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UDFA Scouting Report: RB/FB Chris Warren III, how he fits with Raiders

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NCAA Football: Texas at California John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Gruden has pledged to create competition across the roster and keeps proving his point. After Warren was brought into rookie mini-camp on a try-out basis, he did enough to impress coaches that the front office let Elijah Hood go.

Warren figures to take Hood’s spot on the depth chart but has more versatility that could help get activated on Sundays.


Height: 6’2

Weight: 247lbs

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.69 (Pro day 4.51)

Vertical jump: 33”

Broad jump: 10’0”

3-cone: 6.98

Short shuttle: 4.19

Bench: 25 reps


2017: 12 Games, 71 Attempts, 314 yards, 4.4 YPC, 6 TDs, 18 receptions, 229 yards, 2 TDs

2016: 4 Games, 62 Attempts, 366 yards, 5.9 YPC, 3 TDs

2015: 8 Games, 71 Attempts, 470 yards, 6.6 YPC, 4 TDs, 5 receptions, 13 yards


Boasts top end size for position, Warren brings the power when he runs behind his pads. Easily steps through arm tackles and can deliver the blow when he reaches the 2nd level. Surprising speed downfield for a guy with such a big frame.

Great pass protector who attacks rushers and stands them up consistently. In 2017 he proved he can contribute as a pass catcher out of the backfield.


Warren is in position flux, being moved around from RB, to Fullback, to H-Back at Texas. More of a build to speed runner, Warren lacks burst in the hole. Limited to inside zones and power running scheme, Warren struggled to gain traction consistently on runs outside the tackle box.

Durability is a concern, missed 12 games in 3 seasons due to injuries, including a season ending knee injury in 2016. Did not post the type of production that warrants a chance in the NFL.

Fit with Raiders

Son of a former Pro Bowl tailback by the same name, Gruden and McKenzie are likely considering his bloodline while adding competition to the RB room. Warren reportedly did not like that coaches switched his position to H-Back at Texas and certainly looked a lot better as a runner. Warren was brought in to add versatility at RB and likely will get snaps at tailback and at fullback and will need to prove he can handle both responsibilities if is to stick on the roster.

Also see: Raiders sign UDFA running back Chris Warren III after minicamp tryout