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Road to the NFL Draft: Kenyan Drake

Position: Running back.

School: Alabama.

Combine measurables: 6-foot-1, 210 pounds.

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.45 seconds. Bench press: 10 reps. Vertical jump: 34½ inches. 3-cone drill: 7.04 seconds. Broad jump: 10 feet, 3 inches.

Career stats: 41 games, 233 carries for 1,495 yards, 18 touchdowns, 46 receptions for 570 yards, 4 touchdowns.

Draft projection: Third-fourth round.

Lowdown: Despite being overshadowed as the understudy to Heisman Trophy-winner Derrick Henry, there is a lot to like about what Drake brings as a runner and receiver. … Impressive speed – with outstanding acceleration – and athleticism. … Good change-of-direction skills and works well in space, making him a particularly good fit on a team with a creative offensive coordinator. … Better when running outside than working between the tackles, where he doesn’t display much in the way of power. … Shows good vision and patience to allow his blockers to open holes. … Does a nice job of catching the ball and running routes. … Can contribute as a kicker-returner. … Needs to become more consistent when pass protecting and picking up blitzers. … Durability is a concern after he suffered a broken arm and leg at Alabama.

They said it: “Kenyan Drake is a unique style player. He’s kind of a specialty guy who is a great receiver, especially as a mismatch guy out of the backfield, but he can also go out and run routes like a receiver. And he does have some potential as a running back, which is his natural position, especially on any kind of space plays. This is a guy that some people are going to covet, especially in style of play that you have right now. Bill Belichick and I were talking … about 60-65-percent passing in the NFL right now. Well, that’s certainly a guy you could feature in an offense like that.” – Alabama coach Nick Saban.

– Vic Carucci

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 28.

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