CJ Prosise

RB Fighting Irish

6-1, 219, (O) 4.48,  

SS 4.48, 3-Cone 7.32

35.5" Vert, 10'1" Broad

The Player the Pats Need Post Free Agency: Part I.

By TOM

Prosise is such an unusual prospect. He has completely changed his body type, and when you watch him on the field you wonder how he ever played WR with that body type. He has completely transformed himself into an NFL RB in one season. Which is great for his Pro potential, because he has almost no tread taken off his his tires in college. He only played RB for 11 games. He only had 167 carries in his entire college career. 

Okay, inside joke of the week. Why should you expect him to be drafted by the Pats in the 3rd Round? Because he was special teams player of the year for the Fighting Irish last year. The Pats need an RB who can run, and run some power packages inside. And we all know how much BB loves versatility. He played WR for three season at ND. Made himself into a power back last season. And was special team player of the year. I think BB just got wood.

He really came out of nowhere to have a great season as an RB. He garnered in only 10 games: 157 carries for 1,029 yards, a 6.6 YRC and 11 rushing TDs. To along with 26 catches for 308 yards, 11.8 average and 1 TD. He had 183 plays from scrimmage for 1,337 total yards, a 7.3 yards per touch and 12 TDs.

He can make guys miss in the hole with his feet. He runs better outside to his left. He runs with amazing power for a converted WR. He is not a WR playing at RB. He has great instincts, and can lower his head and make the tough yards that tough RBs need to make. He has only play RB for one season, and in two or three years he could be such a better RB just from getting reps.

When I first saw him I thought he was going to be a pure speed guy, and he does have great speed outside. "He's real explosive," a scout said, "They switched him from wide receiver, and that was a good move. He's a running back. He still catches the ball real well. And he can block too. He might go in the 2nd Round." However, he runs with some power. He is a nice slasher between the tackles. He can also run over defenders. He has a nice high step and can run through leg tackles like a cat scurrying out of a rat infested alley.

He lead the fighting Irish in total special teams tackle in 2014 with 11, and was named Notre Dame Special Teams Player of the Year (2014) "222-pound player," Mayock said. "What I like about him is he was a wide receiver until this past year and jumped in at tailback and looked completely natural at the position. So I think he's probably a fourth-round guy. I like his size. I like his speed, and I like his upside." His potential at RB, with his fresh legs, could make him a 2nd Round pick.

As a converted WR, you have to question his blocking skills. But he is a great blocker in pass pro. You'd think he be a great receiver out of the backfield, but he is great blocking on the edge to stop the DE from turning the corner. He can stalemate the blitzer coming up the middle. He will ram into the D-end sometimes, to his own detriment, but stop the D-end anyway.

He has some surprising power, and sometimes just refuses to go down. "I like this guy a lot," a scout said. "He's my guy. He's explosive. He hasn't been playing [RB for] very long. So he may need time. But he's going to be a good one. A real good one."  He doesn't have a lot of tread on his tires, as he has only played RB for one season. Though he did play RB for Notre Dame in their Bowl game after the 2014 season:

JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Played in all 13 games and started six times (Syracuse, Stanford, North Carolina, Florida State, Navy and Northwestern) ... led the Irish in total special teams tackles (11), kickoff return tackles (eight) and punt return tackles (three) ... caught 29 passes for 516 yards and two TDs ... led all receivers with an average of 17.8 yards per catch ... had three of Notre Dame's five receptions of at least 50 yards ... had four of the Irish 11 receptions of at least 40 yards ... registered 10 receptions of at least 20 yards ... fourth on the team in receiving yards and fifth in receptions ... 17 of his 29 receptions went for a first down or touchdown ... recorded four plays (three receptions and one rush) of 50 yards or longer ... added 126 yards rushing on 10 carries, including a 50-yard TD run in the 31-28 Music City Bowl victory over No. 22 LSU (Dec. 30) ... first Notre Dame players with at least 500 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing in the same season since Golden Tate in 2009 ... recorded his first career touchdown and longest career reception on a 53-yard TD grab from Everett Golson just before halftime in the season-opening victory over Rice (Aug. 30).

He can make a guy miss in the backfield. "He's just going to keep getting better," a scout said. "You know who reminds me of... Duce Staley. That's who. A lot of similarities there. He's a good one" He has great quickness and lateral burst with the ball in his hands. He is a converted WR who some excellent instincts for an RB running from scrimmage. He has some nice speed to the outside on the sweep.

He had a high ankle sprain this season, and missed a few games. "C.J. has a high ankle sprain," coach Kelly. "He would be doubtful for this weekend. But no fracture, no major damage to the ligaments. So very, very encouraging on that note relative to the ankle. We've got an MRI to follow up the x-ray and given the circumstances it looked to be good. But I would say that right now he'd be doubtful for this weekend." I think at the end of the Day Two he ends up a Patriot.

Additional Notes:

USC: He has the great natural instincts of a great RB. He got stuck in the backfield on his first run from scrimmage against USC. He gave a little shimmy-shimmy-shake, and then burst outside with elite lateral explosion that made half the defense miss, and took off down the sidelines for about 40 yards. He has the stuff that you just can't teach. He was a noticeably better blocker against USC (week 7) than he was against GT (week 3).

UMass: He sees the field like an RB, and can make cuts to make defender miss who are 10 to 15 yards away from him. He has such great eyes for the cutback lane. He can block like an RB in blitz pickup, and block like a WR outside on the second level. TMIWTMIL. Excellent receiver out of the backfield. He can leap up running down the sideline and snag the ball like a WR. He still runs patterns like a WR.

Prosise Vs Georgia Tech:

Prosise might be precisely characterized as a 3rd down back, because he was a WR longer than he was an RB. But he was more of a pure RB than 3rd down back at ND last season. Watch him make the LB miss in the backfield. That is some great quickness to hop left to make the LB miss, and then hop back to the left to get into the hole he is suppose to run through (:01). That last run was a nice display of power (:18). This run is a nice display of his outside speed to the corner. He gets to the ball moving fast. He sees some open green outside. Watch the acceleration as he turns on the jets to get outside.

3rd down backs have to be able to block in pass pro. That was not a good example (:25). You want your 3rd down back to be able to turn the corner outside. On 2nd and 2, he uses his speed to easily get the 1st outside (:32). It looks like a Draw. He heads the other way this time (:38). This is a great run for him. As a converted WR you have to worry about power. But he has some power in him as well. He tries to juke the LB on the corner, but he's not budging. So he turns into him and runs over him with terrific power. But then he continues, and runs over and through three other defenders for a 1st down. He is not just a pure road runner. He is a slasher as well. He is much ore than just a 3rd down back.

But even regular RBs have to be able to block. Watch him slip forward and stalemate a rusher nicely. That is a great block for a converted WR (:46). Strong shotgun. Great block. Watch him go inside the ORT to cut off the rusher, but the rusher went outside. He doesn't panic or falter. Watch the nice shuffle outside to get in front of the DE, and cut off the Corner (:56). That is a great block for any RB that wants to get on the field. The QB doesn't make that TD pass without Prosise's block.

Singleback, which is a formation the Pats like to run out of. The D gets penetration again, and he spins his way back to the LOS (1:16). He runs to the line on a Dive, with both arms strangling the ball. Two defenders break free right in front of him. Watch the great cut back to make the two big guys miss with his feet (1:26). That was a great 5-yard run that should have been stuffed at the LOS.

Watch the great blitz pick up. He gets hurt more than the rusher putting on that block (1:34). Here he is running a pattern. He gets through the line, and then breaks outside with a sharp cut like a WR. This is where he should really excel in the NFL (1:50). He uses his nice speed to get outside, make a guy miss, and then turns the corner for a 1st down (2:07). That was an excellent run for Prosise.

He looks so good running outside to his left. Once he is heading up field, you can really see his WR instincts take over (2:18). He takes the handoff, and sees the lane right away. So he turns on the speed outside. He sees a guy break free, and slows and cut back to make him miss (2:31). Then it is just a power race to the pylon, and he plows through.

Pay attention Pats fans. You know how the Pats like to go Empty by motioning the RB out of the backfield. Well, Prosise has done that before. He runs a little comeback, but can't pull in the bad throw (2:48). A little trickeration Draw. Watch him scoot to the right, and then take the big hit. But he doesn't go down easy (3:04). He gets lost between the two blitzers and whiffs (3:20). He follows his blockers nicely, and burst into the endzone, but they didn't give it to him (3:28). So he goes over the top for the TD, sort of (3:54). He has everything you want in an NFL RB.

They don't really throw him the ball a lot. But he can step into the Slot, and still runs patterns like a WR. You can see some suddenness in his shoulders in his break outside (4:08). He sees the safety slashing up field outside the seam, and cuts it back for a nice tough gain (4:08). This is a great run. There is not a lot of room there. But he sees the cracks and lanes before they develop. He follows his blockers. Makes the DT miss with a feint inside with his feet, and then the burst outside and is gone (4:24). You always worry when a guys switches position if he can see the field the way he needs to. You can see there that he sees the field like an RB, and has the speed, quickness, vision and instinct to follow his eyes.

CJ Prosise Vs GT:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQE0Q0VFtqA

 

Prosise Vs USC:

He has such great eyes to see guys coming. He cuts off his blockers so well. When he turns the corner he is gone (:36). This is what I wanted to see. I have only seen him catch one pass, and I think he got one against GT as well. He can make the adjust to the short pass swinging out of the field effortlessly. The ball is thrown behind him and he has to turn around to catch. That was a bit of a body catch, but a tough one as well (1:12). He still blocks like a WR (1:22). He gets out into the flat nicely. Watch the feet as he shuffles back to stay in front of the CB. Then he finally tracks him down and gets his hands up into his shirt. The CB tries to shove his hands off, but he does a nice job holding on until the QB runs into his back. That was a good block.

Okay, can he block like an RB? He steps up. Sees the blitzers coming up the gut. Works his way through his own linemen, and gets his hands on the ILB. That was really an excellent block. He wasn't very physical, but he had to work his way through traffic and pick out the right defender to block (1:38). He runs a nice RB pattern here, which is different from running patterns in the slot (1:47). I like this. He delays like he is blocking. Then he gets in the way of two rushers as he shuffles out of the backfield. Then gets into his pattern (1:56). I'm not worried about his running (2:08). He has all the physical traits and instincts he needs to be an RB in the NFL, and he is only getting better.

This is a great block. He slides along behind the line as he sees the OLB coming from the outside. He gets outside and sticks his hands in his shirt and his helmet in his face, and the rush is done (2:16). He has to step up into the hole quickly to make the physical block. He hits the blitzer, and extends his arms (2:41). Here he is moving laterally to block the big DT. Granted, he is more like an annoying fly. But he get the job done, and stay with him through the whole play. It is very impressive how he blocked him from whistle to whistle (2:53). Here he is in the Slot (3:08). It is a little thing, but BB loves his versatility. Prosise can step into the Slot when the Pats go Empty, and play like a WR, because he was a WR for three years at ND. He runs the Jet sweep like Edelman an Amendola from the slot.

Here he is in the Slot running another Patriots pattern. Josh likes to curl those slot guys underneath a couple guys going deep. He catches the low pass, but Cravens knocks it out (3:18). I don't know if he picked up the blitzer here, or the blitzer picked up him, lol (3:35). Okay, that was a great TD run with great ball security. You have to have great ball security to play for BB (4:45). He does such a great job of seeing the Safety moving up to get him from over 10-yards away, gearing down, and making him miss. That's an elite talent (5:31). He steps up into the hole again, and picks up the bigger LB on the blitz. He gives his QB time to make the TD throw (6:17). Brady liked that play a lot.

Wow. Watch this play. He sneaks out of the backfield and curls outside to present a target for his QB. Then watch the nice natural catch. He catch that behind him, with his hands, while spinning. And then watch how quickly he is running with the ball in his hands (6:38).Now they are in the 4-minute drill. Watch him just run straight forward on the Dive while strangling the ball with both arms. That is another way for him to get on the field in on a BB offense (7:07). Check him out hand fighting with the DT to protect his QB (7:21). The DT gets past him, but watch how he regains his block, and shoves the DT off his QB after the QB makes his move.

Prosise Vs USC:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBnf-5U8KrY

 

#CJ Prosise 2015:

CJ Prosise

Rushing

Receiving

Scrimmage

Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2013 Notre Dame Ind SO WR 9 0 0 0 7 72 10.3 0 7 72 10.3 0
2014 Notre Dame Ind JR WR 13 10 126 12.6 1 29 516 17.8 2 39 642 16.5 3
2015 Notre Dame Ind SR RB 10 157 1029 6.6 11 26 308 11.8 1 183 1337 7.3 12
Career Notre Dame 167 1155 6.9 12 62 896 14.5 3 229 2051 9.0 15

 

 

Prosise's Official Bio:

C.J. PROSISE'S HONORS & AWARDS
Notre Dame Special Teams Player of the Year (2014)

C.J. PROSISE'S CAREER HIGHS
Points scored: 6, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014; vs. Navy, Nov. 1, 2014; Rice, Aug. 30, 2014
Touchdowns: 1, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014; vs. Navy, Nov. 1, 2014; Rice, Aug. 30, 2014
Rush attempts: 3, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014
Rush yards: 75, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014 (3 carries)
Rush TDs: 1, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014
Long rush: 50, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014
Receptions: 6, at Florida State, Oct. 18, 2014
Receiving yards: 85, at Arizona State, Nov. 8, 2014 (2 receptions)
Receiving TDs: 1, vs. Navy, Nov. 1, 2014; Rice, Aug. 30, 2014
Long reception: 78, vs. Navy, Nov. 1, 2014
Total offense attempts: 3, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014 (3r,0p)
Total offense yards: 75, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014 (75r, 0p)
All-purpose yards: 109, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014
Tackles: 3, North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2014 (3-0)

JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Played in all 13 games and started six times (Syracuse, Stanford, North Carolina, Florida State, Navy and Northwestern) ... led the Irish in total special teams tackles (11), kickoff return tackles (eight) and punt return tackles (three) ... caught 29 passes for 516 yards and two TDs ... led all receivers with an average of 17.8 yards per catch ... had three of Notre Dame's five receptions of at least 50 yards ... had four of the Irish 11 receptions of at least 40 yards ... registered 10 receptions of at least 20 yards ... fourth on the team in receiving yards and fifth in receptions ... 17 of his 29 receptions went for a first down or touchdown ... recorded four plays (three receptions and one rush) of 50 yards or longer ... added 126 yards rushing on 10 carries, including a 50-yard TD run in the 31-28 Music City Bowl victory over No. 22 LSU (Dec. 30) ... first Notre Dame players with at least 500 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing in the same season since Golden Tate in 2009 ... recorded his first career touchdown and longest career reception on a 53-yard TD grab from Everett Golson just before halftime in the season-opening victory over Rice (Aug. 30) ... added an 18-yard reception in the 31-0 rout of Michigan (Sept. 6) ... registered four receptions for 51 yards, including a 25-yard grab, in the 30-14 victory over Purdue (Sept. 13) ... started in the 31-15 victory over Syracuse (Sept. 27), collected three catches for 20 yards and provided outstanding perimeter blocking ... earned a start in the 17-14 triumph over No. 14 Stanford (Oct. 4) ... caught two passes for 16 yards and had a 26-yard rush in the victory over the Cardinal ... had a 12-yard rush and a career-high three tackles in the win over North Carolina (Oct. 11) ... set career highs in receptions (six) and receiving yards (59) at No. 2 Florida State (Oct. 18) ... hauled in a career-long 78 yard TD pass from Everett Golson on the second offensive play from scrimmage in the 49-39 victory over Navy (Nov. 1) ... the 78-yard reception was the longest of the season for Notre Dame ... added a 14-yard run ... the TD came at 14:02 of the first quarter, which marked Notre Dame's earliest score since Oct. 1, 2011, when Michael Floyd caught a 35-yard TD pass from Tommy Rees at the 14:36 mark to spur the Irish to a 38-10 win at Purdue ... caught two passes for 85 yards at No. 11 Arizona State (Nov. 8) ... hauled in a 59-yard pass against the Sun Devils ... registered a 33-yard reception vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) ... caught a pair of passes for 25 yards against Louisville (Nov. 22) ... had a four-yard rush and 45 yards on two receptions, including a 40-yard grab, at USC (Nov. 29) ... caught three passes for 34 yards, added 75 yards rushing on three carries, including a 50-yard TD run, and one special teams tackle in the 31-28 Music City Bowl victory over No. 22 LSU (Dec. 30).

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013): Played in all 13 games both as a wide receiver and on special teams ... started as a receiver against Temple (Aug. 31), Pittsburgh (Nov. 9) and Rutgers (Dec. 28) ... caught seven passes on the year for 72 yards ... also made four tackles ... had a career-best two receptions for career-high 25 yards, including a career-long 20-yard grab, in the 29-16 victory over Rutgers in the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl ... had a single catch in five different games ... longest regular-season grab was a 16-yarder at Michigan (Sept. 7) on his first career reception ... recorded a tackle in each of the season's final four contests.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2012): Did not see game action during the season.

Prosise's Career Statistics

  Receiving
Year G-S Rec Yds TD Long Avg/C
2013 13-3 7 72 0 20 10.3
2014 13-6 29 516 2 78 17.8
Total 26-9 36 588 2 78 16.3

 

  Rushing
Year Att Yds TD Long Avg/C
2013 0 0 0 0 0
2014 10 126 1 50 12.6
Total 10 126 1 50 12.6

 

 

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