Draft Profile – RB Cyrus Gray


CYRUS GRAY/RUNNING BACK

Personal

Cyrus Danall Gray

Born – November 18, 1989 in DeSoto, Texas.

Family – Parents are Sharonia and Charles Gray.

Physical

  • Height – 5-feet, 10¼ inches.
  • Weight – 206 pounds.
  • Arm – 29½ inches
  • Hand – 9¼ inches.
  • Wing span – 72 1/8 inches.

NFL Combine

  • 40-yard dash – 4.47 seconds.
  • Bench press – 21 reps of 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 32½ inches.
  • Broad jump – 9-feet, 6 inches.
  • 3-cone drill – 7.17 seconds.

Hometown

Gray grew up in DeSoto, Texas, which is suburb of Dallas, southwest of the city. The last U.S. Census put its population at just under 50,000.

High School

Gray was a member of the graduating class of 2008 at DeSoto High School, the only high school in the DeSoto Independent School District. He participated in football and track, putting in three years on the gridiron for Eagles coach Dave Meadows. In his final two seasons Gray scored 67 total touchdowns. His best performance came against Abilene in the 2006 state playoffs when he ran for 256 yards and 5 TDs.

Recent NFL players RB Tatum Bell and DB Ellis Hobbs were products of DeSoto High.

2007 – Playing quarterback he earned honorable mention 5A All-State honors from The Associated Press. He ran for 1,975 yards on 248 carries and 28 touchdowns. He also returned two punts for TDs, from 83 and 89 yards. The Eagles were 9-3 on the season.

2006 – He was named second team All-Texas kick returner and third-team running back by the Texas Sports Writers Association. He ran for 1,482 yards and 31 touchdowns, while catching 38 passes for 436 yards and 2 scores. The Eagles advanced to the 5A-Division 2 quarterfinals before losing to Cedar hill and finishing the season with a 10-4 record.

Recruiting

Rivals listed Gray at 6-0, 188 pounds coming out of Desoto. He was a 4-star recruit in their eyes, ranked No. 5 as a running back in Texas. Scout.com had him as a 4-star recruit and ranked No. 11 in the country at running back. They said he was 5-11, 190 pounds.

During the recruiting process he visited Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State, along with his last visit, which was to Texas A&M. For awhile he thought Louisville was his place, then after visiting Florida, he changed his mind. At the end it was A&M, Kansas and Louisville in that order. He committed to the Aggies on January 27, 2008.

College

Gray majored in agricultural leadership and development at A&M. He played in 49 games over his career. He had 3,298 yards in career rushing and another 2,349 yards in kick return yardage. He had 15 games over 100 yards rushing and 9 games with over 100 yards on kickoff returns. During the 2011 season he became only the fourth player to eclipse 6,000 career all-purpose yards. He joined Cedric Benson of Texas, Darren Sproles of K-State and DeMarco Murray of Oklahoma.

2011 – Selected for the second-team All-Big 12 offense after running for 1,045 yards in 11 games. He missed the last two games including the Meineke Car Care Bowl with a left shoulder stress fracture. He ran for 218 yards on 30 carries against Kansas State, one of five games where he had more than 100 rushing yards.

2010 – Honorable mention Big 12, started 7 games but led the team in rushing with 1,133 yards, sixth best in the Big 12. Gray had a career-high 223 yards on 27 carries against Texas. It was one of seven consecutive games where he topped 100 yards.

2009 – Honorable mention Big 12 he started nine games and finished as the team’s second leading rusher with 757 yards. Gray returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown against Colorado. He had his first 100-yard game against Texas Tech when he ran for 131 yards.

2008 – Saw playing time at running back, slot receiver and quarterback. He set a school record with 1,169 yards on kickoff returns, including a 98-yard T49/632D return against Oklahoma. He also set an A&M freshman record with 1,592 all-purpose yards, including 294 yards against Oklahoma.

Year

G/S

Att

Yds

Avg

TD

Rec

Yds

TD

KR

Yds

Avg

TD

Rec.

2011

11/5

198

1,045

5.3

12

31

239

3

6

116

19.3

0

7-6*

2010

13/7

200

1,133

5.7

12

34

251

1

17

422

24.8

0

9-4*

2009

13/9

159

757

4.8

5

28

226

2

27

642

23.7

1

6-7*

2008

12/3

75

363

4.8

1

10

60

0

49

1,169

23.9

1

4-8

Total

49/24

632

3,298

5.2

30

103

776

6

99

2,349

23.7

2

26-25

(Passing – 1 of 2 passes for 14 yards and a TD.) *- 2011 (Texas Bowl); 2010 (Cotton Bowl); 2009 (Independence).

Video

Highlights from 2010 seasonhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxEWOSG-jf4

(He’s No. 32 and he has a couple runs against Kansas and Texas that showed remarkable playing speed.)

More highlights – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VIQuGfuX-w&feature=related

Evaluation

Strengths – He has a compact build with a well-chiseled upper body and strong upper legs. He’s a power run, who does not come down with the first hit, will run through arm tackles and always seems to bounce off hits and fall forward. Gray does a great job in simple basics like how he holds the ball and protects it from defensive players. He has balance and his legs never stop and with his strong upper body, that makes him hard to bring down in the open field. It’s why he’s been so successful as a kick returner on the college level. Great character, work ethic and team view.

Deficient – Although he was used often as a receiver, including working out of the slot, Gray doesn’t give the picture of a confident receiver. Seems to have trouble adjusting to the ball, and when he’s stopped to catch the ball, he has trouble getting himself back into gear and up to speed. He’s a tough guy who will stick his head into a blitzing linebacker, but is no fundamentally sound as a blocker.

Analysis – There are a lot of things Gray has done over his football career in high school and college, having worked at QB, FB, RB, WR and kickoff returns. That type of versatility is going to make him attractive to talent evaluators who will find a way to work him into what’s happening on the field in any fashion.

What the scouts say

An AFC scout said – “There’s a lot of things to like about this guy. I don’t think he can be a feature back, but he can contribute on offense and special teams and put together enough touches each week to equal that of a starting back.”

What Cyrus Gray had to say

“When I play I don’t want people to think just because I’m fast I only run outside. I also like to run in up the middle and get some tough yards. I have a lot of lower body strength and so I am able to bang it with the best of them. Speed and power, that’s how we do it in Texas.”

What others say about Cyrus Gray

“He’s a kid who is wise beyond his years, very mature. I do think that’s helped him as a player. He always knows his assignments in the run game and in the pass game and in the pass protection game. He shows toughness. He’s a kid who has grown as a runner. He’s learned to be patient and see the hole, and then when the hole opens, he’s learned how to accelerate through the hole. It sounds simple, but he’s learned to do that well. He’s got good speed and good vision. He’s got all the things you’re looking for in a back.” Gary Reynolds, Texas A&M director of football operations.

“He’s not one of those guys that needs all the spotlight. The things he’s good at, he gives to younger players. There’s going to be a time when he’s not here and he tries to give us as much as possible.” Texas A&M RB Christine Michael.

“He’s a tough kid. He’s been a good player for all his years in college. He’s very competitive. *He catches the ball. He does everything well. That’s what I like about him.” Former NFL running back and current Green Bay scout Alonzo Highsmith.

Does Cyrus Gray fit with the Chiefs?

If Gray’s shoulder is OK and he checks out with a clean bill of health, then he fits what the Chiefs look for in players in every fashion. He’s got the physical skills, he has the mentality, the game is important to him, he doesn’t need to be in the limelight and he’s a Texas running back that has a slightly different style than Jamaal Charles, but enough that it would provide a change of pace.


One Response to “Draft Profile – RB Cyrus Gray”

  • March 14, 2012  - txchief says:

    It sounds that there is a good deal to like about this player. I’d like to see the Chiefs draft him.




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