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NFL Draft: Player Profile - Tashard Choice
John Tuvey
April 23, 2008
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Running Back - Georgia Tech

Measurables:
Combine Height: 5-10
Combine Weight: 215
Combine 40 Time: 4.52
Stats:
Rushed for 2,852 yards on 558 carries in two seasons as the Georgia Tech starter, scoring 22 touchdowns in 26 games.

Skill Set:
Choice is a classic north-south runner who doesn’t mess around in the backfield; he sees the hole, he hits the hole. His instincts, patience, and burst make him a perfect fit for a one-cut-and-go zone blocking system, although he’s not quite fast enough to put defenders in his wake once he busts through the line of scrimmage. Choice backed up Adrian Peterson for a year at Oklahoma before transferring, and when he was healthy he put up impressive numbers. Durability may be the only question scouts have about his game; while he doesn’t excel in any one specific facet of the game he’s more than adequate at all phases. His soft hands will get him on the field in third downs, and if Choice avoids injury he may be tough to get off the field.

Possible Destinations:
While he won’t be amongst the first tier of backs off the board, Choice’s draft day stock has held steady in the second-to-third round range. The Bengals and Saints aren’t likely to spend a second-round selection on a back given they already have a few, but both squads have talked about adding one at some point and the third round is a possibility. Carolina could add Choice to its committee, and the Bears and Lions would both figure in the mix if they haven’t already spent their first-round selection on a back. The Cardinals might still be seeking an heir to Edgerrin James, while the Buccaneers, Packers, and Colts could all be in the market for some depth. And if Choice is still on the board when the Texans step up at No. 79… it just makes too much sense.

Fantasy Impact:
As mentioned above, Choice has a variety of skills that should help him find immediate playing time. In the right situation, Tashard could find himself as a complementary back (say, to DeAngelo Williams in Carolina), a third down back, or even a feature back in a zone-blocking system (for example, in Houston when Ahman Green and Chris Brown get hurt). He’s worth stashing in a redraft league, so long as you can be patient and let him work his way into the lineup. Dynasty leaguers have already factored such a timetable, and if Choice can avoid the injury bug he’ll be a sneaky addition that could pay major dividends down the road.

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