Reggie McKenzie is looking for depth in the draft. Get used to hearing that because that is about all he’s revealing about Oakland’s minimalist approach to the 2012 draft.
Running back is a position where depth will be very necessary to replace the loss of Michael Bush. As it stands the Raiders are hoping Darren McFadden can get through an entire NFL season injury free while banking on Taiwan Jones to take a big step forward. For good measure they recently traded for Carolina reserve runner Mike Goodson.
Fact of the matter is none of the current backs behind McFadden are anywhere near the total package Run DMC is. So it’s going to take a full compliment of running backs to fill all the areas McFadden services should he go down to injury not to mention matching the production of Bush.
Texas A&M running back Cyrus Gray isn’t an elite NFL prospect but he’s got plenty to offer an NFL team. Aside from sharing the same school as Mike Goodson, Gray also resembles his fellow Aggie in other ways. But don’t get it confused, these two are not the same player. In fact having both behind McFadden and Jones would help Oakland in a lot of different game scenarios.
NFL Mocks gave Gray a 4th round value and some think he could work his way into the 3rd round depending on how things shakeout. Here is a quick scouting report on Cyrus Gray.
Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M
Strengths: Has an NFL build with solid athletic ability. Well rounded player that has a nice feel for the game. Has value in the passing game and as a kick returner. A downhill runner that hits the hold hard on every carry. Possesses good vision and will run through tacklers thanks to his consistent pad level.
Weaknesses: Has good speed but not elite, won’t be able to pull away from NFL defenders. Not an explosive open field runner. Improving in pass protection but is still not dependable as an every down back. Not always decisive which is a sin for NFL running backs.