Name: Larry Rountree III
Position: Running Back
Height: 5’ 10 ¾ “
Weight: 216 lbs
Overall Rank: No. 180 overall
Position Rank: RB11
Strengths: Rountree has been a steady contributor in the Tigers’ offense since joining the program and has been the lead back since his sophomore season. In the highly competitive SEC, it’s hard not to notice when a back averages 5 yards per carry throughout their career, especially for the oft-forgotten Missouri program. Rountree has some stick-and-go to his game that gets downhill in a hurry and, when blocked clean, he’s at the second level and running behind his pads in no time. Rountree has solid contact balance and can handle in-the-box runs with consistency. He’s a chip stacker that doesn’t win it all at once but slowly bleeds his opponent dry.
Weaknesses: For all of the success Rountree found at Missouri, there’s still a frenetic element to his game. In many ways, it looks like he’s pressing every time he gets the ball. There is very little patience or rhythm to his game. As a result, he too often runs into crowded gaps and doesn’t show much natural spatial awareness. Rountree runs like a back that is 30 pounds heavier and simply doesn’t have the kind of long-speed that you’d like to see from a back built like him. Whether as a result of scheme or ability, Rountree offered very little as a receiving back at Missouri and will have to prove that he’s not a liability on the field on third down.
What I Love: Productive backs in the SEC matter and Rountree has quietly been one of the most productive in the conference while playing for a team that isn’t exactly operating with the same star-studded recruits as Alabama. Rountree’s production alone warrants a Day 3 pick and opportunity to be a core special-teamer and rotational back.
NFL Comparison: Anthony McFarland
Position Specific Traits:
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Ball Security: +
Contact Balance: +