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A former wide receiver, redshirt junior C.J. Prosise made the move to running back for the 2015 season. The shift, fueled both by a logjam at wide receiver and a need for depth at running back, paid off big time for Prosise and Notre Dame.
Prosise has good speed with a 4.48-second 40 time, but he also has field speed. According to Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus, Prosise gained 49.7 percent of his rushing yards on runs of 15 yards or more. That ability to produce chunk plays is a big reason why Prosise ranks this high, even with limited reps at running back. He's a slasher who finds a path to daylight and then has the speed to make defenses pay.
Prosise isn't just a speed player. He will lower his pads and get after defenders, showing up in our charting with 40 broken tackles on 156 carries.
Prosise is an obvious talent on third downs and in passing situations thanks to his background at receiver. He's also a talented special teams performer and was named the team's Special Teams Player of the Year in 2014. Prosise led Notre Dame in special teams tackles that year with 11.
Prosise's 2015 season was slowed by injuries, particularly a high ankle sprain that sat him down during the Boston College game. Prosise dealt with ankle and head injuries throughout the season, and franchises will ask if he can physically hold up at running back.
With three fumbles on the year, Prosise puts the ball on the ground enough to raise concerns. Given he was only on the field for roughly a half-season, that ratio is worth noting. He has the power to run through tackles, but he must do a better job of securing the nose of the football before taking on tacklers.
Prosise has produced largely on instincts given his lack of experience as a runner, but this shows up in a negative way when he's asked to stretch out a run and read his blocks. He's impatient in letting the block develop on the outside and will overrun the play.
Despite being a very good receiver, Prosise is in no way ready to block in the NFL. He would have value as a natural pass-catcher on third downs, but until he can pick up blitz-protection schemes, he can't be trusted to stay on the field.
Height: 6'0 4/8"
Weight: 220 lbs.
40 Time: 4.48s
Short Shuttle: 4.48s
PRO COMPARISON: Fred Jackson, Seattle Seahawks
FINAL GRADE: 6.25/9.00 (Round 3—Rotational Player)