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What NFL scouts are saying about the top fullbacks in the 2016 NFL Draft

Devon Johnson did not do very well on his Wonderlic test, but he is a bruiser

Devon Johnson did not do very well on his Wonderlic test, but he is a bruiser

The NFL Draft is approaching and NFL Scouts have been talking to Bob McGinn of Milwaukee Journal does a great job at breaking down the NFL Draft, by talking to scouts.  Here is what the scouts said about the top full backs in the NFL Draft.

1. DAN VITALE, Northwestern (6-1, 240, 4.59, 4-5): Three-year starter at “superback.” “He had a good combine workout,” one scout said. “He played fullback, H-back, slot. He’s not a blocker but he catches the ball. He’s a cut (blocker) guy. He is quick. I had no idea he would run 4.59.” Rushed merely six times for 29 but caught 135 for 1,427 (10.6) and 11 TDs. “Plays like an H-back, they just throw him the ball,” another scout said. “Kind of a muscled-up kid. Not a very good blocker.” From Wheaton, Ill., played at Warrenville South.

2. DEVON JOHNSON, Marshall (6-0 ½, 237, 4.64, 5-6): Backup TE in 2012-’13 before becoming a starting RB. Exploded for 1,767 yards in ’14 but was limited to seven games as a senior because of injuries. “Just more of a big one-back,” said one scout. “He runs very hard. Would rather run through guys than try to juke them. Even though he’s a former tight end he doesn’t catch the ball (well). He just doesn’t have the mentality to be a blocker. He’s hurt all the time.” Several teams are projecting him to FB because of his size and pedestrian speed. Carried 305 times for 2,373 (7.8) and 25 TDs, adding 27 catches for 423. Improved Wonderlic from 7 to 15. From Richlands, Va.

3. ANDY JANOVICH, Nebraska (6-1, 238, 4.77, 6-7): Didn’t start until senior year. “I don’t know if he can play fullback, but he had a nice game against Southern Mississippi,” said one scout. “He had like 100 yards in three or four (touches). He’s quick and made some nice little adjustments, and he runs hard and he catches the ball well. He’s quick as a lead blocker but he doesn’t have the power to lead through. I still wouldn’t draft him but I’d bring him in as a free agent.” Carried 45 times for 271 (6.0) and three TDs and caught five for 87. Wonderlic of 29. From Gretna, Neb. “Not a bad blocker,” another scout said. “Not real big.”

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