Rankings

Player Display Name: 
James Conner

Fullback
School: Pittsburgh | Conference: ACC
DRAFT YR:2017

Rankings

Grade
3.47M
Projected Round
5th
Bio: 
Two-year starter named First Team All-ACC as a junior after losing his 2015 season to a season-ending MCL injury and beating Hodgkin’s lymphoma the following offseason. Declared cancer-free in May 2016. Rushed for 1,092 and 16 touchdowns on 216 carries as a redshirt junior. Earned Second Team All-American honors as a true sophomore in 2014, leading the ACC with 298 rushes for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns, which ranked third nationally. Led Pitt in rushing in 2013 with 799 yards and eight touchdowns.
Pos: 
Inspirational collegian likely best as a West Coast fullback. Runs with an aggressive style, goes after opponents and breaks tackles to pick up yardage off contact. Rarely brought down by the first defender, keeps his feet moving and falls forward for extra yardage. Displays vision, effectively follows blocks and picks up blocking assignments. Sees the blitz, squares into opponents and helps keep the quarterback upright. Solid pass catcher adjusting to the errant throw and grabbing the ball out of the air with his hands.
Neg: 
Lacks top speed, cannot turn the perimeter and shows a limited burst. Gets in trouble trying to run east/west.
Analysis: 
Conner is a tremendous story who made a heroic return from cancer and inspired many with his play on the field last season. Though he comes with limited quickness and speed, Connor could help a team as a short-yardage ball carrier or West Coast fullback.