By Kip Earlywine
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- Good size
- Fast for his size
- Decent cut-making ability for his size
- Decent vision
- Good lateral explosion
- Plays tough
- Secures ball well
- Nose for the endzone
- Productive in 2009
- No character concerns
- No 2nd gear
- Not much burst
- A bit of a dancer behind the line
- No shiftiness, extremely vanilla running style
- Benefited from some great blocking
- Marginal blocker, inexperienced as a receiver
- Hybrid player (a guy who might not have a position in the NFL)
- Only uses arms to secure football, seemingly never for stuff like balance or stiff-arms
- In a general sense, not very skilled. One dimensional.
- Knee injury in 2007
Toby Gerhart pretty much does one thing and one thing only, he takes hand offs and runs in a straight line as far as he can. He's probably too 1 dimensional to carry a big workload. In short yardage, Gerhart was good but not special. While he's capable of pushing DBs for a few extra yards, he's not particularly a wrecking ball at the line of scrimmage, so I don't think he'd be worth getting as only a short yardage guy. Some teams will look at him and not see a NFL RB. He's probably too small to be a fullback too. Quite honestly, I'm not sure how many teams could even use a Toby Gerhart.
My first impression with Gerhart is to be underwhelmed. I'm curious to see where he goes on draft day, but he looks like a classic 6th round pick to me. Seattle needs a power runner, so Gerhart is not totally out of the question, and Gerhart does have some zone friendly attributes (vision, cut ability and lateral athleticism), but I don't think they need to rush to draft him.