NFL Draft Sleeper: Could RB Marshaun Coprich Emerge As A Draft Day Steal?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Marshaun Coprich of Illinois State is a name rising up draft boards as NFL.com recently described him by saying:

While he lacks height, he does not lack a willingness to make a living among the wide ­bodies as a zone-scheme runner. He has the elusiveness and burst to gain yards on the NFL level, but he is more of a volume­-carry runner than a change-of-pace back. Coprich has pass-catching potential and some kick returning in his background which could help his cause”

He posted an impressive workout at the Combine, with a 4.47 40 yard dash (fifth fastest among RB).  It help to back up his gaudy numbers over the past two seasons.  In 2015 he rushed for 1,967 yards (2,274 in ’14) and has 50 TD over the past two seasons.  He also showed he can catch the football (33 receptions), which adds to his appeal.

In 2014 he led the FCS in rushing yards, helping him to fifth in the voting for the Walter Peyton Award (which is given to the best player in the FCS).  Last year he was second (Kade Harrington led the way with 2,015), barely missing his second consecutive 2,000+ yard campaign.

While the numbers are impressive, there are four things working against him:

  1. The competition he played against
  2. His height (5’8”)
  3. His off-the-field character (he was arrested in ’15 for selling marijuana)
  4. Fumbles (9 over the past two years)

Which one is the biggest issue remains to be seen, but all could cause him to drop on draft day.  Given the state of the NFL the character concerns will definitely loom large, but it’s the entire package.  However, in the right situation he could ultimately prove to be a draft day steal.

Remember running backs come in all shapes and sizes.  Just because Coprich isn’t a first round pick…  Or a second round pick…  In fact, there’s a chance he goes undrafted…  None of it matters because the potential is there.  It’s just a matter of him finding the right spot, proving his talent and getting the chance.

Sources – NFL.com, CNNSI

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