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2015 NFL DRAFT

Ameer Abdullah, RB

School: Nebraska  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Homewood, AL
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 195 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
4632

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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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. 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 me of a better version of Andre Ellington and has the skill-set to have a Warrick Dunn-type career at the next level.

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.

--Dane Brugler (11/20/14)

Player Overview

Arguably the top senior running back prospect in the 2015 draft class, Abdullah might be the best player in all of college football that doesn'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 2,977 career rushing yards, Abdullah enters his senior season within striking distance of reaching Mike Rozier's all-time school rushing mark (4,780), but at the very worst should finish in the top-3, passing Eric Crouch (3,434).

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11/11/2014 - Nebraska coach Bo Pelini isn't as optimistic as he was last week about whether star running back Ameer Abdullah would be full strength for Saturday's game at No. 22 Wisconsin. Abdullah left the Nov. 1 game against Purdue with a sprained and bruised left knee. Pelini said Monday that Abdullah didn't practice during the 11th-ranked Cornhuskers' bye week, though "he worked out on the field." Last Tuesday, Pelini said the three-time 1,000-yard rusher was "doing great" and should be "100 percent" for the Badgers. Pelini said Monday he still believed Abdullah would be fine but added, "I'm not a doctor." - AP Sports
 

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