Roy Helu Jr. Anyone?


I posted this before. At the time my question was: What do you guys think about Roy Helu Jr. as an option at RB with a 5th or 6th round pick? I guess Shanahan reads HH. j/k

Height: 6-0. Weight: 219. 
Projected 40 Time: 4.54. 
Combine 40 Time: 4.42. 
Pro Day 40 Time: . 
Benchx225: . Vertical: 36.5. Broad: 9-11. 
Projected Round (2011): 4-6. 

Now before you start freaking out about the idea of spending a draft pick on a running back, because “we already have Torain,” and “we have too many other needs,” and “Shanny can fashion a sweet running back out of clay and his own saliva,” consider the following issues…

  • Torain hasn’t played anything close to a full season in his young, fragile career.
  • Keiland Williams doesn’t project as a primary ballcarrier, by anybody.
  • James Davis couldn’t block a sloth.
  • Chad Simpson pulls a hammy if he blinks too hard.
  • And who the hell is Andre Brown?

Now, all of those observations are slightly tongue-in-cheek, because, as any regular reader knows, I really like Torain and Davis, in particular. And all of the other guys have done some things here and there. But the fact remains that no one on this roster has given us any great reason to believe he can be a reliable workhorse in a zone-blocking scheme.

Consider also the following…

  • Shanny had thousand-yard rushers in most of his winning seasons in Denver.
  • He drafted 15 running backs in 13 drafts there, third most of any position.
  • He picked Maurice Clarett in the third round in 2005.





Stats Overview Rushing Receiving Fumbles
2007 45 209 4.6 24 0 5 40 8.0 21 0 0 0
2008 125 803 6.4 57 7 25 266 10.6 27 0 0 0
2009 220 1147 5.2 63 9 19 149 7.8 27 0 0 0
2010 188 1245 6.6 73 11 5 46 9.2 14 0 0 0


Honors & Awards


  • Second-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches, Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 2010; Coaches, KC Star, Dallas Morning News, in 2009)
  • Third-Team All-Big 12 (Phil Steele in 2010)
  • Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (AP, 2009 and 2010; Coaches in 2009)
  • Walter Camp National Player of the Week (Oct. 30 vs. Missouri)
  • National Player of the Week (Oct. 30 vs. Missouri)
  • Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 30 vs. Missouri)
  • Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List (1 of 60)
  • Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2010)
  • School Record Single-Game Rushing Yards (307 vs. Missouri, Oct. 30)
  • Nebraska Offensive MVP (2009 and 2010)
  • 2010 Team Captain
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2010)
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2010)

Strengths: Very explosive runner with great acceleration to the hole. Shows very good patience to let blocks develop in front of him. Owns the breakaway speed to take it all the way once at the second level. Shows good vision and has a nice cutback move to gain extra yardage. Accelerates quickly off his cut. Carries out play fakes well. Bounces outside, able to get the corner. Breaks through arm tackles, lowers his shoulder and plows ahead for extra yards in the open field. Utilizes the stiff arm well. Displays great agility, regularly makes the first defender miss. Runs good routes and makes good use of head and body fakes to create separation. Possesses leadership qualities, earned a reputation for being a real team player.


Often hesitant at the line of scrimmage, neutralizing his size and speed. Not consistent as an inside power runner, goes down too easily at times. Does not keep his legs moving when wrapped up. Offers very little in pass protection, tends to lunge at the defender and is prone to missing blocks. Can get overwhelmed by the pass rush. Ineffective cut blocker. Plays on his heels and struggles handling a speed rusher. Has poor awareness of who to pick up when lead blocking. Breaks out of his stance early and can give away the snap count. Was not used much in the passing game this past season, though he has experience on swing passes.


I see his weaknesses as something Shanahan and a good RB coach can improve on. I can only imagine what the scouting profiles looked like for some of the RB's Shanahan has drafted in the past. 

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