C.J. Prosise Running onto the NFL Draft Radar


Sep 19, 2015; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back C.J. Prosise (20) carries the ball for a 91 yard touchdown against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the fourth quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports

Coming into this season, Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back C.J. Prosise seemed destined for backup duty as a junior. That means he would likely go back to school because it would be unlikely that he get drafted high to the NFL. Then starter Tarean Folston was injured in Notre Dame’s season opener and he’s out for the season.

And Prosise went right in there and, performed, rushing for 98 yards on 20 carries in the game. He showed excellent vision, patience, burst, ability to make guys miss and power to break tackles. From there, he has continued to show that plus long speed with a 91-yard TD run against Georgia Tech.

He’s now No. 4 in the FBS in rushing with 600 yards while averaging 8.1 yards per carry. Continuing to play the way he is now could give him the FBS rushing title and some postseson hardware. And at the same time, the junior can end up becoming a big-time running back prospect.

The 6’0″, 220-pounder and just converted from receiver so you know he can catch the ball out of the backfield. The only concerns the NFL could have about him is the 1-year sample size he has. Many questions will come from Prosise having just one big year to go on.

Is he a true late blommer?

Is this one fluke of a year?

Or did he just finally get his opportunity to shine?

So I can’t call what round it’s going to be yet but he is now on the NFL draft radar.

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