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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: RB Gerrid Doaks

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  • January 28, 2021
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PROSPECT SUMMARY - GERRID DOAKS

After redshirting in 2016, Gerrid Doaks led Cincinnati in rushing as a redshirt freshman in 2017 despite missing three games due to injury. He then missed all of 2018 with an injury he suffered in practice. Doaks returned in 2019 and was a steady producer for the Bearcats offense for the next two seasons. Doaks is a big and powerful back that runs angry and explodes into contact. He’s outstanding in pass protection and is aggressive with everything he does on the field. While he was underutilized as a receiving threat in college, the opportunities he did receive to catch the football produced impressive results and I believe there is some untapped potential regarding that component of his game. For a bigger back, Doaks has more quickness and elusiveness than expected. What tempers the evaluation for Doaks is the injury history and that he was never consistently a catalyst for offensive production at Cincinnati despite some really impressive flashes. Situation and opportunity could end up being major factors in the career Doaks ends up having, but there is a lot to like about him and what he brings to the table. 

Ideal Role: Versatile RB2.

Scheme Fit: Any.

FILM EVALUATION

Written by: Joe Marino 

Games watched: Memphis (2020), Houston (2020), East Carolina (2020), Tulsa (2020), UCF (2020) 

Best Game Studied: Houston (2020) 

Worst Game Studied: Tulsa (2020) 

Vision: Doaks has good vision and is decisive with the football. He has a natural feel for cutback opportunities and he knows how to press the line of scrimmage with nuance to create those chances. While he isn’t overly creative, he sees the field well and makes good decisions with the ball. 

Footwork: Doaks is a bigger back but his feet are fairly quick. He’s more than capable of making dynamic cuts with good timing and stringing together moves. He operates from a balanced base and is usually under control. 

Contact Balance: Doaks has a thick frame that is designed to absorb contact. He does well to take on defenders but keeps his momentum sustained to maximize his touches. Doaks runs angry and battles for every inch. 

Durability: Doaks missed all of the 2018 season with a knee injury that he suffered in practice. In 2019, he shared time with Michael Warren. He touched the ball 367 times across his three seasons at Cincinnati but never truly shouldered a consistently large workload. 

Explosiveness: For a back of his size, Doaks has got some juice. He quickly accelerates and I’ve seen plenty of examples of him breaking away from defenders. While he won’t be confused as lightning in a bottle, his burst for his size is impressive and he’s not a one-speed guy. 

Versatility: In some ways, Doaks is a downhill runner—but that’s a narrow-minded viewpoint and I believe he can do more than just bang the ball between the tackles. I think he has enough juice to challenge the perimeter and has demonstrated impressive receiving skills but was underused. He’s aggressive in pass protection and has the size and power to excel as a face-up blocker. 

Elusiveness: Doaks is more of a power runner but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have wiggle and twitch. He is fairly loose and capable of making defenders miss in space. He won’t be confused as the next Shady McCoy but there is some appealing agility within his skill set. 

Ball Security: In my exposures to Doaks, he was a secure ball-handler, but there were a few instances where the mesh exchange between him at the quarterback was sloppy and the ball ended up on the ground. He had four fumbles in 331 carries in college. 

Passing Down Skills: Doaks was outstanding in pass protection in my exposures to him. He is eager, aggressive, and brings the fight to stone rushers. He’s a smart processor that understands where he needs to step up and provide help. As a receiver, I like what I saw but he was not utilized much. In three seasons, Doaks received 49 targets and logged 46 catches for 407 yards with four touchdowns. He showcased very natural hands and made catches outside his frame in the games I studied. I think there is more to unleash when it comes to Doaks as a receiving threat.  

Discipline: Doaks does well to stay the course and not get too cute. I love how aggressive he is to trail the play when he doesn’t have the ball and look for work as a blocker as plays elongate. He appears to be an assignment-driven player that brings the fight. 

Prospect Comparison: Kevan Barlow (2001 NFL Draft, San Francisco 49ers) 

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Joe Marino: 70.5/100

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