CJ Prosise RB ND
Coming out of High School in 2012, Prosise was a 3 star recruit at SAFETY out of Virginia and was listed at 6’ 190 pounds. The 2012 class has some talent as I talked about in both my Jonathan Williams and Paul Perkins articles. Prosise is a talented back who has the body to carry the load for a team as a feature back.
Prosise came into Notre Dame as a safety and was given high marks for his vision and ball skills. These show up as a RB when he carries the ball. He made the move to WR his Redshirt Freshman season and only played this past season as a RB, taking the over the job in 2015 at the spring practice. So he’s very raw at the position but flashes some serious talent. He put up 1,032 rushing yards on just 156 carries out for a 6.6 yard per carry average. Prosise scored 11 rushing touchdowns. He put in 26 receptions for 308 yards and scored another touchdown through the air. In Notre Dame’s system Prosise played primarily out of the shotgun in a gap scheme read option offense.
Stats from Sports Reference
Combine info – Prosise measured in at 6004 or about 6’ weighing in at a solid 220lbs. So he packed on about 30 pounds of mass during his time at Notre Dame, very impressive. That shows work ethic and dedication in the weight room and in his dieting. Remember it’s not easy to put on that size and maintain speed and agility. Arm length measured in at 32 1/8” and he had 8 1/2” hands. That makes me a bit worried. He had an awkward fumble against UMASS while switching hands after the handoff and a couple other times he put the ball on the ground. He ran a 4.48 40 yard dash with a 1.57 10 yard. He did not participate in either the 3 cone or the short shuttle at the Combine. At Notre Dame’s pro day he turned in a 4.48 short shuttle and 7.32 3 cone, which about confirms his solid agility. Prosise had a beastly 35.5 inch vertical and a 121 inch broad jump showing good explosive power in his legs. Prosise did not do the bench press.
Combine Info from MockDraftable
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Things to like – He has that prototype height and weight and seems to have solid athletic build to him. He has very good eyes with his ability see the hole open. He has good speed and glides effortlessly when he kicks in the next gear. Foot quicks and subtle movements allow him to make the first man miss in space. Prosise’s plus agility also allows him to slip hits and he keeps his legs moving for extra yards. His vision also allow for him to elude and create new yards for himself. Experience as a wide receiver gives him route ability not usually seen out of most running backs. Very talented blocker in pass pro. He is able to see the threat and attack showing a good punch to stop initial attack.
Cons – Limited experience after only one year as a full-time running back. At times there is wasted movement and a lack of urgency as a runner. A few times he bounces it out of bounds leaving extra yardage when he could have cut back inside. With more experience he will lose some of the indecisiveness that causes lost yardage. He fumbled five times; only losing two, but there are concerns with smaller hands. At times he seems to peel off from pass protection early leaving his QB at risk.
Prosise’s skills should transfer over well for a gap scheme run game. His pass protection skills and route running will translate to all systems and give him the ability to play all three downs from the start as an immediate contributor. Inexperience means boom/bust potential, but pull up his USC tape from this year and you see what he is capable of. He shows the talent to hit the openfield and turn on the speed. There is a lot to like about Prosise and recent converts like the Bills Karlos Williams have us all intrigued about the player out of Notre Dame.