We don't need to rehash what Dixon did, actually did NOT do, in the NFC Championship game. I had high hopes for Anthony when he was drafted, but we must come to the realization that he is not the long term answer to be Hunters other half. We need a big back who can move piles, but also have burst to rip off long runs. I would really love Doug Martin, but I think the 9ers draft Fleener, WR or RG with the first two picks. So who's available late 3rd on? How about a 6'0" 240 lb back named Terrance Gunaway.
Strengths: Thickly-put-together throughout his frame and runs with power, showing the leg drive to push the pile. Runs balanced and close to the ground with the natural strength to stay on his feet through contact as defenders slip off of him ? load to tackle and easily runs through arm tackles. Has good vision to find the hole and get north/south. Gets good initial push and always seems to be falling forward for a positive gain. A hard runner with a workhorse-type back mentality. Does a nice job picking up the blitz and using his frame to impede rushers. Earned the starting running back job as a senior and made the most of his opportunity, leading the Big 12 in rushing and finishing third in the NCAA with 21 rush scores ? finished the season with six 100+ yard and three 200+ yard performances. Has good bloodlines as the nephew of former NFL defensive lineman Jeremiah Trotter.
Weaknesses: Poor acceleration and takes too long to get up to full speed ? a slow starter with little burst to his game. Too hesitant when the hole isn?t there and wastes time running laterally. Tight-hipped and doesn?t show much wiggle or open-field shiftiness. Stops his feet too quickly and needs to consistently keep his legs moving through contact. Not overly physical for his size and won?t run over defenders ? doesn?t break enough tackles. Will run with inconsistent pad level at times and struggle to get through the line of scrimmage at the next level. Needs to watch his weight and stay conditioned. Has limited experience catching the ball out of the backfield and needs to improve his technique in pass protection.
NFL Comparison: Isaac Redman, Pittsburgh Steelers
03/22/2012 - Baylor Pro Day: Not to be lost in the day's events was the impressive performance by running back Terrance Ganaway, who ran his 40-yard dash times in the low 4.5's after running a 4.65 at the Combine. He also lifted 225-pounds 22 times on the bench and looked smooth catching the ball. After entering the season as an undrafted free agent prospect, Ganaway could be a top-125 draft pick next month. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
I believe Rathman can mold this young man into a solid power back to complement Hunter. There is no doubt he benefitted from having RG3 on his team, but I believe he is a solid back on his own, plus he's being projected as a 4th or 5th rounder. What Anthony Dixon draft picks are you guys looking at??