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Ameer Abdullah | Running Back

Team: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 6/13/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 190

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Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah posted a Speed Score of just 91.6 at the NFL Combine.
The average Speed Score of Round 1 RBs over the past decade is about 110. Abdullah's Speed Score pegs him "as a lower-round pick," according to ESPN's Aaron Schatz. Though Abdullah clocked disappointing forty times of 4.61 and 4.62 at 5-foot-8 and 205 pounds, he essentially dominated the field in all non-40 drills, especially those that measured agility and explosion. He was best amongst top running backs in four of seven drills, including the vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. "Researchers have suggested that a Speed Score that incorporated these drills would be a better predictor of NFL success, and such a system would certainly rate Abdullah as a better prospect," Schatz wrote. Feb 28 - 5:28 PM

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Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah clocked forty times of 4.61 and 4.62 at the combine.

Before you overreact, you ought to know that Abdullah essentially dominated the field in all non-40 drills. He was best amongst running backs in four of seven drills, including the vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. He also added seven pounds between the Senior Bowl and Combine. As NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently wrote, Abdullah "doesn't have elite long speed, but he piles up a lot of 30-40-yard runs."
Feb 22 - 12:02 AM

Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah made his debut at No. 40 on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's board.

"Abdullah is a compact, muscular runner with excellent quickness, balance and surprising power," Jeremiah wrote. "On inside runs, he is quick to the hole and he has excellent lateral quickness to avoid defenders in tight quarters. He carries his pads low to the ground and he pinballs off tacklers. He looks to finish every single run. On outside runs, he has the burst to get the edge and he is very elusive once he gets into the open field. He doesn't have elite long speed, but he piles up a lot of 30-40-yard runs. He is effective out of the backfield because of his reliable hands and ability to make defenders miss in space." Still, Abdullah is not without warts. He's a poor pass blocker, he won't move a pile, and he fumbles more than any other decent RB in this class. "He is an excellent kickoff returner because of his aggressiveness, vision and initial burst," Jeremiah added.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 11:16 PM

Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah fumbled once every 35.4 touches across his four-year college career.

CBS' Dane Brugler reports that Abdullah's fumble rate was the most egregious of all draft-worthy 2015 running backs, which won't surprise you if you pay attention to the draft process or college football. To put Abdullah's butter fingers in perspective, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon finished second on this list with a fumble every 54.4 touches, while Alabama's T.J. Yeldon fumbled every 62.2 touches and Boise State's Jay Ajayi fumbled once every 62.6 touches. In college, Abdullah fumbled 24 times; 17 were lost to turnover. He simply must learn to take better care of the ball, or NFL coaches will deprive him of it. Because Abdullah can't pass block, that would be a very bad development indeed.
Feb 18 - 12:04 PM

Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah's ball security remains the biggest question surrounding his draft stock, says NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock.

In a conference call with the media, the analyst mentioned the 24 fumbles on Abdullah's ledger, 17 of which were lost to turnover. Abdullah's running skill and character are lavishly praised, while his fumbling and pass blocking remain big question marks. NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah projects Abdullah as a late-second round or early third-round pick.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 1:11 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote that Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah's "personal and football character is considered off-the-charts by the scouting community."

"His high character will make him a hit during interview process," NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote. Zierlein's colleague Daniel Jeremiah projects Abdullah as a late-second round or early third-round pick. An AFC North scout recently said that Abdullah has the "highest overall character grade" he's ever given to a prospect. "He has the highest overall character grade I've ever given to a prospect, and includes both football character and off-the-field. Aside from (Melvin) Gordon and (Todd) Gurley, I think he's the third best running back in this draft," the scout said.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 15 - 4:27 PM

NFL.com believes Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah's "40 time will be scrutinized" at the combine, but adds that "his work in some of the other drills should be impressive."

"His lack of size -- he measured 5-foot-8 1/4 and 198 pounds at the Senior Bowl -- is bothersome to some scouts, but his production was impressive; he was a full-time starter in his final two seasons with the Huskers and rushed for 3,301 yards and 28 TDs in those seasons," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He also has proved himself as a receiver and return man." An AFC North scout recently said that Abdullah has the "highest overall character grade" he's ever given to a prospect. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah projects him as a late-second round or early third-round pick.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 10 - 8:21 PM

One AFC North scout noted that Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah has the "highest overall character grade" he's ever given to a prospect.

"He has the highest overall character grade I've ever given to a prospect, and includes both football character and off-the-field," the scout told Lance Zierlein of NFL Media. "Aside from (Melvin) Gordon and (Todd) Gurley, I think he's the third-best running back in this draft." The 5-foot-8, 198-pounder was named the Senior Bowl MVP after he rushed for 73 yards and added 40 receiving yards. He's faced questions about ball security and blocking, but nobody questions Abdullah's electricity with the ball in his hands. The Nebraska prospect has worked his way into Day 2 consideration.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 3 - 3:46 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes "ball security issues are going to dog [Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah] into the draft."

"While Abdullah performed well enough at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, I think ball security issues are going to dog him into the draft," Kiper wrote. The analyst ranks him as the No. 5 RB. Abdullah is also facing questions about his blocking. The 5-foot-8, 198-pounder was named the Senior Bowl MVP after he rushed for 73 yards and added 40 receiving yards. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah projects him as a late-second round or early third-round pick.
Jan 31 - 5:13 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah projects Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah as a late-second round or early third-round pick.

The 5-foot-8, 198-pounder was named the Senior Bowl MVP after he rushed for 73 yards and added 40 receiving yards. He's faced questions about ball security and blocking, but nobody questions Abdullah's electricity with the ball in his hands.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 27 - 8:49 PM

The Guardian's Matt Rybaltowski was reminded of Matt Forte's 2008 MVP performance at the Senior Bowl when watching Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah on Saturday.

Abdullah similarly drew MVP honors by rushing for 73 yards and adding 40 receiving yards at the Senior Bowl. "Much like Forte and other scat backs like Darren Sproles and CJ Spiller, Abdullah has the explosiveness to produce home run plays and can come out of the backfield as a receiver," Rybaltowski wrote. "The aforementioned backs have continued to excel on Sundays in spite of their lack of size. The former Cornhusker back is of a similar mold, but can compensate for the deficiency with his speed and athleticism." The 5-foot-8, 198-pounder has worked his way into Day 2 consideration.
Jan 27 - 3:50 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for 73 yards and added 40 receiving at the Senior Bowl to win MVP honors.

He averaged more than 10 yards per touch (seven carries, four catches). "Obviously I'm a running back so I'm going to run the football but I wanted just to show that I had more than one dynamic to my game," Abdullah said. The 5-foot-8, 198-pounder was celebrated for his impressive week in Mobile. He may not have the frame to pass block, and fumbling can sometimes be an issue, abut this offensive weapon currently appears ticketed for Day 2.
Jan 26 - 6:46 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah's "terrific agility, balance and acceleration helped him stand out all week" at the Senior Bowl, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Leading the victorious North squad in rushing (73 yards) and receiving (four catches for 40 yards) for a game-high 113 all-purpose yards, Abdullah was named the 2015 Senior Bowl MVP. Abdullah's terrific agility, balance and acceleration helped him stand out all week and he rose to the occasion one last time," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-8, 198-pound Abdullah had an impressive week in Mobile, and could hear his name called on Day 2 of the draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 26 - 2:36 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah "is by far the most explosive running back here in Mobile this week," according to Scout's Inc.

"He's undersized, as we expected (5-8, 198 pounds), and his ball security is an issue on tape," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "But he is a natural pass-catcher who can snatch the ball out of the air, and even though he isn't a power between-the-tackles runner, he gets to and through the hole quickly. He runs angry." The 5-foot-8, 198-pound Abdullah has worked his way through a muddled RB class to find solid Day 2 footing.
Jan 24 - 5:02 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah's "will be in the top-75 mix and possibly the top senior running back drafted due to his natural burst, balance and playmaking skills," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"However, his deficiencies in pass protection stand out on tape and were exposed again during Tuesday's practice," Brugler wrote. "He is willing and tough, but his 198-pound frame simply lacks the base strength or upper body power to control or stop rushers in their tracks. Abdullah is a versatile talent who is fun to watch run the rock, but it's clear his best role in the NFL is probably as a change of pace option where he won't be tasked with protecting the pocket." Brugler's colleague Rob Rang wrote Thursday that Abdullah "is the most exciting runner participating in the Senior Bowl." The 5-foot-8, 198-pound Abdullah has worked his way through a muddled RB class to find solid Day 2 footing. For now, anyway.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 22 - 6:19 PM