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Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah the 'best pure runner' in this year's draft class

I break down Ameer Abdullah and Marvun gives his seven-round Ravens mock draft.

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Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah is an interesting prospect. He is, in my opinion, the second best pure runner in the draft, behind only Todd Gurley and ahead of Melvin Gordon by the slightest of margins. What sets him back, however, are his ball carrying and pass protection issues. Nevertheless, he is a prospect that could offer tremendous value at the end of the second round and perhaps even the third.

The good

- Running instincts: master of the "press and cut".

- Great vision.

- Dynamic feet.

- Devastating jump cut. Gains speed after sticking his foot in the ground.

- Burst through the whole.

- Has lined up in the slot.

- Good hands. Can catch away from his frame.

- Balance. Plays low to the ground.

- Runs through arm tackles.

- Tough considering his size.

- By all accounts, a first class person

The bad

- Highest fumble rate in this running back class.

- Size limitations apparent in both pass pro and short yardage.

- Frame appears maxed out.

- Workhorse for Nebraska. Has mileage on his body.


Abdullah would be a perfect fit with the Ravens offense. He has already mastered the concept of the zone scheme, so if drafted, we could expect immediate production. Paired with Lorenzo Talieferro, the backfield would be set for the future. I would compare him to a young Ray Rice. The resemblance in both size playing styles is uncanny.

Marvun's mock draft

Round 1 — CB Jalen Collins, LSU: I played out a first round mock draft to see where the Ravens could be standing, and it ended up like this. The top four WRs, Marcus Peters, Trae Wayens, Alvin Dupree and Melvin Gordon were gone. It ended up being between P.J. Williams, Collins, Kevin Johnson, and Eli Harold. If I had a board like that, I would trade down. But since I'm not, Baltimore is taking Collins. He has the height, size, and speed to be a great CB and he would be awesome to have across from Jimmy Smith for years.

Round 2 — OLB Danielle Hunter, LSU: Hunter is a guy who I've seen in the 30s all the way down to the 70s. He would be great to groom behind Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. He has a great motor and is very athletic.

Round 3 — RB Jeremy Langford, Michigan State: He does everything the Ravens would need him too. He can pass protect good for a young RB. He can catch. He is powerful. His speed was a question, but then he ran the fastest 40 of any RB. In the third, this is a good value.

Round 4 — WR Ty Montgomery, Stanford: Montgomery might not be the 1st-2nd rounder that he was projected at earlier, but he would be a good add in the 4th. He has good speed and big play ability, and he could outplay his draft spot. He also could return kicks.

Round 4 (compensatory) — CB Senquez Golson, Ole Miss: You can never have enough depth at CB, which the Ravens learned last year. Golson will probably be relegated to the slot because of his short stature (5'9"), but he is a great pick in the fourth.

Round 5 (compensatory) — TE Nick Boyle, Delaware: The Ravens need TE depth and Boyle has all the intangibles. He also is a good blocker and has decent athleticism. With Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels' statuses unknown at the time, the Ravens could use some more depth.

Round 5 (compensatory) — DL Ray Drew, Georgia: For now, the Ravens need more D-Line depth. Chris Canty is gone, and Kapron Lewis-Moore and Brent Urban have both been injured multiple times in their career, so more depth could be helpful.

Round 6 (via Dallas) — S Tevin McDonald, Eastern Washington: He has all the tools, and I think he'd be worth a shot in the sixth round.

Round 7 (via Miami) — WR DeAndre Smelter, Georgia Tech: This is a complete wild-card pick. I think he's worth the flyer in the seventh, or as an undrafted free agent. His speed is a question, even more so after the ACL tear. But he has the size and can go up and make catches. It's a more developmental pick than anything.