The Las Vegas Raiders signed several veteran running backs this offseason, but that doesn’t eliminate the possibility that they’ll bring one back this year.
If that happens, it probably wouldn’t happen until day three of the 2022 NFL Draft, and South Dakota State running back Pierre Strong Jr. could be an intriguing late-round target.
Strong is a big-play threat at running back, with 1,673 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns in 2021.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Strong led all running backs in college football with 15-plus-yard runs with 30, showing his propensity for going north-south quickly.
Strong has good vision which combines with his weaving running style to make him very effective once he reaches second level.
He showed he had good hands out of the backfield, although he was never a prolific pass catcher for the Jackrabbits.
What Strong lacks is good construction, which could lead to durability issues down the road.
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He’s not as good laterally, not being consistent in his ability to miss the first defender.
Strong isn’t a killer either, normally going down on the first hit with poor contact balance.
He would probably serve best in a committee role, a role where his speed and explosiveness provide a nice change of pace against defences.
Raiders Running back Josh Jacobs would offer a suitable partner for such a role, with his driving style pairing well with Strong’s speed and playing ability.
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