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Demetric Felton NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Cleveland Browns RB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

CORRECTS TO UCLA RUNNING BACK DEMETRIC FELTON NOT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA QUARTERBACK MO HASAN - UCLA running back Demetric Felton runs to the end zone for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Southern California, Saturday, Dec 12, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Ashley Landis/Associated Press


HEIGHT:
 5'8 5/8"

WEIGHT: 189

              

POSITIVES

—Has a versatile skill set that is best used out of the backfield or split out versus LBs. Can be utilized as a matchup advantage if defense is stuck in man coverage.

—Plays with above-average body control and balance. Comfortable stopping and starting with the ball in his hands in the passing game and also when waiting for a hole to develop.

—Adequate vision and tempo on run plays.

—Has flashes of bouncing off tacklers and keeping his feet to get an efficient gain. 

—Has returner ability with tangible production.

—Good hands out of the backfield and in the slot. Comfortable snatching throws away from his body.

       

NEGATIVES

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—Tweener positionally. Lacks polish and skill set at both the RB and WR positions.

—Runs upright through the hole in the run game and lacks natural feel and vision for space. Leaves himself susceptible to hits.

—Overall average-at-best athlete. Lacks dominant traits. Lacks juice to get to the edge, and his lack of polish with route running will leave him at a huge disadvantage if lined up in the slot against CBs.

—Below-average size at both RB and WR. Combined with lack of pure athleticism raises alarm bells with how he will win at NFL level.

—Feet stop moving when squaring up with a defender and loses momentum with his runs.

—Needs improvement on eyes and stoutness in pass protection.

                

2020 STATISTICS

6 G, 132 att., 668 yards, 5.1 avg., 5 TD, 22 rec., 159 yards, 3 TD

           

OVERALL

Demetric Felton is a tweener athlete who bounced back and forth between WR and RB during his college career at UCLA. He shows above-average body control and balance in his play, never getting out of whack with his feet and playing with a solid, wide base. Felton lacks refinement in the run game. He runs upright, and while his vision is adequate, he is not going to create a ton on his own.

In the pass game, he lacks overwhelming twitch and route-running ability to work from the slot and the size and strength to win on the outside if asked to play WR full-time. Felton is best utilized as a pass-catching RB who can be used to gain advantages versus LBs in man coverage and where his lack of athleticism isn't as glaring and he can show off some of his WR background on routes. Felton also has a background as a productive returner.

Overall, Felton would fit best as a returner in an RB room that already has a couple of other players who can carry the load in the run game, meaning Felton can be utilized as a matchup player for a creative play-caller. His lack of consistency, athleticism and size would make it very tough sledding for him to have more than a few spot carries a game.

GRADE: 6.5/10 (Rotational player, 6th-7th round)

OVERALL RANK239/300

POSITION RANK: RB18

PRO COMPARISON: Ty Montgomery

               

Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice

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