Conference: Atlantic Coast
40 Time: 4.51
Biography: Posted career rushing numbers as a senior with 160/773/6, while adding 28/355/3 as a pass catcher. Sat out the 2008 season and all of 2007 except for one game after suffering a serious knee injury that required two surgeries to repair. Led North Carolina State in rushing as a sophomore in 2006 with numbers of 157/688/6.
Positives: Hard running interior back with good vision. Effectively uses his blocks, finds the running lanes and shows power in his lower body. Breaks the first tackle and easily picks up yardage off initial contact. Runs underneath his pads and displays the ability to slide off tackles. Solid pass catcher who extends to make the reception away from his frame. Picks up assignments in pass protection and shows footwork as well as the ability to slide laterally.
Negatives: Shows just a marginal burst of speed. Minimal ability to create yardage.
Analysis: Baker showed a lot of skill early in his career before being sidelined with a knee injury for almost 2 full seasons. He's a well-sized back with solid running skills, yet he seems to have lost a lot of quickness and speed due to the surgery. Must pass medicals, but he could fit in as a third back at the next level.
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