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Running back Salvon Ahmed, tight end Hunter Bryant, and receiver Aaron Fuller are headed to the NFL Combine. Add in Jacob Eason, Nick Harris, and Trey Adams and you have more offensive players headed to the combine then we have seen in quite a while.
Ahmed took over as the prime running back when Myles Gaskin left for the NFL. As a backup to Gaskin, Ahmed did get 608 yards and 7 TDs in a back up role. But as a junior Ahmed rushed for 1,020 yards (5.4 per) and scored 11 times showing what he can do.
Ahmed is light on his feet and elusive. Unfortunately, he seems to rely on his talent and doesn’t necessarily have the anticipation as to where the hole is opening. Ahmed is physically top notch, but most likely will slip to 6th or 7th round hopefully to a team who is willing to work on a project.
The massive tight end’s career almost matches Trey Adams as many ask if not for injuries “what might have been?” The Eastside Catholic alumni showed great promise as a freshman with 22 catches and 331 yards. However, he ended up injured with an ACL/MCL tear. That carried over in to his sophomore year when he injured his meniscus. In 2019 he was healthy and made his way on the 2nd team All-American and was a finalist for the John Mackey award after pulling in 52 catches for 825 yards and 3 TDs.
Bryant is a Jimmy Graham-type tight end who wont dazzle in the blocking game but can create space in the center off the field. A team with the right system will be able to use him well. But like Trey Adams, he has an injury history that will knock him down to the 4th-5th round far below what his talent can demands.
Fuller was the top target in the Huskies passing game in 2018 leading the team with 58 catches and 874 yards. The Texas native showed promise in each of his years until his senior season. While not having a terrible season in 2019, Fuller failed to show improvement. He managed a respectable 59 catches for 702 yards and 6 TDs.
Fuller is a “possession receiver” and can perform the routes asked of him; however, explosiveness is not how one would describe him. Fuller is a nice receiver but doesn’t separate himself from others in the athleticism category. He doesn’t have the size, speed, or strength to over power or run away from DBs at the next level. He is a solid punt returner and it is possible that he could find late round value for special teams action.