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A team in search of a versatile chess piece on offense in the 2016 NFL Draft will take a long look at former San Jose State running back Tyler Ervin.
The first-team All-Mountain West selection in 2015, Ervin was second in all of FBS with 2,637 all-purpose yards to Heisman Trophy finalist Christian McCaffrey of Stanford.
At 5-9, 192 pounds, Ervin led the Spartans in rushing in each of the past two seasons (1,601 and 13 touchdowns last year) and handled an extensive workload in 2015 with 371 total touches - third most by an FBS player. Ervin was the only player in the FBS to have multiple 250-yard rushing games in 2015. He also had 45 receptions, 25 kick returns and seven punt returns last season allowing him an opportunity to make an immediate impact wherever he is selected.
Projected to be a mid-round pick, Ervin performed well at the NFL Scouting Combine in the 40-yard dash (4.41 seconds), vertical jump (39 inches) and broad jump (130 inches).
Scouting Report From NFL.com
Ervin is a long-legged, linear runner with the vision and demeanor to be a first-down runner, but the thin-frame and poor play strength will force him into becoming a change-of-pace running back who will need to make his mark in open spaces when given his opportunities. With Ervin's lack of size in blitz protection, his best chance to make a team, initially, will be as a kick returner. - Lance Zierlein
What He Said
"I take it as a compliment. The amount of things he does on the field is incredible. He can play in so many different situations - running the ball, catching the ball. They split him out sometimes in the slot. He's very active in special teams as well. Those are things people see in me, and I've done that throughout my college career. I think that's the reason why, not height- and size-wise, but the things we both bring to the game are very similar." - Tyler Ervin to Sporting News on comparisons to Darren Sproles