Joe could be one of the best pure runningbacks in this draft. He reminds me of
the Vikings Adrian Peterson. He runs strong for his size with excellent balance,
vision, speed and lateral explosion. He doesnít make a cut that doesnít move him
north/ south instead of wasting movement going east/ west and then exploding up
the field. Joe runs bigger than his size and stronger through the tackles than
his size and is one of the fastest runningbacks in this draft in the open field.
Once Joe breaks the line of scrimmage and because of his north/south cutting
talent he is a threat to go all the way just like Adrian Peterson is. On the
field Joe plays with the heart of a Lion working as hard as he can to make as
much as he can out of each and every carry. He is a solid blocker helping out
offensive lineman and doing a solid job picking up blitzing linebackers. But
truly his running skills and ďheart of a lionĒ running is what he brings to the
table when he is on the field. Trouble is Joe seems to lack that ďheart of a
lionĒÖ off the field.
Biggest issue for Joe is to convince NFL teams that he is not going to quit on
his teammates, coaches, GM, owner and fans like he did in college. It will be
very hard for anyone to but their job on the line for a player who decided to
retire from college football and only came back because someone else convinced
him too. As I understand the story, the only reason Joe came back from
retirement was not because he realize that he had made a mistake, missed the
game, or any other personal reason. He came back because coaches asked him to
and his sister convinced him too. This will affect what round teams are willing
to select him in for sure. Also Joe needs to learn to catch the dam ball out of
the back field so he can be used more in open space. He is very dangerous in
Joe is without a doubt a player who has 1st round talent and I think his combine
will show his speed and agility but if he canít give a better answer in the
interviews than ďMy Sister convinced me to come backĒ, Iím not sure how
comfortable any team is going to be selecting him in the first three rounds of
this draft. Itís really that simple. There are plenty of running backs in this
draft that have the talent to make your team a threat in the running game so
just because Joe has talent better or equal to the best, doesnít mean a GM and
Head Coach will risk their jobs selecting him. It comes down to this, are you
willing to risk your job and select Joe in the first three rounds of this draft?
Even with all of his talent he might be more of a risk to retire once again than
the risk of selecting a player with off field issues that might get into trouble
off the field once again. There is a maturity level for those players to come to
their senses but for a person to retire or who is thinking about retiringÖthere
is no level of maturity that would make him think of NOT retiring once again.
Nevertheless, I canít downgrade him too much because itís not like he committed
a crime! Itís not like he beat some woman or got a DUI, or was involved in a hit
and run. Itís not like he did drugs or got arrested for shooting himself in the
leg while at a bar or killed dogs and ran a gambling ring and went to jail. How
bad is it that he took a step back to evaluate his life? On the field he plays
with the heart of a lion and has talent to run the ball like Adrian Peterson.
Isnít that enough to select him as early as I have him rated? For me, I look
Robís board see were heís rated and donít over think the process because Itís
obvious that Joe has the talent to impact and that should be enough.