I don't like indecisive backs without wiggle or explosion. It shows they don't have the necessary instincts to be a very good RB. He sounds like J.Howard, actually. He and Malcolm Brown will compete for one roster spot, at most. Maybe the Patriots will cut Sony Michel now that they drafted Stevenson.
Well, if anyone posts just the negatives then it's hard to get on board with the pick, eh? Keep in mind that he is a 7th round draft pick. Anyways, it depends on who is analyzing him.
Here is SI's analysis on him.
* He has some absurd contact balance and power, rarely ever getting stalled at the initial point of contact. https://www.si.com/nfl/draft/scouting-r ... erriddoaks
* Playing with good toughness and balance, Doaks churns out a ton of extra yardage after contact.
* He also has quicker feet than expected, casually eluding second-level defenders in the hole. Doaks also impacts the passing game more than imagined, averaging an outstanding 14.4 yards per reception in 2020.
* The biggest question about Doaks will be durability issues, on top of being just a one-year full-time starter for the Bearcats.
* He has a good initial burst as a runner, but lacks the long speed to consistently create chunk plays.
* In the right situation, Doaks’ combination of power, contact balance, receiving ability and toughness could make him a candidate to be this year's James Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars).
And NFL Draft Network's analysis
NFL Draft Network wrote:
* Doaks is a big and powerful back that runs angry and explodes into contact. https://thedraftnetwork.com/articles/20 ... rrid-doaks
* He’s outstanding in pass protection and is aggressive with everything he does on the field.
* While he was underutilized as a receiving threat in college, the opportunities he did receive to catch the football produced impressive results and I believe there is some untapped potential regarding that component of his game.
* For a bigger back, Doaks has more quickness and elusiveness than expected.
* What tempers the evaluation for Doaks is the injury history and that he was never consistently a catalyst for offensive production at Cincinnati despite some really impressive flashes.
* Situation and opportunity could end up being major factors in the career Doaks ends up having, but there is a lot to like about him and what he brings to the table.