After the first handful of names that the typical NFL Draft fan recognizes at the RB position, there are plenty of players that fall into the same bucket. This bucket comprises players that have potential but have plenty of development left before they can be viewed as viable NFL starters.
Rountree has some solid tape that indicates he can be an impact role player in the league, but there is certainly still some refinement that has yet to take place. Playing in the SEC, though, he’s put together some solid numbers over the course of his four-year collegiate career. He’s coming off of a dominant season where he scored 14 touchdowns against some solid competition.
While the Missouri offenses haven’t exactly been something to write home about in recent years, Rountree has still found a way to produce and he should carve out a nice role for himself on a NFL roster. Will that role be enough to provide fantasy football relevancy? Or is he destined to be a career backup?
These questions are answered here in our scouting profile on Larry Rountree III.
RB Larry Rountree III, Missouri
Weight: 210 lbs.
Arms: 30 3/4
40-Yard Dash: 4.62
Vertical Jump: 30
Broad Jump: 108
Bench: 18 Reps
Short Shuttle: 4.47
3-Cone Drill: 6.96
Skills Breakdown (out of 100)
Vision (75.5): No nonsense runner in a downhill scheme that has the acceleration to take advantage of an opening in the line right away. Good patience from time to time too and able to manipulate his feet to put him in the best position to attack a lane.
Burst (77): Great short-area quickness and acceleration ability. Certainly not elite and he won’t be breaking angles in the open field, but has enough gas in the tank to accelerate quickly when he finds open field.
Change of Direction (75): Struggles to halt his momentum when he’s running full speed, which hinders him in the open field. Doesn’t have the lateral mobility to jump multiple gaps at the LOS but has enough to manipulate space in small windows and put himself in a good position to accelerate through the line.
Power (73.5): Willing to embrace contact at all levels of the field but doesn’t necessarily have the size to drive defenders backward. More of an elusive athlete than a power back.
Speed (77): Doesn’t have elite breakaway speed, but has more than enough to be a factor in today’s NFL. Carries his momentum well around the corner on outside zone runs and then can kick it into another gear if there’s open space. Won’t be breaking away for 50+ yard runs consistently, but will be able to pick up chunk plays.
Contact Balance (76): Good contact balance and has a solid center of gravity. Able to spin out of contact well and come right back to a solid foundation. Also able to break tackles well. Slippery at times.
Pass Catching (75): Had a bad whiff on tape against Georgia, but then showed natural receiving ability the remainder of the game. He’s unlikely to be a heavily featured receiver out of the backfield, but the skillset is there to capitalize on for a NFL team.
Pass Protection (72): Rountree’s able to scan and identify where the pressure is coming from quickly enough and he’s often putting himself in the proper position. However, he’s merely just someone who can get in the way and slow down incoming pressure. If he meets a larger defender, he’s going to be driven backwards more often than not.
Larry Rountree III is going to be a mid-round steal for a NFL team. I’ve really enjoyed his tape. pic.twitter.com/hhZa3hw7XY
– Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL) March 4, 2021
An under the radar player to keep an eye on:
Larry Rountree III (5-9, 210), RB #Mizzou
-Explosive downhill runner
-Aggressive and physical back, good contact balance
-Consistent vision, solid in pass pro
-Top 5 rusher in the SEC twice in the past 3 years
-Senior Bowl invite pic.twitter.com/WX9Fn0AvdX
– Matt Hicks (@TheFF_Educator) January 2, 2021
They Said It
Projected Draft Range
Rountree is most likely a Day 3 player due to his production profile and testing numbers.
Ideal Fantasy Landing Spot
Rountree is most likely going to have to carve out a role for himself on a depth chart somewhere and work his way up to a starting job. He is unlikely to land in a spot that’s going to give him the “keys to the kingdom” right away.
La’Mical Perine coming out in the 2020 NFL Draft weighed in at 211 pounds and 5’11. Rountree is one pound less and one inch shorter, but they both ran 4.62 40-yard dashes. They both run in very similar fashions and they should be valuable NFL depth pieces in a backfield moving forward that could contribute if the starter above them goes down.
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