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2016 NFL DRAFT

C.J. Prosise, RB

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Petersburg, VA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 220 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
120103-4

Player Overview

Prosise played mostly safety and wide receiver over his career with no experience at running back, but due to depth issues for the Irish he began practicing in the backfield before the 2015 season.

A season-ending injury to Irish starter Tarean Folston in the opener turned out to be a blessing for Prosise as he stepped in and had a breakout season, averaging 114.7 rushing yards per start.

Prosise led the Irish with 1,029 yards on 157 carries (6.6-yard average) and 11 touchdowns despite having never played the position before the spring.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Well-distributed body mass with the desired physical ingredients. Able to absorb and maintain balance through congestion, picking yards after contact. Refuses to go down, showing the body strength and leg drive to fight forward.

Fluid lateral agility in his cuts and controls his momentum well, shifting his weight without slowing. Follows and trusts his blockers to weave through traffic. Natural at resetting his vision on the move. Patient run style to quickly scan and go. Speed to be a big-play threat and eliminate pursuit angles when he hits the turbo button. Has a fifth gear downfield to separate from the secondary. Strong stiff arm and runs with physical finish.

Natural receiving traits and experience, displaying reliable focus and hands as a pass-catcher. Stand out on special teams coverages - earned the Notre Dame Special Teams Player of the Year honors in 2014. Highly productive in 2015 (his first season at running back), averaging 6.6 yards per carry and 11.8 yards per reception.

WEAKNESSES: Upright runner with inconsistent pad level, presenting a large target for tacklers. Hesitant at times and still learning the difference between patience and being indecisive. Will get himself in trouble with too much east-west. Tends to slow at the contact point, bracing himself for hits.

Lacks ideal experience at the running back position and still learning techniques at the position. Lacks nuance in pass protection.

Wasn't a return man at Notre Dame. Ball security needs addressed (five fumbles in 2015). Durability was an issue in his one season at running back, missing almost all of Notre Dame's final five games - entered concussion protocol with a neck/head injury followed by a high left ankle sprain (Nov. 2015).

IN OUR VIEW: A safety and wide receiver his first two seasons, Prosise proved to be a quick study at his new position in 2015, running with natural vision, feel and athleticism. Although he's still developing his run tempo, pad level and instincts, especially between the tackles, Prosise has sharp cutting ability and ball-skills to impact the offense in several ways.

Prosise isn't a running back by trade and that shows at times, but he's a very encouraging prospect who should continue to get better with added reps at the position.

--Dane Brugler (1/11/16)

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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