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2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Deshaun Fenwick, RB, Oregon State

Deshaun Fenwick is a strong, physical runner who can get the tough yards for Oregon State's offense. Hula Bowl scout Jake Kernen breaks down Fenwick as an NFL Prospect in his report.
Deshaun Fenwick is a strong, physical runner who can get the tough yards for Oregon State’s offense. Hula Bowl scout Jake Kernen breaks down Fenwick as an NFL Prospect in his report.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Deshaun Fenwick, #1
School (Code)Oregon State University (ORST)
DOB, Class Yr12/31/1999, RS Senior
Height, Weight6006v, 226v
40 Yd Dash4.62v
Position/DepthRB, rotational player 
Honors/CaptainshipN/A
Season Viewed (yr)2022, 2023
Games WatchedUtah (2023), Florida (2022), Washington (2022), Boise State (2022)
Scout Name / DateJake Kernen 10/12/2023

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

2023 (ORST)Played in 6 games up to this point. 58 rushes for 330 yards and 4 TDs, 5 catches for 29 yards. 
2022 (ORST)Played in 10 games, started 7 games. 114 rushes for 553 yards and 7 TDs, 4 catches for 15 yards. 2 fumbles. 
2021 (ORST)Played in 12 games. 78 rushes for 448 yards and 4 TDs, 4 catches for 14 yards. 1 fumble. 
2020 (SCUN)Played in 7 games. 54 rushes for 297 yards and 1 TD, 14 catches for 108 yards. 
2019 (SCUN)Played in 5 games. 22 rushes for 111 yards.
2018 (SCUN)Played in 2 games. 21 rushes for 115 yards and 1 TD. Redshirted. 

Player Summary:

RS senior who was raised in Louisville, KY before moving to Bradenton, FL. Transferred to OSU from South Carolina prior to the 2021 season. Wore #5 in 2022, wears #1 in 2023. Not a regular starter at Oregon State, but rotates with several other backs. Dense, muscular frame. Thick uppers and lowers. Knobby calves. Above-average burst, but lacks long speed to break away from defenders. Adequate vision, does a good job of reading and following blockers. One cut runner who sticks his foot in the ground and commits to a lane. Does not take losses or reverse field, powers forward and minimizes the opportunity to lose yardage. Decently twitchy. Impressive lateral movement skills and wiggle in the running lane. Strong enough to fight through arm tacklers. Excellent use of a stiff arm to push off defenders. Adequate contact balance. Aggressive on contact, lowers his shoulder and punishes defenders. Struggles to high step through slop and traffic, can get tripped up in the box, Falls forward when tackled. Protects the football incredibly well. Has one career fumble and even that was a perfectly placed punch on the ball. Route running is above the line. Not diverse in his routes, but shows fluid hips and good feet in his routes. No catches in any games watched-will need further evaluation at the end of the season with additional film. Capable pass blocker. Active eyes, identifies and engages rushing defenders well. Dips his head on contact in a way that can get him hurt. Best game – UF, worst game – UW

Scheme Fit:

Fenwick would fit best in a zone-blocking scheme that allows him to make one cut and accelerate through open holes

Power Statement:

Fenwick is a well-rounded back with power, quickness, and vision who I think will play in the NFL. However, he lacks elite traits and is substantially older than most draft picks at his position, so I have a hard time seeing him drafted prior to day 3. I would expect him to be selected around the 6th round.

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