By: Tanner Elliott
Running Back/ Slot
5’10” 200 lbs
University of California, Los Angeles
At the Senior Bowl, Demetric Felton played slot and showed how good of a receiver he can be. In college Felton was an average running back, but what made him stand out was his pass-catching ability. Having this ability is extremely crucial in today's NFL, as everyone is looking for that “do it all” back. In addition to being a good receiver and one of the best route runners in college football last year, Felton was also a return man in college. I know the route-running comment is a bold statement, as Felton played most of his snaps at running back, but it’s true. He was leaving starting corners frozen as he moved in and out of breaks. Felton’s elusiveness can’t be overlooked, as he’s very slippery. The spin move seems to be his go-to move but he can do just about anything to make sure he isn’t tackled.
Felton is elusive, but it doesn’t take a ton of contact to bring him down; at times, he barely gets hit or tripped up, and that would be it. It would have been nice to see him put up a little more fight to stay up and fight for extra yards. Felton is a very raw prospect, which might scare some inexperienced coaching staffs away. Being a full-time running back for two seasons and a full time receiver for two seasons may make some teams debate where to put him, so if the wrong team drafts Felton, his career may not go as planned.
Like Montgomery, Felton has the ability to play both receiver and running back. Felton will more than likely be used more at receiver than Montgomery, who is more of a running back. That being said, Felton will more than likely have the better career, as he is a better player than Montgomery, but expect him to be used the same depending on the team he goes to.
Felton’s draft stock was boosted significantly during the Senior Bowl. Don’t be surprised if a team takes him in the back end of the second round to make sure they don’t miss out on him in the third. I do think that he will play receiver in the NFL, as even on film he was a better receiver than running back (which he just started playing in 2019). This would allow teams to run some wildcat with Felton as the quarterback if they wanted to, due to his experience at running back. Felton is a very raw player, but I think his floor as an NFL player is an average slot who can get you some of those big plays that every team needs.