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Jordan Wilkins NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Indianapolis Colts' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Mississippi running back Jordan Wilkins (22) looks for room past South Alabama safety Jeremy Reaves (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)
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POSITIVES

—Wilkins is one of the sleepers of the loaded running back class thanks to his size, vision and top-notch agility.

—Has start-stop speed and can pull away from defenses. He’s shown nice moves with footwork and hip agility.

—Wilkins has the ability to be a one-cut performer in a zone scheme. He gets downhill in a hurry and has enough agility to shake a defender suddenly and re-direct.

—Overall running back traits like balance, vision and agility are high level from Wilkins.

NFL scouts we spoke to love that Wilkins is relatively fresh coming out of the SEC.

   

NEGATIVES

—Wilkins missed the 2016 season with an academic suspension and missed time during summer practices before his senior season with an injury.

—Despite a big frame, he does not run well through contact. Can be soft in traffic and go down on first impact.

—Runs high and doesn’t drive with his legs to push piles.

—Tends to just make the most from big lanes and doesn’t always create well on his own.

—Will get caught tip-toeing through the tulips when he needs to just hunker down and run hard.

   

OVERALL

Wilkins is a bit of a hard evaluation coming off a knee injury, but he does have traits that project well to the NFL. He’s agile and quick, and his frame could support a role as a third-down player.

   

GRADE: 5.70 (Round 5)

PRO COMPARISON: Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks

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