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Elijah McGuire

Running back
School: La-Lafayette | Conference: Sun Belt
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-9.5 / 214 | 40: 4.52 | DRAFT YR:2017


Projected Round
Four-year starter who earned Second Team All-Sun Belt honors in 2016 with 1,127 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 232 carries and 29 receptions for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Named Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt as a junior after carrying 209 times for 1,047 yards and 13 touchdowns with 304 receiving yards and three scores. Won Sun Belt Player of the Year in 2014 when he rushed for 1,264 yards and 14 touchdowns on 166 carries while adding 45 catches for 468 yards and two touchdowns. Earned First Team All-Sun Belt honors as a true freshman by leading the nation with 8.4 yards per carry, rushing for 863 yards and eight TDs and adding 384 yards and three scores through the air.
Versatile running back with potential as a rotational ball carrier or third-down specialist. Creative, makes defenders miss in the open field and is effective running after the catch. Works runs, keeps his feet moving and falls forward when tackled. Displays outstanding running vision, finds the open lanes and shows fluidity cutting back against the grain. Patiently waits for blocks to develop then effectively follows them everywhere on the field. Runs terrific pass routes while separating from defenders, tracks deep passes in the air and shows soft as well as strong hands to pull the ball in. Competes to come away with the contested catch.
Not a strong back who’s going to break many tackles or pick up yardage off initial contact. Lacks the ability to run to daylight.
McGuire is an underrated prospect and, though not a feature ball carrier at the next level, offers the makings of a rotational back. He can be used as a pass catcher not only out of the backfield but down the field as well. He has some athletic limitations but will produce at the next level in the proper role.