2017 Philadelphia Eagles Draft Prospects: Running Back Jeremy McNichols

Taking a look at some of the Philadelphia Eagles options for the NFL Draft, today we look at Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols.

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Nov 18, 2016; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos running back Jeremy McNichols (13) runs the ball against the UNLV Rebels in the first half at Albertsons Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Continuing our our pre-draft series, we continue to take a look at players the Philadelphia Eagles may consider selecting at some point during the 2017 NFL Draft. While these players may not all be first round quality, this series will look at players across all the rounds that the Philadelphia Eagles could select during the draft process.

Moving on from the potential first round selection of cornerback Marlon Humphrey, today, we take a look at a player that could also be a day three pick for Philadelphia. In need of some help at the running back position, the Philadelphia Eagles could be tempted into selecting Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols.


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Background

A likely fourth or fifth round pick based on his current draft stock, Jeremy McNichols has a lot to offer any team that selects him. Playing behind now Miami Dolphins star Jay Ajayi his first season at Boise State, McNichols became a full-fledged starter for both his sophomore and junior seasons following the departure of Ajayi.

Recording 26 total touchdowns as both a receiver and running back his junior season, McNichols backed up his production last year when he recorded 1,709 yards rushing, 474 yards receiving and 27 total touchdowns. Despite his smaller size, McNichols is someone that has an eye for the endzone. That trait alone could make him a steal in this draft.

Strengths

Extremely elusive in the backfield and doesn’t dance that much when trying to pick a running lane. Shifty when changing directions and can also do so without changing his speed. Fluid hip movement allows McNichols to change direction multiple times and to also reach the second level. Has trust in his blocking and also can go downhill through any opening.

Anticipation for where linebackers will be is above average. Has good feel for running in between the tackles and doesn’t mind trying to fight his way through some tackles. Adjusts his balance to help break some tackles while also possessing some good acceleration. Solid pass catcher that can be a hidden force in the passing game.

Weakness

Doesn’t possess lower body power to break most tackles and also can be taken down at the line by simple arm tackles. Runs with one solid speed but lacks the burst needed to break through and away from potential tacklers. Looks quickers that he actually is. While elusive and tough to bring down in the backfield, this fades the farther upfield he gets.

Has had issue when in 50/50 situations due to his indecision between finishing runs and trying to evade said tackler. Ball safety issues, eight fumbles over two seasons at Boise State. Needs to learn how to protect the ball at the point of impact. Is a spotty blocker at best while also looking to chop down blitzers rather than block them.

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