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RB, Knowshon Moreno, Georgia

RB, Knowshon Moreno, Georgia

At A Glance
Position 1:  Running Back Height:  5-11
Position 2:   Weight:  217
Class:  Junior Age:  22
Projected Round:  1st  40time:  4.57
Combine/Proday Results
40yd Dash:  4.58 Vertical:  35.5
20yd Split:  2.64 Broad Jump:  9'7"
10yd Split:  1.58 20yd Shuttle:  4.27
3 Cone Drill:   6.84  

Pros: All around RB with good size, strength, speed, acceleration and most importantly, desire.  Gives 100%, very coachable.  Good hands out of the backfield.

Cons: Physical runner who will take some punishment (ala Portis).  Not top speed or size.

Styg's Broncos "Fit":  Easily one of the most dynamic players in the draft, it isn't Knowshon's measurables that elevate his play, but his unwillingness to give up. His measurables are good enough to aid him in historic production in his efforts to win ball games, and his vision, cutback ability, quickness, receiving and ball handling all grade out at the top. He is no slouch as a blocker and knows how to follow blocks, and he is a smart, confident player who has no trouble absorbing and understanding plays. His athleticism is rare, and for every scout or analyst who tells you that Moreno plays too physical for his size, there will be an offensive line coach who pines after a football player. A can't-miss prospect.

    Rushing Receiving
  G Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg TD
2008 - Knowshon Moreno 13 250 1400 107.7 5.6 16 33 392 30.2 11.9 2

Around MHR:


From: Rushing To Win

What we have currently on our roster aside from Hillis can not be depended on as they have not proved they can be  a. consistant b. productive.

Stats Overview Rushing Receiving Fumbles
2007 248 1336 5.4 80 14 20 253 12.7 35 0 0 0
2008 250 1400 5.6 68 16 33 392 11.9 37 2 0 0

This running back has carried it consistantly for 2 years, long enough to prove talent but short enough to avoid injury. What's more, he has never fumbled once. He averages 5.5 yards per for his college career and has exceptional hands out of the backfield.

He will require a first round pick but Knowshon Moreno could be the future of the Broncos running game and paired with Hillis would form one dynamic tandem of pass catchers and ball carriers.

                                                                       ~Steve O'Jan 7, 2009


But what would you do if on draft day Knowshon Moreno falls into our lap?

                                                                          ~amirebram, Sep 23, 2008

Running Backs Looking Forward, fanpost by Steve O'


SBNation Says:

From Scouting Report at Mocking the Draft:

Moreno was somewhat of a surprise entrant into the draft following his redshirt sophomore season. However, he is ready for the NFL. Moreno rushed for 2,734 yards and 30 touchdowns while catching 53 passes for 704 yards and two touchdowns in his career. His greatest asset is his speed and quickness. Still, though, he sometimes likes to power over opponents too often and will need to learn to use his assets more appropriately. Easily the top running back in the class and may be just as good of a running back prospect as Adrian Peterson.

SBNation Georgia Bulldogs blog, Dawg Sports comments on Moreno's classy exit from the team:


I have always been a big fan – he is the type of player that “gets it.” He loves the game of football and really enjoys playing. His emotion on the field should not be mistaken for cockiness or trash-talking. Teams need players like Knowshon – they make being a fan that much greater.

                                                                                         ~From Dawg Sports


More highlights:  Knowshon Unleashed,   Knowshon leaps a defender,  Knowshon better than Reggie BushDangerous at the second level,  some great downhill running and tremendous instincts.    

Scouting Reports and Offsite Links:

  • Plays faster than his timed speed. Seems to step up when a play is needed. Overall fantastic RB with only questions regarding his durabilty.  [see more...]
  • Moreno has earned my 5-star, elite grade because he is an every-down back with an elite talent level, whom I would consider as being a better prospect than Adrian Peterson coming out of college. If some team gets Moreno in the mid-first round or later, they are getting a mega steal. I really have no idea why Moreno is so underrated.  [see more...]
  • Moreno is naturally blessed with a crucial blend of size and speed (he can run in the low 4.4s), but it is his athleticism, vision, and ability to hit the hole that sets him apart as arguably the best running back in college football.  [see more...]
  • When asked about his fearless rushing style, Moreno answered: 

    “I think it just comes from the love of the game, loving being out 
    there with my teammates, enjoying the game and just the moments out there on the field,” he said. 

    No matter what team selects Moreno, he’s excited to validate their choice from day one. 

    “I’ll be happy to go anywhere,” he said. “They’ll be getting a great person – an accountable guy. I will be ready to participate and compete.”  [see more...]
  • Richt and running backs coach Tony Ball said some of Moreno’s most amazing runs aren’t always the longest or result in touchdowns.

    “I think two of his best runs came when he had to make a lot happen on his own,” Ball said. “Against Troy last year, he had just jumped over someone and had to make a turn with speed or a tight spin to get loose, and that’s exactly what he did. I thought he showed his explosiveness, ball control and a good deal of speed, more than we were used to seeing, on that particular run.  [see more...]
  • Has the potential to be a special player at the next level… may only be listed at 207, but he plays tougher…played in the toughest conference that college has to offer, so should adapt well to the NFL level…doesn’t normally go down at first contact…makes defenders miss in the open field with regularity…possesses very good vision and cutback ability…a versatile back who can become a factor in the rush offense as well as passing attack…decent hands, doesn’t seem to fight the ball as a receiver…not your typical goal-line runner, and yet, has a knack for the end zone…play the game with a passion and shows rare leadership qualities out of a RB…[see more...]
  • Name is pronounced "NO-shon Mah-REE-no"...Was buried on the depth chart behind three future pros (Thomas Brown, Kregg Lumpkin, Danny Ware) and redshirted in 2006...Voted the SEC Freshman Of The Year in '07...Named 1st Team All-SEC in 2007 and 2008...Joined Herschel Walker as the only Bulldog to rush for more than 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons...Ranks 4th on Georgia's all-time rushing list...Had a few minor nicks and scrapes but never missed any games...An excellent all-around player but not necessarily special in any regard...Similar in many ways to Cadillac Williams but isn't as fast.  [see more...]
  •  The most important part of a running back’s game that scouts look for in college is his ability to break tackles. If there is one thing about Moreno’s game that sets him apart from the other prospects in this class, it is that aspect. He constantly makes the first man miss and comes out of the pile with that extra yard or two. While he does not have the breakaway speed or wide receiver-type hands out of the backfield, Moreno will be a top tier running back in the league if he can avoid the injury bug. His agility, balance, and quickness will serve him very well at the next level.  [see more...]