This class is filled with talent and will bring great value to your dynasty squad for the foreseeable future. Dave Heilman (@DynastyDorks) and I (@FFBourbonDude) will discuss the following Running Backs, and if you’re interested in listening in to our initial pre-combine breakdowns, follow the links below.
Our pre-draft consensus rankings are as follows:
This write-up is about our consensus number five running back in the 2023 rookie class, Sean Tucker. So let’s get into it.
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Sean Tucker – NFL Rookie Draft and Dynasty Watch
Sean Tucker, a track champion, shows his speed on the field with explosive play-making ability. After a stellar Sophomore season in which he rushed for 1,496 yards, he saw a drop in production which showed some flaws in his game.
Height – 5’10”
Weight – 205 pounds
A 3-star recruit, Sean Tucker committed to Syracuse and had a stellar freshman year showing his speed and explosiveness by going for 626 yards and four touchdowns.
He continued to show his skillset by truly breaking out in 2021 with 1,800 all-purpose yards with 20 receptions for 14 total touchdowns.
He did regress in 2022 but still capped 1,000 rushing yards and turned in 36 receptions. A worry in week five against Wagner had us all holding our breath.
Luckily he avoided major injury, but his statistics definitely took a dip after that game averaging 73 yards per game and forcing fewer missed tackles in the remaining seven games than in the first five.
Black compression sleeve on Sean Tucker’s lower right leg, not sure if that’s an effect of him leaving the Wagner game… but something to monitor
— The Ostrom Avenue Podcast (@OstromAvenuePod) October 15, 2022
As a track champion, speed is his best attribute, and he knows how to use it.
3-Down Skill Set
We love seeing the production in both the rushing and passing game. He can pass block as well, which could entice teams to use him as such.
Sean Tucker can identify gaps in blocking and is extremely effective in the zone-blocking scheme. He didn’t have a ton of gap scheme usage, so likely will be a little scheme dependent for him.
My official 2022 season highlights #PL34SED pic.twitter.com/3nGSNJBpdS
— Sean Tucker (@seantucker2020) February 1, 2023
Tucker having sub 3.0 yards after contact per attempt tells me that he doesn’t run with a ton of power.
He excelled at this in his 2021 season but struggled, likely due to injury, in 2022. He put some good stuff on tape but needs to see it against a higher level of competition.
While his numbers show that he is a capable pass catcher, I wouldn’t say he excels here. Think Nick Chubb and Leonard Fournette; he can do it, but the usage will likely be limited.