The class of running backs in the 2017 NFL draft just got a whole lot tougher with the decision by Pitt underclassman James Conner to forego his final season of eligibility and turn pro.
Forever Grateful. pic.twitter.com/B8wXA9ABZz
— James Conner (@JamesConner_) December 10, 2016
Conner’s physical between-the-tackles style will make him an appealing prospect for teams looking to bring some ground and pound to their running game. In addition to his on-field physicality, Conner’s greatest strength might be his mental toughness and all-around character after winning his battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He revealed he was battling the form of cancer almost exactly one year ago.
Pat Narduzzi, Conner’s coach the last two years at Pitt, took to Twitter to express his feelings about the 21-year-old running back:
“I don’t know if mere words can adequately express how I feel about James Conner. His (read more…)