This is our Cyrus Gray Scouting report. Gray is a running back for Texas A and M who has split carries with another talented running back Christine Michael. For all of our other scouting reports go to our scouting report page
5’10 206 pounds…29.5 inch arms, 9 1/8 inch hands
4.47 forty yard dash, 21 bench press reps, 32.5 inch vertical, 114 inch broad jump, 7.17 seconds
Has a good build for a shifty back and runs with a low center of gravity…Pretty good speed, but not elite speed…soft hands out of the backfield and runs some routes…will run right through arm tackles and does a decent job of picking up yards after contact…does a good job of picking up the blitz…Pretty good vision and excels at making cut back runs…has taken snaps at wide receiver…Some kick return experience…
Isn’t extremely dynamic in the open field, and while he has a nice build for the position isn’t going to get the ball 20 times a game… A little impatient at times is setting up his blocks at times..Drops passes because he is looking up the field before he makes the catch, though he does have good hands…
Donald Brown, Colts (uconn)
Just because Donald Brown hasn’t been successful in the N.F.L. doesn’t mean that Gray won’t be, but they have similar abilities.
Round projection: 4th round
Before the season maybe he could have been a second rounder, but now he’s a good value in the fourth round.
Gray doesn’t have elite speed, but he has enough speed, and ability to be a very nice complementary back in the N.F.L. Gray has good vision and does really well with cut back runs and would be a good fit in a zone-system. Gray also adds an element as a kick return man that is intriguing. Gray has had some of his production dip because of the presence of Christine Michael this year, but Michael is now out with an injury and Gray has a shot to have a real strong finish to the season. Gray offers reliability out of the backfield, especially in the screen game and blocks well enough to not be a liability in pass protection.
NFLmocks Preseason Bio
Gray is a quick twitch running back with excellent speed and burst off the line. This is a kid who is a threat to score literally every time he touches the ball. Led the Aggies with 13 total touchdowns in 2010, 12 of which came on the ground. Not a great inside runner, but he doesn’t hesitate in the backfield so he more than compensates for his lack of natural power. He will remind a lot of people of a LeSean McCoy type of player, and is improving in that regard as a receiver out of the backfield. In fact, he has 61 receptions over the last two years, so he has been an integral part of the Texas A&M passing attack. Probably the best overall senior running back in this class of players. Very good at reading his blocks, and has excellent vision. Always keeping his eyes down field, and great body control in the open field. Always a threat to make something out of nothing. Probably shorter than his listed height. Threw a pretty touchdown pass against LSU in the Cotton Bowl, and has taken snaps at wide receiver as well as quarterback for the Aggies, so could have upside in the NFL as a wildcat quarterback. Plays with a low center of gravity, but could add lower body strength to make him even more effective in the trenches. If he is up to 210 pounds by the NFL Scouting combine, he will likely be a sure-fire first or second round pick in the NFL Draft. Hard nosed guy who typically doesn’t go down on first contact. Workhorse for the Aggies who has great balance.
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