Monday, April 18, 2011

HBCU NFL Draft Prospect: Frank Warren, RB, Grambling St University

Grambling St RB Frank Warren is one of the most decorated running backs in HBCU College Football history. Warren had a great career at Grambling St with breaking the schools all time leading rusher record (3,910 yards) and also breaking the single season rushing record with 1,592 yards in his senior year. His rushing totals moved him past the great Walter Payton (my favorite NFL player of all times) on the SWAC all-time rushing list. He also showed a nose for the end zone with 18 touchdowns in 2010 and 34 total career touchdowns. Warren was named 2010 SWAC Offensive Player of the Year and first team SBN Black College Sports All-American. He put up big performances against Mississippi Valley St (209 yards) and Southern (106 yards) in the Bayou Classic. Warren is a strong ball carrier with vision and instincts between the tackles. Reads defenses, finds the running lanes, and follows blocks everywhere on the field. Has a burst and deceptive speed, playing faster than his 40 time. Flashes ability on the outside or cutting back in a small area and avoiding piles. Strong carrying the ball, breaks tackles, and picks up yardage off initial contact. He impressed professional scouts during the HBCU Bowl All-Star week practices with his down hill running style and ability to hit the open hole. NFL scouts do have their concerns on him with not being as an elusive enough runner who can create yardage and also his ability to turn the corner or beat defenders around the edges at the next level. His recent pro day numbers has increased those concerns a little in the eyes of scouts. But in recent history pro day numbers have not always been the best indicators for the success level of running backs at the NFL level. His running style is similar to former Bowie State RB Issac Redman who has found success with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is not a blazer. Frank Warren has been a very productive runner on the college level since his sophomore campaign and is serviceable interior running back who could make it as a third back on an NFL roster if he is able to impress in training camp.