Scouting Report: Raheem Blackshear, RB, Rutgers

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Warminster, PA | 5090 | 185 | 4.45E | 2021

Strong hard-nosed runner who is shifty as heck! Explosive player with quick feet, he embraces contact and plays much bigger than his size. An all-purpose producer, as a runner, pass-catcher and return man. Despite his size concerns, he’s actually an effective goal line runner who can gain some push upon initial contact. A smart player who picked up the playbook fast, according to offensive coordinator Jerry Kill, which has allowed him to see the field as a true freshman. He previously committed to Temple and Michigan State before signing with Rutgers and looks to be the best back they’ve had since Ray Rice. Hit start on the microwave and watch him sizzle—he’s a dose of instant offense and is a prime performer to monitor over the next several years.

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2017: Hauled in a 35-yard touchdown reception in the victory over Purdue (10/21) … recorded a 19-yard touchdown in the win at Illinois (10/14), finishing with six carries for 87 yards (14.5 average) … had a 41-yard rush against the Fighting Illini … notched a 14-yard reception and five kickoff returns versus No. 11 Ohio State (9/30) … led the team with 102 rushing yards in the win over Morgan State (9/16) with two touchdowns, finishing with a game-high 132 all-purpose yards … had three carries in collegiate debut versus No. 8 Washington (9/1), including a six-yard run on the third offensive play of the season.

High School/Personal: 
Coached by Steve Devlin at Archbishop Wood Catholic … helped the Vikings to a 11-2 record and a PIAA Class AAAAA state title … produced 236 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the championship game … finished 2016 with 1,257 yards rushing with 19 touchdowns on the ground … also caught 26 passes for 433 yards and five receiving scores … First Team 5A All-State selection as an athlete by the Pennsylvania Football Writers … contributed 409 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns along with 395 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions as a junior … three-star prospect and second overall running back in Pennsylvania by Scout … 29th best recruit in the Keystone State and a three-star player by ESPN … top-40 player in the state and a three-star recruit by 247Sports.

 

Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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