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.
- 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
- 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.
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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