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Tre Madden, RB

School: Southern California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Aliso Viejo, CA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 223 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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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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Player Overview

Madden's injury-marred career at Southern Cal came to an under when he underwent season-ending knee surgery in December that prevented him from playing in the Holiday Bowl. He had only 85 carries for 452 yards and five touchdowns while playing in nine games in 2015.

Madden missed all of the 2014 season due to turf toe and the second half of the previous season due to a hamstring injury. He also missed the 2012 season due to a torn ligament in his left knee while making the transition from linebacker to running back.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Tall for the position at 6-1, Madden has a strong compact build with a strong upper body, toned torso and medium thick legs. He has good quickness, agility, acceleration, top speed and very good balance. Very good vision with good patience when reading plays and determining the correct holes on runs, hitting them with good explosiveness. Part of his natural vision likely stems from his experience on defense, as he was originally recruited to play linebacker before switching to running back in 2012.

Madden has the speed and acceleration to get to the edge and upfield. He is a tough downhill runner with a low center of gravity, good play strength and a willingness to lower his shoulder and take on defenders, extend runs and always falling forward when finishing runs. He also shows good agility when making defenders miss at the second level, sometimes even in the hole.

He also shows good top speed with the ability to be a home-run threat when he reaches open field, rarely caught from behind. Shows good ability to lower his shoulders, push piles, break tackles and good explosiveness when hitting holes making him a good goal-line and short-yardage back. Madden's great balance truly is what separates him from other runners as he is able to regain balance after breaking tackles and stay upright when fighting for extra yards at the end of runs.

He appeared to improve his carry ability, not putting the ball on the ground a single time in 2015. Does a very good job in pass protection, showing the willingness and very good technique, bending at the knees, shooting his hands inside and using his strength to stonewall blitzers and run them away from the QB. His willingness to block even extends downfield when the rare opportunities to lead the way for teammates arise.

WEAKNESSES: There are major concerns with his ability to stay healthy as Madden missed two entire seasons at USC (2012, torn left knee ligament; 2014, turf toe) along with minor injuries causing him to miss time each year. He only received 85 carries in 2015 due to a knee injury that ultimately required season-ending surgery.

He could look to improve his catching ability and transition from receiver to runner as well. He could also benefit from getting vertical sooner in his runs rather than staying horizontal.

COMPARES TO: TJ Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars - Madden will not be a second-round pick like Yeldon was last year, but they both have the traits to be all-around backs in the NFL. Not the fastest, strongest or flashiest running backs, both do have the ability to get the job done.

Yeldon entered his rookie season and was producing well as a workhorse back until injuries forced him to miss four games. Madden has similar ability to be an all-around back at the next level, with his health clearly his biggest obstacle.

IN OUR VIEW: Madden's inability to stay healthy is the biggest detriment to his value. In his five years at USC, Madden missed two full seasons and never completed a full season as a running back. His lack of game experience and tape due to injuries will likely force him to impress his team in camp if Madden hopes to contribute as a rookie.

If Madden continues to improve, takes advantage of his opportunities and can be more durable, he could become a part of a committee backfield and a goal-line/short-yardage back at the next level.

--Spencer Hall (@SpinnerHall) (2/1/16)

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09/09/2015 - Healthy Madden leads USC's backfield...USC has a bunch of young, talented, running backs. Three true freshmen carried the ball for the Trojans in the opening rout of Arkansas State. Their time will come. For now, it's senior Tre Madden's time. He has put in his time with the Trojans, missing the 2012 season with a knee injury and sidelined for all of the 2014 season because of a turf toe problem. In between, he looked good in 2013, starting the season with three consecutive 100-yard efforts -- and four such outings in the first five games -- before a hamstring injury slowed him the rest of the way. In 2013, he finished with 703 yards on 138 carries. When Buck Allen left early for the NFL after last season, the door was back open for Madden to be a starter, if he could get healthy. "I want to make an impact," he recently told the L.A. Times. "I want to get through the season, be healthy, and make a statement in every game. And have my name remembered at 'SC."

The opener was a good starter. He carried 12 times for 106 yards, including a career-long 65-yard touchdown run. He also scored a touchdown on a reception. "It felt awesome to be out here and touch the end zone twice and help the team win the game," he said after the 55-6 win over Arkansas State. "Overall, I felt I had a pretty good game and got to show a little burst." At 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, Madden is more of a power back, and we'll see as the season moves along if he can be a workhorse for the Trojans, even if they have a deep stable. Next up is Idaho, so Madden won't have to do too much there, but then comes a tricky pair of contests to open conference play -- vs. Stanford and at Arizona State before the end of the month. - The Sports Xchange



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