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By Jonathan Bales

Scouting Chris Rainey

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Justin Shoemaker

Florida RB/KR Chris Rainey Scouting Report

After watching some film of Chris Rainey, I couldn’t help but think of the new kickoff rule changes.  Rainey should be able to come in and help a team out right away from a special teams standpoint, but unfortunately the kickoff changes mean his skill set is not in demand like it would have been a few years ago.  Here are his overall pros and cons. . .

Pros

  • Extremely fast; may not have lit up the 40-yard dash at the Combine, but go back and watch game film of this guy.  He can cut and run with the best of them.
  • Versatile player who could act as a Percy Harvin-esque running back/slot receiver/return man
  • Runs north and south as well as east and west.  If he sees an opening on the edge, good luck chasing him down.
  • Good route runner who will try to work his way open for quarterback
  • Excellent with the ball in his hands and can truly take it to the house on any play
  • Underrated aspect to his game is blocking punts
  • Competitor and team player; didn’t mind being the guy at Florida one week and then taking a back seat to another star the next week.

Cons

  • At 5’8 and 180, he is probably too small to make consistent impact on offense.
  • Injury prone.  If he had a tough time staying healthy for all four years in the SEC, he will be a risk in the NFL against bigger, faster and stronger athletes.
  • Needs more work with catching the ball out of the slot
  • Struggles to break through the line and hit holes at maximum speed

Overall, I like Chris Rainey’s value.  I look for him to go around the fifth round due to his size, and at that spot, he might be worth the risk because of his return ability.

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