STRENGTHS: Possesses a compact frame with broad shoulders, a trim middle and thick thighs. Good quickness to and through the hole, showing decisiveness, burst and an impressive jump-cut in either direction to elude defenders in tight quarters. Accelerates smoothly and has good vision to set up blocks downfield. Fights for extra yardage upon initial contact, spinning and driving his legs. Appears to have soft hands out of the backfield, though he wasn't often used in this way during his career (career-high 10 receptions in 2013)...WEAKNESSES: Does not possess ideal top-end speed and is too often caught from behind. Has only fair balance for the position. Tripped up by arm tackles at his legs and swings his arms to remain, upright, exposing the ball. Fumbled five times in 2012... Doesn't transfer the ball to his outside arm... Slowed by injuries in each of his three final seasons. Limited in his final three games at Penn State due to collarbone and sternum injuries. Missed most of the 2013 spring practice after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and suffered an injury to his right knee November 9 against Cal which kept him sidelined for the Las Vegas Bowl. COMPARES TO: Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos - Redd has enough burst to make some eye-popping runs and with greater durability and ball security he could surprise in the NFL. Without it, he could find a niche as a change of pace option. - Rob Rang
Redd, who grew up a Penn State fan, signed with Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions as a U.S. Army All-American and the No. 1 recruit out of the state of Connecticut by some recruiting services. He graduated a semester early in his rush to join the team and quickly proved worthy of the hype, rushing for 437 yards and two touchdowns, averaging a healthy 5.7 yards per carry. He enjoyed the most productive year of his career as a true sophomore in 2011, rushing for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns to earn Second Team All-Big Ten honors. Redd eclipsed the 100-yard mark in five consecutive games at one point (the best at Penn State since Curtis Enis broke the century mark in eight straight back in 1997) but was slowed by injuries late in the year. A troubling lack of durability followed Redd to Los Angeles when he elected to take advantage of an NCAA provision for Penn State athletes to transfer and play immediately in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Vilified by Penn State supporters for abandoning the Nittany Lions and hailed as the missing ingredient to a potential BCS title run by Trojans' fans, Redd proved neither, flashing legitimate NFL talent in two injury-plagued seasons at USC.
05/07/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: 126 FBS programs, 126 possible UDFAs: USC: RB Silas Redd (5-10, 212, 4.68)...A Penn State transfer, Redd had a bright NFL future ahead of him, but knee injuries derailed is USC career and put his next level future in serious doubt. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com