At 202 The Jets Take Terrance Ganaway
With their first pick of the back-to-back picks at 202 the New York Jets get RB Terrance Ganaway from Baylor.
Basic information from NFLDraftScout.com
Weight: 239 lbs.
Arm Length: 31.625
Hand Length: 9.25
40-yard dash: 4.67
Ganaway was a two-star running back recruit out of high school, choosing Houston over Rice and SMU. He saw action in 2007 as a true freshman, recording 550 yards on 109 attempts (5.0) and 6 touchdowns. After the death of his mother (kidney cancer), Ganaway left Houston and enrolled at Texarkana College (TX), taking a year off from football. Ganaway was lured back to the sport by Baylor head coach Art Briles, who was his head coach at Houston in 2007. He enrolled at Baylor in 2009 and saw time as a back-up as a sophomore, finishing with 200 yards on 68 carries (2.9) and 5 scores. Ganaway was again a reserve in 2010 as a junior, recording 295 yards on 46 rushes (6.4) and 2 scores.
He had his best season in 2011 as a senior starter (12 starts), finishing with a conference-best 1,547 yards on 250 carries (6.2) and 21 touchdowns, earning First Team All-Big 12 honors. Ganaway has good size with a powerful, filled-out frame, but needs a few steps to reach his top-end speed ? strong, one-cut downhill runner with build-up speed. He has a sketchy background, but showed consistent improvement throughout his career and earned his way ? mature and football-focused. Despite a highly productive senior season, Ganaway looks like nothing more than a short-yardage back with limited burst and speed to do much past the line of scrimmage ? a mid-to-late round draft choice who needs to stay balanced and run with consistent power to hold down a roster spot in the NFL.
Strengths: Thickly-put-together throughout his frame and runs with power, showing the leg drive to push the pile. Runs balanced and close to the ground with the natural strength to stay on his feet through contact as defenders slip off of him load to tackle and easily runs through arm tackles. Has good vision to find the hole and get north/south. Gets good initial push and always seems to be falling forward for a positive gain. A hard runner with a workhorse-type back mentality. Does a nice job picking up the blitz and using his frame to impede rushers. Earned the starting running back job as a senior and made the most of his opportunity, leading the Big 12 in rushing and finishing third in the NCAA with 21 rush scores, finished the season with six 100+ yard and three 200+ yard performances. Has good bloodlines as the nephew of former NFL defensive lineman Jeremiah Trotter.
Weaknesses: Poor acceleration and takes too long to get up to full speed. A slow starter with little burst to his game. Too hesitant when the hole isn’t there and wastes time running laterally. Tight-hipped and doesn?t show much wiggle or open-field shiftiness. Stops his feet too quickly and needs to consistently keep his legs moving through contact. Not overly physical for his size and won?t run over defenders ? doesn?t break enough tackles. Will run with inconsistent pad level at times and struggle to get through the line of scrimmage at the next level. Needs to watch his weight and stay conditioned. Has limited experience catching the ball out of the backfield and needs to improve his technique in pass protection.
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