Bo Scarbrough, RB
School: Alabama | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 232 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Rounds 3 – 5
NFL Comparison: Derrick Henry
Although Bo Scarbrough did not show what Derrick Henry showed statistically during his time at Alabama, Bo easily comes off as a Henry clone. Out of IMG Academy in Florida, Scarborough joined the Alabama Crimson tide in 2015, sitting behind the former Heisman trophy winner Derrick Henry for a season. Due to injury his first season at Alabama, Scarbrough was only active for seven games. Following Henry’s departure, it became the Bo show. He shared the backfield with other dynamic backs, but the run style Scarbrough brings to the table, the physicality playing at running back, and underrated speed knowing the size he plays at, easily makes him an attractive target at running back. Scarbrough’s best season came in 2016, where he gained over 800 yards at a 6.5 yard per carry average and 11 touchdowns.
- Scarbrough can drop his pads and gain the tough yards a team will need in critical situations.
- On the edge, Scarbrough can make the cuts needed to get downfield as quickly as possible. At his size, makes this an excellent quality.
- High motor running back. If kept fresh in a solid RB rotation like at Bama, becomes a bowling ball late in games.
- Can create extra yardage due to solid vision in the backfield.
- Durability is a concern, played with injuries pretty often.
- Although agility is impressive, acceleration takes time. Has not shown explosiveness at or near the line of scrimmage.
- Does not show consistent elusiveness to avoid defenders in the backfield.
- Impatient at times and struggles to set-up second and third level defenders.
- ”Can” drop his pads. However, runs too high often.
Let’s see his work:
Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough (#9) is used to being part of a running back rotation. Would be a nice fit with #Eagles, replacing Blount. Bigger back but also effective as receiver. See more Bo: https://t.co/gGpED2JBnL#NFLDraft2018 pic.twitter.com/f9xOlrmNij— Kevin Brown (@nfldraftnik) March 28, 2018
had to go back and look at Bo Scarbrough after that combine performance. this is what I want from him: meet defenders in the hole, initiate contact, finish runs pic.twitter.com/NXWrAorZrg— Alistair Corp (@alistaircorp) March 7, 2018
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
If determinations were made out of Redskins running back Samaje Perine’s first season, Bo Scarbrough would be the preferred route. However, Scarbrough best fit would be that of a bell cow back. On the pro-level, Scarbrough is fresh and prepared to take 20-25 carries thanks to the committee approach by the Crimson Tide. Scarbrough immediately provides the toughness a running back would need, a winning mindset in short-yardage situations. However, the rest is on potential, which is something that has to come to fruition. In other words, nothing is for sure with Scarbrough. If the Redskins were to draft him, it would be in hopes that he develops and takes over as the dominant ball carrier, not because he is apparently that already like other prospects in this draft. I think Scarbrough will thrive as a professional, but will not immediately be pro ready. This is a long-term investment for a team.