Draft Capsule: RB Kenjon Barner

Draft Capsule: RB Kenjon Barner
March 30, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Scott Krinch

Kenjon Barner (RB), Oregon

5-9 | 196 lbs.

2012 Stats:

278 CAR, 1,767 YDS, 21 TD | 20 REC, 256 YDS, 2 TD

Projection:

4th Round

Strengths:

Elite straight-line speed with the ability to break free for six every time he touches the ball. Very good lateral movement. Great vision and patient waiting for his blocks to develop. Possesses an explosive burst through the hole. Versatile player who poses as just as much of a threat when catching the ball. Gets open for his quarterback and doesn't give up on the play.

Weaknesses:

Barner is a bit undersized and won't give you much in short yardage situations. Doesn't have the power to break many tackles and goes down easily when wrapped up low. Hasn't shown the ability to do much in tight space. Inconsistent hands and has had problems with fumbles throughout his four years at Oregon. Was his production just a product of Chip Kelly's system?

Fit for the Bears:

The Oregon speedster is projected as a late-round pick and could be the type of versatile running back that fits the Bears offense. Chicago is sitting pretty with Matt Forte and Michael Bush as their No. 1 and No. 2 running backs and brought back Armando Allen on a one-year deal. Barner is a home run threat that could fill a void on kickoff and punt return and push Allen out the door if Phil Emery decides to pull the trigger on the former Duck. Scouts compare him to Jets RB/DB Joe McKnight, who has shown some success in his role in New York's offense. Marc Trestman wants more playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, could Barner be that guy?