Ahhhh….spring is in the air. Flowers will be blooming and the universe is full of new lifeforms….for me destroy…
These little seeds might not look like much now, but plant them at the start of the season and feed them a little blood from time to time and they grow into giants!
AND THEY EAT MEAT!
Just like Tennessee Running Back John Kelly.
THE POSITIVES: John Kelly was the alpha dog of the Volunteer offense this year. At 5’9, 205 pounds, Kelly is a shorter back that packs a very powerful punch.
If you read these reports, it will be no secret to you that this alien likes players with a little fight in them – and Kelly has more than a little. The stout running back runs aggressively into and over defenders. His low center of gravity helps him fight through tackles. More often than not Kelly isn’t avoiding tackles – he running right at defenders! Kelly rarely loses yards.
Kelly also brings a solid receiving game and a solid pass blocking game to the table. He catches the ball very naturally and has the diverse skill set a lot of offenses crave.
THE NEGATIVES: Kelly’s big weakness screams at you. He is undersized. If you want a big powerback look elsewhere. I imagine in the NFL Kelly will be part of a running back by committee approach.
He doesn’t have great stats either. Over the last three years the most carries Kelly had in a season was 189. He had under 800 yards on the ground in each of the last two seasons. Even at the college level they minimized his touches.
That scrappiness I mentioned above might be a detriment – Kelly might be a little too eager to make contact with the defender.
THE ALIEN DUST: This is the kind of player I worry we are missing in 2018 without Landry or Ajayi – the scrapper. I love watching Kelly fight for each inch. Every snap is a fight.
The draft is so deep at running back, a productive player like Kelly from a major program is probably pushed down to a Day 3 pick. If the Dolphins do not select a running back in the first 3 rounds of the draft, I imagine Kelly will be high on their radar.
If John Kelly was an alien weapon of destruction, its a no brainer. He would be the Deadly Venusian Fly Trap – THEY EAT MEAT!
Check out his highlights here: