RB – #20 Fresno State
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Freedom (Oakley, CA)
HS Rating: 2 star (0.7945)
Phil Steele: PS#192
Ronnie Rivers scouting report
Really good speed for the Mountain West, I would estimate he runs in the high 4.4/low 4.5 range. Starts to run out of gas around 45-50 yards during a run. Solid change of direction abilities. Has a variety of moves that he uses very well. Shifty enough to fake good run defenders out like Kayvon Thibodeaux.
Very good body control. Has the ability to run with some serious power. Has a decent stiff arm that he uses pretty well to gain additional yardage. Surprisingly strong. Made a solid tackle against Oregon on a defensive lineman that saved a touchdown. Accelerates very well, almost instantaneous. Has several gears that he can kick into. Has excellent explosiveness. Very sudden with most of his movements. Reads his blocks very well and moves so easily to space. Really love his vision and it is among the best in the country. Incredible awareness of defenders and how to manipulate them.
Runs with such a low center of gravity that it’s difficult to get a good hit on him. Tough to bring down in space despite smaller stature. So elusive. Displays good hands. Caught 27 passes in 2020. Shows a great catch radius and can be utilized from the slot. Will struggle to catch through contact, though I think that has more to do with his slender size than anything. Very smooth route runner.
What we want to see from Ronnie Rivers in Los Angeles
- Ronnie Rivers wasn’t really asked to pass protect at Fresno State, most likely because of his lack of size. That being said, we want to see what kind of tools he has as of now. We want to watch Rivers ion 11v11 drills and the scrimmage in pass protection and see if he’s capable of picking up assignments or making any impact.
Pre-Collegiate Bowl projections
Ronnie Rivers projects as a rotational scat back, someone who could provide value as a receiver and a speedster on third down. His lack of size should limit him to this role at the NFL level, we don’t expect to see him in anything more than that. However, even in that role, he can be a valuable contributor to an offense as early a year two.
Rivers looks the part of a late round projection, so we have him as a fifth/seventh-round guy in this class. With the overabundance of running backs in this class, it’s also likely that Rivers goes undrafted due to his lack of pass protection ability on account of his size.
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