PROS: Runs angry with square pads, forward lean and a willingness to explode into contact. Feet keep moving through contact and he packs a punch. Has adequate acceleration to and through the hole. Illustrates good contact balance and the ability to fall forward. Power in the lower half is notable and it takes an honest tackling effort to get him down. Background as a wide receiver shows up when he was given chances to catch the football and he could be more productive catching the football and the next level. Willing pass protector. Has the makeup of a quality special teams contributor.
CONS: Can tell he’s still calculated pressing the line of scrimmage and is still new to the position. Has to develop more patience and the ability to anticipate creases. Needs to do more with his feet and angles to manipulate defenders and help him create more advantageous opportunities to make people miss. Clearly still learning the economy of motion. Needs to develop his processing skills in pass protection. Won’t be confused as sudden or twitchy.
BEST TRAIT - Competitive Toughness
WORST TRAIT - Technique
RED FLAGS - None
Miami running back DeeJay Dallas came to the U after playing quarterback in high school. He initially played receiver in college before switching to running back in 2017. His newness to the position is apparent but he showcases some likable traits in terms of power, physicality, contact balance, hands and a competitive demeanor. If he can become more refined and nuanced then he should be a quality backup running back who claims some touches as an RB2 in the NFL. He forecasts nicely as a special teams ace. There is plenty of developmental appeal here.