WT: 214 lbs
High School: Glynn Academy (Brunswick, GA)
Accolades: NFL Combine.
Scouting Report: RB DeeJay Dallas, Miami (Fl)
Speed/Athleticism: DeeJay Dallas has some very underrated athleticism and speed. He looks like he might be a mid 4.4 forty-yard-dash kind of a guy. Very quick and nimble, and makes things work in the open field. I’m a little bit worried about him and his durability, as he seems to slow down throughout the game. Even on long runs after he uses up his initial burst, he sometimes lacks that next gear and instead seems to drop gears.
Contact Balance: Dallas shows good contact balance in both traffic and the open field. He doesn’t often fall backward. Runs with a low center of gravity and can be a power runner when needed.
Receiving Ability: Miami liked to use Dallas as a screen receiver, and he serviced them very well with that ability. He caught 14 passes last season and gained 140 yards. His hands might be a little problematic as he sometimes deals with concentration lapses and drops the ball.
Blocking Ability: I was very impressed with Dallas and his ability to block. He was asked to block a lot and he more than stepped up to the challenge. Oftentimes recognizes the pressure correctly and picks up the correct assignment. Showed flashes of his mental processing being a bit slow, but his recovery was always good. Didn’t give up trying to make blocks. Held his ground even against bigger guys.
Field Vision/Football IQ: DeeJay Dallas shows excellent field vision, especially when working with blockers and space. Maximizes his gains despite his limitations. I’ve seen him miss blocking assignments, but he always recognizes his mistakes and works to fix them throughout the game. His mental processing might be a step slow, but he’s still a smart guy who understands the game around him.
DeeJay Dallas is one of the better running back prospects that I have seen in this class. It’s a very deep class from a skill position standpoint, but I think he has a very good shot to hear his name called on day two. His athletic testing will be key. Dallas shouldn’t be more than perhaps the featured back in a rotational backfield, and could be a valuable change of pace kind of player. I think that the NFL is really going to like him because of his pass blocking skill, and the ability to use him out wide as well. Most likely, he’s a day three guy with day two talent.