Scouting Report: Ben Tate
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Running Back Specific Categories
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Very quick with excellent straight line speed. Ideal size and bulk. A downhill runner that hits the crease as soon as he sees it. Likes to bounce outside and a very good runner outside of the tackles. Doesn’t shy away from contact and not afraid to run in short yardage situations. Decent receiver out of the backfield. Willing pass blocker.
Will bounce to the outside too often. Doesn’t run with great balance and can be taken down with weaker hits. Not overly elusive for his speed. Uses his body to catch too often. Runs a bit upright and will often stop driving his legs on contact. Carries the ball away from his body at times.
Tate has ideal size and speed for the position but has some work to do. He’s not as tough of a runner as you’d expect from an SEC back, but he doesn’t shy away from contact. He needs to do a better job of keeping his legs churning and getting his pad level lower when the hit is coming. With his strength and ball carrying, he is prone to fumble at the next level. There’s a lot to like about Tate as a change of pace back, so he could go somewhere in the late 2nd round, depending on how the draft shakes out.
Began starting during his sophomore season and has started ever since.
Awards and Honors
Criminology major at Auburn.
No history of injuries.
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