5’11 | 220 pounds | RB | Auburn
Acceleration/Burst/Quickness: Shows good burst and quickness. His 10 and 20 yard splits are impressive- 1.49 10-yard dash and 2.52 20-yard dash. Quick forward and laterally. Can change direction quickly and effective. Cuts on his toes and doesn’t let his feet go dead.
Ball Protection: Has put the ball on the ground more than you like. Covers well running through the hole, but can get loose at the second level.
Elusiveness/Feet/Agility: Is quick and shifty. Good lateral agility shown on tape and in workouts. Churns his feet to power through tackles. An underrated athlete.
Pass Catching: A very underrated receiver out of the backfield. Has capable hands and runs crisp routes. Is a natural receiver.
Pass Blocking: Improved as a senior, but is not an accomplished blocker. Tate has the build to improve, with a thick lower body and big hands.
Power: The prototypical I-formation running back. Is a good inside runner. Is not afraid to lower his shoulder and go at a defender. Can run through arm tackles. Is a very active tackle breaker.
Size/Length/Hand Size: Thick legs with great lower-body strength. Has ideal size for a starting NFL running back. Good hand size helps with excellent receiving skills.
Speed: Great timed speed at the NFL Combine (4.34). Is shifty and quick in the open field. Has had no trouble running away from defenders in the best defensive conference in college football- the SEC.
Vision/Balance/Running Instincts: Is a true downhill runner. Excels in a one-cut system. Will lower his pads and fight for yards, but has the speed to break away from defenders. Keeps his eyes up and looking for seems. Good agility and acceleration. Balance is only average and can be knocked off his feet. Has potential as a goal-line back.
Final Word: Despite starting only two games as a junior, Tate almost entered the 2009 NFL Draft. His senior season proved to be his best, with 10 touchdowns and over 1,300 yards rushing for the Tigers. Tate has serious ability, and has shown he can excel in an NFL system. Best suited for a one-back system, Tate could be a premium target for teams running a zone blocking scheme.