Likes to hide behind his massive blockers and at times can bounce off the line of scrimmage and fight for additional yards. But overall, he isn't real physical and has a tendency to get tripped up and goes down easily on contact. Isn't real patient inside and lacks an ideal feel of the run game.
Doesn't look comfortable setting up blocks and just doesn't have to type of vision to quickly decipher information and react to defenders around him in tighter quarters. Seems to get a bit ahead of himself at times trying to burst into the second level and will simply lose balance in his lower half trying to outpace defenders.
However, he is a natural receiver who has the ability to catch the football out of the backfield and can be shifty and tough to bring down in space. Exhibits a good initial burst out of his breaks, but isn't a guy who has the kind of speed to simply run away from defenders at the next level once he gets into daylight.
Impression: I like his frame and ability to catch the football, but he lacks great instincts/vision inside and just looks like a fringe roster guy to me who can only make his mark as a third-down back."
Positive: Quick, elusive ball carrier who projects as a third-down back in the NFL. Runs low to the ground, gets lost behind blockers, and will pick and choose his spots on the inside. Squeezes through small openings of the defense, shows a burst, and has the ability to quickly cut back against the grain. Makes defenders miss and creates yardage. Terrific receiver out of the backfield who nicely adjusts to the errant throw and extends to make catches away from his frame.
Negative: Lacks strength in his running and brought down at the point of attack by a single defender. Not a back who can run to daylight.
Analysis: Batch has been ultra productive on the college level, and his combination of creative running and receiving skills will help him find a spot on an active roster in the NFL."
Strengths: Versatility; complete back who can run, block and catch. Good instincts and has a feel for blocking schemes, and runs with patience and vision. Good balance and runs low behind his pads. Breaks tackles and finishes his runs going forward. Excellent blocker in pass protection. Recognizes defenses and picks up the proper blitzer. Good receiver with solid hands.
Weaknesses: Not very big/powerful. Compact frame and may have difficulty blocking bigger players at the next level. Lacks great speed and doesn't run outside. Most of his runs are draw plays from the spread formation; Not familiar with traditional pro blocking schemes.
Projection: Good backup/change of pace runner who should be able to play in all down/distance situations. Low-round pick or free agent."
And since this was the old Texas Tech, Batch was equally effective in the passing game and added one more score on 45 receptions. The 2009 season was Batch's year to take over the running back job. He did just that. This was still a team that passed a lot and Batch did catch 57 passes for 395 yards, but it was his ability to punch the ball into the end zone or pick up the tough yards on the ground that made his season so successful. On the year Batch rushed for 884 yards on 168 carries and reached the end zone 14 times.
Batch could be a very solid third down back in the NFL, but the 2010 season has been very disappointing for him. Under a new coaching staff, it was expected that the Red Raiders would spend more time on the ground. They have, but Batch has had to split carries and has seen his yards per carry and touchdown numbers dip significantly. Batch will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to work his way up into the middle rounds, but should get drafted at some point as a solid pass blocker and short yardage back."
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