Rookie Profile – Travis Etienne

Travis Etienne - RB - Clemson Tigers

The rookie profile for Travis Etienne, a player who has flashed throughout his college career. Etienne worked as a key part of the Clemson National Championship team. 

Measurables

Age: 22

Height: 5′ 10″

Weight: 215 lbs

40-yard dash: 4.41s

3-cone drill: DNP

20-yard shuttle: DNP

Vertical Jump: 33.5″

Broad Jump: 128″

Bench Press: 18

College Career Stats

Rushing Receiving
Year
Team
Class
GP
Att
Yds
YPA
TD
Rec
Yds
YPC
TD
2017
Clemson
Fr.
13
107
766
7.2
13
5
57
11.4
2018
Clemson
So.
15
204
1,658
8.1
24
12
78
6.5
2
2019
Clemson
Jr.
15
207
1,614
7.8
19
37
432
11.7
4
2020
Clemson
Sr.
12
168
914
5.4
14
48
588
12.3
2
College Career

Etienne was a four-star recruit out of high school, and made an immediate impact in college. He led the team in rushing in his freshman season, and never looked back. Etienne took a big step forward in his 2018 season, where he rushed the ball 204 times for 1,658 yards and 24 TDs. His 2019 season was equally impressive, with increased receptions.

Scouting Report

Positives:

Has good vision on outside runs to identify seams he can burst though. Able to get defenders to commit and set their feet, before changing direction. Has good burst in those situations to take advantage. Has good body control, which allows him to change direction in tight areas, or spin away from defenders. For his size, he is able to make positive yards through contact. 

Has good receiving ability, with great hands and has great ability after the catch. As a result, once he has the ball in his hands he is able to be a real threat to defenses

Negatives:

Etienne can be tunnel visioned when running, meaning that he can miss gaps on cutbacks. Given his size, he can suffer in pass protection as to be effective he needs to set his feet early. Also isn’t the quickest at picking up blitzes.

Post Draft Analysis

Draft Capital:

Round 1, Pick 25 Jacksonville Jaguars

Etienne is reunited with his college QB, Trevor Lawrence, on a Jacksonville roster that had an impressive running back last season. The team said that they selected Etienne to be a third-down back, but I can’t see that being the case. Etienne is going to be the long-term solution for the team, and we are likely to see James Robinson start to see reduced work.

 

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