Javorius reminds me of the 2010 2nd round pick by the Houston Texans, Ben Tate.
He is a very good blocking 3rd down running back and shows on film very good
hands to catch the ball out of the backfield as a check down option. When he is
in the open field, he has the speed and quickness to gain yards after the catch.
He is a big running back and with his size you would expect him to break tackles
at the line of scrimmage. He is a straight line runner with very little wiggle
to make players miss him, but what Buck really brings to the table is his talent
to block for his quarterback on third downs and catch passes out of the
backfield. In the right zone blocking offensive scheme, Buck could impact. That
being said, he is a systems running back and that will affect his draft status.
Although Buck has good speed, he lacks the balance, lateral agility, vision and
acceleration in the hole to be an effective running back in any style of
offensive system. He runs with his pad level high so itís very hard for him to
gain yardage between the tackles on third and short yardage in spite of his bulk
and upper body strength. Buck also lacks the lower body strength to push the
pile so inside the red zone he will struggle to make yardage. The biggest issue
for Buck at the next level is that he carries the ball low at times and that
leads to fumbles at the next level and fumbles will put him on the bench.
As I said before, Buck reminds me a lot of Ben Tate, a player who the Texans
drafted in 2010 & now has bounced around the NFL a bit to the Browns and later
to the Vikings. I suspect unless Buck can lower his pads and make plays between
the tackles that his career will mirror Ben Tateís career. That is not to say
that both running backs canít be successful, but it does mean that Buck will
have to find the team that can magnify his skills and sometimes that is hard to
find. Players like Buck who are big for their position give the coaches the
perception that they can be a pounding style running back, breaking tackles and
making yardage like everyone thinks a big running back should be able to do.
Buck is up against that perception and unless he can impact in other ways to
change that perception of a big running back having to break tackles and push
the pile on third downs, he will struggle to find a place in the NFL. Right now
Buck is not as productive a player between the tackles at the college level in a
pro style offense, which makes me believe that he can be more than what he has
been for his college team. I believe he will be a solid running back with the
ability to break a big play on third down as a check down receiver. The Patriots
Kevin Faulk had a good career being just that style of running back; he was
smaller than Buck, but he found the right team and had a pretty good career.