2017 NFL DRAFT

Antonio Andrews, RB

School: Western Kentucky  |  Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fort Campbell, KY
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 225 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
304237-FA

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.822.83-20 29 1/2-4.497.24
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.722.701.6920 29 1/28'10"4.497.24

Player Overview

To earn a selection in the NFL draft after starring at a non-automatic qualifying FBS school, a player must dominate. That is precisely what Andrews did for the Hilltoppers, leading the country and setting an FBS record with a combined 5,770 all-purpose yardage over the past two seasons. Setting records was something Andrews did quite often at Western Kentucky, including while rushing for 100+ yards in 11 games in 2013 and for posting 100+ all-purpose yards in 25 consecutive games, most in the country. Andrews enjoyed a brilliant prep career, earning Mr. Football for the state of Kentucky in 2009 at quarterback. He went 29-0 as a starter at Fort Campbell, leading his team to consecutive state championships. After high school Andrews originally signed with Air Force but transferred to WKU and played in a variety of roles (including quarterback, returner and backup to current Tampa Bay Buccaneers' running back Bobby Rainey) once he arrived before breaking out on his own in 2012. Andrews' all-purpose production could continue in the NFL. He combines subtle movements to avoid defenders with a strong stiff-arm and powerful leg drive to run through would-be tacklers. He also possesses soft hands, making him weapon in the passing and return game.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Possesses a legitimate NFL frame and due to a surprisingly smooth upper body, still has the potential for additional 5-10 pounds of sculpting. Good vision and patience as a runner, considering his past at quarterback. Presses the hole when it is there but shows an impressive shoulder-dip and slide hesitation move to freeze defenders before cutting laterally. Deceptive burst and accelerates to top speed quickly to throw off defenders' angles. Accelerates into would-be tacklers head on, lowering his shoulder and using his free hand to ward them off with a strong stiff-arm. Above average balance, especially for a big back. Can absorb a shot to his upper or lower body (especially straight-on) and while he may be knocked back for a split-second, often is able to gather himself and push forward for additional yardage, breaking free, on occasion. Good awareness as a receiver. Recognize when his quarterback is in trouble and will either continue or shorten his route as necessary to provide an outlet option. Reliable hands as a kick returner and shows good vision to set up his blocks. WEAKNESSES: Very much a north-south downhill defender, who isn't nearly as effective when running laterally at the line of scrimmage. Tops-out quickly and does not possess the speed to beat NFL defenders to the edge or pull away in the open field. While he can absorb a shot and remain upright, does not possess elite balance, too often being forced to gather himself with a shuffle that Sun Belt Conference defenders may not be quick enough to capitalize on but NFL tacklers could... COMPARES TO: Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders - Jennings has quietly carved out a solid career for himself in the NFL after starring at Liberty and I wouldn't be surprised to see Andrews do the same. He's not an elite athlete but has good size and has a varied and valued skill-set. --Rob Rang
 
 
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