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Kenneth Gainwell 2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Name: Kenneth Gainwell
Position: Running Back
Weight: 201 lbs
Overall Rank: No. 126 overall
Position Rank: RB9
Strengths: Vision is the key to Gainwell’s game. He’s excellent at finding rushing lanes whether it’s a one-cut downhill play or a cut-back to the weakside. He’s also dangerous in the open field as he has a feel for the location of defenders. He’s able to quickly cut off his plant foot and is able to stack moves to beat defenders. Gainwell runs with the needed urgency and patience, which is a hard trait for college runners to learn. His ability as a pass-catcher will excite teams and those who view him as a potential contributor and not star in the backfield will be happy.
Weaknesses: A redshirt sophomore entry into the draft, Gainwell started just one season in college. His athletic profile doesn’t wow you—his speed, power and acceleration are just average on a small frame that has taken a lot of hits. His lack of size and play power makes Gainwell a hard projection as an inside runner which could limit his value to NFL teams. Chunk plays are limited on his tape as he lacks runaway speed.
What I Love: Gainwell’s eyes are something to behold. He’s always finding openings and small lanes to crash through in the run game. Especially in the open field, he has a sixth sense for defenders.
NFL Comparison: Chase Edmonds
Position Specific Traits:
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Ball Security: ++
Blocking: - -
Contact Balance: -
Power: - -