Utah State RB, Robert Turbin to visit the Broncos.

Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Utah State running back Robert Turbin does running drills during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

According to Mike Kilis, Utah State RB Robert Turbin will be visiting the Broncos monday. Turbin is a big back (222lbs) which Coach Fox loves, and was productive his junior year racking up, 1500+ yards and 19 touchdowns. Turbin ran a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

Turbin sat out all of 2007 with an injured foot and missed all of 2010 with a torn ACL, but was very productive when healthy. In 2009, Turbin set records at Utah St, with 1296 yards rushing, 418 receiving yards and 18 total touchdowns. Coming back from his ACL Injury, he broke his record racking up 1517 yards, 171 yards receiving and 23 total TD's. Turbin should be drafted in the third or forth round in the upcoming draft.

Analysis:

Strengths: Possesses good burst to and through the hole. A patient runner with good vision and burst for the cutback. Squares his shoulders and can knock the defender back onto his heels. Good leg drive and forward lean to gain extra yardage after contact. Shows a surprising burst to beat linebackers to the edge. Can plant his foot in the ground and explode, showing better straight-line speed than you'd expect for a back of his size. Shows good hands and concentration as a receiver. Looks natural catching the ball. Cognizant and physical pass blocker who will square up the hard-charging linebacker in the hole to buy his quarterback time. Possesses a short, squatty frame conducive to tough inside running. Dedication to the weight room is obvious based on an upper body build as impressive as any running back in the country (with the possible exception of Alabama's Trent Richardson) …

Weaknesses: Possesses surprising burst for a back of his build but despite some long runs over his career has limited straight-line speed and can be caught from behind. Is much more explosive in his upfield burst than laterally, especially following the 2010 season in which he tore his ACL. Is a bit top-heavy. Possesses broad shoulders and a heavily muscled up upper-body but only average base. Durability concern. Missed the entire 2010 season with the torn ACL and redshirted in 2007 wih a foot injury, each of which will require a closer look by team doctors at the Combine. Questionable level of competition …

~ By Rob Rang

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