Has decent speed and quickness when he gets in space. Shows some burst on the second level and is able to sidestep and make some guys miss. Shows ability to sneak through creases and lanes and has nice footwork to filter through traffic. Does a good job on the stretch play. Runs hard for his size, and will fight for extra yards. Comfortable in the passing game, doing a good job making the grab in the flat and good on screens. Contributes in pass protection and can chip the defensive end off the edge.
Is undersized and not a threat to break anything but some arm tackles. Lacks speed to really be a homerun threat. Struggles to beat NFL-caliber defenders to the corner when he runs outside. Lacks ideal lateral quickness and won't really bounce things outside. Has to stop his feet a bit to change direction and hit the cutback. Not super explosive after the catch, and doesn't have reliable hands. Limited in pass protection due to his lack of size.
Wide is an undersized back that doesn't have ideal quickness, vision, and speed. But is a tough little guy that can contribute at the next level in a third down role or on special teams. He stepped up as a junior due to the injury to Matt Asiata, and had a strong season, rushing for 1069 yards on 203 carries (5.3 avg) and 12 touchdowns. He was the lightning to Asiata's thunder this past year and again led the team in rushing with 149-717-4.8-11. He also combined for 51 catches the past two years.
Wide is going to be hurt by his lack of upside. The best you can hope for is him becoming a decent No. 3 running back that occasionally contributes on third downs. But he'll never be a regular part of a team's rotation. He just doesn't give you much as a rusher, is nothing special as a receiver, and will never be anything more than average in pass protection. So his value at best is playing on special teams where he might be good on coverage units. But again, he's not going to be a return threat because there are definitely better candidates there. Basically, Wide is the type of player that can add depth and be an OK stopgap No. 3 for some teams if injuries hit, but that's about it. He's more the caliber of RB that can go on and carve out a significant niche in the CFL or the AFL. He's a guy you root for and is a nice college player, but he has very little upside at the next level, and more than likely will be out of hte league by the end of his third summer.
Wide can come to Atlanta and compete for a practice squad spot, but he's too limited to think he's a real threat to make the roster anytime soon. Not unless he proves himself to be an ace on special teams coverage or surprises and does some things as a returner. But he's mainly just a camp body.
Wide isn't worth a draft pick, but some team should bring him into camp and see what he can do.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Scouting reports of the running backs and fullbacks in the 2011 Draft.
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