Running Back #15
Senior, 5’10 210
Elijah McGuire is a running back who plays for Louisiana-Lafayette. He was a four year starter at his respective position and for good reasons. McGuire has crossed the 1,000 yard total mark every year on campus. This includes four straight years of more than 200 yards receiving. McGuire is a good runner with blocking skills and great hands. However, he lacks proper pad level and disappears for entire games.
The first thing that stands out about McGuire is his catching ability. His sophomore year was the most impressive as he hauled in 45 receptions for 468 yards according to ESPN. Louisiana-Lafayette even splits him to the slot as a receiver occasionally. He does not have great moves in open space but is consistent in making catches. In fact, he looks more comfortable catching tougher balls. McGuire also is not afraid to pull blocking duty.
Louisiana-Lafayette runs a variation of the power spread. Which calls for many QB runs between the tackles. McGuire is frequently the lead blocker for quarterback Anthony Jennings and creates good running lanes. This adds to his versatility as a running back in the NFL. His pass blocking does not look all that clean but he gets the job done. His tape suggests there is a good 3rd down back in there. That is if he fixes some of his mistakes.
McGuire is good in space, but he rarely uses leverage to his advantage. As a 5’10 running back, life would be easier for him if he got low and tried to break tackles. He frequently stands up tall and is taken down easily. Pad level should come with time. Hopefully the same applies to consistency.
The other big standout about McGuire is how he can disappear for entire games. From his film, he looked like a better player his sophomore year than his senior year. McGuire’s senior film included 5 games where he did not cross 50 yards rushing. Or another game where he only managed 2.3 yards per carry. It is unclear why that occurs. His best games still suggest he is worth a shot in the NFL.
Ultimately, he does not have the kind of size or speed to be an every down back. However, he presents good catching and blocking skills that can be used in a variety of ways. Specifically on 3rd down. A team with an established starter would be wise to look in his direction.