Pros: He has good speed and home run potential. Is dangerous in space and can make guys miss on the second level. He's tough to bring down in traffic because of his quickness and foot drive. Not afraid to lower the shoulder at times and deliver hit to defender. Has nice hands and is most effective on screens.
Cons: He's had issues with injuries and ball security in the past. Can be tentative at times and shy away from contact, making him marginal as an inside runner. Needs to improve in pass protection.
Overview: Spent the past two years as the second back behind Ben Tate. Suffered a neck and knee injury this past year, although he only missed 1 game. Never had more than 530 yards in a single season. Suspended 5 games as a junior for academic reasons. He's from Lilburn, GA, just outside Atlanta. Has some kickoff returning experience, taking one back for a score as a freshman.
NFL Forecast: Lester is the ideal candidate to work as a third down back, assuming he can get better in pass protection. He is a nice change of pace runner that will never be a star, but could be a nice guy that gets 5-10 carries a game. He should also get an opportunity to work on special teams as a return man, since you like his speed there. But more than likely, unless he becomes a really good receiver or return man, his presence in the NFL won't be big. A nice change of pace option, but nothing special.
ATL Forecast: Lester is similar to Norwood, but not as good or dangerous a runner, making his chances of success in Atlanta relatively low. He could challenge Thomas Brown for the third running back spot, but really wouldn't be bringing anything new to the lineup. He would basically be added to eventually replace Norwood down the road as the change of pace runner, but the Falcons would be unlikely to get much of a return on their investment until a year or two down the road. And again, he wouldn't be as good as Norwood is at doing it.
Value: For a team looking for a nice change of pace runner, Lester would make a decent fifth or sixth round pick.
Scouting Reports of running backs and fullbacks in the 2009 draft.
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