Ryan Mathews, Fresno State
Ryan Mathews, the star running back draft prospect from Fresno State, has been a dominant force for some time. As a high school senior he led the nation with 3396 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns. And, in the Wildcat department he was also the team’s part-time quarterback, passing for 851 yards and 11 touchdowns.
This past season, as a junior, Mathews led the nation with a rushing average of 161.6 yards a game for the Bulldogs. Will he exhibit the same type of dominance in the NFL? Only time will tell. For now, Mathews is being projected as a late first-rounder/early second-rounder by most experts out there, with many dubbing him the “best all-around running back in the draft.”
It’s all about the football speed!
I recently had the opportunity to talk to Mathews about his whole draft prospect experience. Which NFL head coach asked him the strangest question – and what was it? Where does Ryan see himself getting drafted? What NFL runners does his style emulate? What’s the first thing he’ll buy when he signs a contract? All these questions and much more. Take a listen!
And check out this Ryan Mathews highlight reel!