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T.J. Yeldon | Running Back

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

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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

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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

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Alex Scarborough.

Yeldon continues the trend of Bama running backs in the NFL, following Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy. 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.
Source: ESPN
Jan 8 - 1:32 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban stated that junior RB T.J. Yeldon (ankle) will "probably be a game time decision" for the Sugar Bowl against Ohio State.

"He's been able to practice each and every day that we've been here and he's looked better and better each day," Saban said Wednesday at the final coaches press conference before the Sugar Bowl. "We're very hopeful. It'll probably be a pregame decision. Yeldon has made it known that he plans on playing, but Saban indicates that they may use Yeldon as a fill-in-role. Just a month ago, the Crimson Tide RB sprained his ankle against LSU and had injured his hamstring in the first month of the season.
Source: Al.com
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 02:37:00 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban indicated that junior RB T.J. Yeldon (ankle) is continuing to progress and appears to be on track for this week's playoff game against Ohio State.

"Hopefully he’ll continue to progress," Saban said. "He had a significant amount of time off but he seems to be making progress now and I’m hopeful that he’ll be able to make a contribution in the game." Yeldon sprained his ankle against LSU last month. He also suffered through a hamstring injury in the first month of the season. Even so, Yeldon leads the Tide in rushing with 932 yards.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 06:46:00 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban notes that they are limiting Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon in practice so he can "come back and be able to be most effective playing."

"It's a medical decision as to what would be the best way for him to be able to come back and be able to be most effective playing," Nick Saban said. "That decision was to really limit what he does until we come back after Christmas. So he's doing a lot of rehab and a lot of conditioning-type stuff that is not going to put strain on the hamstring and some of the injuries that he's sorta had." Just a month ago the Crimson Tide RB sprained his ankle against LSU and had injured his hamstring in the first month of the season.
Source: Al.com
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 02:58:00 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon "could be better" than Eddie Lacy.

"Different type than (Eddie) Lacy, but he could be (better)," the scout said. "He runs hard like Eddie. He has more speed than Eddie." Yeldon is only 68 rushing yards shy of his third 1,000-yard campaign. Yeldon, who has been compared to Darren McFadden and DeAngelo Williams, has produced at a high level in 2014 despite missing time with injuries. He's expected to declare for the draft early, probably hearing his name called in Round 2.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 01:30:00 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon will go before the end of the second round.

"Alabama has produced three top-64 picks at running back (Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy) over the past four NFL Drafts and Yeldon will likely make that four over the last five," Brugler wrote. "He has light feet with a silky run style to easily change directions and make defenders miss, but also lowering his pads to finish with power when the situation calls for it. While extremely talented, Yeldon tends to be patient as an inside runner and is best suited as part of a committee where he can shine in space as a runner/receiver." Yeldon is only 68 rushing yards shy of 1,000.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 11:55:00 PM