By Lance Zierlein
January 18, 2013
Gillislee played the role of lunch-pail back who went to work and did what needed to be done in the downhill rushing attack of Florida. Gillislee lacks top-end speed, but does show an ability to threaten the edge on the perimeter. Very tough and willing in pass protection. Not much wiggle to his game, but always looking to get positive yards. He won’t have many negative carries. Doesn’t look like he has traits to be a prolific back, but could be a little quicker version of Benjarvus Green-Ellis. Should be a safe 2nd back to start with.
When I watch Franklin run, I see a highly competitive back who believes he will succeed on almost every single touch. Franklin shows very good burst and long speed and has the fluid hips to change directions without slowing down much. Below average pass protector. Franklin fights for extra yards after contact, but there is going to be a concern this his style combined with size could lead to durability questions. He has a ball security issue. I believe he has tools to be a good back in the NFL.
Very physical back who fits perfectly into Stanford running game. Lowers pads and finishes runs consistently. Burst is an issue and he needs room to get going. He won’t make tacklers miss, but he’s a load late in games when defenses wear down. Stiff runner who appears to lack patience to lack some patience at times. Plays even bigger than his listed size. Pass protection woes need to be corrected or his stock will be limited.
Ellington shows very quick, choppy feet and can burst when he sees the crease develop. Played as off-set back as well as in I-formation. He runs with good forward lean and finishes runs better than most backs his size, but won’t break too many tackles. Showed a nice understanding of how to set up the inside zone. Good pass catcher out of the backfield and a willing pass protector. Similar traits to C.J. Spiller, but less explosive.
Barner doesn't pack much of a punch, but he’s got big play ability. Willing to run between tackles, but at best when he’s attacking the edges. Good fit for zone team looking for change of pace or for team implementing zone-read. Carried ball only as an offset back. Patient running style with ability to burst. Good pass catcher down the field. Able to accelerate to top speed quickly.