Shane Vereen Scouting Report

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Shane Vereen Scouting Report

Position: RB
Conference: Pac12
School: California Golden Bears
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #34
Height & Weight: 5'10 - 204 lbs.
Drafted 2.24 in 2011 by NE

2011 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.50
Bench press31
Vertical jump34.0

2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Shane Vereen, RB, California

If Shane Vereen is not being overshadowed by another running back on his own team, he is being overshadowed by more dynamic rushers up the coast in the Pac-10. In 2008 and 2009, Vereen was primarily a backup to eventual first round draft pick Jahvid Best. As a freshman, Vereen still received 142 carries and he made the most of those opportunities. He also proved to be a very capable pass catcher out of the backfield from day one. In 2009, due to an injury to Best, Vereen led the team with 952 yards on 183 carries and continued to catch a couple passes per game out of the backfield and ended up with 14 total touchdowns on the season.

Heading into 2010 the question was how would Vereen perform without Best? Through eight games the answer is a good one. On 142 carries, Vereen has totaled 774 yards and ten touchdowns. He has also caught 16 passes for 172 yards and three more touchdowns. However, his impressive streak of 34 consecutive passes with a catch ended earlier this season.

If Vereen is not carrying the bulk of the rushing load (which he would not likely do in the NFL), he could also be a kick returner. He played that role for the Golden Bears in 2009 while he was splitting carries with Best and did quite well. Vereen will not be the fastest or strongest running back in this class if he opts to go pro early, but he is a well balanced back who brings a lot to the table. Right now he is likely a second or third round selection, but his balanced rushing style will be very appealing to some NFL teams.

Last Updated Nov-05-2010 by Joel Welser

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