2018 NFL Draft Profile: San Diego State Fullback Nick Bawden

2018 NFL Draft Profile: San Diego State Fullback Nick Bawden

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2018 NFL Draft Profile: San Diego State Fullback Nick Bawden


2018 NFL Draft Profile: San Diego State Fullback Nick Bawden


Chances look good for SDSU’s fullback.


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Let’s take a look at NFL prospect Nick Bawden

Nick Bawden has had a windy career at San Diego State. Recruited as a QB out of Los Gatos, CA to compete at QB in 2014. No one talks fondly of the Quinn Kaehler-era at San Diego State. Bawden started in two games in 2014, but followed coaches’ advice to switch from signal caller to run blocker. Despite the challenges of switching to a new position mentally and physically, Bawden has made a name for himself as a bruiser, looking for someone to hit on the other side of the ball.

Projected Round Taken:

7th round

Best Fit:

Carolina Panthers

Strengths

He has embraced the fullback role and has a knack for finding that first guy, and opening the lanes for his running back. He follows through with contact. Tough guy to get around. Knows his run assignments. Can catch out of the backfield in open space.

Weaknesses

Pass protection is not his thing. Bawden has built his resume on run blocking, but not as much for pass protection. Not a speedy nor agile guy. If he gets the ball, he plans to bulldoze you. Shaky at h-back roles at the next level.

Overall

Bawden has built a career inside the pro-style offense. There’s no gimmicks to his game, and he is good at his job. His ceiling is to get drafted in the later rounds, his floor is that he goes undrafted and works his way to get onto a squad.

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