Shifting gears to the running back position in our 2015 NFL Draft, we’ll start by taking a look at one of the best running backs in all of college football — Nebraska’s Ammer Abdullah.
Abdullah doesn’t have Adrian Peterson’s size by any means — he’s only 5’9″ 195 pounds — but he’s a hard worker who led the Big Ten with 1,690 rushing yards last season and had nine touchdown. Averaging 130 yards per game, you’d think it would be tough for Abdullah to fly under the radar, but that’s just what he’s done.
What you notice right off the bat with Abdullah is his quickness and gear-changing ability. This is a player that can stop on a dime and make people miss, but he’s also got the ability to break away in the open field if the need arises.
You also see a very physical runner for his slighter build. Abdullah doesn’t run afraid, and always fights for extra yardage. He seems to have a really good vision of the field, and understanding of where his blockers are going to be at all times. This is a very explosive player with big play capabilities as well as the ability to catch passes out of the backfield.
Abdullah finished last season with 26 catches for 232 yards and two more scores.
This is a dynamic player at Nebraska who’s going to start generating a lot of hype as the season gets started. He’s got speed, vision, quickness, elusiveness, and toughness as a runner to go along with third down capabilities. He’s also been a great player for Nebraska off the field, working hard to be the kind of player he’s become.
Though running backs’ values as a whole are diminishing, Abdullah is a player who has a complete skillset and a lot of traits that will have scouts eager to get him to the next level in 2015.
Each one of those traits is evident on video thanks to the folks at DraftBreakdown.com. Here’s a cutup of Abdullah running against Illinois last season.