Matt Forte RB Tulane
Matt Forte is the type of kid that you must have on your
team to have a successful offense. He has speed, agility
and is a very strong runner. What impresses me the most
about this kid is his intelligence. He has the agility to
be an excellent RB in a zone blocking scheme because he
shows natural cut-back instincts and then squares his
shoulders to burst through the hole. He has quick feet and
shows good balance in the hole. He has very good hands to
catch the ball and does an excellent job blocking for his QB
in blitz situations. Matt has multiple talents that an
offensive coordinator is going to fall in love with. He is
a sleeper pick in this draft.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Iím not sure why Matt wasnít used in more ways than he was
by the Tulane coaches! I know the kid did have a knee
injury and maybe that affected the coaches using him more,
but as far as I can see, Matt has no problems from that
injury. It would be nice if Matt was faster, but thatís not
going to happen. Matt will have to get used to the speed
when blocking for the blitz which should not be a problem.
The kid is not fancy and he is not flashy, but he is a hell
of a talent.
TALENT BOARD ROUND 2
Matt is not a fast as most of the RBís in this draft, but he
as quick and he is a lot smarter than a lot of them. He
reminds me a little of Dallas Clark (H-back Indianapolis
Colts) in the passing game and when he runs, he reminds me
of Michael Pittman (RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers). He is smart
and like I said before, can be used in many different ways.
Matt can stay on the field in all situations because he can
block, run and catch the ball down the field. If you are
looking for a RB that could do the job on third down running
and blocking like a fullback, can catch the ball behind the
line of scrimmage and also down the field in the slot like a
TE, then you are looking for Matt Forte. Itís just that
simple. I suspect that because Matt came back with no ill
affects from his knee injury that he is a hard worker and
has excellent mental toughness. Iím listing Matt as second
round talent because I feel in the running game that this
kid is more of a system RB and will not impact
in the running game unless he is in a zone blocking scheme.
The truth is that some teams might list him higher and some
might list him much lower. As far as Iím concerned, if you
draft this kid in the second round you will never be sorry.
Especially if your offensive line uses a zone blocking
scheme for its running plays. I call him Matt (The Thrill)
Forte because if your team drafts him you are in for some
big time thrills when he knocks a blitzing LB right on his
hind quarters, catches a pass down the seam for a TD or
busts a run just to keep the chains moving.