With the 252nd pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected RB Matthew Dayes. It was the second-to-last pick in the entire draft, coming in the 7th round.
Here is a scouting report from CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, who projected Dayes to be a 5th round pick:
A two-year starter at N.C. State, Dayes wasn’t a high-volume runner, but consistently produced as the lead dog in the Wolfpack’s backfield, including a strong senior campaign – rushed for 100+ yards eight times in 2016, the highest total for a N.C. State running back since 1977. He doesn’t boast elite skills with only average build, run strength and lower body athleticism, but is an effective one-cut runner, doing his best work with a clear runway. Although he doesn’t have a distinguishing trait that separates him as a runner, Dayes’ reliability as a receiver is what could land him on a NFL roster – might be a third down option if he improves his ball security and blocking.
And here is what Pro Football Focus said about Dayes:
Dayes has excellent acceleration and change-of-direction skills. Those, coupled with his vision, make him an excellent zone runner. However, his lack of top speed and yards after contact likely limit his impact as purely a change-of-pace player.
How He Fits the Browns
Being the second-to-last pick in the draft, and with the Browns already being comfortable with their top two running backs, Dayes is far from a lock to make the roster. He’s practically an undrafted free agent, but we’ll see what he cap bring to the table.
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