2015 NFL DRAFT

Dee Hart, RB

School: Colorado State  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Orlando, FL
Height/Weight: 5-7 / 199 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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42933-

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.802.851.72- 339'5"4.387.20
Workout Results
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STRENGTHS: Above average lower body explosion with jitterbug quickness. Shows the lateral burst to bounce runs outside with ease, using flexible ankles and slashing footwork to make sharp jump cuts. Light feet and controls his gears well to pause just as quickly as he hits the turbo button. Accelerates in a hiccup with patience to allow blocks to develop until he finds a sliver of daylight. Runs low to the ground with balance, making himself a small target for defenders ? pesky ballcarrier to tackle. Highly competitive and tough, lowering his pads and won?t avoid contact. Runs much more physical than he looks to bounce off bodies. Controls his momentum well and doesn?t give defenders much time to react. Reliable hands as a pass-catcher. Experienced as a return man on punts, averaging 8.8 yards per return (17/149/0). Positive mentality with a resilient attitude on and off the field. Well-liked teammate and receives high marks from coaches.

WEAKNESSES: Undersized frame with a smallish upper and lower body type. Limited growth potential and near maxed out at 200 pounds. Runs light with below average functional power, allowing himself to be slowed and brought down by arm tackles. Limited long-speed and can be caught from behind. Tight-hipped and not as fluid in small spaces, relying on his footwork to do most of the work. Wears down over the course of a game with a frame that can only take so much punishment ? needs to protect his body and protect himself from crushing blows. Plays animated and with a chip, but needs to keep his emotions in check. Below average ball security with five fumbles in 2014. Poor effort and potential in pass protection ? half-heartedly throws chicken wings and can be run over by rushers. Strong durability concerns after two injuries to his right knee (July 2011, Oct. 2012). Suspect character off the field after a Feb. 2014 arrest for possession of marijuana and giving a false name to law enforcement.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Hart arrived in Tuscaloosa as the next big-time running back recruit for the Crimson Tide, but after back-to-back season-ending knee injuries in 2011 and 2012, he found himself lost on the depth chart. After a season riding the bench in 2013, he left the team in Jan. 2014 after the bowl game and graduated in three-and-a-half years with a degree in criminal justice, allowing him to transfer anywhere he wanted. Hart had a close relationship with Rams? head coach Jim McElwain when he recruited him in his previous role as the Crimson Tide offensive coordinator in 2011, re-joining his old coach at Colorado State as a graduate transfer.

Hart is an exciting player to watch with his light feet to burst-and-go and navigate around bodies with quicker-than-fast athleticism. Hart sees it and hits it, running with attitude, but he lacks NFL size and doesn?t offer a power element. Although he?s not a feature back and coaches will hold their breath every time he takes a hit on his smallish frame, Hart has the scatback agility to add spice to a backfield and might be able to earn a roster spot as a change-of-pace option.

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Player News
01/03/2015 - Colorado State's Dee Hart to enter NFL Draft...If Mike Bobo is going to run the dang ball at Colorado State, he'll be doing so without Dee Hart. The Colorado State running back told the Reporter-Herald that he'll be skipping his final year of eligibility and entering this spring's NFL Draft. "I'm going to declare for the draft," Hart told the paper. "It was just a dream I always had growing up, and it's an opportunity I have this season, so I want to take advantage of it."

Hart led the Rams in rushing in 2014, finishing with 1,275 yards and 16 touchdowns. He says he made his decision to go to the NFL before the season ended, but that he didn't think it was the right time to make the announcement. Hart began his college career as a five-star recruit at Alabama, but after a couple of knee surgeries and a lack of playing time with the Tide, he transferred to Colorado State. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com

 

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