Terrance West NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Browns RB

Ryan LownesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2014

Towson running back Terrance West (28) looks for a gap at the line of scrimmage on a running play in the first half of the FCS championship NCAA college football game against North Dakota State, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Terrance West, RB, Towson (HT: 5'9¼", WT: 225 lbs.)

Cleveland Browns (Browns trade 106th and 180th picks to 49ers for 94th pick)

Third Round: 94th Pick

Combine Weigh-In
HeightWeightArmHand
5092225 lbs.31"9 1/8"
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Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-coneShuttle
4.541.5933.5"10'0"DNPDNP
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Positives

  • Prototypical running back size; powerfully built.
  • Keeps his legs moving on contact and pushes the pile for extra yardage.
  • Fairly nimble feet for a bigger back; displays lateral agility and can bounce runs outside quickly.
  • Displays good balance, shrugs weak tackles and works hard to stay on his feet.
  • Shows some elusiveness; can make defenders miss in the hole and in space.
  • Appears to be an adequate athlete for the next level; looked like a man against boys sometimes at the FCS with his combination of size and athleticism.
  • Certainly not sluggish. He may not be especially quick to go from 0-60 and lacks 4.4 speed, but he is a smooth mover who can eat up chunks of yards with long strides.
  • Can shorten his stride and change speeds; displays some fluidity in and out of his cuts.
  • Effective in short-yardage situations; can move the chains and has a nose for the end zone.
  • Capable receiver out of the backfield who displays soft hands; can catch the ball outside his frame.
  • Willing pass protector who demonstrates the ability to pick up the blitz and mirror rushers.
  • Was very durable during college career despite carrying a heavy workload.
  • Extraordinarily productive at the FCS level; shattered several national, conference and school records during an incredible junior season.

 

Negatives

  • Does not demonstrate great vision; misses cutback lanes, has a tendency to bounce outside and occasionally runs into his blockers
  • Lacks extra gear to pull away from defenders and can be caught from behind due to average top-end speed.
  • Can be a bit hesitant, sometimes dancing in the backfield and losing yards.
  • While he is a big running back with some natural power, he is not an especially tough or rugged runner. He is not as effective as you would like him to be between the tackles.
  • Lacks tremendous burst; does not show great acceleration.
  • Ball security is a concern; does not switch the ball to his outside hand.
  • Questionable decision-making; moves east and west too often, giving up his forward momentum.
  • Although effort is typically there, his footwork in pass protection shows room for improvement.
  • Does not show great instincts in the passing game; will not work to create throwing lanes for his quarterback on screens, often standing around just beyond the line of scrimmage.
  • Generally played against very low competition; will face a huge adjustment in the NFL, where defenders are bigger and much faster.
Rushing Statistics
YearTeamCarYdsAvgTD
2011Towson19412946.729
2012Towson19510515.414
2013Towson41325096.141
http://stats.washingtonpost.com/cfb/players.asp?id=203041
Receiving Statistics
YearTeamRecYdsAvgTD
2011Towson5255.00
2012Towson510220.41
2013Towson262589.91
http://stats.washingtonpost.com/cfb/players.asp?id=203041

 

Personal Notes

  • First-team FCS All-American 2013
  • First-team All-CAA 2013
  • CAA Offensive Player of the Year 2013
  • First-team All-ECAC 2013
  • ECAC Offensive Player of the Year 2013
  • First-team All-CAA 2012
  • Second-team FCS All-American 2011
  • First-team All-CAA 2011
  • Jerry Rice Award (top freshman in FCS) 2011
  • ECAC Offensive Rookie of the Year 2011
  • Majored in sports management

 

Ratings Chart

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Overall

One of the most productive running backs in FCS history, Terrance West declared for the NFL draft after a record-breaking junior season, in which he carried his Towson team to a national championship berth. Blessed with excellent size and above-average agility, he possesses the tools necessary to develop into a good NFL player. He is, however, a big back with a somewhat finesse style. The speed at the next level is sure to be a huge adjustment for him, but he has the potential to quickly develop into a backfield contributor.

 

Draft Projection: Fourth-Fifth Round