Reggie Bush   RB/WR/ST   USC

Strengths

Reggie has decent size as well as the quickness and speed to be an impact player at the next level.  He has the athletic talent and is smart enough to play as a RB, WR, KR, PR and I would not be surprised that, in a pinch, he could help you out as a man-to-man cover CB.  He runs with good vision and lateral agility to make cuts in the hole and make tacklers miss.  He has the speed to break the big one and he can catch the ball down the field like a WR.  He scares the crap out of every special teams coach, punter and kicker he's up against.  Reggie gives good effort when he blocks in the passing game, but most of the time, the ball is going to him -- so I really wouldn’t worry about that part of his game.  Reggie is a franchise player because of all the options he gives you to get the ball into his hands and score from anywhere on the field at any time. 

 

Needs to Improve

He just needs to remember to be Reggie and let the game come to him.  If he does this, he'll be an impact franchise player.

 

Talent Board Round   1

A lot of guys are going to tell you that Reggie is a little small to be a true franchise back.  This is true -- if you are dumb enough to run him 25 to 30 times a game between the tackles.  Reggie is a franchise player in the same mold as a Thurman Thomas or a Marshell Faulk.  If you use Reggie in a spread offense as your RB and then on third down, put him in the slot or out on the edge as a WR, believe me, that's a match-up nightmare just waiting to disturb a coach's sleep.  He will impact his first year as a KR and a PR and win a couple of games for you just playing special teams.  He is a multi-talented player and that’s why he is considered as a top five pick in the draft and maybe the top pick in this draft.  When you draft Reggie for your team, he'll make your QB and O-line better the minute he hits the field.  The QB will deal with less blitzing and pressure and the O-linemen won't have to hold their blocks as long.  Reggie will scare a defense into not blitzing because he can burn them big time if they do.  A player that can affect the play of six other players on his team in a positive way is a franchise player.  If I had the first pick in this draft, I wouldn't wait to start negotiations with this kid.  I would sign him before the draft and not fool around and try to trade this pick.  Remember, he is going to make six other players better the minute he hits the field.  You talk about impact!
by Drew Boylhart

THR

January 2006