Joshua Kelley played in 11 games this season for the UCLA Bruins; he rushed for 1.060 yards and 12 touchdowns. Kelley also caught 11 passes for 71 yards and one touchdown. He became the eighth Bruins running back to rush for 1,000 yards in back to back seasons. The Bruins star running back had four 100 yard rushing games this year. Kelley played outstanding in Chip Kelly’s system, which does not fit his running style.
Kelley spent his first two seasons in college football in the FCS playing for the UC Davis Aggies in two seasons there; he rushed for a total of 1,139 yards and seven touchdowns.
Kelley is a tough inside runner with good vision and the ability to finish off runs. He runs with excellent balance and aggressiveness as a ball carrier. Kelley can be a patient runner as well, allowing is blockers to pull and make the necessary blocks to let him run free. With his excellent vision, he sees the cut back lanes and the ability to hit the hole hard, and it will be hard for defenders to bring him down. Kelly was not asked to catch the ball a lot out of the backfield, but he has shown the ability to catch with his soft hands.
The one thing Kelley lacks is speed; he is heavy-footed when the hole is not there in power game; he does not have enough speed to bounce it offside. Kelley will need to be more patient and trust his blocks and not press fort the outside too so quickly. For his size Kelley is a little passive in pass protection; he will need to work on that on the NFL level.
Kelley will Probably be a middle-round pick, NFL teams will like his ability to get tough yardage, and his physical style of running will wear a defense down. He would be an outstanding goal-line and short-yardage back.