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GERRID DOAKS | Cincinnati | RB |
#23 | rSr | 5112 | 230 | Indianapolis, IN | Lawrence Central

 

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Pre-Draft Analysis
Doaks is a big back with good burst through the hole and good contact balance. He rushed for seven touchdowns in nine games last year. He doesn't have a second gear and he's not much of a big-play threat. -- Steve Muench


Post-Draft Analysis
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Player Bio

Doaks led the Bearcats in rushing twice over the past four seasons, first as a redshirt freshman in 2017 (87-513-5.9, two TDs; also 14-135-9.6, one TD receiving in nine games with four starts). He missed the following year due to a preseason sports hernia injury, however, and then contributed as a backup in 12 contests in 2018 (100-526-5.3, five TDs rushing; 8-70-8.8, one TD receiving). Doaks again topped the squad in rushing as a senior in 2020, covering 673 yards and scoring seven touchdowns on 144 carries (4.7 per) and catching 14 passes for 202 yards (14.4 per) and two touchdowns in nine starts. A leg injury suffered in the AAC Championship Game prevented the Indianapolis product from playing in the team's bowl game. -- by Chad Reuter

Overview

Pro size with broad, thickly built lower half. Doaks can be a physical runner when he wants to be, but there are times when he gears down rather than imposing his will into contact. He lacks foot quickness and the desired field vision to find pathways and yardage on his own, so power will need to become his calling card. He looks more comfortable lining up behind the quarterback and attacking the flanks, where he has longer to process the defense and can get his momentum building. He does just enough out of the backfield and has decent pass pro potential. He might go undrafted but has enough going for him to get a look.

Strengths

  • Broad lower body with thick legs.
  • Productivity hurt by inconsistent blocking at times.
  • Gets his speed up when hitting the outside carry.
  • Good forward lean and lowered pads as finisher.
  • Size and strength to pinball off tacklers when he's cranked up.
  • Improved in 2020 at keeping his feet moving through contact.
  • Puts pepper into his chip blocks and blitz pickups.

Weaknesses

  • Not very quick out of his stance.
  • Blurry field vision in reading the defensive front.
  • Lethargic feet slow jump-cuts and lateral movements.
  • Doesn't show much savvy getting through lanes cleanly.
  • Won't wiggle enough to elude tacklers.
  • Fumbling issues need to be corrected.
  • Pass-catching can be a labor for him.

 

GERRID DOAKS | Cincinnati | RB | #23 | rSr | 5112 | 230 | Indianapolis, IN | Lawrence Central

OVERVIEW:
Having to wait his turn behind former Bearcat star Michael Warren and dealing with some durability concerns, Doaks might be the most underrated running back prospect in the 2021 draft. Boasting a well put together power frame, Doaks brings a no-nonsense running style to the position. He has some absurd contact balance and power, rarely ever getting stalled at the initial point of contact. 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).

QUOTE OF NOTE:
It's been full of ups and downs. Dealing with certain injuries, it kind of messes with your head, but being surrounded by all the people on the team and the staff, they help uplift you and remind you how important you are around here. It kind of helps you get back in the grind and get back to where you want to be. That's why I'm where I'm at now.” – Gerrid Doaks, on his five seasons at Cincinnati

BACKGROUND:
Raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. Three-star recruit according to 247Sports. Earned his degree in Criminal Justice. Redshirt. Played in nine games missing time due to injury as a freshman. Missed 2018 season due to injury. Played in 12 games as a junior.

CAREER:

 

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Analysis:
After redshirting in 2016, Gerrid Doaks led Cincinnati in rushing as a redshirt freshman in 2017 despite missing three games due to injury. He then missed all of 2018 with an injury he suffered in practice. Doaks returned in 2019 and was a steady producer for the Bearcats offense for the next two seasons. Doaks is a big and powerful back that runs angry and explodes into contact. 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.

Ideal Role:
Versatile RB2.

Scheme Fit:
Any.

 

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GERRID DOAKS | Cincinnati | RB | #23 | rSr | 5112 | 230 | 4.64e | Indianapolis | Lawrence Central

OVERVIEW:
Having to wait his turn behind former Bearcat star Michael Warren and dealing with some durability concerns, Doaks might be the most underrated running back prospect in the 2021 draft. Boasting a well put together power frame, Doaks brings a no-nonsense running style to the position. He has some absurd contact balance and power, rarely ever getting stalled at the initial point of contact. 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).

BACKGROUND:
Raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. Three-star recruit according to 247Sports. Earned his degree in Criminal Justice. Redshirt. Played in 9 games missing time due to injury as a freshman. Missed 2018 season due to injury. Played in 12 games as a junior.

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