UCLA’s Demetric Felton is one of the more capable running backs in the 2021 NFL Draft class. He showcased the ability to be a volume runner and pass catcher out of the backfield during his time with the Bruins and could be an asset to several NFL teams looking for versatility. He rushed for 668 yards and five scores in just six games in 2020 and caught 22 passes for 159 yards and three scores.
Felton isn’t a bruiser so he has to use his agility and arsenal of double moves to get outside and create space. He doesn’t have the speed most small backs have, but has his ability to accelerate, vision, and balance help make up for that. Felton needs to work on being patient enough to wait on blocks, though.
— NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein
Mock Draft landing spots
Felton isn’t a regular in most mock drafts, but Pro Football Network’s Ken Lee Platt named him as a Tampa Bay Buccaneers prospect before Giovani Bernard signed with the team. Felton could be a fit for a Cincinnati Bengals team that struggled with Joe Mixon’s health last year. Adding another PPR threat would make a lot of sense.
Fantasy impact: Rookie year
Felton was only a feature back for one of his four collegiate seasons and only played in six games, so he’ll likely be more of a situational back in his first year. His pass-catching upside could make up for his lack of carries. Don’t expect much from him in year one, unless injuries thrust him into a larger role than expected.
Fantasy impact: Career
Versatility is king for fantasy running back these days, but it’ll be hard to project what kind a future Felton will have given his limited amount of time in the spotlight. He has the potential to carry a heavy workload, can continue to get better as a receiver, and has return-man potential. If he continues to develop all of his skills, he can be a reliable, mid-tier starter.