Position: Running Back
40-Yard Dash: 4.45 (EST)
Marshawn Lynch has excellent size and speed for his position, and uses all of his skill all the time. He hits the hole fast and like a hammer, and is very hard to bring down when he hits his stride. Lynch has a quick and hard burst, and seems to be easily able to see cutback lanes as they form. He shows soft hands out of the backfield, and having him as an outlet option will endear him to his quarterback.
Lynch tries to create a big play too often, cutting to the outside when the better and smarter run is between the tackles. He doesn't stay with lead or pull blockers very well at all, and needs to show a higher degree of patience on many plays. His blocking leaves quite a bit to be desired, as he seems to display very little effort in that phase of his game. He's also had some lingering and recurring hand and arm injuries, which could lead to ball-handling problems if they keep up.
Some see Lynch as a can't miss prospect, as a surefire star in the NFL as a running back. He's certainly an elite-level prospect, but people should probably wait to take out the anointing oils. His status will be hurt somewhat by the fact that he seems to want the ball on every play and is reluctant to play within the system. A first-round pick for sure, Lynch is likely to land in the top fifteen or twenty.