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2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jaleel McLaughlin, RB, Youngstown State

2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jaleel McLaughlin, RB, Youngstown State
Jaleel McLaughlin the standout running back from Youngstown State is a big time prospect according to Mike Bey of Draft DIamonds.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Jaleel McLaughlin, #8
School (Code)OHYO
DOB, Class YrN/A, 5th YR SR
Height, Weight5076v, 192v
40 Yd Dash4.44v
Arms, Hands3038v, 858v
Honors/CaptainshipHarlon Hill Trophy Finalist (’18 and ’19), 3rd Team All-American (’21), 1st Team All-American (’22), 1st team All-MVFC (‘21 and ’22), 2nd Team (’20)
Season Viewed (yr)2022
Games Watched@KYUN, @NDST, @MOST, ILSO
Scout Name / DateMike Bey / 4/5/23

Per Year Stats

202211 GP, 11 GS, 227 Att, 1588 Yds, 13 TD, 19 Rec, 300 Yds, 2 TD
202110 GP, 10 GS, 175 Att, 1139 Yds, 12 TD, 20 Rec, 175 Yds, 1 KR, 2 Yds
20207 GP, 5 GS, 133 Att, 691 Yds, 5 TD, 5 Rec, 24 Yds, 7 KR, 104 Yds
2019@OHND 14 GP, 14 GS, 345 Att, 2316 Yds, 30 TD, 10 Rec, 64 Yds, 3 TD, 10 KR, 148 Yds
2018@OHND 14 GP, 13 GS, 378 Att, 2421 Yds, 18 TD, 12 Rec, 79 Yds, 1 TD, 12 KR, 199 Yds

Player Summary:

5th yr SR and 3 yr full-time starter at RB in the zone/gap blocking scheme of OHYO where he receives most of the carries. He transferred from OHND prior to the 2020 season. He possesses poor height and weight with good speed and below-average length with a lean, muscular build. He is an above-average athlete showing a combination of good acceleration with solid balance, explosiveness, COD, acceleration, lateral quickness and agility with above-average top end play speed. He displays average vision as he finds the open hole on inside zone runs and average patience on power runs as he waits for the block to be set up by the pulling OG with good lateral quickness and agility. He exhibits solid burst through the hole and accelerates to top speed quickly. He plays with sufficient contact balance as he keeps his feet moving on contact and can break tackles from DB with subpar form tackling ability. He does an above-average job of finishing runs by falling forward for extra yardage. He uses his solid COD, lateral quickness and agility to bounce it outside or bend it back beating LB and DB with ordinary AA to the perimeter, turns the corner and picks up positive yardage. In pass pro, he shows the willingness to block and locates the blitzing LB. In the passing game, he runs mainly flat, swings and curls with an occasional angle route showing good hands as he possesses a catch radius that allows him to catch the ball with his hands away from his body.  Solid mental toughness allows him to not shy away from contact when running in between the tackles. Poor size prevents him from breaking tackles from DB/LB with good explosiveness as a runner and receiver. Marginal UOH combined with a lack of quality play strength prevents him from maintaining in block in pass pro against LB with solid size and AA. 

Scheme Fit:  

RB in zone/gap blocking scheme on 1st and 2nd down.

Power Statement:

Durable RB who plays bigger than his listed size. Lack of quality ability in the passing game both in pass pro and as a receiver limits his ability to be a 3 down back at the NFL level.


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