T.J. Yeldon, RB

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Daphne, AL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 226 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

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
4.522.711.6322 369'9"4.227.19

Player Overview

A five-star running back recruit out of high school, Timothy "T.J." Yeldon was courted by every major program in the country, verbally committing to Auburn prior to his senior season. However, he switched allegiances to Alabama when Gus Malzahn left his post as Tigers' offensive coordinator.

Although he was Eddie Lacy's back-up as a true freshman, Yeldon saw considerable playing time with 1,108 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 175 carries, earning Freshman All-American honors as the only freshman in school history to eclipse 1,000-rushing yards. He became the Crimson Tide starter as a sophomore in 2013 and had his most productive season with 1,235 rushing yards and 14 rushing scores on 207 carries, earning First Team All-SEC honors.

Yeldon started 10 games as a junior in 2014 and battled a few injuries, rushing for his lowest average (5.0 yards per carry) with 979 yards and 11 touchdowns on 194 carries, earning Second Team All-SEC honors. With one year left in Tuscaloosa, he decided to enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Smooth lateral movements and makes it look easy stringing together various moves...terrific lower body burst and coordination, using elusive cuts and subtle footwork to be shifty in the open field - awesome stutter-and-go with a strong plant foot to accelerate out of cuts...always balanced with his nimble feet underneath him to stay upright through contact...patient to maneuver through traffic close to the line of scrimmage.

Has some deceiving power and won't avoid contact, shaking off defenders without losing momentum or forward lean...toughs out injuries, often playing through pain...natural pass-catcher with beautiful body control, soft hands and smooth routes, often splitting out wide as a receiver...won't shy in pass protection, squaring up with better take-on strength and blitz recognition than expected...reliable football character and work ethic with a likeable, soft-spoken personality...consistent production all three seasons in Tuscaloosa, leaving Alabama with 3,322 career rushing yards, which ranks No. 4 on the school's all-time list.

WEAKNESSES: Taller than ideal with a lean torso and overall build, lacking an ideal body type for the position...run style is too upright and needs to improve his pad level...too reactionary and patient and needs to improve his recognition and decisiveness once he gets the ball...takes too much time reading blocks and needs to sense holes quicker to attack with authority - questionable vision and inside run instincts.

Not a pile mover and can be taken down by arm tackles at times...lacks elite speed and doesn't have multiple gears to run away from defenders or consistently win the edge...squares well in pass protection, but doesn't consistently play with the leverage, anchor or aggression necessary...improved ball security, but still has room for improvement - 10 fumbles in his three-year career (fumbled once every 62.2 offensive touches)...doesn't have experience as a return man...has dealt with several nagging injuries, including hamstring and ankle issues in 2014.

IN OUR VIEW: A ballcarrier with natural ability to do things most athletes can't, Yeldon is "Mr. Smooth" with his agility and movement skills (almost like he floats), making defenders miss all over the field with his shifty feet and redirection ability. He tends to hesitate a tick too long at times and needs to be more decisive instead of waiting for plays to develop, taking too much time reading blocks and defenders - the NFL has too much speed for him to get away with this (just ask Trent Richardson). Although he is capable of running between the tackles, Yeldon is much better in space and at the second level, projecting best as a complimentary weapon on offense with his promise as a pass catcher and pass protector - well-equipped to make an immediate impact for a running back-by-committee system as a glorified third down option.

--Dane Brugler

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Player News
05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Jaguars' eight picks: Round 2/36 - T.J. Yeldon, RB, 6-1, 226, Alabama...Yeldon was the third best running back on the Jaguars' draft board and once Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon were gone in the first round, Yeldon became a must-get at the top of the second round. The Jaguars feel he can be the foundation to their running game. He has the skills to be a three-down back, has solid pass-catching talents and at 226 is capable of protecting quarterback Blake Bortles when needed. He has the speed (4.61 in the 40) and durability (rushed 576 times for 3,322 yards and 37 TDs in 39 career games) at Alabama. With an upgrade on the offensive line, Yeldon's addition is a significant boost to the Jaguars' running game. - The Sports Xchange


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