We're getting into the deep, dark depths of the NFL Draft, and, as such, we're going to see a lot of names you might never have heard of before. If San Jose St. running back Tyler Ervin fits that description, you've come to the right place!
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Our boy bigfatdrunk noticed almost right away that Ervin seems to be a carbon copy of Akeem Hunt, the undrafted second-year running back the Texans picked up late in the season last year. Height, weight and 40 time are all nearly identical. Is this a bad thing? Not at all. If Ervin can add the speed and hustle that Hunt flashed last year, the Texans' special teams unit will benefit greatly. Spelling Lamar Miller with some equally athletic running backs is the cherry on top.
Ervin was electric for the Spartans in his senior year, racking up 13 touchdowns and 1,601 yards on just 294 carries. That's 5.4 YPC, folks. Ervin was equally comfortable catching passes out of the backfield, notching 334 yards and two additional scores. AND! He wasn't too shabby returning both punts and kicks. That's the kind of versatility Bill O'Brien covets.
If you check out his game against Oregon State, you'll see Ervin's diverse skill set in action.
Despite the loss, Ervin does it all here for the Spartans. On the first two drives alone, he was used traditionally in the I-formation, motioned to the outside, motioned to the inside, fielded a jet sweep, caught a pass out of the backfield and flashed effective cutbacks with sharp vision. However O'Brien decides to use him, Ervin looks like he's got the ability to handle it.
Check out Ervin's other videos on Draft Breakdown, and feel free to wildly speculate as to how he'll fit among the Texans' arsenal of shiny, new weapons on offense. Also feel free to start writing your goodbye letters to any combination of Alfred Blue, Kenny Hilliard and Jonathan Grimes.