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LSU Football 2014 NFL Draft Profiles: J.C. Copeland

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Is there a place in the NFL for a fullback like Copeland?

Ronald Martinez

J.C. Copeland

Position: Fullback
Combine Height/Weight: 5-11, 271 pounds
LSU Listed Height/Weight: 6-1, 270
Hand Size: 10 inches
Arm Length: 32 inches
40-Yard Dash Time: 4.95
Bench-Press Reps (of 225 pounds): 23
Vertical Jump: 28.5 inches
Short Shuttle: 4.58/12.36
3-Cone Drill: 7.68
Broad Jump: 111 inches

Strengths

Powerful athlete with a well-built frame that allows him to distribute his power...physical player that locks on to a target, gets low and really explodes on blocks...former high-school nose tackle that is a versatile enough athlete to add dimensions to his game...quick first step and leg drive make him a solid short-yardage runner...soft hands for receiving when asked...attitude player, that relished his role in a power-based offense.

Weaknesses

Seemed to regress mentally as a senior, and lost reps to fellow fullback Connor Neighbors at LSU...struggled with his assignments in both the run and passing games a little...will occasionally get sloppy with his shoulders, dip one side and slip off a block...can get lost in traffic and struggle to find his level...could stand to lose a little weight to increase his quickness.

Verdict

J.C. Copeland is kind of a man without a country in the NFL. There aren't a lot of teams that use a dedicated fullback, and the ones that do tend to already have a guy they like in that spot. It's kind of becoming like kicker. Once teams find one they like, they don't want to go to the trouble of finding a replacement unless they feel like they have to. Copeland's not entirely a one-note player, and that'll help him, but at the same time he'll never be confused with guys like Larry Centers or Mike Tolbert that are much more versatile. That limits him. But at the same time, he's an attitude player, and it wouldn't shock me at all if a team fell in love with him somewhere from the fifth round on down.