Although not considered to be among the elite tier of running back prospects, Clyde Edwards-Helaire is sure to garner some hype after his recent performance in the National Championship game. Let’s see how his profile stacks up compared to the other running backs in this draft class.
Although Edwards-Helaire played in all 13 games for LSU as a true freshman, he was behind Derrius Guice on the depth chart. Edwards-Helaire primarily played special teams in his first year at LSU, returning 13 kicks for 247 yards.
As a sophomore, Edwards-Helaire earned a bigger role in LSU’s ground game. Although Nick Brossette accounted for the bulk of LSU’s total rushing production,1 Edwards-Helaire posted a 146-658-7 rushing line while adding 96 yards on 11 catches. Edwards-Helaire continued to play on LSU’s special teams, returning 17 kicks for 416 yards. His Backfield Dominator Rating of 0.27 wasn’t particularly impressive for a sophomore, but it’s good enough for a timeshare RB.