Runnning back #25
Peyton Barber is a tough kid and if he gets drafted, it could be the feel good story of the Spring.
- Stocky build
- Between the tackles runner
- Lacks homerun speed
- Does not have possess great field vision
- Loves contact. Willing to fight for extra yards
- Could see him being effective in pass protection
- 1000 yard rusher in the SEC
- All around good kid
Peyton Barber started this offseason by shocking a lot of people when he decided to go pro. Many people began to assume that it was due to playing time as he was projected to be the third back on the depth chart on Auburn’s rush heavy offense. Barber said in his combine interview that his mother is homeless and he’s doing it for her.
Peyton is a hard working kid who overcame a learning disability. He shined this past season by rushing for over a 1,000 yards in the toughest conference in college football. He initiates a lot of contact. Sometimes, he looks for contact when he should probably cut to the open whole. He wasn’t asked to block a lot at Auburn but I think he has the ability and willingness to take on blitzing defenders as his stocky frame could be good at protecting the quarterback.
He ran primarily behind zone blocking schemes in college. This could be seen as an issue but look at the two previous Auburn backs in this system, Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne. They’ve both performed well.
Peyton Barber’s footwork is fine and he does a good job using his pads. His measurables are great. Peyton will have to get to a camp and have a willingness to earn playing time via special teams. This guy has everyone rooting for him.
Round value: 7th
NFL Comparison: Brandon Bolden