Wednesday, 23 July 2014 20:00

Prospect: Terrance West

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While at Towson University, Terrance West made a name for himself as one of the premier running backs in college football. West produced at an elite level for the Tigers, rushing for over 4,800 yards and 84 touchdowns. Now that the Trent Richardson debacle is behind them, the Browns are hoping West can add stability to a running game that running backs start a game since 2009.

Other than Tennessee rookie Bishop Sankey, West is in the best situation to see major playing time during his rookie year. Newly signed RB Ben Tate is currently atop the Browns depth chart. However, with Tate already battling injuries, West could be the starter for the Browns sooner rather than later.

Last season, the Browns led the NFL with 42.6 passing attempts per game. Under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Browns are looking to implement a more balanced offensive attack. While Josh Gordon is serving his suspension for numerous off-the-field incidents, the Browns will need to establish a consistent running game if they hope to have any success on offense.

West should be a strong fit for coach Shanahan’s offense. While at Towson, West displayed the vision and downhill running mentality needed to be successful in an outside-zone run scheme. West did not offer much in the passing game, however, as he hauled in only 36 passes in three years.

Coach Shanahan relied a lot on the screen game while the offensive coordinator for the Redskins. Washington ranked in the top-12 in yardage gained on screen passes (9.8%). If West can show steady hands and the ability to protect the quarterback on third down, he will see consistent playing time his rookie season.

West currently has an ADP around the middle of round 8, while his counterpart Ben Tate is being selected almost three rounds earlier. Cleveland beat writer, Nate Ulrich says Mike Pettine is "determined to run the ball with greater frequency and success." If you are able to land one of the premier running backs with your first couple picks (Peterson, Charles, McCoy), West could be a solid RB3 early on, with the potential to move up to an above- average RB2 if Tate misses any time.

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