As a running back looking to get into the NFL, one of the most important things teams look at is your ball security. If you can’t hold onto the ball, you likely won’t last long in the league.
Look at the 2015 season with Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah. He was drafted in the third round last year and had the most fumbles among all rookies last season and after a promising start, he ended up getting benched and move to primarily being a backup.
It looks like NFL teams could be concerned with another shocking value for one talented running back. CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler reported that Alabama running back Kenyan Drake has the worst fumble rate of any running back with a score of 39.9, just worse than Abdullah’s 42.0 in 2015.
This equals out to Drake fumbling once, regardless of it being recovered by his team or the opposing, out of every 40 offensive touches. On the other side of the coin, Ezekiel Elliott and Aaron Green both had the best fumble rates with scores of 162.5 and 169.7 respectively.
If Drake wants any chance of playing in the NFL, he will certainly have to work on getting his fumble rate looking much better.
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