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2016 NFL Draft: Can Jhurell Pressley make it in the NFL?

Pressley was one of the most prolific runners ever to step foot on Branch field but do his talents translate to the NFL game?

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Jhurell Pressley Running Back, New Mexico

5’10" 206 pounds


40-yard dash: 4.38 seconds
Vertical: 33 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 9 inches
Short shuttle: 4.06 seconds
3-cone: 6.92 seconds
Bench: 25 reps of 225 pounds

Pressley was one of the most explosive running backs every to put on a jersey for the Lobos his career highlights include various long runs were he left the opposing teams defenders in in a trail of dust which includes a career long 80 yard scamper. Jhurell’s career average was an insane 7.8 yards per carry.

New Mexico has had great running backs in the past but Pressley is looking to do something that Dontrell Moore and Kasey Carrier could not do which is find success at the NFL level. He is projected to be a 5th to 6th round pick in the NFL Draft this year and could a late round steal, think Terrell Davis.

Strengths: Pressley can be considered an elite runner he has fluid hips and quick feet. Pressley has a great burst and the ability to make defenders miss. He has the ability to make fast cut and get to the open field, he has the ability to see the different levels of the field which has led to some high light reel runs.

Weakness: Pressley was not a versatile back at New Mexico, he did not catch very many balls out of the backfield and struggled finishing runs in between the tackles. Instead of shutting down runs at times Pressley often tried to get the ball to the outside which cost the loss of yards.

This was most prevalent during the first part of his senior year were he struggled. For all of the physical gifts he has he is shorter than the prototypical NFL running back and must realistically show he will be willing to play some special teams to earn a job in the NFL.

Here are Pressley’s highlights: