Trey Millard vs Texas (2012) (via Aaron Aloysius)
2012: 33 rushes for 198 yards (6 per); 30 rec for 337 yards (11.3 per)
Every one wants to copy The Cat. And "The Cat" right now is the Seattle Seahawks. But the trick isn't to copy what they built. The trick is to copy HOW they built. The trick is to hit on studs in the mid-late rounds like the Seahawks did when they nabbed a Kam Chancellor and a Richard Sherman in the 5th. So the question becomes, how do you find studs in the mid-late rounds? Well, I think one way to go about it is to shop for the type of players that nobody else is looking for. Like fullbacks.
Fullbacks aren't usually the types of players that whet one's appetite. Fullbacks in the modern NFL don't seem to have much value. The rules promote passing and offenses are shifting to more spread formations and single-RB-sets. Its actually rare to see FBs on the field during the course of a game. They're slow, unathletic, brick-hands whose sole purpose in life seems to be to smash themselves into people at full speed. They're too slow to run with the ball, can't catch, and their mere presence signals to the world that a running play is about to happen. Who wants a FB, right? Right?
Well, Treyty Trey is not a normal fullback. Dude is an athlete. Not only does he block like a tank, but he can run the rock and he's an outstanding receiver. He can flash to the flat, bust up a seam, split into the slot and run a possession route... He's a weapon. And even better, he blew out his ACL in October. "WHAT? How is that a good thing, you stupid crackhead?" I know, I know... It's a good thing because not only is nobody looking for a FB, but of the few teams that might be smart enough to track this player, they're likely not going to go out of their way to drop a meaningful draft pick on a late October ACL victim to fill a position that they don't plan to feature anyway. But we SHOULD.
I'd love to pair this guy with Carlos Hyde, by the way. Gimme those two and nab a big ol' blocking TE and lets get our maul on.