Lew Nichols III, Central Michigan (5’10”, 220)
What Scouts Say:
Led the country in rushing in 2021. Had injuries in 2022 and a bad offensive line. Runs with power, vision, and balance. Lacks top end speed, he isn’t very elusive, and he’s not a pass catcher.
What We Saw:
Lew Nichols is a strong RB that was the centerpiece of his team’s offense when not injured. He’s nice in the screen game but is more of a straight line runner than an elusive, shifty back. He loves contact and thrives on breaking tackles. As of this moment, I don’t see any reason why he’d be a starting RB in his first couple years in the league, but he should be a solid backup or rotational piece.
Very good when the hole presents itself, as he has one speed and will make a breakaway if given the opportunity. Outside of that, isn’t explosive to turn a small window into something big. Good footwork and vision but nothing amazing outside of that. Pretty average talent ceiling.
Jeff Wilson Jr/ Swap meet Leonard Fournette