Cyrus Gray NFL Draft Profile

Cyrus Gray NFL Draft Profile

Cyrus Gray, Senior, Running Back, Texas A&M



The Texas A&M coaching staff was not exactly sure how to use Cyrus Gray when he arrived in College Station. The high school quarterback spent a little time under center during his freshman campaign, but he also split out as a wide receiver on occasion. However, his future was as a running back. On the year he carried the ball 75 times for 363 yards and a score. As a sophomore Gray was splitting carries again, but his rushing attempts ballooned to 159 and he was always a dangerous receiver whether lined up in the slot or out of the backfield.

The 2010 season was Gray’s breakout year. He rushed for 1,086 yards on 200 attempts and reached the end zone a dozen times. Gray also added a touchdown reception and a touchdown pass.


Final Projection:

Gray’s most impressive asset to the NFL may be his ability to return kickoffs. Since his freshman campaign Gray has been a very productive and dangerous return man and that will not change at the next level. Gray is an elusive and speedy player who thrives in open space. He may not be a bruising back who can carry the load for any NFL team, but he is a superb change of pace back who can also be a kickoff returner and even a receiver. His ability to be on the field even when he is not carrying the ball makes him a great value over some of the other speed backs in the NFL Draft class of 2012.

1/5/12 Update:

Gray was the workhorse in the Aggies backfield during his senior campaign, rushing for 1,045 yards and 12 touchdowns in 198 attempts. Gray did not return many kicks since he spent so much time in the backfield, but that is a skill that can be developed and utilized in the NFL. He may not be a flashy back who will be selected in the first round, but Gray is a good rusher and a strong all-around player who will be a good value around the third round.

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