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Giants Now: ESPN's Field Yates names Tyrone Tracy Jr. among draft's best picks


ESPN's Field Yates names Tyrone Tracy Jr. among draft's best picks

Running back Tyrone Tracy Jr. is an intriguing prospect.

Tracy began his collegiate career at Iowa where he played wide receiver for four seasons before transferring to Purdue. He then switched to the running back position, where he enjoyed a strong 2023 campaign.

ESPN's Field Yates recently took a closer look at the five picks that he liked the most from each round of last week's draft. As the analyst mentioned in the introduction, he "factored in value, fit and what the player will bring to the team, among other things."

Among his favorite picks in the fifth round was the Giants' selection of Tracy at No. 166.

"Tracy is a fun player to study, as he was a wide receiver for four seasons at Iowa before transferring to Purdue and playing two years as a running back," wrote Yates. "That versatility could easily lead to early opportunities for the Giants, especially given the team's thin backfield behind new starter Devin Singletary. Tracy ran for eight TDs last season."

View the best photos from the collegiate career of running back Tyrone Tracy Jr.

Despite playing six seasons between Iowa and Purdue, Tracy comes to the Giants with only 146 career rush attempts.

Tracy, at 5-foot-11 and 209 pounds, saw his first extensive action as a running back this past year when he rushed for 716 yards and eight touchdowns on 113 carries (6.3 avg.) while adding 19 receptions for 132 yards. He also returned 16 kickoffs for 408 yards (25.5. avg.) and a touchdown. This led to him being named second-team All-Big Ten (AP), third-team All-Big Ten - Return Specialist (Coaches), and Honorable Mention (Media), along with All-Big Ten Honorable Mention – Running Back (Coaches, Media).

The 24-year-old forced 46 missed tackles on just 113 carries, while finishing fourth in the country in yards after contact per rush. Additionally, his 23.1 percent explosive run rate was the best in this year's draft class and ranked in the 97th percentile among all prospects since 2018, according to Pro Football Focus.

His average of 6.3 yards per carry led the Big Ten and was the second-best single-season rushing average in school history. His 127.4 all-purpose yards in conference games also led the Big Ten.

Tracy ran a 4.48 40-yard dash, 6.81 3-cone drill and 4.06 20-yard shuttle at the NFL Combine in addition to registering a 40-inch vertical and a 10-feet, 4-inch broad jump. He earned a 9.78 RAS score, which ranked 42nd out of 1,903 running backs from 1987 to 2024.

View photos from the college careers of all six members of the New York Giants 2024 Draft Class.

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