Mike Hart Scouting Report

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Mike Hart Scouting Report

Position: RB
Conference: Big10
School: Michigan Wolverines
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #20
Height & Weight: 5'9 - 202 lbs.
Drafted 6.36 in 2008 by IND

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Mike Hart, RB, Michigan

If you were building a running back from scratch, he might not look like Mike Hart. While he's not your prototypical NFL back, teams will want to take a close look at the Michigan star on draft day. He's undersized at 5'9" and 202 lbs. and may lack elite speed, but Hart has been plenty productive in his collegiate career. Hart runs with amazing power for his size, generated by a pair of tree trunk sized legs that never quit churning. Yes, he does lack track star speed, but Hart has enough burst to get the job done. Mike Hart rushed for 1419 yards this season, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Hart's 136.1 yards per game average translates to 1770 yards, had he not missed three games. He also has a real nose for the end zone, with 14 touchdowns in 10 games this season. Hart runs with tremendous vision and patience. His career totals of 5040 yards rushing and 41 TDs show how consistent a runner he has been for Michigan. However, his best quality as a back may be his hands. According to ESPN, he went 983 career carries without losing a fumble, until losing two against Florida in the Capital One Bowl. Hart did manage to make up for the fumbles with 129 rushing yards and 2 TDs in the Wolverine victory. He's not called upon to catch the ball out of the backfield much at Michigan, but he appears to be a more than competent receiver. Injury concerns could scare some suitors away, but the popularity of two back systems in the NFL could help him. In the right system (like the zone blocking scheme he runs in at Michigan), he could be a steal for some team in the middle of the draft. Mike Hart didn't preform as well at the NFL Combine as he probably hoped to. He looked solid during position drills and his 23 reps on the bench press showed good upper body strength. But, the number that will hurt Hart is the 4.67 40 yard dash time he posted in Indianapolis. Mike Hart still has a chance to prove himself at Michigan's Pro-Day on March 16. Many scouts weren't as concerned by his 40 time, because he plays much better in pads. Hart will likely be drafted in the fourth or fifth round. Mike Hart had a solid pro day in Ann Arbor, showcasing the excellent hands he rarely got to utilize at Michigan. Hart ran an impressive 4.33 second short shuttle and showed a surprising 32 inch vertical leap. Mike Hart should be a solid tandem back in the NFL, but the depth of this running back class will push him to the end of the fourth or top of the fifth round.

Last Updated Apr-02-2008 by Randall Weida

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