Small but explosive, Anthony McFarland Jr. is one of the running backs in the 2020 NFL Draft class who will probably hear his name called at some point during the middle rounds. He averaged a healthy 6.7 yards per carry in two seasons at Maryland, but staying on the field also was a bit of an issue for him. He may be a bit of a developmental project when it comes to playing the position but the payoff could be well worth it if a team is unable to unlock and fully utilize his playmaking potential.
Anthony McFarland Jr. Draft Profile
Small but stocky, McFarland is a twitched-up mover. He plants his foot and explodes when it’s time to go, with the ability to cut on a dime without sacrificing speed when he changes direction. He runs with natural leverage and the ability to get small and churn out yards between the tackles. And his elusiveness and quick feet make him deadly in space, where he has the ability to make defenders swing and miss and the home-run speed to make them pay. That ability should make him an option in the passing game at the next level.
Durability is the biggest question. He had a broken leg that forced him to sit out his first year at Maryland, and he battled an ankle injury last year. He might never be a workhorse at the next level. He’ll also have to be developed as a pass-catching weapon.
While there are questions about just how heavily you can use him at the next level, McFarland is the kind of home-run threat every team is looking for. He’s a little rough around the edges, but he could become a big-time playmaker.
Final Grade: 3rd/4th round