Kerryon Johnson was the workhorse of Auburn’s rushing attack last season but it was Kamryn Pettway that had the majority of the attention heading into the 2017 season.
After rushing for over 1,200 yards and nearly six yards per carry as a redshirt sophomore, Pettway took a major step back in 2017, thanks in part due to injuries. As a junior, the Auburn back rushed for only 305 yards and his average went all the way down to four yards per carry.
According to at least one draft evaluator, injuries aren’t the only concern NFL teams have when it comes to Pettway. According to an unnamed AFC regional scout, Pettway won’t even be drafted. Here’s a direct quote from Pettway’s NFL.com combine page:
“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.”
While the profile does not have an author listed, it also cites Pettway is “considered immature and unreliable by people inside the program.”
Those are some damning quotes for a player that may not have the history of production necessary to be selected in the upcoming draft. However, as we find out every spring, it only takes one team to take a chance and draft a player for them to make the league. It’s hard to imagine all 32 NFL franchises won’t give Pettway a look, even if it’s in the later rounds of the upcoming draft.