C.J. Prosise‘s position switch to running back was a breakthrough in 2015. But uncertainty about whether he was going to stay there factored into his decision to head to the NFL.
With Notre Dame’s top three receivers graduating and Corey Robinson‘s status with the team also in doubt, Prosise decided that the timing was right to head to the NFL after a big 2015 season. In his media availability during Day One of the NFL Scouting Combine, Prosise discussed the thought process, first citing the fact he’s set to earn his degree this spring.
“I’m going to get my degree in May,” Prosise told a group of reporters. “That’s kind of the main thing, getting that out of the equation. For me, it’s kind of a decision I thought between me and my family I thought that was the best decision.”
But worries about the depth chart seemed to be a bit of a head scratcher. Prosise was one of college football’s most dynamic playmakers at running back the first half of the season, dominant until a string of injuries—concussion, shoulder separation and a high-ankle sprain—ruined his productivity. Yet the 220-pounder said his positional flexibility, surely an asset to the teams interested in drafting him, also factored into his decision to head to the NFL now.
“Getting moved around a lot from position to position, I never really knew where I was secure at. I felt like it was the best decision for me,” Prosise said.
Irish 247’s Nick Ironside’s string of Tweets better uncovers the thought process that Prosise described on Tuesday that he says weighed into his decision. It’s a surprising revelation, even considering Josh Adams’ record-setting freshman season and Tarean Folston‘s return from an ACL tear in the season opener.
Prosise plans to participate in the 40-yard dash, broad jump and vertical jump in Indianapolis before testing in more events at Notre Dame’s Pro Day. Prosise’s current draft stock has prognosticators believing he’s bunched among the second flight of backs behind Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry.