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2015 NFL DRAFT

Ameer Abdullah, RB

School: Nebraska  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Homewood, AL
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 205 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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4632

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.602.681.6024 42 1/210'10"3.956.79
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Much tougher than he looks and lowers his pads at the point of attack. Accelerates quickly and runs with his feet on fire, controlling his momentum well to make sharp cuts and elude in the open field.

Flexible ankles and runs low to the ground with springs in his calves to make explosive jump-cuts without losing speed. He has active feet and sees the field well to make proper reads and pick through the line of scrimmage without any hesitation and always appears two steps ahead.

Quick-thinking runner with natural ballcarrier instincts and an excellent sense of his surroundings to force poor angles with his multiple gears. Reliable hands out of the backfield and gives up his body in pass protection, despite limitations in that area.

Abdullah is a first-class person off the field as well with a well-respected, grounded personality and works his tail off in the weight room.

WEAKNESSES: Abdullah has a leaner-than-ideal upper and lower body build. Ball security has been an issue. Clearly limited as a blocker and lack of length, size and strength are exposed when attempting to sustain or do much to stop blitzers. Has difficulty recognizing where pressure is coming from and gets uprooted at the point of attack when he squares up with the rusher.

Compares to: Ahmad Bradshaw, Colts -- Coming out of Marshall, Bradshaw was measured at 5-10, 192 pounds and put on close to 20 pounds to become much more of a pile mover as a pro. Both won in college through superb vision, decisiveness, balance, effort and quickness. Abdullah has room on his frame to pack on 5-8 pounds comfortably and develop into a very similarly used player as Bradshaw has been throughout his career.

--Dane Brugler & Brandon Thorn

Player Overview

While his size will immediately turn some off, Abdullah is extremely talented and polished with the ball in his hands and few run harder or more energetic, reminding of a better version of Andre Ellington and has the skill set to have a Warrick Dunn-type career at the next level.

Arguably the top senior running back prospect in the 2015 draft class, Abdullah might have been the best player in all of college football who didn't seem to get much national attention. He led the Big Ten in rushing last season with 1,690 yards on the ground, averaging 130 yards per game and 6.0 yards per rush.

With 1,611 rushing yards in 2014, Abdullah closed his career with 4,588 yards, second in Nebraska history behind only Mike Rozier (4,780). He also tied the school single-season record with four 200-yard rushing games as a senior.

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02/17/2015 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 47/3. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska, 5-8, 198, 4.48, 2...Here is an athlete with phenomenal running ability, agility, acceleration and instincts and a leader in the locker room and the community. But the medics must take a close look at Abdullah during the combine in Indianapolis. He seemed to overcome a sprained left MCL against Purdue when, after a bye week, he appeared limited but played through the pain against Wisconsin and for the rest of the season. He still finished with his third consecutive 1,000-yard season rushing, this time 1,611 yards to follow up his 1,690 in 2013.

Abdullah finished his career with 4,588 yards rushing, second only to Mike Rozier's NU record of 4,780 yards. But that prolific college production may cut both ways for an NFL team looking to make a sound investment. Abdullah is not a large back and there is a price to pay for playing in all 53 of his college games. Along with his 886 touches as a rusher or receiver, he also returned 61 kickoffs and 31 punts. And all that is not even considering those final two high school seasons in which he rushed for almost 3,000 yards. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

 

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