Scouting Report: Ben Tate

Written by Will Spencer on April 23, 2010




Ben Tate


Position: RB School: Auburn
Height: 5’11″ Weight: 220 lbs
Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.44

Overall Grade:

6.11

Draft Projection:

2nd-3rd Round Fringe




Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5.5
Speed 8 7
Quickness/Agility 10 8.5
Strength/Explosion 10 6
Athletic Ability 8 6.5
Durability 8 7.5
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 5
Toughness 8 6.5
Potential 10 7.5


Running Back Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Between the tackles 8 5
Outside the tackles 8 7
Receiving 6 4
Ball carrying 8 4
Vision 10 7.5
Elusiveness 8 6
Pass Blocking 8 6
Leg Drive 8 5.5
Break Tackle 8 5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

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.


Analysis

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.


Experience

Began starting during his sophomore season and has started ever since.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: n/a
2007: n/a
2006: n/a

Academics

Criminology major at Auburn.

Injuries

No history of injuries.


Career Stats
Year Att Yards Avg Long TD Rec Yards TD
2009 263 1362 5.2 60 10 20 105 0
2008 159 664 4.2 49 3 15 90 0
2007 202 903 4.5 44 8 16 144 0
2006 54 392 7.3 42 3 2 -3 0






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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.