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Draft Prospect File: Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah


The numbers don't reflect his acceleration, nor do they take into account his vision and ability to read and see gaps before they are created. His cut-back ability and efficiency of motion enhances his strength in this area and separates him from other backs in this class.

At 205 pounds, Abdullah faces questions over how he can hold up in pass protection and whether he can be an every-down back. He struggled at this aspect of his game at times at Nebraska, but did a better job holding his ground during Senior Bowl week.

"I've had some games where I'm not so good, I've had some games where I'm really good," Abdullah said. "(I'm) just becoming more consistent on a day-to-day basis."

That consistency could be undermined by ball-security issues -- which is due in part to small (8 5/8 inches) hands. In four seasons, he averaged one fumble every 42.4 touches -- which includes kickoff and punt returns, rushing attempts and receptions. But he cut his fumble rate from one every 26.1 touches in 2011-12 to one every 67.9 touches in 2013-14 -- not great, but a significant improvement.

OF NOTE: Abdullah's straight-line speed is not the best -- he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds at the Combine -- but he cuts and changes direction quickly and has good lateral speed, evidenced by three-cone and short-shuttle times that led all running backs at the Combine.


Weight:205 pounds
Arm:30 inches (T-27th among 36 Combine RBs)
Hand:8 5/8 inches (T-32nd among 36 Combine RBs)
40-yard dash:4.60 seconds (T-12th among 30 Combine RBs)
Bench press:24 repetitions (7th among 30 Combine RBs)
Vertical jump:42.5 inches (1st among 32 Combine RBs)
Broad jump:12 feet, 10 inches (1st among 32 Combine RBs)
Three-cone drill:6.79 seconds (1st among 25 Combine RBs)
Short shuttle:3.95 seconds (1st among 25 Combine RBs)


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