Every year there are rookies who many aren’t quite sure where to grab or even if to grab in fantasy rookie drafts. That’s what this Prime Targets piece will be about, to present information to inform where you should be targeting C.J. Prosise in your rookie drafts.
RB, C.J. Prosise: drafted by Seattle in 3rd round with the 90th overall pick: Why he should be considered as high as the 7th player off your rookie draft board.
- MEASUREABLES: He will start out in the NFL as Seattle’s 3rd down back, but he has the size to be more. Prosise is roughly the same size as Adrian Peterson and David Johnson. Let’s look at him compared to some other recent RBs who started as 3rd down-type backs before they capitalized on opportunities when presented.
|CJ PROSISE||6’0.4″||220||32 1/8||8 1/2|
|DAVID JOHNSON||6’0.5″||224||31 1/4||9 5/8|
|CHARCANDRICK WEST||5′ 9.4″||204||N/A||N/A|
|JEREMY LANGFORD||5′ 11.5″||208||32 1/2||8 3/4|
Prosise is physically superior in size to everyone on this list but for David Johnson, who is slightly taller and weighs just 4 more pounds. Don’t let the small hands fool you, Prosise didn’t lose any fumbles last year and is likely the best receiving back in this class.
|Player||40||Bench||Vert||Broad||3-cone||20-yd Shuttle||Draft Position|
|CJ PROSISE||4.48||N/A||35 1/2″||121″||7.19||4.42||90|
|DAVID JOHNSON||4.50||25||41 1/2″||127″||6.82||4.27||86|
|C WEST (KC)||4.46||15||41″||130″||7.08||4.40||UDFA|
|J LANGFORD||4.42||N/A||34 1/2″||118″||7.22||4.32||106|
CJ Prosise didn’t quite hit the vertical as well as David Johnson or Charcandrick West, but he did run faster than those guys in the 40…and across the board, these guys are all very similar. Prosise (2016 – 90th overall)) and David Johnson (2015 – 86th overall) were even drafted in almost the same spot.
- STORY-STYLE-STATS: A former receiver converted to running back in his last season at Notre Dame, Prosise averaged 6.6 yards per carry, rushed for 1029 yards and 11 TD’s in only 9 games before getting injured. He added 26 receptions for 308 yards and 1 TD in the passing game. As a running back last year, he totaled 1337 yards and 12 TD’s on 183 touches. He averaged 7.3 yards per touch and a TD about every 15th touch. He is a smooth runner with great lateral agility and quick start and stop speed. He needs to run with more power and work on staying between the tackles a little more, but that should come with experience and coaching, keeping in mind he only played RB one year in college. He has the size and skill-set to be an every down back in the NFL.
- OPPORTUNITY: This is what it’s all about. Seattle already has Prosise slated as their 3rd down back, and at the very least he should lead all Seattle RB’s in receptions and yards in the passing game. Pete Carroll had Prosise practicing at receiver this past week, but this isn’t because he has plans to convert him, Carroll said it speaks to his versatility and that he looked very comfortable. Carroll also noted that Prosise is going to be a big part of their passing game as a 3rd down back, and added, “There is no reason he can’t be a first down back too”. Rawls is still recovering from a severe ankle injury, one that the team is being quiet and non-committal about regarding his status. The Seattle staff is even going as far to suggest Rawls may not be ready for week 1. Prosise has the size and skill-set to be an every down back in the NFL and if Rawls is not ready week 1, Prosise will have an extended role and could possibly be featured. There is a bit of uncertainty surrounding Rawls that doesn’t usually accompany other high-level RBs, and this should be taken into consideration regarding Prosise’s outlook.
- FINAL TAKEAWAY: C.J. Prosise is a solid talent at RB who still has a lot of room to improve. He has ideal size and speed (6-foot/220 lbs, 40-yd dash = 4.48), had a great season in his first year as a running back and has a chance to see major playing time as a rookie. There have been suggestions he will be used heavily in the passing game, and if Graham can’t get healthy, we might see Prosise running routes from the slot in empty backfield sets. He could be this year’s David Johnson, though he is more of a work in progress. Think about guys like Spencer Ware, Dion Lewis, Danny Woodhead, Theo Riddick who saw opportunity and seized it. Those guys all became household names either because of injuries or because they carved out a role as 3rd down back. Prosise falls into that category. While he is currently a “3rd down back”, he has what it takes to bring more. Don’t be scared to pull the trigger after those first 6 rookies fall off the board.