Originally posted by ChaunceyGardner:
Nebraska RB Roy Helu Jr. is reportedly beginning to draw second- and third-round consideration after a strong Combine performance.
Helu has been a dark horse favorite of Rotoworld's Evan Silva for weeks now. "Helu had the best workout by a runner at the combine," said one GM. "More importantly, he caught the ball well and was really smooth in position drills ... This kid can fly." Helu's college stats don't jump off the page because of the Cornhuskers' committee attack, but his 6.62 YPC, 4.40 forty time, and Combine best 1.50 10-yard split are eye-catching.
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This is one guy that I think is going to be a good pick at running back.
Possible smokescreen. Helu has most of the fundamentals down that a good NFL running back needs, but I don't think he's a 2nd round, or even 3rd round guy, as he does not posses the core/upper body strength of other runners in this draft (11 reps of 225 compared to the 20-30 reps that virtually every other back was registering), and although he might look good in drills, on the field he doesn't look stronger or faster than the other players, despite his size and speed, and struggles with blocking in particular.
That said, I think the physical tools he has -- especially that speed and agility and hands he has -- make him a solid mid-4th to 5th round pick.