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Agility Scores, Kenjon Barner, and Darren Sproles

Kenjon Barner

University of Oregon Libraries

Hopefully you’ve been following my series of RB comps that uses Agility Score to help project runners. Most recently we looked at Giovani Bernard and tenuously debunked the Ray Rice comparisons. Today we’ll address Kenjon Barner, a back who’s a dead ringer for Bernard. It will be interesting to follow their battle for draft position this spring and their respective professional careers down the line.

Since Barner’s comps are virtually identical to Bernard’s, let’s expand the search criteria slightly to see who else might be close.

Agility Score between 10.9 and 11.2, Weight between 180 and 210, Yards per carry above 5.0

Name

College

College Yards

College YPC

College TD

College Rec

Weight (lbs)

40 Yard

Speed Score

Agility Score

Kenjon Barner

Oregon

3623

6.2

41

54

196

4.52

93.9

11.07

Name

College

College Yards

College YPC

College TD

College Rec

Weight (lbs)

40 Yard

Speed Score

Agility Score

Darren Sproles

Kansas State

4979

6.1

45

66

187

4.47

93.7

10.92

Kendall Hunter

Oklahoma State

4181

5.9

37

63

199

4.46

100.6

10.95

Noah Herron

Northwestern

2524

5.5

26

72

200

4.6

89.3

10.99

LaMichael James

Oregon

5082

6.6

53

51

194

4.45

98.9

11.0

Giovani Bernard

North Carolina

2481

5.9

25

92

202

4.53

95.9

11.03

Dion Lewis

Pittsburgh

2860

5.3

30

52

193

4.56

89.3

11.08

Derrick Locke

Kentucky

2618

5.1

22

95

188

4.37

103.1

11.13

Shaud Williams

Alabama

3169

5.5

28

99

193

4.73

77.1

11.18

Johnathan Franklin

UCLA

4403

5.6

31

58

205

4.49

100.9

11.2

 

Darren Sproles wasn’t on Bernard’s list because of the weight difference, but his line is eerily similar to that of Barner. Of course, the former Kansas State Wildcat didn’t benefit from Oregon’s spread offense in putting up his gaudy numbers. Sproles probably represents Barner’s ceiling as a passing down back, but that’s a profile most NFL teams would jump on.

Many scouts like Barner better than former teammate LaMichael James, but I have the feeling this is a case of crafting a narrative first and fitting the observations to it afterward. James is both quicker and faster, while simultaneously being more efficient and more prolific in college. The very close comparison between Barner and Dion Lewis is also cause for concern.

Kenjon Barner Dynasty Value

Barner will probably be picked earlier than he deserves based on the perceived weakness of the 2013 class. I’ve recommended eschewing Giovani Bernard in favor of Barner, but the dominant strategy is probably to avoid both of them in favor of Zac Stacy.

Barner could easily come into quite a bit of PPR value down the line, but similar runners have failed to make an immediate impact. Backs who weigh in below 200 pounds and lack dynamic speed rarely explode on the NFL scene. Participants using a first round dynasty pick on Barner will need to have patience.

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