4/26/21: At the Clemson pro day, Etienne put on an impressive workout that showed off his excellent speed, explosion, and receiving ability. It varies from team to team as to who they see as the top-rated back for the 2021 NFL Draft, but Etienne's passing game ability could cause him to be the first running back taken this spring.
Etienne ran really well in 2020, showing improved strength and more ability to pick up yards after contact. He also was a dangerous receiving weapon out of the backfield. As a senior, Etienne displayed improved physicality and receiving ability. He still had issues, however, with ball security and fumbling.
Etienne could be a three-down starter in NFL and inject speed and explosiveness into his team's ground game. He also would be a good weapon as a check-down receiver who can turn a short catch into a chunk gain. On top of being very fast, Etienne demonstrates very good running fundamentals, like the patience to let holes develop, the vision to see lanes about to come open, and good body lean to run behind his pads. While Etienne is not a big back, he does flash some nice contact balance to maintain his feet after contact, and he has a nose for the end zone. There were some plays in college where he picked up yards after contact and ran through some tackles, but those won't happen in the NFL given the bigger and stronger defenders.
8/29/20: For the most part, Etienne played well for Clemson in 2019, showing the speed to break off long gains on any carry. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry for 1,614 yards with 19 touchdowns. He also had 37 receptions for 432 yards and four touchdowns.
It wasn't all good for Etienne, who demonstrated some ball-security issues against Georgia Tech and North Carolina. The game against the Tar Heels was a rough tape as a blocker and runner for Etienne. However, he came up with a great receiving game to help Clemson beat Ohio State in the opening round of the playoffs. Etienne is a smaller runner who won't bring a lot of power or yards after contact to the NFL, but he could be a good weapon in a passing offense.
Etienne is not the biggest of backs, but he runs hard and has explosive speed to break off long runs. In 2018, Etienne averaged 8.1 yards per carry for 1,658 yards with 24 touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 78 yards and two scores. If Etienne can add weight while maintaining his speed, he could rise.
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