Last year, we profiled seven prominent NFL Draft prospects that entered College Football’s transfer portal. One of those seven is Virginia Tech RB Raheem Blackshear. The former Rutgers RB won an appeal last September that granted him immediate eligibility for the Hokies. However, in a pandemic-shortened season, Blackshear struggled in 2020. Despite the struggles last season, the Hokies RB looks poised to breakout this season. As a result, I firmly believe that Raheem Blackshear is an NFL Draft jewel, even if he comes off the board in day three.
Below, I’ve embedded a tweet from the ACC Digital Network that displays Blackshear’s abilities as a runner. Even if it is against lesser talent, it still shows how elusive Raheem Blackshear is in traffic.
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) September 11, 2021
Potential Fits For Raheem Blackshear In The 2022 NFL Draft
Now comes the fun part of trying to find a fit for Raheem Blackshear in the NFL. Ultimately, unless he has a meteoric rise this season, I think he comes off the board in the 5th-to-7th round range. If that’s the case, we could see a really talented team take a flyer on him.
The Kansas City Chiefs seem like a really good fit for Blackshear. He’s elusive in confined spaces, as well as out in space. Additionally, he has solid burst and possesses a decent second gear to gain yardage after the first contact. However, I think he really shines when he’s tasked with picking up a first down in which he has to initiate contact.
Another NFL fit for Raheem Blackshear could be the Houston Texans. At the position, Houston has several backs working off of one-year contracts. While it’s possible that the Texans could bring back one of those backs, Blackshear would be a cheap alternative, as well as a potential upgrade. Furthermore, this would allow Houston to use Raheem Blackshear in specific situations that can be tailored to his skillset.