The Warriors star has almost everything you can do on a football field, but will it be enough to hear his name called up in the NFL Draft?
A real “offensive weapon”.
If you’re a college football fan accustomed to late nights and the soft glow of a Spectrum Pay-Per-View stream, then you already know what Hawaiian running back Calvin Turner Jr. is capable of.
If not, the first thing you need to know is that “running back” is more of a misnomer for Turner Jr. than anyone else in this year’s NFL Draft. . A defensive back-turned-quarterback at FCS Jacksonville, he arrived on the Islands ahead of the 2020 season and became a go-to performer for the Warriors, able to operate from the Wildcat as comfortably as he could take a transfer out of the game. backfield, sweep on the fly, or fire passes downfield. Oh, and did we mention he also kicked off?
In increasingly diverse NFL offenses, then, it would seem predestined that some forward-thinking coach could figure out what to do with an athlete like Turner. Does he have enough talent to hear his name called up in the NFL Draft, though?
Measurable (taken from DraftScout.com)
Height – 5′ 11 3/8″
Mass – 197 pounds
40 yard time – 4.48 seconds (by NBC Sports Edge)
10 meter split time – 1.6 seconds
arm length – 30 3/8″
hand size – 9 3/8″
wingspan – 73 1/4″
vertical jump – 38 1/2″
Long jump – 10′ 3″ (or 123″)
Shuttle time – 4.4 seconds
3-taper drilling time – 7.14 seconds
Bench Press – 19 repetitions
Want someone who can help you innovate your playbook? Consider Turner an integral part of the Hawaii offense as a Wildcat quarterback who can Course and catches passes out of formation, a zone reading coga real halfback pass threat, and much more. According to Pro Football Focus, Turner Jr. had 535 snaps out of the slot, 149 wide and at least thirty more each at quarterback, running back and as a kick and punt returner. It’s the versatility you can’t teach.
What allows him to do so much? Physically, he has good vision that allows him to identify opportunities for those big plays and the explosiveness required to make the most of a limited space, strengths also noted repeatedly by The Draft Network’s Drae Harris with repeated use of the “elusive” descriptor.
It’s also worth noting that his vertical leap would have ranked behind Iowa State’s Breece Hall among running backs at this year’s NFL Combine, and among wide receivers he would have compared favorably to stars like Calvin Austin III of Memphis and Christian of North Dakota State. Watson.
In a March interview with The Spun’s Chris Rosvoglou, one thing Turner Jr. himself noted is that he’s working to improve as a wide receiver, so any team looking for him to be completely polished in this element of the game will have to wait. He could probably defend out of the slot if called, but PFF also noted before the Hawaii Bowl was canceled in December that he gave up 19 of 126 targets in his college career.
There may also be limits to the workload he takes on in the pros. Harris is expressing doubts about his ability to run and win between tackles due to durability and staying power issues, and he and NFL Draft Buzz are also unconvinced of Turner’s pass protection prowess. Given a likely role as a change of pace/gadget player, this may not be a huge downside.
Very few college football athletes can do as much as Calvin Turner Jr. did for Hawaii, but the big question is how well that will translate to the NFL. Is he more Deebo Samuel Lite or Alvin Kamara Lite?
Either way, the ability to catch passes out of the backfield and out of the slot and return kicks will probably be too good for anyone to pass up, so I predict Turner Jr. will be a late Day 3 selection, picked in the sixth or seventh round.