Clyde Edwards-Helaire, running back
5’7” | 207 lbs | LSU
Baton Rouge, LA
Grade (round): Second
Expected Draft Range: Day two
One-sentence bio: Stayed home to play for LSU and made the most of his one year as a starter — garnering first-team All-SEC accolades and winning national championship.
One-sentence scouting report: Compactly built running back with a complete, versatile skill set as a runner, pass protector and receiver who has the makings of a three-down running back.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire appreciation post.— Grant Kauvar (@grant_kauvar) October 20, 2019
His vision, quickness, cutting ability and ability to rack off YAC this year have been impressive. pic.twitter.com/UJIg9bocdq
Of all the running backs in the 2020 draft class, Clyde Edwards-Helaire is tailor-made for head coach Andy Reid’s offense.
He is unquestionably a three-down back. Among all running backs in the class, he is the best route runner — and has a more varied route tree. He has natural hands — and is more than comfortable catching the ball away from his frame. The National Champion LSU Tigers frequently flexed him out, asking him to run routes typically run by wide receivers.
As a runner, Edwards-Helaire shows good vision and patience; he takes the time to set up defenders before utilizing his excellent lateral agility and burst to run through the hole. He has displayed very good contact balance, too. Edwards-Helaire has smooth, quick feet that serve him well both as a runner and a receiver.
He will never have to leave the field. When he’s there, Andy Reid will be able to call any play under the sun.
Chiefs Draft Picks
- First round (32nd): RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (LSU)
- Second round (63rd)
- Third round (96th)
- Fourth round (138th)
- Fifth round (177th)