2012 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos Host Utah State RB Robert Turbin

Jason MuckleySenior Analyst IIApril 12, 2012

Denver Broncos’ brass sees something in the Utah State running back prospect, Robert Turbin, which most other teams around the league have overlooked. The Broncos are set to host Turbin at the Broncos’ training facility at Dove Valley on Monday, April 16, 2012.

Most NFL draft scouting reports have Turbin listed way down the boards among highest prospects. Other than the fact that Turbin went to the small school in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), all of Turbin’s measureables, statistics, and times point to Turbin having success at the next level.

I like this move by the Broncos bringing Turbin in. They will get some hands-on, up close exposure to the Aggie. Broncos’ head coach John Fox, a running back specialist in his own right, offensive coordinator Mike McKoy and running backs coach Eric Studesville will get to see what Turbin can do when they evaluate him on Monday. 

Turbin has the size and qualities that Fox looks for in running backs. Turbin is 5’10” and 222 pounds. He reminds me of two star running backs that Fox drafted while in Carolina. DeAngelo Williams, taken 27th overall in 2006 by the Panthers, is 5’9” and 217 pounds, and Jonathan Stewart, taken 13th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, was a 5’10”, 235-pound prospect.

At the obscure Utah State, Turbin produced eye-popping numbers. He earned the WAC Offensive Player of the Year for his efforts. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry as a junior in 2011. He rushed for a total of 1,517 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also showed some skills in the passing game catching 17 passes for 171 yards with four scores.


His NFL combine workout was also promising. He showed off his speed clocking in a 4.44 second 40-time.

Turbin’s scouting report has him listed as anywhere from the 9-11th among running backs in the draft class. NFLDraftScout.com’s Rob Rang says:

“He’s a virtual pinball of muscle. Possessing as impressive an upper body physique as any running back in the country (well, perhaps excluding Alabama's Trent Richardson), Turbin uses his strong arms and good leg drive to plow through defenders. He's hardly just a power runner, however, possessing surprising agility and acceleration for such a powerful back.”

Turbin would be a pick that would harken back to the days of former Broncos’ head coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan would select late-round picks and turn them into superstars; he did this with Terrell Davis, Mike Anderson and Olandis Gary, all of who became 1,000+ yard rushers despite being drafted in the fourth round or later.

I love this move, especially if the Broncos can steal him around the fourth round.