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Overview: The 2021 college football season saw plenty of breakout performances, but none was more impressive than Badie's, who exploded for an SEC-best 1,612 rushing yards to earn consensus all-conference honors from league coaches and media after previously serving as mostly a receiving option out of the backfield and in the return game for the Tigers.
A New Orleans native, Badie signed with Missouri as a three-star recruit and immediately outshined his ranking, earning a spot on the SEC's All-Freshman Team with 809 all-purpose yards. He would go on to become one of the most versatile weapons in the conference over the rest of his career, leaving Missouri with an eye-popping 34 career touchdowns and becoming the first Tigers running back to earn All-American honors since 1998 (Devin West).
Badie (pronounced Bay-dee) may lack the bulk to be a bell cow in the NFL, but his versatility and big-play chops will have clubs lining up for a chance to add immediate juice to their roster.
Strengths: Lightning-quick "air back" equally dangerous as a runner or receiver, Badie is a big play waiting to happen. He's quick to and through the hole and can leave would-be tacklers grasping at his shoestrings in a phone booth, showing the stop-start and electric elusiveness to create on his own. Accelerates fluidly and shows a legitimate second gear to pull away when in the open field. While lacking an ideal frame to carry the load, he is willing to lower his shoulder and fight. Lighter than most NFL running backs, Badie isn't a traditional tackle-breaker, but he has solid contact balance due to above-average body control, bouncing off of big hits, tight-roping the sideline and fighting for additional yardage. He is an accomplished receiver -- lining up in the slot, on occasion -- and typically catching the ball cleanly with soft hands to pull and pluck. Accomplished kick returner with 27 attempts (19.4 yard average) over his career, leading the Tigers as a freshman and sophomore in this category. Graduated with a degree in sports management after earning multiple spots on the SEC Academic Honor Roll over his career.
Weaknesses: Though he will surprise opponents every now and then, Badie is more flash than physical as a ball-carrier, too often getting dragged or knocked down by single defender. He runs with a high pad level, sapping power. Too often is knocked back, failing to fall forward to finish and struggling to earn the "tough yards" inside, belying his eye-popping 14 rushing touchdowns against mostly SEC competition in 2021. Badie is an attentive pass protector but lacks girth and power in this area, as well. While a terrifically productive receiver, he can be slow to pick up the ball in flight and has plenty of bobbles and drops on tape. Needs to show greater concentration when he senses a big hit coming.
Pro Comp: Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts -- The perfect complement to superstar Jonathan Taylor in Indianapolis, the 5-9, 196-pound Hines is a pass-catching, tackle-slipping dynamo capable of shouldering the load when needed. Badie would be best served in a similar change-of-pace role with the upside to become more if called upon.