Position: Running Back
Ameer has great lateral quickness and agility that translates into one of the smoothest jump cuts you will see. His balance is exceptional and can stop on a dime, reset feet, deliver devastating juke moves. Showcases excellent C.O.D both laterally and vertically. Appears to have springs in his legs that is evident after his incredible first cut. Very coordinated and keeps his feet after first contact regularly. Gets tremendously low in the hole, always falls forward and delivers contact more than he receives it.
Section Grade: 7.8
Pride / Quit
Ameer is one of the toughest players in the nation, evident not only by his reputation but by how feisty and physical he is on the field. Nicknamed “Might Mouse” for good reason, reminds me of Ahmad Bradshaw in how hard he plays every down. His production is outstanding and he is Nebraska’s all-time leader in carriers, 2nd all-time in rushing yards. Ameer consistently fights for extra yards, rarely if ever gets brought down by the first man, and is raved about as the consummate teammate (team captain in 2013 & 2014). Takes pride in himself both on and off the field (4-time honor roll student).
Section Grade: 7.8
Learn / Retain
Instinct / Reaction
Abdullah has shown the ability to line up seamlessly at WR, FB, and HB. His instincts are stellar, he makes decisive decisions that get him through holes consistently. Is a “one-cut” runner that does not dance in the hole. Once defenders close in, he uses his shiftiness to react and blow by people. He did have a significant fumbling problem his first 3 seasons, but his Sr. year seems to have cleaned it up for the most part.
Section Grade: 7.3
Strength / Explosion
Abdullah is a compact (5-9 195) runner with a thick lower body and sculpted arms. His body looks like its in the mold of Ahmad Bradshaw/Frank Gore. He has been very durable in his career, experiencing his first real injury midway his Sr. year (sprained MCL). Abdullah is incredibly explosive, using his powerful legs to glide through holes, stop on dimes and excel effortlessly. He makes defenders look silly on routine. Ameer is a rock-solid 195 pounds who plays with excellent leverage that he uses to always fall forward when being tackled. Keeps his legs driving and possesses an underrated but powerful stiff-arm.
Section Grade: 7.1
7.5 Run Instincts
Very instinctual runner who uses a very effective jump cut to get outside and exceptional vision to go inside
His agility and decisiveness in his cuts makes him a terror in the open field
8 Cutback Ability
Ameer makes quick, decisive cuts that produces yards in bunches consistently
6.5 Inside Runner
Despite being slightly undersized, Ameer is a physical, downhill runner with great vision, enabling him to identify holes and get through them as well as any RB in the nation. Need to bulk up some to consistently move piles
7.5 Outside Runner
Has the speed, jukes, and acceleration to get outside and make the first defender miss nearly everytime
7.5 Hands / Receiving
A hands-catcher who has soft reliable hands that he uses to make difficult catches routinely
7.5 Adjust to Ball
His outstanding athleticism, anticipation, and hands allows him to contort himself to make difficult catches consistently
As soon as the ball is secured in his hands Ameer has better acceleration than speed to make defenders miss. Also possesses raw explosion from his powerful legs and strong leg drive to get through arm tackles regularly
6 Pass Blocker
Ameer didn’t get the opportunity to run block in film I saw but is tenacious enough to be effective in spurts
6 Run Blocker
Ameer is an excellent cut-blocker, has fearlessness on the football field, which he uses to accurately shoot into defenders legs and bring them down. Can be more consistent identifying the unblocked man & gets overpowered if he’s head up
8 Durability / Toughness
His durability is evident, sustaining his first (minor) injury midway through his Sr. year despite being the focal point of the offense. His lunchpail mentality and willingness to do the dirty work exudes a ton of toughness
6 Fumbles / Errors
Ameer had a lot of fumbling issues his first three years but has shored that concern up a great deal his Sr. season thus far
Section Grade: 7.1
7.5 ATH. ABILITY
7 PLAY SPEED
Section Grade: 7.2
Overall Grade: G 7.4
Ameer is nicknamed “Mighty Mouse” for good reason. He is a relentless football player that fights till the very end of the play, falling forward and gaining extra yards routinely. He uses his compact frame to play with excellent leverage and he produces enormous amounts of explosion both laterally and vertically. Once he makes his initial cut, he explodes out of it and hits another gear that often leaves the first defender frozen while he blows by them. He is a downhill runner despite his size, preferring to hit a hole and go rather than dance around. A solid pass-catcher who uses his soft hands to secure the ball out of the backfield and has shown the ability to run crisp in and out routes that create separation from defenders consistently.
Due to his size (5-9 195) he can struggle when teams put 8 in the box and clog up the lanes because he simply lacks the overpowering strength to move piles and make his own holes. He also has had a significant fumbling issue throughout his 4-year career but has shored this area of concern up quite a bit his Sr. year. He also lacks elite speed, looking more like a high 4.4 type rather than a sub-4.4 runner. Lastly, Ameer has had 813 carries in his career, opening up the discussion of him being worn down.
Abdullah has been the bell cow back for the Cornhuskers since taking over the starting role as a sophomore in 2012 (three-year starter). Ameer set numerous school-records including the only player in history to rush for three 1,000 yard seasons and he finished as the school’s second all-time leading rusher. He finished his career with 813 carries, 4,588 yards, 5.6 YPC, 39 TD, 73 receptions, 690 yards, 7 TD, 1592 return yards, 26.1 YPR. Ameer’s senior season (2014) he finished with 264 carries, 1,611 yards, 6.1 ypc, 19 TDs, 22 receptions, 269 yards, 3 TDs, 14 returns, 392 yards, 28.0 avg. He also received his degree in history in 3 1/2 years.
Abdullah is a dynamic, do-it-all player who wins with effort as much as explosion and quicks. His fearless mentality on the field allows him to be a very effective cut blocker, inside runner, and tackle breaker. Ameer looks to run inside first, but once in the open-field, look out. He runs low, which paired with his sculpted, compact frame gives him the leverage advantage against almost any defender. Arm tackles do not work against him and he initiates contact much more than he receives it. His two biggest strengths are his vision and decisiveness. He identifies the right hole consistently and wastes no time attacking it. His acceleration out of his first cut and jump cut is devastating. Ameer is a smooth route-runner and receiver out of the backfield, displaying soft hands that he uses to make the routine and difficult catch seamlessly. Aside from some fumbling issues his first three years that he cleaned up his Sr. year, his lack of overpowering size to run between the tackles at the next level is my only other concern. He could easily handle another 5-10 pounds of weight, making his body capable of being a feature back. By all accounts from college, he would be a great teammate and addition to the locker room as well. Ameer is a top 32 prospect for me with legitimate value near the end of round 1, worst-case middle of round 2. He’s the type of player who will likely get overlooked and be a steal after round 1.
Value – Top 30
Projection – Top 50
Pro Comp = Ahmad Bradshaw