Marshawn Lynch   RB   California

 

STRENGTHS 

Marshawn has good size to go with excellent speed and quickness for his position.   He does a good job catching the ball out of the backfield.  Marshawn is very quick in the hole and shows excellent vision after he hits the line of scrimmage.   He makes tacklers miss if they donít use good form and drop their head before attempting to tackle Marshawn.  He has good strength and power when he runs, but he picks up most of his yardage by running off tackle.  Marshawnís style of running is similar to Shaun Alexanderís and (for you old guys) Franco Harris.    

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Marshawn can be intimidated into not running between the tackles.  This is not a bad thing or a good thing, it just should be noted.  Right now, Marshawn beats everyone with his speed and athletic talent.  He is going to have to learn how to set up his blocks and, of course, that all important blocking for the passing game.  He should be able to accomplish all of this because he has that fear of failure that the good players have to have to be successful. 

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND: 1

Marshawn is a game breaker type of back that, at first, might struggle because he will need to learn better techniques; however, it wonít be long before he impacts.  He has the same talent as Shaun Alexander (RB Seattle Seahawks) and, if he is used the same way that Shawn is used by the Seahawks, he should be an impact player.  Donít expect Marshawn to get you the tough yards because he is more of a finesse back.  When you draft him, make sure you have a back that can block and get you the tough yards when needed.  Itís like having a sports car to drive in the summer and a four-wheel drive car to drive in the winter.  Donít expect your sports car to take you through the snow because it just wonít make it.  Marshawn is a sports car. Drive him through the easy part of the field, but get ready to put him away the closer you get to the goal line where the going gets tough.  If you do this, then you will be very happy you drafted him.  As Marshawn gets more experience, I suspect he will become more of a complete back, but I donít think he will ever get you the really hard yards.  Like I said before, this is not a good thing or a bad thing, it just should be noted.

Drew Boylhart

November/2006