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 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

11/14/2015 - Alabama running back Kenyan Drake left Saturday's game against Mississippi State after injuring his right arm. Drake, a 6-foot-1, 210-senior, was hurt when making a tackle on a Mississippi State kickoff return. He was the Tide's primary backup running back behind Derrick Henry, running for 333 yards and a touchdown this season coming into this week's game. Drake was down for a few minutes on the field before walking off. He eventually went back to the locker room with a large cast over his right arm. Drake missed a large portion of last season because of a broken leg suffered against Mississippi. - AP Sports

09/15/2015 - When Kenyan Drake gets the ball and some running room, Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland can't resist taking a peek. Drake has resumed his role as one of the second-ranked Crimson Tide's playmakers, whether he's returning kicks, running or catching the ball. So far, he's been worth watching. "He's very explosive," Ragland said. "Any time he touches the ball he's liable to go all the way. So any time I see on the little screen that Kenyan has the ball, coach (Kirby) Smart might be talking and he'll get mad because I'll stop and I'll look and see him go. "I'm glad he's back doing his thing."

Drake is returning to form in time for Saturday's night game against No. 15 Mississippi. He sustained a broken lower left leg in last season's meeting and now is coming off two of the better games of his career. Drake ranks second in the Southeastern Conference in all-purpose yards, with 117 rushing and 139 receiving while also returning kicks. He took a shovel pass 69 yards against Middle Tennessee en route to a career-high 91 receiving yards and had a 43-yard run against Wisconsin. He's a speedy, versatile complement to 240-pound backfield mate Derrick Henry, who already has six rushing touchdowns. Drake was emerging as a big-play threat in Lane Kiffin's offense, especially as a receiver, when the gruesome injury occurred against Ole Miss. - AP Sports

04/22/2015 - The biggest concern for Alabama's backfield figured to be finding enough carries to go around after four top running back prospects signed with the Crimson Tide two years ago. Dismissals, injuries and transfers have taken a toll since then, and only Derrick Henry remains from that 2013 group. The latest blow came when highly rated signee Bo Scarbrough went down with a knee injury during last weekend's scrimmage that leaves his status for next season in question. Tyren Jones had been dismissed and Altee Tenpenny also left in the offseason They joined fellow 2013 signee Alvin Kamara, along with Dee Hart, in departing the program for one reason or another the past couple of years. T.J. Yeldon also kept up the trend of 'Bama backs skipping a senior season to enter the NFL draft.

"We've had really injuries, suspensions, and lost some people at that position so what seemed like a pretty strong position for us, depth-wise, has gotten a little thin," Tide coach Nick Saban said. If Henry and Kenyan Drake can stay healthy and five-star signee Damien Harris lives up to his billing when he arrives on campus, it shouldn't be a problem. Alabama has had to replace a tailback who left early for the NFL three of the past four seasons, after all. But Drake is returning from a broken leg sustained last season and seeing some practice time at wide receiver to take advantage of his versatility. - AP Sports

 
 
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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