revolutionary tools.  groundbreaking articles.  proven results.

Dear NFL GMs, you should draft Jordan Roberts

Go back to 2009 and wrangle up a group of the top four rushers from each class. That’s 16 running backs. With the exception of CJ Spiller, everyone else in that group weighs at least 215 lbs. As NFL players continually get bigger, faster, and stronger, it’s necessary for running backs to have a sturdy frame.

When scouting running back prospects, I try to keep an eye out for guys in that 215lb+ range that can move with speed and agility. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Jordan Roberts.

Roberts was a 2008 commit to West Virginia after a freakish high school career that saw him rush for 80 touchdowns and almost 6,000 yards across his junior and senior seasons. When things didn’t work out in Morgantown, he transferred to the University of Charleston (WV) and set the world ablaze for two years, attaining all-American recognition both years.

When I first encountered Roberts’ workout numbers, I thought “that’s pretty darn good for a 219lb running back”. When I compared him to the top rookie rushers of 2012, I was amazed at what I saw. Physically, he is a Doug Martin clone. For reference, 29 bench press reps is on par with first-round lineman prospects.


(Trent Richardson omitted due to incomplete data)

The physical measurable are one thing, but the production is another. Over 523 career caries, he averaged nearly 6.5 ypc and scored a touchdown once every eleven carries! Go ahead, make the strength of schedule argument, but even after a mental SoS adjustment, I have to believe he could have approached Martin’s numbers in that Boise environment.


To be thorough, let’s compare his physical measurable to the top three active rushers from the class of 2011:


Now, compare Roberts’ production to that class:


You’re probably thinking “I’m intrigued. Do you have any film?” Yes, we do.

Or, you’re thinking “Who cares? He played for a D2 school.” If that’s the case, please remember that Fred Jackson, Joique Bell, and Daryl Richardson did not play FBS (Division 1) football and have become NFL contributors. Even guys like Doug Martin (WAC), Alfred Morris (Sun Belt), and DeAngelo Williams (CUSA) have become stars with small conference roots.

Watch for two minutes and you’ll see Jordan Roberts play football like a man with no regard for human life. He returns kicks, blocks punts, jumps over people, throws a touchdown, and easily looks like the best player on the field.

Jordan Roberts has the physical traits to play in an NFL. He has also proven his willingness to contribute in all facets of the game. I’m not saying he is going to be the next Alfred Morris or Doug Martin, but I am saying that he deserves a chance. Throughout his football career he has made the most of every carry and every opportunity. Here’s hoping he gets an opportunity in the NFL.


One last blind-resume, just for fun. The mystery man is one of the best running backs of all time. Tweet at me with your guesses or leave a comment.


Continue this conversation with me on Google+

recent and related...

in case you missed it...

Week 11 Waiver Wire Advice: Top Targets At Each Position

Looking for Week 10 waiver wire advice for fantasy football? You’ve come to the right place. We’ll give you some of the top targets at each position so that when you submit a waiver claim, you do it with confidence. This article will run through the top players available in

Read More

High Staked: What Went Wrong

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. I can officially say things didn’t work out this season like we’d hoped. For the first time since 2014, none of the FFPC high-stakes teams I run with three friends are likely to advance to the league playoffs or

Read More

Nick Chubb Almost Destroys Week 10 and Christian McCaffrey Actually Destroys Everyone Else’s Fantasy Teams: What Expected Points Are Telling Us After Week 10

If you spend any time reading RotoViz, eventually you’ll hear us talking about expected points. Expected points (EP) are the number of fantasy points that a target or carry should score based on game situation — down, distance, and field position. In other words, expected points allow us to transform

Read More

Dumpster Dives: Deep Waiver Pickups for Week 11

Waiver Wire Dumpster Dives takes you beyond the obvious plays and helps you find undervalued gems for deep leagues. Did you survive bye-pocalypse with your playoff hopes intact? Now the waiver wire can start to become a little less cut-throat as some GMs throw in the towel on 2019. Don’t

Read More

Sign-up today for our free Premium Email subscription!

© 2019 RotoViz. All rights Reserved.