Robert Turbin

Seahawks add RB to compete with Marshawn Lynch

The Seattle Seahawks may have added some competition for Marshawn Lynch in the 4th round with the selection of Utah State running back Robert Turbin.

Turbin enters the league with some injury concerns, which caused him to fall down draft boards, but if he stays healthy he has the potential to develop into a starter at the next level.

Like Lynch, Turbin has a small, compact build and does a great job running between the tackles. He’s also an explosive runner, who hits holes with an impressive burst. The Seahawks now have a nice trio at running back with two between-the-tackles types (Lynch and Turbin) and a change-of-pace back in Leon Washington.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, Seahawks Comments Off

Jets targeting RB in draft?

The New York Jets have scheduled a pre-draft visit with Utah State running back Robert Turbin, a projected Day Two pick.

Running back is definitely not a glaring hole on the Jets roster, but with LaDainian Tomlinson hitting the free agent market and without another proven running back on the roster, the Jets may be willing to spend a high pick on Shonn Green’s new backup.

If the Jets are looking to bring someone in to share the load with Green, Turbin would make sense. Like Green, he’s a short but stocky power runner with just enough athleticism to break off some big runs. The combination of Green and Turbin, with Joe McKnight as the third option, would give the Jets a formidable backfield.

It could be worth keeping an eye on the Jets visits this offseason to gauge their interest in adding a running back. Bernard Pierce and Chris Polk could be some other options in the 3rd or 4th-round range that may fit the mold for which they’re looking to fill.

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Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, Jets Comments Off

Robert Turbin scouting report

Robert Turbin RB Utah State #6
Ht: 5’9″
Wt: 215
 
Strengths:
Small, compact build makes him tough to bring down. Adequate speed; can turn the corner and will break off some big runs. An explosive runner; gets to full speed quickly. Surprising agility for his size. Extremely productive when healthy; dominated his level of competition. Productive as a receiver out of the backfield; reliable hands. Hard worker off the field; came back from ACL injury as if he never missed a beat.
Weaknesses:
Missed entire 2010 season with torn ACL. Missed time in 2007 with a foot injury. Level of competition is a concern. Speed is very average; will break off some long runs, but isn’t very elusive in the open field. Isn’t as powerful as you’d expect; lacks the lower-body strength to really push the pile in short-yardage situations.
Comments:
Turbin is a tough prospect to judge. He lacks the measurables of an elite prospect, but it’s impossible to ignore his production on the field. However, he also was rarely tested against any of the nation’s top defenses. He’s definitely worth taking a flier on the mid rounds in hopes of developing him for the future.
Videos:
2011 vs San Jose State 
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 Comments Off