NFL Draft

#22
Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Carries Yards TD
215 1414 16
Team: LSU TigersHeight: 5-8 Born: 4/11/1999
Position: RBWeight: 209 Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Class-Eligibility: Jr-Jr


Scouting Report

OVERVIEW

Edwards-Helaire wasn't on many scouts' radar entering the 2019 season, but he seized a major role in a high-powered Tigers' offense and took off. He totaled 1,414 rushing yards while averaging 6.6 yards per carry and scoring 16 touchdowns, adding 55 grabs for 453 yards and a touchdown. He tallied 164 total yards on 21 touches in the national title game win over Clemson.

As expected, Edwards-Helaire ran a middling 40-yard dash (4.60 seconds) at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he showed explosion in the jumps (39.5-inch vertical, T-3rd among RBs; 123-inch broad, T-9th) and dazzled in the receiving drills.

ANALYSISWhile not big, Edwards-Helaire is stout for his height and runs with an energetic, punishing style. He's not afraid to be physical, and his contact balance is outstanding both in tight spaces and the open field. He combines the ability to play through contact with terrific lateral suddenness, wielding a wicked jump cut and the fluidity to jump from one gap to another while still moving upfield. He's very slippery against one-on-one tacklers in space, and he can push the pile and fall forward to finish. He is also an accomplished receiver, showing excellent route-running chops and the suddenness to dust linebackers in man coverage. He can run a variety of routes with precision, with his passing-game role expanding dramatically as the 2019 season went on.

There's some uneasiness that comes with trusting a one-year wonder like Edwards-Helaire, who had just 155 rushes and 14 catches through his first two years at LSU. While he's a handful in space, he's more quick than fast. He isn't going to wow anyone with his long speed and will often get caught from behind in the open field. He's a great route-runner, but his hands are not especially natural, and he could stand to improve his coordination and catch radius. He has the tools to succeed in pass protection, but he's been a mixed bag in that area thus far, being used more often as a receiver.

PRO COMPARISON

Ray Rice, retired -- Other strong comparisons for Edwards-Helaire would include Maurice Jones-Drew or Austin Ekeler, but Rice might be the most similar in style and body type. A short, squatty back with an excellent combination of shiftiness, power and receiving skills, Edwards-Helaire could regularly approach 1,000 yards on the ground while also catching 50 passes each season, figures that Rice topped in four straight years in Baltimore. Extra refinement as a receiver and blocker could make him the ideal modern-day back.

Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

--Field Level Media


Career Passing Stats

Year Team G Cmp Att Comp % Yds Yd/A TDs Int Sacked Yds
2018 LSU  13 1 1 100.0 11 11.0 1 0 0 0
Career   41 1 1 100.0 11 11.0 1 0 0 0

Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2017 LSU  13 9 31 3.4 0 3 46 15.3 0
2018 LSU  13 146 658 4.5 7 11 96 8.7 0
2019 LSU  15 215 1414 6.6 16 55 453 8.2 1
Career   41 370 2103 5.7 23 69 595 8.6 1

Career Returning Stats

Year Team G Punt Returns Yds Avg TDs Kick Returns Yds Avg TDs
2017 LSU  13 0 0 - 0 13 247 19.0 0
2018 LSU  13 0 0 - 0 17 416 24.5 0
2019 LSU  15 0 0 - 0 10 214 21.4 0
Career   41 0 0 - 0 40 877 21.9 0

Offensive Logs

  Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
8/31/2019 GaSo 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 9 45 5.0 1 13 4 31 7.8 0 15
9/7/2019 @ Tex 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 15 87 5.8 1 24 4 15 3.8 0 6
9/14/2019 NWSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 13 50 3.8 2 13 0 0 - 0 -
9/21/2019 @ Vandy 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 14 106 7.6 1 46 1 1 1.0 0 1
10/5/2019 UtahSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 14 72 5.1 0 11 1 12 12.0 0 12
10/12/2019 Fla 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 13 134 10.3 2 57 0 0 - 0 -
10/19/2019 @ MissSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 11 53 4.8 0 17 2 15 7.5 0 8
10/26/2019 Auburn 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 26 136 5.2 1 26 7 51 7.3 0 13
11/9/2019 @ Ala 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 20 103 5.2 3 18 9 77 8.6 1 14
11/16/2019 @ Miss 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 23 172 7.5 1 49 4 22 5.5 0 12
11/23/2019 Ark 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 6 188 31.3 3 89 7 65 9.3 0 15
11/30/2019 TexA&M 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 18 87 4.8 1 18 4 49 12.3 0 26
12/7/2019 UGa 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 15 57 3.8 0 20 7 61 8.7 0 24
12/28/2019 Okla 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 2 14 7.0 0 14 0 0 - 0 -
1/13/2020 Clem 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 16 110 6.9 0 25 5 54 10.8 0 23
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