Scouting Report: Terrence West

Thomas Frank Carr        

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst

 Terrence West

RB. Jr. Townson



Height: 5’9 ½”                            Weight: 225                          Arm length: 31”                       40 yard Dash: 4.54

Broad Jump: 120 in                  Bench: 16                              Vertical jump: 33.5 in            20 yard Shuttle: DNP     

 


Strengths

·         Compact, solid framed power back with low center of gravity

·         Long speed is decent

·         Runs behind pads, finishes every run hard

·         Downhill runner who makes decisive cuts and gets up field

·         Good vision and instincts to find running lanes and cutbacks

·         Can create for himself when nothing is there

·         Explodes out of jump cut

·         Doesn’t take long to get up to full speed

·         Decent hands, is a threat out of the backfield

 

 

Weaknesses

·         Does not have elite speed

·         Very tight hips with very little lateral agility

·         Does not have explosiveness to game, more of a smooth accelerator

·         Very few moves, not elusive at all

·         Lots of carries on body already

·         Played against inferior competition

·         Laughable pass blocker

Analysis:

Terrence West has been flying up draft boards this spring. His compact size, low center of gravity and nasty running style translate well to the next level. He dominated his level of competition at Division II. He has good vision, field awareness and he has decent speed. The downside to West is that he is mostly a one trick pony. He has very stiff hips and little lateral agility. He also has few moves to make defenders miss. Yes he deals out a great deal of punishment to defenders but he also absorbs every hit he takes. That combined with a heavy college workload raises a longevity question for Wests career. I fully expect West to be a productive back at the next level. But like Ray Rice, by the time he is 26, his career will be on the downside.