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Rainey might follow in the footsteps of fellow former Gator Percy Harvin. Both had more rushing attempts than receptions in college, but Harvin was too small to be an every-down back in the NFL - like Rainey - and became a full-time receiver who gets occasional carries and kick returns. That may resemble the pro future of Rainey, but he's even smaller than Harvin - a former first-round pick - and that tiny frame could play into why he drops to the middle rounds. The extremely agile speedster has drawn comparisons to Darren Sproles, but the Saints standout is a competent blocker whereas Rainey isn't, and that could prevent him from playing out of the backfield. Rainey likely boosted his stock at the combine. He set running back records in the 20-yard and 60-yard shuttles, posted the best time of any player in the three-cone drill and tied for second among RBs in the 40-yard dash at 4.45 seconds. Rainey, who set an SEC record with six blocked punts, led Florida in receptions (31) and rushing yards (861) as a senior and finished as the program's ninth all-time leading rusher (2,464). He averaged 5.0 yards per carry and 12.3 per catch in 2011, making defenders miss with his quick feet and decision-making in the open field. Rainey is not good running up the middle, usually only gaining yards when he reaches the edge - something he regularly did in college but may have difficulty doing in the pros. One big red flag was Rainey's felony arrest for aggravated stalking in September 2010 after sending a threatening text message to his ex-girlfriend. He pleaded to a misdemeanor and avoided jail by doing community service and anger management counseling.