Originally Posted by SDogo
You listed two great attributes, size and speed and with in that lies the problem with Helu.
Despite the speed he never displayed the consistant ability to make a the big play. He also plays much smaller then his size.
I have just never been impressed with his body of work.
His AVG per carry has been solid but that's more a product of the style of offense he ran. When asked to lineup in traditional sets and run traditional plays he really struggled with his vision and decision making. He also did not disply the power between the tackles nor the break away speed at the 2nd level as his 40 time would suggest.
Few things ..
Agree that Helu doesn't play to his speed. However, that is only in his initial burst. If Helu gets open space, it's a wrap. See: Washington (1st game), Mizzou
Disagree about not playing to his size. Helu will like to rely on his vision and feet (his best attribute) to try to make plays, but he showed a very good ability to take on multiple tacklers this year before hitting the ground.
Not a product of the offense either with these stats. His 1st year he played under Bill Callahan/Shawn Watson in a WCO, his 2nd year in a WCO under Shawn Watson, and his 3rd year under Watson in a WCO. Even this year, Watson was still our OC and tried to run a hybrid spread/WCO variation which is what helped him get 'fired' after the season.
The biggest knock on Helu should be his durability and his ability to protect the ball.
Over the years Helu has developed a bad ability to get nagging injuries that follow him throughout his year. You look at his stats from his junior year and you see nice stats, but he dealt with a shoulder injury from the Mizzou game until the season was over. This year he battled constant ankle injuries, which had followed him early in his career as well.
Also Helu has a bad ability to cough up the ball over his last 2 seasons. This year it was worsened due to the fact he would do it at the absolute worst times. Example: Second drive of the Texas game in our territory, led to TD; Late in 1st half against Oklahoma in our territory, led to TD
I like Roy, don't get me wrong, but his durability scares the heck out of me. And with Felix Jones already getting nicked up a bit, I don't think we need another RB who may have the same problem.
But if we are talking about a later round RB, I'm all about Darren Evans from VA Tech.
If his knee checks out fine, and he is on the board in the 5th round or later, I'd definitely like to take a look at him.