We hit on Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill earlier this week, but I think it's pretty clear that if personnel men had their druthers right now, running back Cyrus Gray would likely be the first Aggie off the board. He packs a lot of punch into his smaller frame and his pass-catching ability should be an asset with the proliferation of screens and spread systems that are gaining traction in the NFL. The National Football Post's Wes Bunting thinks he's one of the best running back prospects in the draft coming into the season:â†µ
Cyrus Gray: Texas A&M (5-10 198)â†µ
A shorter, compact runner who is very comfortable running between the tackles from I-formation sets, picks his way through the line of scrimmage and is patient inside. Possesses a natural second gear to his game and accelerates quickly out of his breaks. Looks a little stiff in the hips laterally, but can catch the football out of the backfield and has the talent to be part of a solid one-two punch in the NFL.
Gray has mid-20's Big Board grades coming into the season from SB Nation's Mocking The Draft experts. Dan Kadar has him at 27 and Jon Dove has him at 24. Of course, that's no actual guarantee of going in the first round, as running backs seem to have been deemed more replaceable as the NFL finds more and more teams going to committees.â†µ