By Zach Bingham
Alvin Kamara’s journey toward the NFL has been a long and winding road. Starting at the University of Alabama, Kamara was redshirted under Nick Saban, only to transfer to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, before resurrecting his college career for two seasons at the University of Tennessee.
He’s a shifty back, with the hands to catch out of the backfield, and the durability to run between the tackles. With everything that happened with Jalen Hurd this season, Kamara got a chance to capitalize on his carries.
After the Music City Bowl, Kamara declared for the NFL draft, which raised some questions on when he will be drafted. This week, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock tweeted out a raving review of the Vols’ running back.
Watched Alvin Kamara from tenn last night…WOW…burst, accel, COD…exc in pass game… Special talent- should be in 1st rd conversation
— Mike Mayock (@MikeMayock) January 11, 2017
I personally think Kamara is a 2nd to 3rd round back, but Mayock gets paid the big bucks for draft projections.
With that being said, here are three teams that could draft Alvin Kamara.
Green Bay Packers
A perfect landing sport for the former Vol is in Green Bay. The Packers are looking for a versatile back who can help Aaron Rodgers in the run game but also give him a safety net when he is scrambling around to buy time.
In 2016, Kamara had six games with 10 or more carries and in those games, he had a combined eight touchdowns on the ground. When given the opportunity, he can get the job done, especially for Green Bay. The Packers have gone through seven different running backs this season and still have found a way to make it to the playoffs. If they had a stable back like Kamara, no telling how potent that offense could be.
Packers pick 24th or higher in the 1st round and projected 59th in the 2nd.
Hard to believe Frank Gore, at 33 years old, rushed for over 1,000 yards this season, but he did. That doesn’t mean Indy won’t go searching for a replacement next season. Titans’ fans would hate this but Alvin Kamara could thrive next to Andrew Luck.
Luck does such a good job of standing in the pocket and finding the open man. Kamara could be the ultimate check down back. Screen passes are another aspect the Colts love to run, and getting Kamara in the open space would give defenses fits.
Plus, head coach Chuck Pagano has to win some games while he can or he will be out of a job. Indy spent quite a few draft picks on its offensive line last season, so a running game would make the Colts offense well-rounded moving forward.
Colts pick 14th or 15th in the first round & 48th in the 2nd.
Bye bye Theo Riddick, hello Alvin Kamara. A perfect fit in this years’ draft is the Lions. Matthew Stafford loves to throw to his running back more than any other quarterback in the league. Stafford threw to running backs 75 times this past season. Kamara gives Detroit just what it needs.
The Lions also fit Kamara’s running style. When he is able to get into the open field and in space, Kamara makes people miss. Detroit needs a quick running back with that ability in its offense. Look for Jim Caldwell to take a long hard look at the former Tennessee Volunteer in this years’ draft.