Sean Tucker Rookie Profiles King Fantasy Sports

Sean Tucker - RB - Syracuse

For anyone that doesn’t consistently play in Devy or Campus to Canton fantasy football leagues, Sean Tucker has most likely flown under the radar until last season. He finally started to get the media buzz he’s deserved for the past couple of years as Syracuse got off to a hot start in 2022 and became worth talking about. But that was unfortunately short-lived as subsequently Syracuse went on a skid towards the end of the year following their hot streak, and Tucker’s media buzz went by the wayside again.

Measurables

Height: 5′ 9″

Weight: 207 lbs

Age: 21

40-yard dash: 4.33s {unofficial}

3-cone drill: DNP

20-yard shuttle: DNP

Vertical Jump: 41.5″ {unofficial}

Broad Jump: DNP

Bench Press: 28 {unofficial}

*age is at the start of player’s rookie year

College Stats

Rushing & Receiving Table
RushingReceivingScrimmage
YearSchoolConfClassPosGAttYdsAvgTDRecYdsAvgTDPlaysYdsAvgTD
2020SyracuseACCFRRB91376264.64811314.101457395.14
2021SyracuseACCFRRB1224614966.1122025512.8226617516.614
*2022SyracuseACCSORB1220610605.111362547.1224213145.413
CareerSyracuse58931825.427646229.7465338045.831
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 3/11/2023.

Notable Headlines

Sean Tucker was a lower-rated recruit when he committed to Syracuse in 2020, but made some noise right out of the gate. In his first year, he led the backfield in attempts, yards, and touchdowns in just his 9 games that season. Unfortunately, Tucker’s success didn’t translate to the team as a whole as Syracuse went 1-10 on the season. The following year, Tucker had a spectacular season with over 1,750+ scrimmage yards and 14 touchdowns, putting in an impressive 255 of those yards through the air as well. Despite Tucker’s success and All-American and First-team All-ACC honors, the Syracuse team did not enjoy the same success as they went 5-7 for the year.

In 2022, Syracuse got off to a hot start going 6-0 and ranking all the way up to the number 14 team in the AP Polls. In those 6 games, Tucker was a workhorse with 24.5 touches per game, being very active in the receiving game. With Syracuse’s success, media attention finally started to notice Tucker and there was legitimate draft buzz around him. Syracuse proceeded to go on a 5 game-losing streak where Tucker’s touches seemed to take a step back as he averaged only 12.6 total touches per game. During this time, Syracuse and Tucker’s mainstream hype train fell out of media favor. In Tucker’s final game against Boston College, Syracuse got the win with Tucker receiving 22 total touches. He was awarded Second-team All-ACC honors following back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and decided to declare for the NFL Draft following his junior season.

Scouting Report

Positives

Sean Tucker is a naturally gifted runner at the running back position. He has solid vision with good burst and acceleration to take advantage of the holes that open up in the line of scrimmage or creases in the defense. Once he gets through the line of scrimmage and into the second level, he can quickly eat up the open field in front of him with his above-average open-field speed. Behind the line of scrimmage, Tucker has excellent footwork and a great center of gravity. That solid base allows him to show off impressive change of direction skills that Syracuse put on display with counter plays that were a staple of Tucker’s game.

Additionally, Tucker is a physical specimen on the field as he can pair that vision, speed, and elusiveness with good contact balance, making him a threat in every facet. Not only can he do these things on the ground, but he showed reliable hands and the ability to pick up solid yards after the catch. He isn’t the next Christian McCaffrey, but he’s more than viable in the passing game.

Negatives

While Tucker generally has good vision, there are times that he can be impatient behind his offensive line and get a bit of happy feet. Which, granted, that offensive line was, at best, lacking as run blockers. His vision did also develop over the years and turned into one of his best traits by his junior season. And his play strength was usually on point, but there were some lower body arm tackles that he should have gotten through with his frame, but instead let those arm tackles take him down. Finally, there were limited pass protection snaps on his tape, but the ones that were there were, frankly, not good. He looks lost more often than not trying to protect his quarterback from oncoming defenders.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital- Round 3

Landing Spots

Tucker feels like he is on the cusp of Day 2 or Day 3 of the NFL Draft. The fantasy community sees him as clearly being involved in that tier right below Bijan in this draft, but the NFL Draft community doesn’t have a lot to say about him. Whether that’s a product of the offense he was in or there really just isn’t that much buzz around him, it’s hard to say. The only way to find out is to wait for the draft and see if this Devy and Campus to Canton darling can get that Day 2 draft capital.

Arizona would be a great fit for Tucker’s talents. He can play a similar role that James Conner has for them in recent years, but probably a lot better, at a younger age, and hopefully consistently healthier. He can attack between the tackles, to the outside, and still provide a receiving outlet option for Kyler Murray in this offense. The Vikings are a prime team to take a later-round running back as they are set to lose Alexander Mattison in free agency and Dalvin Cook hasn’t been the perfect picture of health throughout his career. The Vikings need a reliable backup behind Cook, and a potential heir apparent as well as Cook nears age 28 at the start of the season. Tucker could be just that.

Post Draft Analysis

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – UDFA

Landing Spot

Tampa Bay lost Leonard Fournette over the offseason. And despite the loss of production both on the ground and through the air, it was clear that Fournette was on the decline of his career. Rachaad White appears to be the clear heir apparent and fills the role perfectly. But the selection of Sean Tucker adds some much-needed depth and is a shot on a player that was no less than a workhorse in college. He’s a do-it-all back with some elite traits up his sleeve. His fall was mainly due to medical concerns regarding a heart condition, but he was cleared while at the combine. He has a legitimate shot to make an impact right away in this offense and quickly jump the likes of Chase Edmonds, Ke’Shawn Vaughn, and Patrick Laird.

Fantasy Impact

Rachaad White showed enough last year to have a stranglehold on the starting job in the Tampa Bay backfield. But Tucker has a prime opportunity to work his way in as the RB2 in this backfield and split a fantasy-relevant amount of touches in this backfield. He fell out of the draft due to medical concerns, and if those prove to not be an issue, he shouldn’t be considered to have the same nail in the coffin as most UDFAs. But the medical concerns are still an obvious risk while the talent is still evident.

In Dynasty, the draft capital and medical concerns are baked into his ADP. He goes in the early 4th of Superflex rookie drafts, or even undrafted. He should be a priority waiver claim and a prime target in the 4th with the pure talent that he possesses and the opportunity to get on the field early and often behind White. If he proves to be the RB2 in this backfield, he’ll immediately have handcuff value with a potential fantasy-relevant role. In Redraft, there’s no reason to draft him, but a player to monitor on waivers if he does make noise in the offseason camps and if White were to go down for any reason.

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