As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of 200 prospects, including what the scouts around the league are saying and video interviews with each player.
Ameer Abdullah (RB), Nebraska
5’9” | 205 lbs.
264 carries, 1,611 yards, 19 touchdowns, 6.1 yards per carry, 123.9 yards per game
2nd round, No. 54 overall (Detroit Lions)
What scouts are saying:
"Much tougher than he looks and lowers his pads at the point of attack. Accelerates quickly and runs with his feet on fire, controlling his momentum well to make sharp cuts and elude in the open field. Flexible ankles and runs low to the ground with springs in his calves to make explosive jump-cuts without losing speed. He has active feet and sees the field well to make proper reads and pick through the line of scrimmage without any hesitation and always appears two steps ahead. Quick-thinking runner with natural ballcarrier instincts and an excellent sense of his surroundings to force poor angles with his multiple gears. Reliable hands out of the backfield and gives up his body in pass protection, despite limitations in that area. Abdullah is a first-class person off the field as well with a well-respected, grounded personality and works his tail off in the weight room." — Dane Brugler and Brandon Thorn, CBSSports.com
"Despite having first-round talent, Abdullah's lack of preferred NFL size and issues with ball security might cause some teams to shy away from him in the opening round. Abdullah has explosive potential as a runner and ball-catcher and is a natural zone-scheme fit. His high character will make him a hit during interview process." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
"While his size will immediately turn some off, Abdullah is extremely talented and polished with the ball in his hands and few run harder or more energetic, reminding of a better version of Andre Ellington and has the skill set to have a Warrick Dunn-type career at the next level." — CBSSports.com