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Jordan Scarlett NFL Draft 2019: Scouting Report for Carolina Panthers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 27, 2019

Florida running back Jordan Scarlett (25) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Michigan during the first half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
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POSITIVES

—Runs hard and fast for a 208-pound back. Lives in the weight room and has an impressive physique and strength profile.

—Downhill strength and mentality; looks to get into his cuts and will punish a tackler if one gets in his path.

—Excellent at breaking tackles when a tackler comes at him without a commitment to bringing him down.

—Has enough lateral agility to shake defenders and get to space.

         

NEGATIVES

—Host of issues away from the field: misdemeanor marijuana arrest (2015) and part of a credit card fraud scandal that resulted in season-long suspension (2017).

—Rarely used as a receiver and needs to show improved hands and route-running skills.

—Very little urgency to his game; too patient behind the line of scrimmage and is delayed at seeing and attacking a rushing lane.

—Athletic testing times in agility were abysmal; which is echoed by stiffness and heavy feet on tape. Three-cone (7.37) and short shuttle (4.63) are among the worst times for a running back in years.

—Does not pop off the tape as a speedy, athletic back. More of a big body that runs over tacklers.

          

OVERALL

Jordan Scarlett has moments on tape that impress, but overall he is not athletic or fast enough to profile as a starting back. He might be able to carve out a rotational role as a short-yardage back.

        

GRADE: 5.59 (ROUND 6—BACKUP CALIBER)

PRO COMPARISON: Chris Ivory 

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