Travis Etienne: I’ll give teams everything they need from a running back

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Running back Travis Etienne opted to return to Clemson rather than enter the NFL Draft in 2020 and became the leading rusher in ACC history while earning his degree during his final year in school.

While Etienne reached that landmark, Clemson fell short of a national title and his production as a runner was down from the previous two seasons. That did not leave Etienne with any regrets about the decision, however. He said the call “panned out better than I expected” and now he’s looking for the same from the 2021 draft.

It’s unclear if any running back will be a first-round pick, but Etienne believes his ability to run the ball, catch the ball, and pitch in on special teams makes his case to be the first back off the board.

“They’re going to get their money’s worth. They’re going to get everything they need. A guy that can be out there each and every down, with the ability to play special teams. I feel like I’m unique. I feel like I’m RB1 because of the things I bring to the table. If a team is looking at me, they’ll get the whole package,” Etienne said, via Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Alabama’s Najee Harris is usually ranked at the top of the running back list with Etienne and he’s a bigger back than his ACC peer. Some teams will likely favor what he brings to the table and where they fall in the draft order will likely determine the first running back off the board in April.

9 responses to “Travis Etienne: I’ll give teams everything they need from a running back

  1. Etienne has played very well on a very big stage, for a long time. His ability to catch the ball will serve him well. Harris may be selected b4 him only because of his size. Both are NFL ready.

  2. And all it cost him was a prime year of his NFL career. For a top RB that’s about $8-12 million. I’m sure Clemson is very grateful. His family … not so much.

  3. Travis did not mention his blocking ability. Not sure if not addressing blocking was a simple oversight, or indicates a serious shortcoming (to some NFL teams, blocking is important duty of a running back), or is due to something else.

  4. this guy is an elite RB. He can do everything. i think he will have a great NFL career

  5. I have to agree. He traded one more year of college for millions. He not only played for free, but put more miles on the tread.

  6. Good choice to get his degree. He needs to be aware excelling in college doesn’t mean the same will hold true in the nfl, and there is always the potential for early career ending injury.

  7. Can he be another Alvin Kamara (who incidentally, went in the 3rd round)? We will see.

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