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Casual football fans may not recognize the name, but West isn't likely to stay under the radar much longer. After setting FCS records with 2,509 rushing yards and 41 touchdowns in his junior season at Towson, West decided to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the draft. The 2013 Colonial Athletic Association offensive player of the year totaled 86 touchdowns during his three seasons with the Tigers, finishing three shy of the FCS record set by former Pro Bowler Brian Westbrook. While the competition figures to get a whole lot stiffer, many believe West has the skill set to be a force at the next level. A powerful yet patient downhill runner, West is extremely explosive out of the backfield and has always shown a knack for picking up tough yards. He has great vision and usually makes good decisions when hitting the hole. West, who stays low to the ground, is hard to bring down between the tackles and always keeps his legs moving forward. He may not be as fast as some of the running backs in his class, but that shouldn't cause teams to shy away. He ran a 4.54-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, finishing with the 14th-best time at his position. He only completed 16 bench press reps, however, and his 33 1/2-inch vertical jump wasn't overly impressive. West projects as a third-round pick, though it wouldn't be surprising to see him go earlier.