Mike Weber’s career at Ohio State was filled with ups and downs. Following a tumultuous recruiting process, he reshirted his first year in Columbus, only to be Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year when he finally did make it onto the field.
However, injuries and a crowded backfield thanks to J.K. Dobbins’ emergence never allowed Weber to reach the statistical potential that many expected from him. That being typed, he still has the ability to be a contributor in the proper system at the next level.
On Thursday, he took to the field at Lucas Oil Stadium for the NFL Combine in order to show off his physical gifts to the assembled scouts.
Adequately skilled runner with decent size who can get what is blocked but is unlikely to find his own yards often enough at the NFL level. Weber does a nice job of spying second-level linebackers and making lane choices relative to where the defensive flow is headed. However, even when he sees it, he struggles to access enough acceleration to rip past the first two levels of tacklers. He can make the initial tackler miss but doesn’t string moves together effectively. He could have a career cap as a RB3.
Vision is a strength
Smooth downhill decision-maker from off-set gun formation
Good agility to skip around traffic near his feet
Able to work around early traffic and keep run alive
Plus instincts to choose clearest paths once he’s in open field
Possesses desired level of balance through contact
Reliable leak-out option in passing game
Catches football naturally and can range outside his frame
Inefficient in stacking moves
Monotone downhill pace
Will need to hasten his operation time
Doesn’t have desired level of burst getting through the line
Below-average acceleration out of stop-start movements
Hip tightness requires runway to complete cuts and change of direction
Lacks burst to make it happen when play spills wide
Can catch it, but also a factor in third-down protection
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 211 lbs
- Hand size: 9 3/8”
- Arm length: 29 3/4”
Bench press: 22 reps
40-yard dash: 4.47 official
Vertical jump: 33.5 inches
Interview Notables and Quotables
courtesy of LGHL’s Alexis Chassen
Weber is hoping to convince scouts that he has similar gifts and abilities to former Buckeye running back Ezekiel Elliott. However, he is coming into the draft in a much different position than Zeke did.
The Cowboys took Elliott with the fourth-overall pick in the 2016 draft, while Weber is looking to likely be a Day 3 selection.