Jerrion Ealy 2022 Draft Prospect Fantasy Football Breakdown

Jerrion Ealy
Jerrion Ealy Key Stats:

Running Back, Ole Miss
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 189
The thing we were hoping for: another small receiving back with limited upside
RAS: 6.16

Games Watched:
Alabama (2020), Florida (2020), Arkansas (2020), Louisville, Tulane, Liberty

Positives Scouts Saw: 
  • Good elusiveness; makes guys miss 
  • Track star with powerful lower body
  • Explosive 
Negatives Scouts Saw:
  • Will not be a three-down back
  • He is not a great pass blocker
  • Injury history 
Positives I Saw:
  • Very nice in space
  • Reads his blocks well on carries and kick returns
  • Crosses guys over when given a lane
Negatives I Saw: 
  • Small (shocking)
  • Not a good blocker
  • Unlikely to be a home run hitter at the next level 
As a Prospect:

Ealy is someone that looked good on tape when I was watching Corral, he’s someone that does a great job of finding the hole in a RPO scheme and returning kicks. Once again though, like several of the players scouted, he is a small guy that does not project to a 3 down role in the NFL. There’s scouts that consider him potentially undrafted and maybe even a guy who ends up without a job in the league come August, and if so I guess all this research will be great for us if we ever want to start a USFL, XFL, CFL fantasy league, because this dude would beat ass in those leagues. 

Fantasy Football Potential:

A phrase I saw when dynasty scouts were discussing Ealy was “scrapheap player.” That doesn’t seem like a compliment, and if you watch Ealy play you can see that he doesn’t do anything that Badie, Ford, Cook, or Rachaad White already do with a better overall player profile. Is there a chance that he separates from the pack and gets opportunities that these other guys don’t? Absolutely, but I’m not using a pick in redraft or one in dynasty before late round 3 to find out. I’ll gladly be wrong either way, since it’s a very low cost proposition. 

Overall:

Jerrion Ealy has talent, but does he have NFL talent? I’m not sure if his game translates well and if his speed is enough to keep much stronger, bigger, and faster linebackers and DBs at bay as a pass catcher. Running backs that do what Ealy does are a dime a dozen, and they shuffle in and out of the league constantly. Ealy is at risk of being a UDFA in April, a practice squad player during the season, or a late preseason cut if his training camp and exhibition games don’t go extremely well. If every team had a spot on their roster for a dude like Ealy, he would have a job and would not be the worst third-down back in football, but as it is now he is trying to stand out in a very crowded field of players with similar strengths and less weaknesses than him. 

Jerrion Ealy Reminds Me of:

Brandon Bolden 

Grade: 77/100

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