Mario Fannin - Auburn (HT: 5-11 - WT: 228) Combine 40: N/A - Pro Day 40: N/A - Position Rank: 25 of 30
Positives: Above average size and speed, has a nice frame and solid bulk along with the ability to outrun players in the secondary... Flexible and has good body control... Shifty for his size, has some moves to juke defenders... Rarely gets knocked off balance and controls himself well through the hole... Violent runner with good strength, likes to punish defenders... Willing pass blocker who helps in a variety of ways in the passing game as both a receiver and blocker... Solid route runner, has lined up in the slot for Auburn in the past... Auburn churns out NFL caliber running backs on a yearly basis, deep history of backs that transitioned well to the NFL... Has been very effective when he does get touches, contributes as both a runner and receiver, averaged roughly seven yards per carry over the past two years combined... High character known as a hard worker and a player who puts his team over himself... Solid north/south runner, always looking to get up field as quickly as possible.
Negatives: Puts the ball on the ground too often, appears fumble prone at times... Runs too upright, needs to lower his pad level to get more yards after contact... Lacks good instincts and is slow to locate running lanes... Comes with some injury concerns, dislocated his left shoulder in 2008 and struggled with an ankle injury in 2009... Never dominated at the collegiate level and has never carried the load... The most carries he's ever had in a single season was 84 as a freshman in 2007... Took a bit of a backseat to freshman Michael Dyer in 2010... Will turn 24 during his rookie season.
(January 28) --
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