Mike Shanahan drafted Ryan Torain when he was with Denver in the fifth round of the 2008 draft. Obviously, the familiarity factor is there. The fact that he appeared in 10 games with the Skins last season also means he is the probable “starter” heading into training camp.
Although injured frequently last season, Torain rushed for 752 yards and four tuddies at a 4.5 YPC clip. Torain also caught 18 balls for 125 yards and two scores.
He is a volume runner who gets more effective as the carries keep coming. Some scouts have labeled him a poor man’s Clinton Portis.
Torain is not going to burn you with speed. Instead, he will use his 6’1” and 212 pound frame to try and power his way through arm tackles. He is not especially elusive and will not break anybody’s ankles in the near future.
While a solid option, Torain has probably already reached his ceiling as a rusher.
The major knock against Torain, aside from his proneness to injury, is his decision making. Shanahan’s one-cut-and-go running style depends on a rusher finding a crease and then immediately accelerating through the open hole.
Too many times last season Torain attempted to reach the outside on his rushes. If your not making your money with your speed, I would suggest taking that first sign of daylight Mr. Torain.