DeeJay Dallas NFL Draft 2020: Scouting Report for Seattle Seahawks' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 25, 2020

Miami running back DeeJay Dallas (13) celebrates a touch down during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisville, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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RB17 DeeJay Dallas, Miami

STRENGTHS

—Has positional versatility; spent some time at receiver at Miami. 

—Added weight for the ideal NFL size (5'10", 217 lbs).

—Can set up and direct blockers to help himself out. 

—Shifty but not quick; can make defenders miss with patience and vision. 

           

WEAKNESSES

—Lacks long speed but still broke away for big plays; slow to get to top speed. 

—Hard to bring down, but does not run through players. 

—Needs a lot of help in pass protection before he can be trusted to protect a quarterback. 

—His four fumbles in 2018 were a problem; even though he didn't have any fumbles in 2019, he still has to improve ball security. 

              

OVERALL 

Dallas was named a team captain in 2019 and led a Hurricanes team that had higher hopes than where it finished. After being recruited to Miami as a receiver, Dallas may have outgrown the position and made the switch to running back. Patient runners have found success in the NFL, and Dallas will get a chance to be another example in 2020. 

            

GRADE: 62

PRO COMPARISON: Chris Carson/Spencer Ware