NFL Draft Profile: RB Alex Barnes, Kansas State

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MANHATTAN, KS - NOVEMBER 17: Texas Tech Red Raiders linebacker Riko Jeffers (6) dives to tackle Kansas State Wildcats running back Alex Barnes (34) during a Big 12 football game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Kansas State Wildcats on November 17, 2018 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, KS. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Alex Barnes

RB-Kansas State

HT- 6’1”
WT- 217 lbs
DOB- ??/??/????
Year- Junior
Recruit- 3 Star
Grade- 82
NFL Comp- LeSean McCoy
Games Scouted- Vs UCLA (2017), Vs Mississippi State (2018), Vs Oklahoma State (2018) @ Iowa State (2018).
Injury History- Undisclosed (2017) (-1)
Accolades- None.

Assessment

AMES, IA – NOVEMBER 24: Running back Alex Barnes #34 of the Kansas State Wildcats breaks free from a tackle by linebacker Willie Harvey #2 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the first half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 42-38 over the Kansas State Wildcats. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)

Field Vision: See’s the field well. Hits the correct hole on zone runs. Moves toward open field once out of the hole. Good field vision. Very patient runner, sometimes too patient. 21/24.

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Speed/Athleticism: Shows decent speed. Very athletic. Has the ability to stop and go. Excellent one cut and cut back abilities. 15/18.

Power/Balance: Good power to go through tacklers and good balance to stay prone. Bounces off of defenders often. Always seems to fall forward. 8/12.

Receiving Skills: Good receiving skills. Runs a decent route tree consistently. Good hands in traffic. Excellent catch radius. Can be relied upon to make a catch. 14/15.

Burst/Acceleration: Excellent acceleration once he reaches the open field, lacks the burst hitting the hole. Burst is very subpar. Can stop and go on a dime. 10/13.

Blocking: Very solid blocker. Has the strength and the anchor to take a good position. Intense as a blocker and very difficult to get past. Doesn’t give up. 7/10.

Leadership/Attitude: Hard to get a grasp for these traits on the field. Doesn’t run with a lot of energy, as if it’s a big bore. Interested to see how he would play while turned on. ⅝.

Overall: Alex Barnes looks like he could be a dependable back in the right offense in the NFL. Being a good vision runner helps tremendously, and having the tools to be a good receiver too will allow him to transition to the next level with ease. 80/100.

Personality Assessment:

Very intelligent guy. Handles himself with the media very professionally. Seems to be a good teammate. Comes in, does his work. (+3).

Stats:

Career: 35 Games, 458 Att, 2616 Yds, 5.7 Avg, 25 TDs, 25 Rec, 223 Yds, 8.9 Avg.

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