On it’s face, it’s a fine value pick. As a low value position, running back value is really strong on Day 3. If Kelly can come in and earn a backup spot behind RB Todd Gurley in the mix with RB Malcolm Brown and RB Justin Davis, he should be able to contribute immediately. Beyond 2018, we’ll have to see how the roster develops next offseason, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Kelly is the primary backup to Gurley for the near future.
Here’s what Lance Zierlein had to say in his scouting report at NFL dot com:
Kelly is a little undersized but is a tough runner and capable pass catcher who has the potential to play all three downs if needed. He can add additional yardage with plus contact balance and an ability to push through tackles, but his average burst between the tackles and around the edge could mean he’ll have to live the life of a grinder. Kelly is a solid committee back with the ability to handle full-time duties if called upon.
I’m a fan. He doesn’t have Gurley’s third gear, but his burst is fine. I’m eager to fast-forward to the preseason to see how hit fits in this offseason.
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