Draft Profile: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

By: Steve Johnson

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

5’7 2/8″ 207 lbs

29″ arms. 9 5/8″ hands. 70 5/8″ wingspan

Junior

D.O.B. 4/11/98

4.60 40 39.5″ Vert. 123″ Broad Jump. 15 Bench Reps.

DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle *Updated during combine

Stats/Accolades/History:

2017: 13 games. 9 att, 31 yards; 3 rec, 46 yards

2018: 13 games. 146 att, 658 yards, 7 TDs; 11 rec, 96 yards

2019: 15 games. 215 att, 1414 yards, 16 TDs; 55 rec, 453 yards, 1 TD

Misc. Stats: 40 KR for 877 yards in career. Completed an 11 yard TD pass in 2018

Accolades: 2019 First-team All-SEC, 2019 CFP National Champion

Injuries: Suffered a leg injury and was limited vs Oklahoma

History: Three-star recruit from Baton Rouge. He was the only Freshmen to start at Catholic High School, in Head Coach Dale Weiner’s 29 year history, a program that produced Warrick Dunn and Derrius Guice, among others. Participated in Nike’s “The Opening”. Was involved in a self-defense shooting in Scotlandville, LA in Dec 18′.

Strengths: Initial burst and quick feet. Makes would-be tacklers look silly in space. Stocky, well built. Combo of lower center of gravity and contact balance make him tough to bring down. Great vision. Quick jump cuts, that don’t require reducing gears. Really tough to lasso in 1v1. Patience and small stature allow him to hiding behind the holes, and find holes some can’t. Great receiving threat out of the backfield. More than comfortable running quick underneath routes. Can easily shake defenders 1v1 for quick dump offs. Has been split out wide.

Weaknesses: Below average long speed, not a home-run threat. Size is concerning. If he’s blanked he’s probably not going to catch it with his tiny catch radius (29″ arms). Not a short yardage back, lacks elite leg drive. Some, but not a lot of experience in pass pro, as he was used a lot as a receiver.

Overview: A true 3-down back with elusive feet and hips, that help contribute both as a runner and receiver. Edwards-Helaire’s upside is limited by his size and lack of long speed. He should be gone before the 3rd round, and should be able to fight for some carries early on, as well as used on Special Teams and in the passing game.

Evaluation based on games. UGA 19′, TEX 19′, AUB 19′

Draft Projection: Early-Mid Day Two

Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.73

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