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Scouting Profile: Tim Flanders, RB, Sam Houston State

• Elusive with quick, shifty moves – fluid hips
• Big-play threat
• Good vision and patience for finding the cutback lane
• Very stout and compact for his size (5’9 214) and keeps a low center of gravity.
• Surprisingly competent blocker for his size
• Instinctual, natural footwork – keeps a wide base but maintains his balance even from a narrower stance
• Impressive acceleration and short-area burst
• Decisive runner and waste no time getting up field
• Runs with good pad level. Stays low, which makes it hard for defenders to square up.

Flanders gives solid effort as a blocker , keeping his body low and exploding into the chest of defenders. Rarely gives up ground for a guy his size. Occasionally he’ll drop his head when he is picking up blitzers or occasionally blocking on a run play and that is a big no-no as a blocker.

Overview:

Flanders isn’t a feature back in my opinion but I think he has the speed and quickness to be an effective change of pace back. I think he has good speed. Regardless, he looks fast to me when I watch him, just not as fast as many might have claimed earlier this year. His quickness is evident as well, and while he doesn’t have much power to speak of if he can improve his lower body strength he would be able to generate more tough yardage. As it stands he pumps his legs like you would want when he is being tackled and he’s always falling forward. He would be a great zone runner in a zone blocking scheme. With his decisive running style, “plant and go” running style, I think he can be a pretty good change of pace back. I have a 5th round grade on him.

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