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Jan 10, 2015; Frisco, TX, USA;North Dakota State Bison running back John Crockett (23) is face masked by Illinois State Redbirds safety Tevin Allen (1) in the first quarter of the Division I championship at Pizza Hut Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
John Crockett– North Dakota State
Height: 6-0 Weight: 217
2014: 368 car, 1994 yds, 21 TDs / 30 rec, 397 yds, 1 TD
For those of you that don’t keep up with FCS football, you may not know who John Crockett, or North Dakota State, even is. If you do, you might remember that NDSU is the reigning 2014 NCAA FCS Division I champion, and Crockett was their star running back.
Crockett played in a pro style offense at NDSU, which is always a plus for scouts and coaches. He is a patient runner, with a one-cut style and a knack for finding a hole. He doesn’t have elite speed, but he’s very quick and can outrun defenders, although his 40 time at the combine didn’t reflect this.
With his slower than expected 40 time, Crockett possibly fell a bit on some draft boards, but he still has been a productive runner. He has great agility, and is a balanced runner who shows both quickness and fight-for-every-yard mentality. Crockett should end up as a 5th or 6th round pick.