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We need to get this guy, check out all the videos on him at youtube and check out the combine video.  This dude is a monster and can be a sleeper in this draft. This dude is just flat out sick and can move unlike most big guys ive seen.  This is our big powerback here.  Bring him home TD!!

Jerome Felton 6'0" 246lbs.  30 reps @ combine

Analysis

Positives: Has a compact frame, with a well-defined upper body, muscular trapezoids, chest and arms, tight waist and hips, thick arms, thighs and calves and an overall strong physique with minimal (8.1%) body fat...Quite nimble for a player of his size, showing fluid change of direction skills as a runner, and shows good arm extension going for the ball as a pass catcher...Has good quickness, feet and balance for his position...Has a sudden burst going up the middle and natural acceleration past the line of scrimmage... His balance allows him to keep his feet after initial contact and his leg drive sees him consistently push past the pile and make upfield cuts that will generally see the tackler miss...The thing you see on film is his ability to make sharp cuts when the rush lane is clogged...Picks up stunts and blitzes quickly when blocking in the backfield and has no problems digesting a complicated playbook, as he has played a variety of positions for Furman...Has a very good feel for the creases and cutback lanes, showing vision and urgency getting through trash...Has a determined nature attacking the rush lanes and while he could use a little technique refinement as a drive blocker, he has a take no prisoners approach when asked to block in pass protection...Demonstrates the ability to quickly gain advantage into the crease, showing the suddenness to make the initial tackler miss...Has the pad level to stay square through his runs and shows a fluid step on his lateral movement...One of the things that set him apart from other big backs is his ability to stay low in his pads, which allows him to generate leg drive needed to run through small seams...Sudden out of his stance and hits the holes with power consistently to clear the line of scrimmage...On 575 rushing attempts, he has been stopped for negative yardage just 15 times, totaling 22 yards in losses...Fluid strider who can accelerate to the second level and shows that pull away burst and top-end speed needed to beat the slower linebackers when operating in space... While he is more quick than fast, he shows good acceleration getting to the outside... Might not try to wiggle and shake off a defender, but with his balance and body control, he can make the sharp cuts, showing the vision to spot the cutback lanes without having to throttle down or gather...It is very rare to see him miss the cut back, as he will hit the holes, spin and bounce off tackles...If the rush lanes are clogged, he is quick to improvise, showing the instincts and vision to power his way through even the smallest of seams...Has very good inside running strength and quick feet to accelerate past trash... His vision allows for him to bounce off tackles, much like Jerome Bettis did in his prime... Is a load to bring down one-on-one and has that body lean that allows him to get good movement after the initial hit...Powerful runner inside who has the ability to carry tacklers on his back for additional yardage...Shows good field vision and is even stronger than his frame indicates...Runs at the proper pad level and is crisp making his cuts, showing balance and power to move the pile and get the tough inside yardage...Has outstanding power and balance after initial contact and has made a living out of being the best runner possible to carry the ball in goal-line or short-yardage situations (converted 93 goal-line runs for first downs during his career, including all 29 attempts in 2006)...Possesses good knee lift and bend to sidestep low tackles and consistently moves the pile while staying low in his pads... Bounces off arm tackles and when gang-tackled, ball protection is his top priority...With his upper body strength, when he carries the ball high and tight, defenders have problems trying to dislodge the ball from him...Prior to 2007, he needed to do a better job of staying on his blocks when leading through the hole and attempting to widen the rush lanes, but he refined his blocking technique as a senior, showing good hip snap as a blocker and a strong hand jolt to push the linebackers out of the lanes, coming up with 15 touchdown-resulting blocks in his final season.

http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/jerome-felton?id=230

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falconfansince66 (4/9/2008)
I like this guy! The way he mauled that defender was like one of those Larry Csonka runs! And just think, we could probably snatch this guy with a 6th or 7th round pick.  He and Snelling could wrestle for the backup spots to Norwood/Turner. 

Exactly, I think Felton will be around in the 6th or 7th and if he is we would be stupid to pass on him.  We have 10 other picks to address all of our needs and address them well might I add.  This guy wouldn't get in the way of picking up OL because I say most of our line should come early in the draft as well as DT, QB , LB , CB and possibly S.  That definitely would leave us a pick to spare on a late round sleeper RB.  I'm telling you, this guy can move for a big guy and can be an eventual replacement to Overpaid Mughelli.  But for now could be that 3rd and few back to compete with Snelling for the job. 

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The way I see it is we don't know if Snelling will really pan out to be a good power back.  I really don't want us to risk Turner on every third and short we come to.  Turner may be a good power back, but we need to protect him and not over work him.  There is no way to know if this guy can pan out either, but he looks good.  You need some competition for that power spot.  Eventually he could replace Mughelli too.  He will be there late in the draft.  We have so many draft picks, I don't think this would be wasted. Just my opinion though. :P

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falconfansince66 (4/9/2008)
Jerome "Belt One" Felton - Yeah, I can see it now!!!

I'm telling ya!  I'm like you, that one block on the video dropped my jaw and I'm still salivating.  LOL.  Maybe you and I are the only ones that see something in that, but he leveled that dude.  I haven't seen a block like that in a long time!!!!

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falconfansince66 (4/9/2008)
Jerome "Belt One" Felton - Yeah, I can see it now!!!

I'm telling ya!  I'm like you, that one block on the video dropped my jaw and I'm still salivating.  LOL.  Maybe you and I are the only ones that see something in that, but he leveled that dude.  I haven't seen a block like that in a long time!!!!

I swear if he had a red Falcons jersey & helmet on, he'd look just like William Andrews running over Ronnie Lott because that's what it reminded me of more than anything.  He layed that guy out!!!

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