2017 NFL DRAFT

Kenyan Drake, RB

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Powder Spring, GA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 210 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
12493-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.312.641.6410 34 1/210'3"4.217.04

Player Overview

Drake was an integral part of Alabama's offense in the run game as a complement to Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and in the passing game as a big-time weapon. Drake had 380 yards on the ground during the regular season and caught 24 passes for 250 yards. He did miss a few games in the later part of the regular season because of an arm injury.

Drake was a highly sought after four-star running back from Powder Springs (Ga.) Hillgrove High School. He signed with Alabama over Georgia, Georgia Tech and others in the class of 2012.

Drake made an impact that first season for the Crimson Tide, playing in 12 games and rushing 42 times for 281 yards with five touchdowns. He had a big 2013 season, starting once and seeing significant time in the Alabama running back rotation. Drake rushed for 694 yards on 92 carries and scored eight touchdowns. He also had 12 receptions for 135 yards. Drake had 19 rushes and receptions of 15 yards or more.

His 2014 season was cut short after breaking his leg during the fifth game of the year against Ole Miss. Still, Drake was very productive once again before the injury.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: This running back can bring a lot of versatility to an offense because of all the things he can do. First, Drake has good size and excellent speed. This is a quick athlete who can beat you up the middle, around the perimeter or in the passing game.

Drake is one of the SEC's most explosive players. He has good vision and terrific feet. Runs with patience, allowing things to set up in front of him before he makes his move. He can see things evolve during the play and react quickly. Drake can accelerate to top speed quickly. He loves to find space and bounce things to the outside. Runs with good balance and decent power. What's impressive is that he consistently made explosive plays against some of the nation's best and fastest defenses.

Drake has also shown the ability to really turn into a receiver out of the backfield. There are no linebackers that can stay with him and he's bigger than many safeties. He's a rare threat because he can get behind a secondary or take a short pass the distance.

WEAKNESSES: Drake has battled some injuries (broken leg and arm) during his time in Tuscaloosa. He has worked hard to get back on the field, but scouts will question whether he's injury prone and can take the pounding of the NFL.

While Drake has good size, you would like to see him run with some more strength and power, especially in the tackle box. He has to show more durability and the ability to protect his quarterback with more consistency in pass pro and blitz pickup.

IN OUR VIEW: Drake has a chance to be a very good pro, especially if he ends up with a franchise with a creative offensive coordinator. There are so many ways you can utilize his abilities in both the run and pass game. He may not be an every-down back in the NFL, but Drake is a guy who can target with 10-15 touches each Sunday.

He's too explosive not to impact an offense and a guy that can break off big chunk plays. Look for Drake to test well and for his stock to rise leading up to the draft. He is a potential Day Two pick.

COMPARES TO: Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. These two have very similar builds and styles. Like Sims, Drake is an explosive talent that be effective running the ball or as a receiver out of the backfield.

--Jamie Newberg (1/5/16)

 
 
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Player News
11/17/2015 - Alabama tailback Kenyan Drake is likely out at least two weeks with a fractured right arm. Coach Nick Saban said Monday that the third-ranked Crimson Tide's backup tailback has had successful surgery. Drake has run for 333 yards and a touchdown while catching 21 passes for 234 yards and a score. His 2014 season ended with a broken leg sustained against Mississippi. That leaves freshmen Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough to play bigger roles for the third-ranked Crimson Tide behind Derrick Henry Saturday against Charleston Southern and possibly Auburn in two weeks. Saban says cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick is day to day after spraining his knee but should be able to practice enough to play Saturday. - AP Sports
 

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