LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire took advantage of an outstanding 2019 season to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft a year early.

After a strong performance at the NFL Combine last week, he seems to be rising up draft boards.

NFL legend LaDainian Tomlinson is one of the analysts who is impressed by Edwards-Helaire last week. During a TV appearance, Tomlinson said he thinks Edwards-Helaire could be the No. 2 running back before all is said and done (via 247Sports):

“Clyde Edwards-Helaire was as advertised. He’s right there as the No. 2 running back. I thought he was great,” Tomlinson said during an appearance on NFL Total Access. “The lateral movements that we talk about. Here’s a guy that’s an all-purpose type of guy. He can do a little bit of everything. Just look at the tape. Look at the lateral movement. It’s so good. He’s short and compact and has a low center of gravity when he runs, and then he has a burst through the hole that you really love. He gets up to the defenders so fast. Catching the ball out of the backfield is something we really wanted to see, and it was as advertised today.”

Being a versatile back is important in today’s NFL, and Edwards-Helaire has proven he can both run and catch passes. We’ll see how he fares at LSU’s Pro Day, but it seems he’s on the rise.