Auburn Running Back Ben Tate

Ben Tate: No. 44, RB, 5-11, 218

Tate is a thick, well-built back who possesses a nice combination of vision, balance and footwork for a guy his size. He does a nice job changing directions cleanly and quickly, finding the cutback lane and pressing the hole up the field. He exhibits good power in his lower half and consistently runs behind his pads and churns his legs through contact. Tate isn't explosive and displays a decent first step but mostly plays at one speed and struggles to create plays at the second level. He's more of a one-cut downhill guy who lacks the wiggle to consistently make a man miss and separate out of his breaks. He runs a lot out of the spread offense but doesn't have the type of gear to routinely outrun defenders to the edge and will dance too much behind the line. Tate is at his best when asked to press the hole, sidestep a tackle and drive into the open field. He isn't a great athlete for his size but is patient, has a natural feel for the run game and can run effectively between the tackles. He isn't a guy who will carry the load in the NFL, but he has the power to spell a starter during a game.

Grade: 5.8

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