Positives: Has a good combination of size, speed and quickness. He really impressed me with his burst and straight line speed. Has more than enough speed to get the corner and can rip off long runs once he hits the second level. He has good feet and lateral burst to make defenders miss and to make cuts when running. He seems to have solid vision and runs with good pad level even for a smaller running back. Shows some leg drive even though he is more of a speed back and flashes a stiff arm. Pretty good receiver out of the backfield.
Negatives: Todman won’t be able to be an every down running back in the NFL, he just doesn’t have the size or the power. He can run through arm tackles but struggles to gain yardage after more legitimate contact. He has had his share of struggles in short yardage as a result of this and he needs work in pass protection. He tries to bounce a lot of runs outside which will be an issue in the NFL even though he has good speed.
Overall: Todman strikes me as a potentially valuable 3rd down back in the NFL but I don’t think he will ever be a starter. He just doesn’t seem durable enough and he isn’t dependable enough in short yardage situations because of his lack of size, strength and power as a runner. He should be a pretty valuable 3rd down back though because of his speed, quickness and ability as a receiver out of the backfield. But because he doesn’t have the ceiling of a starter that hurts his value.
Projection: 3rd/4th round. He is more talented than this but unless you are strictly looking for a 3rd down back he won’t be very high on your board and that makes him a potential good value pick in these mid-rounds. It will be interesting to see where he goes relative to other guys who might have futures as starters in the NFL.
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