The 2018 NFL Scouting Combine is about two weeks away, and former Auburn RB Kamryn Pettway has plenty to prove based on the critique of an AFC regional scout.
Pettway, who decided to forgo his senior season at Auburn and enter the NFL draft, hasn’t played in a game since Oct. 21 at Arkansas, where he fractured his shoulder blade. However, Pettway also has off-the-field questions.
According to NFL.com’s scouting report, Pettway is considered “a mess” by an unnamed AFC regional scout.
“He’s a mess. They were done with him over there and he’s got too many character flags to be drafted. I thought he might be a late pick last year, but not anymore.”
Prior to Auburn’s game against UCF in the Peach Bowl, it was reported by WIAT-TV in Birmingham that Pettway was “no longer welcome to any team activities,” although coach Gus Malzahn said Pettway didn’t travel with the team to stay home with family.
The “bottom line” portion of the NFL.com scouting report didn’t paint a favorable picture of Pettway.
“Big, bruising and slow, Pettway is a grinder who is unable to make tacklers miss and rarely gives it much of a shot. He’s physical and heavy behind his pads, but he doesn’t have the functional vision or burst necessary for interior running duties in the pros. Pettway’s off-the-field concerns will sink his draft stock and may make it challenging to get into a camp unless he rehabilitates his image with NFL teams.”
Pettway is among seven former Auburn players invited to participate at the combine, including fellow RB Kerryon Johnson, K Daniel Carlson, CB Carlton Davis, OLB Jeff Holland, S Stephen Roberts and G Braden Smith.
The combine begins Feb. 27 and runs through March 5 in Indianapolis.
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