Christine has natural running back
skills and excellent athletic talent.
Add these natural skills to a notable size-speed ratio and you have the
definition of the perfect running back for the NFL.
Christine has sure, soft hands and can catch the ball with the ease and
fluidity of a wide receiver. He has
great vision in the hole and when he makes his cuts, he doesnít go to the
sideline -- he keeps working up the field.
He runs at almost perfect pad level and is the type of back that is
falling forward on most plays after he is tackled.
He is smart, understands down and distance and will make the necessary
yardage on third downs. Christine
runs with a little bit of fear in his eyes which makes him a better running
back. He is a quick, ďhit the holeĒ
type of back but once he is in the hole, he has the quick feet to make players
miss and the speed to take it all the way.
You can use him in the slot as a receiver on third and long downs because
of his ability to catch the ball any place on the field.
Christine is the type of back who makes the hair on the back of your neck
stand up the first time he handles the ball.
He has the burst and change of gears that is natural.
If this kid can stay healthy, he could be the best running back to come
out of this draft class.
He is a natural on the field, but has
been injured quite a bit. In his
defense, he has come back strong from those injuries.
He has a problem with fumbling that will keep him off the field if he
canít hold on to the ball. He is not
a great blocker; however, I would use him in the slot and bring another player
in to play running back and protect my quarterback.
Christine struggles when he runs outside of the tackles because he is not
patient and hasnít learned the correct technique.
Outside of the tackles, he doesnít follow his blockers very well and
doesnít understand how to set up his blocks.
Inside the tackles and past the line of scrimmage in the open field, he
is an impact running back and pass catcher. He got suspended for tweeting a
derogatory message about his college coach and, because of this, he has been
labeled as having a bad attitude and being a disciplinary problem.
That was his biggest mistake and probably
the issue that has most affected his draft status.
Of course oversleeping and missing
meetings at the combine is a big issue for me and others.
Itís obvious that Christine has maturity issues; he definitely needs some
leadership in his life.
Christine reminds me of Rudi Johnson (former running
back for the Cincinnati Bengals) between the tackles with the pass catching
talent of Marshall Faulk (former running back for the Colts and Rams).
His biggest mistake was challenging a coach.
As far as some NFL teams are concerned, you can deal drugs, get DUIs or
have a history of domestic abuse, but the two things they will not stand for
from a running back is fumbling the ball and challenging a coach in public.
Those two issues will affect a playerís
draft status and playing time quicker than any other issue.
If you challenge a coach, you will be labeled as having a bad attitude
and scouts will be told that the player is not smart and doesnít take to
coaching very well. If you have other
issues, most college coaches will go to bat for you and tell scouts, GMís and
NFL head coaches that the kid is not a problem and that he should be given a
second chance. There is no doubt that
Christine seems to be a bit of a flake.
He loves himself and I just bet he canít pass a mirror without looking into it.
Nevertheless, if he stops fumbling, stays healthy and can grow up off the
field, he will impact big time for the team that drafts him.
I would draft him; I have no problem with a player who says whatís on his
mind and challenges the coaching staff.
Iím crazy like that. I have more problems
with the players who do drugs, have multiple DUIís and beat women. I think a
coach should be smart enough and mature enough to handle an insecure young man
with attention issues.
Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart