RB – #5 Virginia Tech
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Archbishop Wood (Warminster, PA)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8248)
Phil Steele: PS#134
Raheem Blackshear Scouting Report
Very fast. Excellent in both short bursts with quickness and in long speed bursts. Very shifty and explosive athlete. Shows solid body control to make a variety of moves happen. Tough to catch, good at making defenders miss with subtlety. Very limited run power ability just on account of his lack of size.
Acceleration is good. Very explosive athlete. Capable of making very solid things happen. Good vertical ability. Great burst once he sees the hole. Flashes the ability to read his blocks extremely well. Not particularly good at shaking off contact.
Very capable receiver. Came out of high school to Rutgers as a wide receiver before making the transition to running back in college. Made 121 career receptions. Has the capacity to play out of the slot. Flashed the ability to make outstanding catches through contact. Solid route runner. Ran a great variety of routes throughout his collegiate career. Nifty route runner. Great power, especially for his size. Moves defenders very well. Very quick to read and position.
What we want to see from Raheem Blackshear in Orlando
- As accomplished of a receiver as Raheem Blackshear is, as long as he does everything that’s expected of him, he will be fine after this event. All we want to see is Blackshear meet the expectations that we have for him. Anything less is potentially concerning.
Pre-Hula Bowl projection
Raheem Blackshear projects best as a rotational versatile running back in almost any scheme in the NFL – although best suited to a more spread or west coast style of offense. His size prevents him from being a bell cow number one running back, but his versatility is undeniable. He can run with speed, catch out of the backfield and as a receiver, and bring capable pass protection. That fits a rotational need in the NFL.
We like Blackshear as a fourth/fifth-round prospect because of the versatility that he offers. We expect him to test well at his pro day (and Combine, god-willing) and should bolster himself well throughout the entire draft process.