Utah State RB Robert Turbin’s 2012 Scouting Report
Player Name: Robert Turbin
Position: Running Back
School: Utah State
Weight: 222 lbs.
Turbin was named WAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 as he rushed for 1,517 yards and 19 touchdowns after missing the entire 2010 season with a torn ACL. He had another excellent season prior to his knee injury in 2009, as he had 1,296 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns along with 30 receptions for 418 yards and five more scores. On the heels of his 2011 campaign Turbin chose to forego his final season of eligibility to enter the draft, and an excellent showing at the NFL Combine that included 28 bench press reps has him climbing the ranks of running back prospects as the weekend approaches.
-Is powerfully and compactly built, has good upper body strength
-Shows good straight-line speed and burst through the hole
-Runs behind his pads well; lowers his shoulder effectively
-Exhibits good leg drive through contact to gain extra yardage
-Is a natural pass receiver and was productive when given the opportunity
-Has durability concerns, as he missed basically two full seasons in college (medical redshirt in 2007-foot injury)
-Builds to speed, and does not often played to his timed speed
-Tends to run upright
-Is not explosive laterally; does not have a strong base
-Shows only average vision and instincts
-Played against low-level competition in college
Turbin’s durability questions will likely keep him from being selected in the first few rounds of the draft, but he could be a find for a team in the middle rounds if he can manage to stay healthy. He has a strong enough overall skill set to see the field immediately as a rookie, but may be best used as a backup or part of a tandem until he proves he can handle a bigger workload. Teams that could see Turbin as a good fit include the San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers, and all three have some degree of need at running back. Look for him to be a Day 2 pick, possibly in the third round, depending on how the backs above him in most prospect rankings come off the board.
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