Latavius Murray (RB) – Rookie Update

06/09/2013 1:29 pm by in Fantasy Football Expert Analysis, Player Spotlights, Running Backs

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Latavius Murray was drafted in the 5th round of the NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders. While not many fifth round, or later, running backs produce in the NFL Murray is one of a few backs taken later in the draft that could have more value than many realize.

On his pro-day Latavius Murray, 6’3, 233, ran a 4.38 forty. He can pass protect, catch the ball out of the backfield or get you short yardage yards. It’s that power and speed which make him a good fit in offensive coordinator Greg Olson’s gap-blocking scheme. He won’t make defender’s miss, but he’ll pick up yards after contact and with the cut and go scheme in place his speed becomes even more a factor.

When you consider that Darren McFadden has not played more than 13 games in a season Murray’s value is obvious. McFadden is also a free agent in 2014 currently earning 5.8 million a season. It’s doubtful that anything less than a full season will get McFadden the kind of a new contract he’ll want.

Latavius Murray has stood out in OTA’s to date. While that is promising we’ll know more after June’s mandatory mini-camp.

Currently, Latavius Murray is being drafted late in the 4th round in rookie only drafts. That is high reward, low risk territory. He is considered the favorite to back up MacFadden this year and is a great handcuff. Murray could step in and produce decent low end RB2 or flex numbers if called on to start.

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