Cierre Wood probably does not figure to dominate any headlines this year in the upcoming NFL draft.
Scheduled to be drafted in the sixth round, the former Notre Dame running back decided to forgo his senior year in college and declare himself eligible for the draft.
Having to make a decision like whether to stay in school or leave to pursue a lifelong dream of playing in the NFL is never simple," Wood said in a statement released by Notre Dame. "I had to weigh many factors over the last month, but ultimately it came down to what I felt was the right decision that would most benefit my family.
Ranked by Rivals.com as a 4-star running back, Wood will at least provide some depth for an NFL team at the position. While he may not possess the size and ability that other "elite" collegiate backs have, Wood will at least be able to contribute in other ways.
Wood does have a number of attributes that will make him useful at the NFL level.
He is a patient runner who allows his lead blockers to make plays in front of him. He is also smart with the ball and capable of making defenders miss. He is also tough, considering his 5'11" frame. While he may not be at the top of the running back draft class this year, Wood will make a solid addition to an NFL team.
Here are seven big plays from Wood's collegiate career.