Saturday, April 16, 2011

Roy Helu Jr. SI Grade 2.81 Grading System

Position: RB
Class: 4Sr
School: Nebraska
Conference: Big 12
HT: 5-11.5
WT: 219
40 Time: 4.41
Biography: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors last season after posting career-best rushing numbers of 188/1245/11. Junior rushing totals included 220/1193/10.

Positives: Physically talented ball carrier moving up draft boards. Has good size and displays terrific vision and overall instincts. Shows a burst through the hole and can beat defenders into the open field then run to daylight. Has solid footwork in a small area, sets defenders up, and makes them miss. Waits for blocks to develop, shows patience as a runner, and finds running lanes everywhere on the field. Displays strength carrying the ball and the ability to pick up yardage off initial contact, falling forward when tackled for the extra yardage.

Negatives: Not a truly elusive or creative ball carrier. Does not show soft hands out of the backfield catching the ball. Must be more aware of ball security as he puts the ball on the ground at inopportune times.

Analysis: Helu Jr. has been very productive the past two seasons and did incredibly well in the run-up to the draft. After outstanding showings at the Senior Bowl and combine, he has moved into the top 75 selections and is one of the few backs in this draft that could develop into a feature runner.

Projection: 2-3

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