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Thomas Rawls, Central Michigan RB: 2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report (Abbrev.)


*My NFL Draft scouting report on Thomas Rawls was originally published (publicly) on Pro Football Spot on December 30, 2014. Williams went on to be a UDFA signed RB for the Seattle Seahawks that is suddenly getting ‘Marshawn Lynch‘ comps thrown around by the team. I wanted to make this data more accessible for CFM subscribers, so we’re posting it here and adding it to the player index list.

Here’s the original report below and the link to the PFS version:  Thomas Rawls: 2015 Scouting Report on PFS



 Thomas Rawls, Central Michigan RB

College: Central Michigan
Class: Senior
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 217
Hand Size: 9 1/2
Arm Length: 30 3/4


College Stats:

2014: 210 att-1,103 yds-5.3 ypa-10 TD, 10 rec-93 yds-9.3 ypc-0 TD
2013: 3 att-12 yds-4.0 ypa-1 TD, 0 rec
2012: 57 att-242 yds-4.2 ypa-4 TD, 1 rec-6 yds-6.0 ypc-0 TD
2011: 13 att-79 yds-6.1 ypa-0 TD, 0 rec



NFL Scouting Combine Results

40-yard Dash: 4.65
10-yd Split: 1.69
3 Cone Drill: 7.10 (Pro Day)
Shuttle Run: 4.37 (Pro Day)
Vertical Jump: 35.5″
Broad Jump: 9’8″
Bench Press (225 lbs): 15




· Top of the line strength. There may be no RB in this draft class with the muscle build, top-to-bottom, that Rawls has.

· Because of his granite frame, Rawls is a chore to tackle—he bounces off defenders in the open field with ease.

· Successful workhorse RB, when given the chance: Five games with 20+ carries in 2014, and he ran for 120+ yards in all five with an average of 188.4 yards rushing and 1.6 TDs per game.

· Above-average hands in the passing game. Wasn’t involved much, but showed to be capable/solid with what he had targeted his way.

· Has all the tools to be a reliable pass blocker in the NFL—incredible frame and strength.




· Character red-flags all over: Was a top recruit for Michigan, but did not play much or stay in favor with the coaches—transferred out after graduating (yes, graduating), to play at Central Michigan for his senior season. Arrested for theft early in-season, and pled to a misdemeanor with probation—got back onto field. Then, suspended for academic issue to end the season. Not good.

· Less-than-average agility. Sometimes appears nimble, but several times watching him against better competition (Big-Ten schools), he looks a step behind among the top RB prospects from that conference.

· Experience-level is troubling. Has only been a lead back in seven college games in his career.



Injury History:

Missed a few games in 2014 with a minor knee injury.




You want to love the raw power and strength of watching Rawls on tape—you can see the untapped potential. But then you look at all the known character problems, and it turns you off immediately. Rawls is not so ‘super-special’ that NFL teams will be inclined to overlook the off-field stuff, which is a shame because there are NFL-tools to work with here. He’ll get a look, but hard-pressed to think he’ll be drafted.


NFL Comparison:

He has the look and build of a slower Doug Martin (a.k.a. ‘The Muscle Hamster’ for his chiseled body). He also has a running style like former 1st-round pick Donald Brown. What he doesn’t seem to have is a similar speed/agility that those guys do, plus you have all the character concerns.


Projection: UDFA
Ceiling: Rotational/Role Player
Floor: Bust



R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football, and a football projections analyst and writer for Fantasy Football He is also a lead writer for ‘Play The’. His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.”



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