. That's just who he is in the NFL, and there is nothing wrong with that.

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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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