2021 Devy Prospect Previews: RBs Max Borghi (Washington St.) and Brian Robinson Jr. (Alabama)
Devy Disclaimer: I only take a quick look at some game tape and review background data on each prospect – it’s a very preliminary look that I could change my mind on with deeper study a year later when these prospects do hit the college all-star bowl games and work the NFL Combine and Pro Days. I don’t have all the data, today, that I need/want for a comprehensive scouting and I’m not taking anywhere near a full amount of time to tape preview -- I’m giving a knee jerk scouting reaction from a basic intro to the player. The good news is…I’m better at this (scouting) than anyone in the world, so my quick eye test is better than the echo chamber’s/football media’s studies – so, I’m your best hope for an initial preview…but don’t write any of this in stone…it’s early with limited data and a whole season of info/tape/data to come on these guys.
RB Max Borghi (Washington St.)
2019: 127-817-11 rush, 86-597-5 rec. (13g)
Preview Grade = C+
Get ready for all the ‘next Christian McCaffrey’ talk…similar look/style of play – smaller, tougher runner who is good+ in the passing game. The thing is…Borghi plays in an offense that floods the RB with great stats, so we don’t know until the Combine just how NFL-good/talented Borghi is. Before Borghi, James Williams was putting up similar numbers for Washington State and then the 2019 NFL Draft happened and no one cared. There’s real prospect hope here, but it could get overhyped…it also may be undervalued and underappreciated.
Reminds me of: Somewhere between Christian McCaffrey and Patrick Laird lies Borghi.
RB Brian Robinson Jr. (Alabama)
2019: 96-441-5 rush, 5-11-0 rec. (13g)
Preview Grade = C
He’d probably be a star at other schools, but he’s been stuck behind Damien Harris-Josh Jacobs-Najee Harris for his entire three years at ‘Bama. He’ll be stuck behind Najee again in 2020…and he should, because Najee Harris is great. No fault of Robinson’s, because he's just ‘good’ not ‘great’. There may be a lot of upside here, we just haven’t had the chance to see it. Josh Jacobs wasn’t ‘the man’ for Alabama either in his time there.
Robinson is like a smaller, slower version of Najee Harris…a pro prospect but not as obvious a pro prospect as Najee, Jacobs, or Damien were.
Reminds me of: Slower Latavius Murray.
*To see all our 2021 Devy prospects ranked by Dynasty/Fantasy valuation = Go to CFM, 'Positional Reports', select 'DRD' tab, select the Dynasty Rookie Draft + Devy Rankings option, last tab option on the report is 'Devy 2021'