2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State

by Cory J. Bonini on March 20, 2013 @ 17:48:13 PDT

 


Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle chose to forgo his senior season to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

Randle rushed for 1,216 yards and 24 touchdowns as a sophomore after Kendall Hunter went pro. He followed it up with a 1,417-yard, 14-touchdown junior effort. Randle has tallied 71 catches for 490 yards and two aerial scores over the past two seasons.

Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State
Versatile, three-down back

Strengths

  • Good acceleration in short area and deceiving top-end speed (timed at a poor 4.63-second 40-yard dash)
  • Above-average size (6-foot, 204 pounds)
  • Effective in pass protection
  • Talented receiver with respectable hands
  • Intelligent - mechanical engineer student with a strong understanding of on-field assignments
  • Good teammate
  • Three-down back capable of fitting most offensive schemes
  • Highly productive

Weaknesses

  • Tends to run upright
  • Questionable ball security
  • Inconsistent vision - misses cutback lanes that he should see
  • Often too concentrated on avoiding a defender rather than going through him when warranted
  • Suspect balance and body control

Expected draft placement

Randle's versatility makes him a quality target for a team looking at a No. 2 running back with potential to sneak into a starting role in time. He has earned a strong Round 3 grade but has an outside chance of sneaking into the late second round. He probably will not fall beyond the fourth.

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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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