Clemson-RB, 5’10” 205 Pounds
- Instinctive Runner
- Good Vision
- Quick First Step
- Reliable Receiving Skills
- Fumble Issues
- Short-Yard Situations
- Blitz Protections
As a freshman in 2017, he averaged 7.2 yards per carry for 766 yards with 13 touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2018, Etienne averaged 8.1 yards per carry for 1,658 yards with 24 touchdowns. While helping the Tigers to win the National Championship.
Etienne played well for the most part in 2019 as a junior. He averaged 8.2 yards per carry for 1,500 yards with 17 touchdowns. Also, added 29 receptions for 298 yards and two touchdowns. As a senior in 2020, Etienne totaled 168 carries for 914 yards, 5.4 average, and 14 touchdowns. He really showed improvement in the passing game with 48 receptions for 588 yards and two scores.
The first thing you notice is Etienne’s speed! He has excellent speed with his track background. He is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. With a quick first step, he hits the hole and is into the second level quicker than any other running back in this draft.
Etienne’s patience’s to use his vision to see where the lanes are going to open. Once he breaks into the open field he is too fast to be tracked down from behind.
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Etienne looked really improved in terms of receiving as a senior. His hands and route-running were much better. He now catches the ball with his hands and is able to run some good routes. With this addition to his game Etienne is a dual threat out of the backfield. Making him a three down back.
Areas of Improvement:
Etienne also needs to improve his ball security, as fumbles were a problem for him at Clemson. In 2020 he fumbled four times and losing three of them. He will need work in blitz pickup in the NFL. He might be best as a pro in a tandem with a big back who can help protect him from getting worn down plus handle the short-yardage and goal-line situations.
In the 2021 NFL Draft, Etienne looks like a potential pick late in the first round or early in the second round.
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