There are very few things that an NFL coaching staff cannot teach; size and speed are two of those.
So when a 6’3” 223 lbs. running back runs a 4.40 second 40-yard dash and then improves that number by running a 4.38 second 40-yard dash; scouts notice.
Surprisingly, Latavius Murray, one of UCF’s most reliable players the past two seasons, wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but he didn’t let that distract him from his training.
Murray, who also put up 22-reps of 225 lbs. during the bench-press, also ran the three-cone drill in 6.81 seconds. Had Murray participated in the Combine he would have had the third fastest 40-time among running backs.
Murray racked up 1,106 yards on 198 rushing attempts and scored 15 touchdowns in 2012; however, he comes with some health concerns. He redshirted his sophomore year to recover from knee surgery and missed three games during his senior season because of a right shoulder injury.
He excels in pass protection, which could make him a solid third-down back and his straight-line speed makes him a short-yardage and redzone threat. However, he doesn’t bounce to the outside well, which could limit how he is used at the next level. Because of his size and pass-catching ability scouts are projecting him to be more of an H-back in the NFL, but nonetheless he’s an intriguing running back prospect.