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T.J. Yeldon | Running Back

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 221

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NFL Films' Greg Cosell compares Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon to Frank Gore.
Cosell has arguably been Yeldon's biggest fan amongst analysts during the draft process. "Yeldon picks and slides through traffic with vision, quick feet," Cosell said. "Critical skills in NFL. Like Frank Gore." Cosell added that Yeldon "bounces outside too often, expecting to outrun people," a trait that must be worked on in the NFL, where such predilections will lead to lost yardage. Yeldon, also compared to Le'Veon Bell, will hear his name called on Day 2. Apr 15 - 7:43 PM

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NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney writes that Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon "puts together a ridiculous combination of stops, starts, jump-cuts and bursts that leave defenders grasping at air."

"His size is impressive, rounded off at 6-foot-1, 226, although he should not be mistaken as a tough, inside runner just because he is big (think Michael Bush)," Cooney wrote. "He also doesn't have a quick shift to a higher gear, which may mean that his whole dance routine is out of necessity." When asked to identify his best traits, Yeldon answered: "I have good vision, good cutting ability. I can catch the ball out of the backfield. I can split out wide and catch the ball. It just depends on how somebody wants to use me in their offense." Concluded Cooney: "Yeldon is neither fast nor powerful as a runner, but is so nifty he probably would star in touch tackle. He is a good receiver, for those teams looking for a medium fast, medium tough, big elusive running back that can catch."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 9:27 AM

Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon visited the Jaguars at the club's facility Wednesday.

"Yeldon could be exactly what the Jaguars need, and available at the right time in the draft to get him," noted NFL Media. Jacksonville desperately needs a running back and isn't going to take one in Round 1 barring a blockbuster move down the board. They are in a nice position to pick the best remaining runner with the No. 36 pick, however. NFL Media analyst Charles Davis reported recently that he is "hearing more and more buzz" about Yeldon.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 8 - 8:04 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis is "hearing more and more buzz" about Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon.

"The thing is, Yeldon has often been left out of discussions about the top running backs in the draft," Davis wrote. "I think the team that lands him in the middle rounds will be very happy with the value he provides, though. He's a talented rusher with good receiving ability." NFL Media colleague Bucky Brooks agrees, seeing the 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon as the undervalued RB in this years' class. "Yeldon is productive, and I was on hand last month for his pro day, where he ran very well," Davis wrote. "The stopwatches I saw had him in the mid-4.4s, a big improvement from his NFL Scouting Combine 40 (4.61)."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 8 - 1:23 AM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks notes that several scouts/directors believe Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon is the "undervalued" RB in this years' class.

The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon has quietly lead Alabama in rushing for the second season in a row, and has also been a weapon on third-down in the passing game. Whether catching passes or providing sound pass-protection, Yeldon already has a leg up on some of his competition, with ability to block. Brooks added in another tweet, that multiple evaluators compared Yeldon's "playing style" (skills and traits) to "Pro Bowl RB Le'Veon Bell."
Mar 18 - 2:06 PM

There is a "bit of buzz" Alabama's T.J. Yeldon could be the second RB selected in the 2015 draft, according to Josh Norris.

Melvin Gordon is often linked in the same tier as Todd Gurley, but we have consistently said the latter is in a class of his own. Gordon will likely be viewed in the same group as Yeldon, Jay Ajayi, Ameer Abdullah and others. Yeldon is a one gear runner but consistently falls forward, is smooth and flashes explosion when the goal line is in sight.
Mar 18 - 10:03 AM

Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon might be a better fit as a "true foundation back" in the NFL than Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, according to NFL Films' Greg Cosell.

"The guy I really like (is) T.J. Yeldon out of Alabama," said Cosell. "I think his running style and his mentality is well suited to the NFL. He has a very intuitive feel to attack downhill with conviction, and he has great ability to work effectively between the tackles. He's very compact in his movement and he gets through small cracks. That is so critical in the NFL for backs, to be able to get through small cracks at the point of attack." We agree with a lot of what Cosell says, but we're not with him on this one. As much as he's high on Yeldon, it seems he's down on Gordon, a viewpoint we don't share. Concerning Yeldon, we see a smooth runner with burst who has a delightful habit of always falling forward on contact. He's a mid- second-rounder.
Mar 5 - 12:45 AM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon "probably has the best feet of any back in the draft."

"He'll go right around 30, 35," said the scout. "He and [Melvin] Gordon will fight for first back [taken]." The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon ran a highly mediocre 4.61 forty at the combine. "He's different than [Eddie] Lacy," one scout said. "Lacy's more power. This guy can run with power, but he also has some moves. I'd take Lacy over him. Only question I have on Yeldon, is he beat to hell and back? All those guys down there (Alabama) get beat up." In college, Yeldon had 576 carries for 3,322 yards (5.8) and 37 scores, adding 46 catches.
Mar 1 - 10:33 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt observed that Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon "didn't jump out at you or look special in the [combine] drills."

"He didn't appear to have very good change-of-direction ability while running," Brandt wrote. "And I know Alabama backs of late have missed (Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson) in their first few pro seasons more than they've hit (Eddie Lacy). But I still like Yeldon, who racked up 3,322 yards and averaged 5.8 yards per carry in three years at Alabama, to be a pretty good NFL player. I especially like that he had a history of making big plays when the Crimson Tide really needed it; he was a lock to convert on third down. He catches the ball well enough (46 receptions for 494 yards and two scores) that he can be in on all three downs, no matter what the situation is." That we know of, the 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon has met with the Seahawks, Eagles, Steelers and Jaguars. Yeldon battled hamstring and ankle injuries throughout the season, but says that he is now completely healthy.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 2:18 PM

Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon mentioned that he has met with the Seahawks, Eagles, Steelers and Jaguars, according to Alabama beat writer Marquavius Burnett.

The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon was a tad banged up this season, as he dealt with hamstring issues and ankle injuries throughout the year. During his combine interview, the Crimson Tide prospect noted that "he's 100 percent healthy" now.
Feb 19 - 4:03 PM

One NFL scout, who spoke with NJ.com's Mark Eckel, believes RB T.J. Yeldon is being "a little" overrated because he went to Alabama.

"But he's not bad, He's strong, but he's not very fast," the scout said. "He would be a good second back if you already have a No. 1." We think there is a better argument for Yeldon being "underrated" due to the school where he played football, since Mark Ingram took some time to contribute and Trent Richardson busted. Yeldon is extremely smooth, has tremendous acceleration when seeing the goal line, and always seems to fall forward.
Source: NJ.com
Feb 14 - 2:35 PM

Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon's "40 times will be closely monitored" at the combine, opines NFL Media.

"Yeldon (6-2, 221) has good size and quick feet, though he seemingly lacks elite speed," added College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Could he get into the mix to be the third back selected? A strong combine certainly would help in that regard." NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks grades Yeldon as his fifth-ranked back. The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon battled hamstring and ankle injuries throughout the season, but still managed to rush for 979 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. We are fans of his game. He has the burst to reach holes, the agility to navigate through them, and the acceleration to turn defender's angles into the sort of imprecise mistakes you made while drawing triangles in middle school. His center of gravity is sound, and he doesn't often get knocked backwards upon impact.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 10 - 9:45 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon is a "complimentary weapon who is dangerous in space" at the next level.

"If you're looking for a bell-cow RB, Yeldon isn't your guy. A complimentary weapon who is dangerous in space? He's a solid 3rd round option," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon battled hamstring and ankle injuries throughout the season, but still managed to rush for 979 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. We really like Yeldon's abilities, as he accelerates through creases and can devastate defenders' angles at the second level. He exhibits good balance and falls forward.
Feb 5 - 2:27 PM

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon said he got a "2nd round" grade from the NFL's College Advisory Committee, according to Alabama beat writer Marquavius Bennett.

The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon battled hamstring and ankle injuries throughout the season, but still managed to rush for 979 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. The Crimson Tide prospect finished his career with 3,322 rushing yards and 37 rushing touchdowns. We really like Yeldon's abilities, as he accelerates through creases and can devastate defenders' angles at the second level. He exhibits good balance and falls forward.
Jan 9 - 2:22 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon is "Mr. Smooth with his gliding athleticism and start/stop foot quickness to redirect his momentum and dance out of trouble."

We found out Thursday that Yeldon will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. "He doesn't have an ideal body type for the position with a taller stature and lean-muscled frame, but he runs with good forward lean and balance to break tackles," Brugler wrote. "However, similar to Trent Richardson, Yeldon tends to run too patient and needs to be more decisive working through the trash, taking too long to read blocks and defenders. He is a much better player in space than between the tackles when he can allow what he sees to develop and stay comfortable. Yeldon can start in the NFL, but will need to be a part of a committee." Yeldon posted 979 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. Count Rotoworld amongst his fans. We appreciate his acceleration through creases, which flummoxes defenders who must change second-level pursuit angles, as well as his balance and propensity to fall forward when tackled.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 8:44 PM