MOBILE, Ala. — The stories circulating from the 2016 Senior Bowl about Kenyan’s Drake’s speed and athleticism haven’t been exaggerated. In fact, the true high level of display the former Alabama tailback has shown probably hasn’t been communicated enough.
It’s quickly obvious Drake has an extra gear that few, if any, of the running backs here at the Senior Bowl have. And while speed is impressive, it in’t exactly his top-end speed that’s his most impressive attribute. Drake seems to be able to accelerate to full bore with fewer steps than the others … and if there’s a cut or complete change of direction involved, the he can make that happen.
One NFC scout told SEC Country Wednesday that Drake will absolutely be a mismatch issue for linebackers in the NFL, meaning coverage could be a difficult task with his speed, agility and ability to separate quicker than most.
Time and time again through his first two Senior Bowl practice sessions, Drake has wowed with his ability to catch the ball in space and turn and run, or break a run off to the outside and get past defenders. But one area of his game that is not immediately brought up in conversations about Drake is his ability to burst through the line of scrimmage and lay a hit on a defensive player.
Duke safety Jeremy Cash found that out the hard way in practice Wednesday when Drake burst through the line and rang his bell on an attempted tackle. Drake said he takes great pride in showing off every facet of his game, something he’s done thus far at the Senior Bowl.
“If somebody doesn’t bring their all when they come tackle me, I’m going to try to embarrass them,” said Drake. “In any situation that may be the case. I always run behind my pads or give an extra juke, so I try to be a complete running back.”
If Drake can continue showing his rare combination of speed and power running, NFL teams will take notice. That, said Drake, is priority No. 1 between now and the NFL draft.
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- UGA WR Malcolm Mitchell done with ‘What if’ on to watch what ‘I can do’ next
- 2016 Senior Bowl: Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams lost his senior season, gained ‘intelligence’
- Alabama QB Jake Coker enjoying Senior Bowl in hometown: ‘Sometimes I wonder why people want my autograph’
- 2016 Senior Bowl: Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott starts over, shies away from Tim Tebow comparisons
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