Robert Turbin is a name that has been gaining plenty of momentum around Raider Nation in the weeks leading up to the draft. Well over a month ago Jerry McDonald said Turbin would be a steal for the Raiders if they could grab him in the third round. He might have flown below the radar on a national level but locally the Raiders have likely had an eye on Turbin for sometime. The NorCal native was born in Oakland played his high school ball in Fremont and established himself as one of college football’s best backs at Utah State.
Over at NFL Mocks they’ve been following Turbin for some time now. Proving McDonald’s assertion correct that Turbin would be a third round steal the stock of the former Aggie is rising with some seeing him as a possible second round selection.
For Oakland it’s all about finding talent to replace Michael Bush and backup Darren McFadden with the ability to step in if Run DMC has another bout with injury. It is unfair to compare Turbin to Bush at this point but there is no doubt he is an NFL ready prospect sure to be collecting checks for the foreseeable future. Here is a quick breakdown of Robert Turbin.
Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
Strengths: Has a great combo of size and speed. Physically has ideal build for the NFL. An amazing athlete that ran a 4.50-second 40 yard dash, put up 28 reps of 225 and popped an impressive 36” vertical leap at the combine. A downhill runner that plays with disciplined pad level and hits the hole hard (might remind Raider fans of Justin Fargas). Can bang between the guards or bounce outside off-tackle with ease. A chain mover on third down posing as a dual threat as a runner and receiver.
Weaknesses: Injury concerns are plenty. Foot injury in ’07 caused Utah St. to use medial redshirt then missed all of 2010 with a knee injury. Must improve as a blocker to become an every down back in the NFL. Did not face top tier defenses on a consistent basis while playing in the WAC.