Is Jerrion Ealy a Running Back to Keep an Eye On?

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Is Jerrion Ealy a Running Back to Keep an Eye On?

Bio

Jerrion Ealy attended Jackson Preparatory School in Flowood, Mississippi. While in high school, he played football, baseball, and ran on the track team. According to 247sports.com, Ealy was a high-end baseball prospect and had some good track numbers. He was a 5-star recruit that had received offers from Alabama, Clemson, Auburn, and Mississippi State. Ealy would turn them down and enroll at Ole Miss.

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College

Jerrion Ealy would play in 12 games in his freshman season, rushing 104 times for 722 yards and 6 touchdowns. In his sophomore season, Ealy would carry the ball 147 times for 745 yards and 9 scores. In his junior season, Ealy would rush 133 times and gained 770 yards while adding 5 scores on the ground. He was also able to add 67 receptions for 545 yards and 4 additional touchdowns through the air during those 33 games.

NFL Outlook

Jerrion Ealy has very good patience, showing an ability to let an over-aggressive defender miss before hitting the gap with speed, accelerating to the next level. Ealy has shown that he can be a complete pass-catcher out of the backfield showing diversity in routes and good vision in space.

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As mentioned earlier, Ealy was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school and displayed some of the tools that an NFL franchise might be looking for. He could have a long and solid career in the NFL. He was also able to showcase his talents as a kick returner, which would only help his NFL draft stock and ability to stay in the NFL for a long time.

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Sadly, there are some concerns that we do have about Ealy as well. Even though he does have some of the tools to succeed in the NFL, he lacks in some of the other areas; he has a specific skill set, and not all the NFL teams might not be looking for a running back like Ealy. His size is probably his biggest concern, seeing as he is just 5’8″ and 185 pounds. he played bigger than his size at Ole Miss, but that won’t fly in the NFL, especially in pass protection when someone like Aaron Donald could be barreling down on him.

Another concern is that Ealy didn’t take that step forward in 2021. His highest yard per game average was in his freshman season. Ealy scored the most touchdowns during his sophomore campaign. All three seasons’ rushing totals were within 50 yards of each other–just like he plateaued once he got to college.

Jerrion Ealy has the potential to be a sleeper running back of the 2022 draft class, but most of us at RotoHeat.com have the concerns covered above. What do you think?

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