Toby Gerhart Scouting Report

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Toby Gerhart Scouting Report

Position: RB
Conference: Pac12
School: Stanford Cardinal
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #7
Height & Weight: 6'1 - 235 lbs.
Drafted 2.19 in 2010 by MIN

2010 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.53
Bench press22
Vertical jump38.0
Broad jump9'10
Three-cone drill6.94
20-yard shuttle4.25

2010 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford

Toby Gerhart comes into the 2010 NFL Draft as perhaps one of the most athletically gifted big backs. He started one game -- played in eleven -- as a freshman in 2006 on his way to lead the team in rushing with 403 yards on 106 carries (3.8 ypc.). He had a monster game against San Jose State in 2007 (141 yards, 11.75 ypc. with a TD) before hurting his knee, forcing him to miss the entire season. Then he got a medical redshirt that fall, but he came back with a vengeance the following year as he became only the fifth back in Stanford's history to topple the 1,000 yard mark (1,136). He also posted the school's second best ground scoring effort (15 TDs). All of this in the background of an impressive 101-1 TD effort against arguably the best defensive front seven in PAC-10 history (USC Trojans). Gerhart has good size with well developed upper body strength. He is a good athlete who has also played baseball for the school's highly touted team. A straight-ahead runner who is best between the tackles, Gerhart has good vision, making him able to read blocks well. He is powerful and runs with good pad level. He is just an average blocker who shows a solid base to anchor against the blitz; he was used sparingly as a receiver, but when thrown to, he is able to routinely catch the football. He has deceptive speed (4.55), but can't consistently turn the corner. Gerhart also does not have a second gear, and has limited experience pass blocking. His route running is inconsistent, at best and he has a poor feel for reading coverage. Gerhart is a player without a position; he is not fast enough to be a future back and not big enough to be a fullback. Gerhart is a good, overall prospect with limited upside. His lack of explosiveness will most likely confine him to an H-back type of role in the NFL. 3/3 Update: Gerhart proved at the NFL Combine that he is right in the mix with some of the other running backs in this class. He delivered a 4.53 40 and that was huge with many considering him a pure power back. He is not a playmaker like C.J. Spiller or Jahvid Best, but he is a running back who can take some hits. The same cannot be said for Spiller or Best. In the end, Gerhart should be a late first round or early second round selection and be right in there with Jonathan Dwyer and Ryan Mathews when running backs start flying off the board late in the first round.

Last Updated Mar-03-2010 by Joel Welser

17 Comments | Add Yours
Prediction: 1st Round

For those who keep this "racial" issue going about Gerhart please get a clue. White RB's are not normally well thought of because most of them are not productive in the NFL's current game. The days of a guy like Riggins or Czonka dominating are over because players on defense are much bigger and faster than the old days. I think Gerhart will be a serviceable back in the NFL regardless of color but his draft status has no connection to him being white so leave that argument where it belongs. If you can name one white 1,200 yard rusher in the last 10 years please attempt to do won't find one. That's not coincidence. The game has changed.

Posted by:
krs123 02/15/10 11:10 AM
Prediction: 1st Round

This is pretty funny because experts also had Gerhart ranked 5th or 6th best back in his own conference (let alone the whole country) at preseason and yet somehow we all watched him at that little show in NYC.........what's the name again??????? Oh yeah, the HEISMAN! Why should this be any different. If (and that's a big if) a team allows him to run, my gut tells me because of his sheer determination and willpower, he could very well be the surprise pick come the end of 2010 sseason. If he stays healthy and gets a chance to do what he does best, I have no doubt, the naysayers will be scratching their heads and proclaiming "how did I miss this kid".

Posted by:
lovethegame 02/16/10 03:03 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

Faster than Shonn Greene and he looked pretty good! Vision, patience, balance, power and he runs angry. He can also catch the ball. He is a slower more powerful Ronnie Brown who will do very well splitting carries with a speed back. Underrated cuz of his skin! He will be a steal past the mid 2nd.

Posted by:
RUGGERLAD 02/24/10 08:12 PM
Prediction: 2nd Round

He'd be a steal in the 3rd. A stronger, slower Ronnie Brown - good vision, patience, balance, catching tackle breaking. He wil split carries with a speed back. Shonn Greene ran a 4.6 40 and he looked really good this year.

Posted by:
RUGGERLAD 02/24/10 09:38 PM
Prediction: 2nd Round

Good second round pickup for a team with aging back. Good complement for speed back.....carolina.....maybe even good fit for minnesota...

Posted by:
Flyboy100 03/15/10 01:31 PM
Prediction: 2nd Round

Good kid with great heart. the race card is being played alot right here whichbis to bad. I say 2nd round as this draft will have running backs go in the 2nd and 3rd rounds and he isn't an exsplosove playmaker. Hope he does well.

Posted by:
Nathan L. 03/28/10 11:35 PM
Prediction: 2nd Round

Gerhart is being discussed as often as other backs and it's not that surprising. The race card, you know where you can stick that. Some team like New England for instance may use a 2nd rounder on him because they like the complete package he brings. But at the NFL level he is a marginal backup without true breakaway speed.

Posted by:
jnols 04/16/10 07:58 PM
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