Travis Etienne Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

Clemson RB Travis Etienne is profiled in advance of the 2021 NFL Draft

Name: Travis Etienne

School: Clemson

Year: Sr

Position: Running Back

Measurements: 5”10”, 205 lbs

 

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General Info:

Travis Etienne was a 4-star running back coming out of Jennings High School in Jennings, Louisiana. Ran for 2,459 yards as a senior and scored 39 total touchdowns. Ran a laser-timed 4.38 40-yard dash in high school. Etienne chose Clemson over offers from the likes of Alabama, Oregon, and Texas A&M.

Etienne was Clemson’s leading rusher each of his 4 years in college, including two 1,600+ yard seasons. He also caught 85 passes over his final two seasons. He would finish his astounding college career with over 4,900 yards rushing, a 7.2 yards per carry average, 70 rushing touchdowns and over 100 receptions and another 8 touchdowns. He was the 2018 and 2019 ACC Player of the Year and a Consensus All-American as a senior as an all-purpose athlete.

 

Position Skills:

Lightning quick. He has elite explosiveness that makes him a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Etienne goes from standing still to top speed in an instant, showing rocket-like acceleration. He is also a very shifty back, great at finding cutback lanes at the line of scrimmage as well as in the open field.

Etienne shows surprising power as well. He sports a similar build to Aaron Jones, with a powerful lower body and great leg drive to break tackles. He was used in a variety of ways by Clemson, going in motion, in the screen game, and lining up wide. He shows natural hands while catching passes and the ability to catch the ball while in the flow of the play and turn up field. He was also used sporadically as a kick returner, finishing his career with an average of just over 22 yards per return.

There are a few things that Etienne needs to clean up in his game. He needs work in his pass protection technique. He showed a willingness to block in the pass game at Clemson, but he sometimes started too high and was overpowered. He also had a puzzling stretch his senior season where he fumbled in 4 straight games. This is likely an outlier though, as he didn’t fumble the final 3 games of the season and only put the ball on the ground 4 times in his first three seasons.

 

Fit with the Packers:

Etienne would be a perfect fit in Green Bay. He is very reminiscent of Aaron Jones, although he has more top end speed. He is a slashing running back that catches very well and is adept at being split out wide and being used in the motion game. Assuming Jones doesn’t return, Etienne would provide the perfect lightning to AJ Dillon’s thunder. Due to the devaluation of running backs in the draft, Etienne likely will be available at pick #29. The Packers could likely trade back into the early second round at grab him. Here is the issue with that: do they spend a second-round pick on a running back 2 years in a row? With presumed needs as cornerback, offensive tackle, and defensive line, I would think that would be unlikely. That being said, if Etienne is a Packer, he fills a probably departed Jones’ role quite well.

 

 

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Comments (19)

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mnbadger's picture

March 05, 2021 at 06:11 pm

Follow the best available player plan when drafting and work your calls to accentuate strengths and cover weaknesses. Man that sounds easy. GPG

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Dragon5's picture

March 05, 2021 at 06:15 pm

PFF Grades
ETIENNE, TRAVIS rush 96.7 rec 82.7
WILLIAMS, JAVONTE rush 96.3 rec 83.9
HARRIS, NAJEE rush 96.2 rec 76.4
SERMON, TREY rush 94.9 rec 62.2
WILLIAMS JR, POOKA rush 92.9 rec 79.8
MITCHELL, ELIJAH rush 92.8 rec 74.4
STEVENSON, RHAMONDRE rush 91.6 rec 83.8
CARTER, MICHAEL rush 91.3 rec 79.1
PATTERSON, JARET rush 91.3 rec 50.5
HUBBARD, CHUBBA rush 91.1 rec 61.6
HILL, KYLIN rush 90.8 rec 69.2
HAWKINS, JAVIAN rush 90.3 rec 56.5
HERBERT, KHALIL rush 89.8 rec 51.0
JEFFERSON, JERMAR rush 85.9 rec 62.4
WHITE, ZAMIR rush 83.3 rec 41.9
ROUNTREE III, LARRY rush 83.0 rec 55.8
GAINWELL, KENNETH rush 81.1 rec 86.3
FELTON, DEMETRIC rush 79.6 rec 79.6
BROWN, SPENCER rush 78.3 rec 48.6

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PeteK's picture

March 05, 2021 at 06:29 pm

Nice job. I think Carter,Hubbard, or Hawkins would compliment Dillon well. All should be available in later rounds.

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stockholder's picture

March 06, 2021 at 10:25 am

Pooka Williams late for me.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 06, 2021 at 12:31 pm

No later than the mid third, maybe.

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MarkinMadison's picture

March 05, 2021 at 06:48 pm

Not sure if the Packers are going to be willing to spend the draft capital that it will take to get this guy, but he sure looks like a winner.

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The_Justicar's picture

March 05, 2021 at 08:03 pm

78 total TDs. Man that is a lot

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mnbadger's picture

March 06, 2021 at 06:22 am

That's less than 2 seasons for montee ball at Wisconsin. mb was a TD machine. One writer said he scored two touchdowns while putting on his socks during his junior year. GPG

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 06, 2021 at 12:32 pm

Ball is nowhere near Etienne in ability.

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mnbadger's picture

March 06, 2021 at 01:56 pm

Thanks, I agree. that's not what I said. I was just comparing TE's career touchdowns vs less than 2 seasons of Ball. I didn't communicate my point well. GPG

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gbpmark's picture

March 05, 2021 at 08:22 pm

Living in the southeast I have followed Travis Etienne’s career at Clemson. He is an extremely talented running back and a threat every time he has the ball in his hands. He is a powerful and shifty runner with explosive speed and in his final two seasons showed the ability to also be a dangerous weapon out of the backfield in the passing game. If we lose Aaron Jones he would be an excellent replacement. That being said I’m not sure running back is our biggest need in this draft. I would consider CB or Tackle a more pressing need but if the top talent at those positions were gone and we lose Jones and Williams I would strongly consider taking Etienne. If he did managed to slip down into the second round he would be an absolute steal for us in my humble opinion...

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stockholder's picture

March 05, 2021 at 10:18 pm

I'd rather have him then a Wr.

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PeteK's picture

March 06, 2021 at 10:25 am

Surprised that nobody bit the bait. Hahahaha

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ImaPayne's picture

March 06, 2021 at 08:28 am

This guy wont be around when the packers draft. ONe of the best RB's in the draft wont last long

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Hematite's picture

March 07, 2021 at 08:37 am

My thoughts exactly!

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PatrickGB's picture

March 06, 2021 at 11:23 am

I agree with the posters who question the idea of the Packers drafting a RB in the first round. The idea of replacing a fifth rounder with a first rounder does seem out of character. But if Matt’s scheme goes two back/H back then having a slasher on the roster makes sense.

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bizz888's picture

March 07, 2021 at 11:17 am

Etienne is an absolute stud and should produce very effectively at the next level.
If available this pick may be a no-brainer!

https://www.dumpsterrentalstpete.com

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CarpetCleanFontana's picture

March 08, 2021 at 07:11 pm

This would be a great fit for the Packers. Etienne is accustomed to playing with a great QB also.

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