Team: Washington State Cougars
Position: Running Back
Height/Weight: 5’10” and 197 lbs
The purpose of this series is to provide a ceiling and a floor for devy prospects. We also provide an example of a player in which the prospect could reach their level of production. This is not a player comparison in regards to style of play, but more so used for what we think the high or low end of production could be for fantasy purposes.
If you are into running backs who have excellent receiving technique and lightning footwork, you will love Max Borghi. He is superb out in the flats and can burn defenders in a variety of ways. First, he is slippery and therefore difficult to tackle. He is not an upright runner and his hips are loose he can crisply cut. He is usually in position to catch the football and give his QB an out. Speaking of his receiving prowess, Borghi was 12th overall (all positions included) in total receptions with 86 in 2019. The next closest RB was Demetric Felton from UCLA at 99th overall with 55. If he can maintain these numbers, he will be a highly sought after piece in the NFL draft. Every article you find on Borghi discusses how intelligent of a player and person he is. I love that he worked out with Christian McCaffrey after Borghi tore his ACL during a Pomona High School football game. That experience is huge and based on everything you read about Borghi, I assume he soaked up everything. His intangibles are off the charts.
Ceiling Projection: Brian Westbrook
The tape is exciting, and I am probably going to be higher on him than most. However, Borghi could benefit from more muscle to run against stronger NFL defenders. He appears to be a willing blocker, but additional strength should make him more proficient. He clearly can receive the football well, but he may be limited to a pass catching role initially as teams may not find it advantageous to have him carry it 200+ times in addition to his receptions. His route tree does not appear overly complex at this time, so I would like to see some advancements in 2020.
Floor Projection: Shane Vereen
This write-up was fun and his production projections have a wide variance. However, I am quietly excited about Borghi and like him over devy prospects like Zach Charbonnet and Master Teague. In a devy only draft, I’m snagging him at the end of round 2 (12 teams) if you’re bullish on his potential. Keep an eye on this guy, there is a ton of potential here.