However, isn't real fluid in the hips, runs tight and upright and is consistently forced to gear down in order to change directions. Isn't real sudden laterally and lacks a great feel running between the tackles.
However, he will pluck the football out of the backfield and looks natural adjusting to throws and coming down with the catch when asked to run by defenders vertically.
Impression: A nice size/speed guy who can catch the football. However, his inability to cleanly change directions and make anyone miss will really limit his chances of every being anything more than a fringe roster guy."
Positive: Nice-sized ball carrier who has never lived up to expectations on the college level. Displays strength carrying the ball, breaks tackles, and picks up yardage off initial contact. Falls forward when tackled. Displays a quick burst, darts around the inside, and will pick his spots. Legitimate pass catching threat out of the backfield who displays consistent hands. Gets down the field and comes away with tough catches in crowds.
Negative: Lacks patience and must do a better job waiting for blocks develop. Lacks overall ball carrying instincts. Loses momentum when he must immediately change direction.
Analysis: Physically Saine possesses all the tools to be a feature back at the next level and is a multipurpose ball carrier who can produce as a receiver out of the backfield. He's never put together a complete game on the college level, but he is a developmental prospect who can produce in the NFL if the light goes on."
Negatives: Has not lived up to his potential... Seems to gear down in the open field when making cuts, struggles to change direction at full speed... Below average field vision and awareness, doesn't always know where he's supposed to go... Constantly running into or past his blockers, doesn't way for plays to develop... Has a long list of nagging injuries, had arthroscopic knee surgery in 2007, a hamstring injury in 2008, and sat out a game in 2009 due to a concussion... Really fell off the map as a senior, was expected to build off his junior campaign, but only saw 26 carries in Ohio State's final eight games... Does not have experience returning punts or kicks... Struggled to be much more than a versatile third down back for Ohio State, only scored nine rushing touchdowns in his four years for the Buckeyes."
Saine, unfortunately, is not a true running back prospect. He can take on defenders in open space and even power his way through them after the catch, but he does not have the lateral quickness to make fast cuts while maintaining his forward momentum.
He will need to find a team willing to use him in unique ways (like Kansas City's Dexter McCluster). Saine is a natural leader and has a great competitive fire.
Brandon Saine currently projects as an undrafted free agent."
Late Rounder or Free Agent projection, right now, but might be able to pull himself into Orbit if he Blasts It at The Combine, and clicks on Interviews.
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