Eric Gray, Running Back
School: Oklahoma | Conference: Big12
College Experience: Senior | Age: 24 (Week 1)
Height / Weight: 5’10” 210 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 4th Round
2022 Awards: Second-Team All-Big12
Eric Gray was a four-star running back in his hometown of Memphis, TN and committed to the University of Michigan during his senior season. He changed his mind and chose to sign with Tennessee a few weeks later. Gray made the trip from West Tennessee to East Tennessee for two years and decided to transfer to Oklahoma for his final two years of eligibility. Instead of heading east on Interstate I-40, Gray was now heading west to central Oklahoma I-40 and it was a good decision.
Gray had a good two years with the Volunteers, but he was a force for the Sooners in 2022 and is now poised to take the next steps to a career in the NFL. He rushed for more than 1,300 yards last season and added 34 receptions for 238 yards. Gray’s Combine and Pro Day numbers may seem rather pedestrian, but the tape shows he is a reliable running back who posts solid production.
- Very good in pass protection and is willing to block when asked to do so
- Great receiving skills for screens and hooks, but also a reliable emergency outlet when needed
- Good vision, hits lanes quickly, and adjusts to the flow with solid lateral moves
- Continues to move forward with power and agility and is rarely tackled for a loss
- Has the ability to cut sharply and pick up extra yardage - a three-yard gain quickly becomes an eight-yard gain
- Prototypical size for an NFL running back
- Very good goal line and short yardage back and is always willing to fight through defenders with sheer determination
- Lack of elite speed limits his ability to break away for longer rushes
- Solid pass blocker, but will use cut blocks instead of fully engaging pass rushers, especially on blitz packages
- Lacks the ability to be a power runner and bruising back
- Gray on occasion will not pick the best lanes to run through
- Will drop a short pass at least once and sometimes at inopportune moments of a game
Let’s See His Work
How he fits on the Commanders
The Commanders are very likely to draft a complementary running back to help share the duties this season and have made no secrets to that fact. Eric Gray may not be a home run threat on each carry, but he can start if called upon or provide occasional breathers for current running backs Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson. The former Sooner should be able to fit into the rotation from day one. Also, the Commanders tend to place a high premium on prospects that participate in the Senior Bowl and Gray certainly fits that profile.