2015 Senior Bowl Grades: Running Backs
By Chase Ruttig
Jan 22, 2015; Mobile, AL, USA; North squad running back Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska (28) catches a pass against North squad outside linebacker Jordan Hicks of Texas (53) during Senior Bowl North squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports
Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska)
2015 Senior Bowl Stats: 7 rush attempts (73 rushing yards), 4 receptions, 40 receiving yards
Ameer Abdullah entered the 2015 Senior Bowl as the best running back of a talented group that was missing some underclassmen, but the star from Nebraska who featured all season long for the Cornhuskers displayed the elite talent that has him in the top half of the running back draft board by leading the game in net yardage and total receptions for Team North.
In total Abdullah broke 11o combined yards without finding the endzone, showcasing his versatility as a back who can either run the ball or catch passes in the flats to do his damage as the speediest runner on the field on Saturday. Using their advantage at the running back position, Team North used plenty of Abdullah to set themselves up in good scoring position in the 34-13 blowout.
Abdullah was expected to dominate at the Senior Bowl based on his final year with the Cornhuskers where he amassed his third consecutive 1000 yard rushing season with 1611 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground. A dual threat running back, Abdullah put up 269 receiving yards and three touchdowns as one of the best backs in a Big Ten conference that featured the best rushers in the country which has him projected as a player who could go anywhere in the first five rounds of the draft based on team interest.
Expect Abdullah’s Senior Bowl to bolster his stock that could be further improved based on his combine numbers where if he can show enough speed and strength the Nebraska star will be amongst the top draft eligible running backs. Underclassmen Melvin Gordon and Duke Johnson are going to grab headlines, but the appearance in the Senior Bowl in dominant fashion can only help Abdullah’s draft stock as he was undoubtedly the best offensive player on the field in Mobile.
Senior Bowl Grade: A+
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