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Source: Buccaneers, Jaguars, Panthers, Ravens and Vikings workout RB John Crockett

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Per a source, North Dakota State running back John Crockett has had workouts with the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished his college career with three straight 1,000-yard seasons and is the Bison’s second all-time rusher in school history with 4,309 yards and set a single-season record with 1,994 yards his senior season. His 21 rushing touchdowns in 2014 were two shy of the all-time record.

Invited to both the East-West Shrine All-Star Game and NFL Scouting Combine, Crockett is considered a mid to late-round prospect. Besides producing big numbers running the football he is effective catching the ball out of the backfield. He ranked third on the team in catches (30) and receiving yards (397) his senior season. His stout and consistent pass blocking ability may be the one thing that separates him early on in the draft evaluation. While there are a lot of good running backs in the draft class, not all of them are like Crockett who excels at picking up the blitz and keeping his quarterback upright.

Crockett is nicknamed the ‘Tasmanian’ and his style of play may remind you most of Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte. Similar in size and physical attributes Crockett parallels the traits that make Forte one of the league’s best three-down running backs. Forte is able to run, catch and block. Three things Crockett thrived upon in college and will hope to duplicate in the NFL.


About Bo Marchionte

Bo Marchionte

Bo Marchionte is an NFL writer for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade. His background includes being staff for the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game as a talent evaluator for player personnel along with an internship scouting with the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the Canadian Football League. Bo’s draft background includes working for the NFL Draft Bible and currently owns and operates College2Pro.com. He has done radio spots on NBC, Fox Sports and ESPN and their affiliates in different markets around the country. Bo covers the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Panthers along with other colleges in the northeast.