Evan Royster - Penn State (HT: 5-11¾ - WT: 218) Combine 40: N/A - Pro Day 40: N/A - Position Rank: 24 of 30
Positives: Runs hard through the hole, consistently fights through arm tackles... Keeps his legs moving, strong lower body, gets a lot of yards after contact... Has adequate vision to see running lanes... Good in pass protection, understands his assignments and uses good technique... Penn State has a long history of producing NFL caliber running backs... Productive career at Penn State, three consecutive 1000 yard seasons for the Nittany Lions... Solid north/south runner who doesn't dance through the hole... Good football bloodlines, brother Brandon played football for Stanford from 2000-2003... Does a good job wrapping up the football, rarely fumbles.
Negatives: Below average straight line speed, gets beat to the corner and has trouble running away from defenders at the second level... Lacks explosion, doesn't accelerate quickly... Not a top athlete... Runs a bit upright which leaves him exposed to big hits... Not a creative runner, isn't very elusive in the open field... Doesn't possess good body control or change of direction ability... Struggles as a cutback runner, misses his cutback lanes... Allows too many balls get into his body and drops some easy passes... Never took his game to the next level after his breakout sophomore campaign, actually seemed to regress a little over the past two years... Is not horrible at anything, but isn't great at anything either, just average in about every facet of his game... Will turn 24 halfway through his rookie season... Has had a few nagging injuries throughout his career.
(January 28) --
The week of Senior Bowl practices are over, but more coverage is on the way.
We have posted notes and observations from both the North and South Thursday practices as well as transcripts from the Thursday press conferences.
Also posted is a Week in Review from the week's practices. Refer to the tabs above for full coverage. We'll have all the action coming to you from Saturday's game as well.