Donnel will put in an effort, but he is only a so-so pass blocker. He doesn’t have traditional power to speak of, but he doesn’t go down on first contact either. I wonder how long he can last in the NFL. Barring an injury, he will go well over 1,000 career touches this season. He is also has a very lean body type. He is listed at the same weight he was coming out of high school. So I wonder if he can add the weight necessary to sustain a beating. 


Pumphrey is a very quick back. He has little-to-no wasted movements. He is zero-to-sixty in a hurry. He has excellent vision. He is explosive to the edge. Pumphrey has very good hands. SDSU occasionally lined him up in the slot. He excels in space, leaving broken ankles in his wake. In the five games I watched, he only fumbled once and dropped zero passes. His production has been tremendous, averaging 6.5 yards per offensive touch.



Donnel Pumphrey reminds me a lot of 2016 prospect (Texans 4th round pick) Tyler Ervin, who was a favorite of mine. The team that acquires him would be wise to manufacture touches for him the way the Aztec coaching stuff does (or the way Wisconsin did a few years back with Melvin Gordan). SDSU is a run first team, but must replace multiple starters on their offensive line. At the NFL level, I do not think Donnel Pumphrey is an every down back, but he can have a tremendous impact on the game. 


Donnel Pumphrey

Senior RB            
5’9” 170
San Diego State

Career Stats:
710 attempts, 4272 yards, 45 TD
72 receptions, 808 yards, 5 TD

2017 is shaping up to be a loaded running back class (pending underclassmen declarations) and our subject today may get lost in the shuffle. Donnel Pumphrey has been dominating the Mountain West Conference from the first moment he stepped onto the field as a freshman. He came to the Aztecs as a three-star recruit from North Las Vegas, Nevada.

2014: Navy (Bowl Game); 2015: Nevada, Wyoming, San Jose State, Cincinnati (Bowl Game)