Khalan Laborn 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Transferred from Florida State University
- Dismissed from FSU program for a violation of team rules
- Capitalizing on early opportunities at Marshall amid the absence of RB Rasheen Ali
- 2022 projected role: Running back by committee member
Pros: The physical talent is obvious. Khalan Laborn is a former 5-star recruit who never had his athleticism sapped by injuries; he simply couldn’t get on the field for other reasons. The result for 2022 is a player at Marshall who pops with the ball in his hands and runs motivated by the opportunity he’s been presented with. Laborn has explosion in short spaces—that much is evident very quickly. His ability to explode into contact or otherwise apply force to break angles of pursuit is impressive and has flashed both behind the line of scrimmage and at the second level in open space. This twitch, with his frame, allows him some wiggle to break down open-field tacklers as well (ask Notre Dame’s Brandon Joseph). There are some bright flashes of visual anticipation of cut-back opportunities thus far in 2022, allowing him to slice back against the grain and open up chunk runs. The raw potential here is notable and the Herd is getting him the football in bunches to capitalize on his fresh legs. That’s always an enticing combination for NFL teams looking for low investment opportunities to find steals at the running back position.
Cons: There simply isn’t a lot in the way of consistent production here. Khalan Laborn has a strong small sample size to work with at Marshall but his production there already exceeds his career production across the years he spent at Florida State. He’s a bit of a mystery as far as what he is and who he will become when you mix in the answers he’ll need to provide teams regarding his dismissal from FSU and the lack of tape. He should continue to play urgently across the remainder of 2022 to try to offer as strong of a statement of his game as he possibly can. I do think his twitch is better in short spaces, tight quarters, and through contact than it is in the open field for foot races to the end zone, but that ultimately is a trait plenty of backs have found success in spite of. I would love to see the remainder of his tape get boosted with more work in the passing game as well—I don’t have a great feel based on his reps to the quality of potential to work with in the receiving game.
Khalan Laborn NFL Draft Scouting Report by Kyle Crabbs