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Analysis of 2nd-round pick (B): Cal RB Shane Vereen

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  April 29, 2011 08:11 PM

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Analysis of the second-round pick (B) of Cal RB Shane Vereen:


  • A fourth-year junior entry.

  • 5-10, 210, 4.50.

  • Think the Patriots got some real value here. Might be the most complete back in the draft. He can run and catch. Has enough speed to be a change-of-pace back.

  • He gives the Patriots three-different backs. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is more of a mudder, Danny Woodhead is a change of pace/matchup guy, and Vereen is the most versatile of the three.

  • Not the biggest guy so he would slide easily in the Patriots’ rotation, which the Bears also employed.

  • "He might be one of the most ready to play behind Ingram," Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He catches the ball and has enough speed to be a change of pace."

  • Rushed 556 times for 2,834 yards (5.1) and 29 TDs, and caught 74 passes.

  • Backed up Jahvid Best and some scouts think Vereen, who has less wear and tear (19 games over three years, is better.

  • Blocking can be a little suspect. From OurLads Scouting: “(Against Oregon) looked like he signed a non-aggression pact as a blocker in pass protection. A toe cutter when he does block.”

  • Mike Mayock said, "You either love this guy or hate him as a prospect."

  • Ball security has been an issue at times.

  • Not only had the most bench reps at combine among running backs (31) but led the position with 23 on the Wonderlic.

  • Father, Henry, was ninth-round pick of Bucs in 1979 as a WR out of UNLV but he never played a game in the NFL.


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