C.J. Prosise, Running Back
School: Notre Dame | Conference: Independent
College Experience: Senior | Age: 21
Projected Draft Status: 3rd-4th Round
NFL Comparison: Karlos Williams
Prosise hails from Woodberry Forest, Virginia and played his high school football at Woodberry Forest High School. He also was a talented track & field athlete. On the football side, he earned first-team Virginia all-state honors in both 2011 and 2010, was named Central Virginia defensive player of the year for 2011 by Charlottesville Daily Progress, first-team defensive back on all-Central Virginia squad, Prep League player of the year and first-team defensive back on Richmond Times-Dispatch Prep League all-district team for 2011.
As a receiver, safety and kick returner he recorded 51 tackles, six interceptions and 10 passes defended as a senior safety in 2011. He scored seven special teams touchdowns. He helped the Tigers to 8-2 record and Virginia Prep League crown that same season, made 42 tackles and seven interceptions as junior in 2010 and returned four kicks for scores as well that year. As a track & field athlete, he won the long jump and 55-meter dash at Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association indoor state track and field championship in 2012.
Coming out of high school, Prosise was the ninth best player in Virginia in the 2012 recruiting class and the 22nd best Safety. He received scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Duke, Maryland, Penn State and others.
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Prosise is a patient runner. He allows blocks and holes to open up before he takes off. Doesn’t have a quick burst through holes but he has enough to make some big plays down the field
Excellent pass blocker. He doesn’t get overwhelmed with the rush coming at him
Bounces off of tackles with ease most of the time which allows him to break plays open either for small or big gains. Wouldn’t say he’s the bruiser type but he has some of that in him at 220 lbs
Struggles in traffic to get out of jams when the rush is coming right at him
Needs to work on ball security
Not enough experience at the running back position, still has some developing to do
How He Would Fit on the Redskins
If the Redskins do grab him in the 3rd or 4th round, he would be a nice change of pace from Matt Jones, since numerous reports I've seen in recent weeks state that the team is moving on from Alfred Morris due to his lack of production. I don't think Prosise would be a three down back for the team but maybe a special teams guy and if he impresses coaches enough, a third down back.