28 Nov 2020

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Hidden Draft Gems: RB Salvon Ahmed

Salvon Ahmed

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 29: Salvon Ahmed #26 of the Washington Huskies runs with the ball in the fourth quarter against the Washington State Cougars during their game at Husky Stadium on November 29, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

The series follows 2020 draft prospects who are either from smaller football programs or are being overlooked in the draft process.

Overview:

Salvon Ahmed is one of the most overlooked running backs in this draft. Currently, everyone is so infatuated with players like D’Andre Swift and Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor—as they should be— allowing for Ahmed, who is equally as talented, to slip towards the mid-to-late rounds of the draft.

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 196 lbs

Positives:

Fluid hips. Makes quick cuts in open field, good burst. Sub 3.35 40-yard dash time. Sharp change of direction. Good vision. Patient runner, waits for holes to open and follows blockers. Covers ball. Instinctive. Plays well out in the shotgun. Very capable pass-catcher— wheel, flat, swing routes.

Negatives:

More elusive than powerful. Slightly undersized. Runs with forward lean and struggles with contact balance. Has only one true starting season under his belt. Didn’t produce high numbers in college. Doesn’t put in much effort as a blocker on RPOs.

Breakdown:

Salvon Ahmed may not have had Myles Gaskin-level production for the Huskies but he was easily one of the best players on offense, if not the best. Ahmed may find himself barried amongst other very talented running backs in this draft but his athleticism as a runner and pass-catcher, along with his special teams potential, could make him one of the biggest steals in this draft.

Talent: Round 4

Pro Comparison: Miles Sanders

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