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Bradie Ewing to Atlanta Falcons: Scouting Report, Video and Analysis

MADISON, WI - NOVEMBER 05: Montee Ball #28 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates a touchdown with Bradie Ewing #34 against the Purdue Boilermakers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Madison Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Danny PaskasSenior Analyst IApril 28, 2012

Bradie Ewing is one of top fullbacks in this year's weak fullback draft class. At Wisconsin, he was the lead blocker for Montee Ball, who was the NCAA's leading rusher with 1,923 rushing yards

While Ewing was not active in the running game individually (he carried the ball zero times), he was active in the passing game compiling 20 receptions for 246 yards. He also was very productive on special teams as he was named Special Teams Player of the Year.

 

Strengths

Ewing is quick off the snap and is a powerful, hit the hole kind of blocker. He is, however, more of a blocker who engages a linebacker/lineman and neutralizes them rather than runs over them. Ewing is an old school, block-first type of player who is NFL-ready due to playing in professional blocking schemes at Wisconsin. He is also a reliable target in the passing game.

Weaknesses

Ewing needs to add more bulk to his frame to be more successful at the next level. At the combine, his bench press total was the lowest of any running back prospects who participated. His total was even lower than Oregon's LaMichael James. If he's going to be a power fullback in the NFL, he must add more strength.

 

Experts' Take

NFL.com writes that Ewing is not going to make any electric plays with the ball at the next level. Compared to fullbacks who have been successful of late in the NFL, such as Vonta Leach of the Ravens, he has the ability to block with the same tenacity. A decent athlete but very stiff and straight-line as a runner.

ESPN.com has Ewing ranked as the third-best fullback in this year's draft behind Rhett Wilson and Emil Igwenagu.

 

Rookie Impact

Ewing will make a strong impact on special teams and can be a starter in the Falcons' backfield by year two.

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