The buzz when it comes to the Florida State running backs is usually centered around freshman-sensation Cam Akers but he won’t be eligible until 2020. His backfield mate Patrick, however, is a senior and a good prospect in his own right. Complementing both Akers and the record-setting Dalvin Cook throughout his career, Patrick has averaged 5.5 yards per carry on 258 rushes with 16 touchdowns.
A physical downhill runner, Patrick sees the field cleanly and knows how to work off his blocks. He excels in one cut situations and runs with good pace and timing. A decisive runner, Patrick attacks gaps as the open and rarely yields a negative play.
A powerful runner, Patrick has the strength to move piles and can burst through arm tackles to finish runs. He absorbs contact well, sustains his momentum through contact and maximizes his touches.
While he lacks elusive traits to be a dynamic passing game option, Patrick showcases reliable hands when he has the opportunity to catch it. In pass pro, Patrick does well to diagnose the defense, square up rushers and halt their rush.
Like most power backs, Patrick lacks the suddenness and explosive burst of a true game-changing back. He offers little in the way of wiggle and lacks a second gear. He offers a good amount of surface area to the defense and isn’t effective working laterally.
For a team in search of a battering ram with skill, Patrick profiles nicely as a between-the-tackles banger.