An absolute beast as a blocker in the backfield. Rashaad Penny is a fantastic runner, but he can think Nick Bawden for a lot of those yards and holes. Bawden fills his frame out extremely well and gets down field in a hurry to dig defenders out of the play completely. One of my favorite things about the San Diego State fullback is he is never satisfied with blocking just one guy. Bawden consistently looks for work with or without a defender in his grasps. Big strong hands – once he gets them on you, good luck disengaging. Mean player that doesn’t stop at blocking you, wants to run you through a brick wall – strong finisher with power in his punch.
Didn’t receive a lot of carries or do much as a receiver out of the backfield, but that’s because of the scheme San Diego State plays. Will need to show at the Senior Bowl and combine he’s comfortable and capable of catching the ball out of the backfield, and gaining yardage on the ground ( I have no problem saying he’ll be just fine.)
Lead blocker in this GIF.
A quarterback turned fullback that had absolutely no problem making the interesting transition. As a lead blocker, Nick Bawden is one of the better fullbacks I’ve ever scouted. He shows the consistent ability to dig his man sometimes multiple men out of the hole to create big running lanes for his running back. Can do damage as a blocker in between the tackles and outside. Has the speed and athleticism to get outside and not get in the way or slow down the runner. If he can show the ability to make plays through the air and on the ground he will only make himself more money. Will turn heads at the Senior Bowl in a few weeks.
This is a Rashaad Penny highlight video, but it may as well be a Nick Bawden highlight video as well. Enjoy.