By: Steve Johnson
Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
*combine measurements/drills will be added in Feb.
2015: 14 games. 29 car, 225 yards, 2 TDs; 15 rec, 250 yards, 1 TD
2016: 12 games. 111 car, 783 yards, 3 TDs; 8 rec, 83 yards, 1 TD
2017: 13 games. 263 att, 2118 yards, 19 TDs; 6 rec, 33 yards
2018: 10 games. 166 att, 739 yards, 6 TDs; 20 rec, 99 yards
Misc. Stats: 9 KR for 125 yards in career.
Accolades: 2017 First-team All-American, 2017 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, 2017 Heisman Runner-up. Broke the school-record for rushing yards in a game, with 301 yards against Arizona St. in 2017, and rushing yards in a season with 2,118 in 2017.
History: A Four-star recruit from North Carolina, he chose Stanford over Virginia Tech, Clemson, Penn State, Georgia, Florida, Ohio St., and Tennessee. A legitimate sprinter, earning USA Track & Field Youth Athlete of the Year in 2009.
Strengths: Legitimate track speed, has run in the 4.3s and has been one of the top sprinters in the country. Doesn’t have a ton of wear and tear on him, backing up Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey in 2015 and 2016. Light on his feet, good agility. Runs harder than people give him credit for, fights for it despite his size. Smart kid and great character. Good open field runner.
Weaknesses: Small and skinny. Lacks bulk and doesn’t appear to have the body to put much on. Hasn’t been used as much in the pass game, as his predecessor. Despite good effort in pass pro, he will get run over in the NFL.
Overview: Love has elite speed and there’s always a need for that in the NFL. He’s a good runner that will fight for yards, despite his size. Ultimately, his size will hold him back from ever truly being a 3 down back in the NFL. Would be utilized best in a RBBC type situation where he can be the lightning to someones thunder. I can’t envision him handling a workload.
Draft Projection: Early Day 3 Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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