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Chris Rainey

Chris Rainey - #1 - RB-RS

Height: 5-8 3/8
Weight: 180
Speed: 4.42
Arm: 30 3/4
Hand: 9 1/2
Wingspan: 73 1/2
Birthdate: 03/02/1988
Hometown: Lakeland, FL
Grade: 5.26


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/13/2012 Florida Pro Day 5-8 3/4 180 9 1/2 30 3/8 75 5/8 4.38 4.10
02/29/2012 Combine 5-8 3/8 180 9 1/2 30 3/4 73 1/2 4.39 16 10'0" 36 1/2 3.94 11.06 6.52
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 5-8 3/8 178 9 1/2 30 3/4 72 1/4
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 5-8 3/8 176 8 7/8 31 1/8 72 1/2 4.40



Highly recruited Florida prep who piled up more than 7,000 yards with 90 touchdowns during his career at national powerhouse Lakeland, where he was part of a 45-game winning streak, three state titles and two national championships. Had shoulder surgery in February 2006. Then separated his shoulder in the first round of the state playoffs that season and played the fourth quarter and overtime of the state final with a separated shoulder. Appeared in five games in 2007 before surgery to repair a loose joint in his right shoulder forced him to redshirt. In ’08, played all 14 games and rushed 84 times for 652 yards (7.8-yard average) and four touchdowns with three receptions for 37 yards (12.3) and zero TDs. Sustained a high right ankle sprain in the BCS title game. Played all 14 games in ’09, starting three, and totaled 89-575-5 (6.5) rushing, 10-161-1 (16.1) receiving with 4-40-1 (10.0) on punts and 5-144 (28.8) on kickoff returns. Hurt his left shoulder against Georgia. Played in eight games, with six starts, in ’10. Played in the first two games (started vs. Miami) before being charged with a felony for aggravated stalking of a former girlfriend on Sept. 14 and getting suspended from the team until Oct. 10. Charges were reduced to a misdemeanor as Rainey entered a pre-trial intervention program that saw charges dropped upon completion of the program. Returned for the Georgia game and finished with 51-366-2 (7.2) rushing, 25-216-3 (8.6) receiving, 7-162-0 (23.1) on kickoff returns and 9-67-0 (7.4) on punt returns. Did not start the bowl game vs. Penn State. Played in 12 games in ’11, starting 10. Tallied 171-861-2 (5.0) rushing and 31-381-2 (12.3) receiving with 4-103-0 (25.8) on kickoff returns and 12-106-1 (8.8) on punt returns. Team captain. Fumbled 11 times in 465 touches and gained 6.2 yards per carry. Has six career blocked kicks.


Very athletic. Has explosive speed and acceleration — turns over long, fluid strides. Light on his feet. Sudden stop-and-start quickness. Agile and elusive — makes ankle-breaking, high-speed cuts. Catches easily and is athletic adjusting to throws. Has been utilized as a running back, receiver and kick returner and stood out rushing punts. Clocked a 1.47-second 10-yard dash, tying for the best time at the Combine and notching the best 20-yard short shuttle (3.93 seconds). 


Needs to get stronger — track physique reflects weight-room work ethic. Bench-pressed 225 pounds 16 times. Undersized and lean. Not built to run inside or handle a heavy workload. Limited run strength and tackle-breaking ability. Speed bump as a blocker. Inconsistent fielding punts (see Auburn). Fumbled six times as a senior in an increased role. Has been dinged and durability is an issue. Could be challenged by a sophisticated NFL playbook. Has significant character baggage that has knocked him off draft boards and dependability needs to be carefully investigated. 


Smallish, explosive, finesse scatback and slot receiver with enticing burst and acceleration. Has dynamic playmaking skill, and special-teams utility adds to his value. However, concerns about his trustworthiness, durability, intelligence and ball security could drive down his draft value.

Chris Rainey's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
7.01-9.00Top 10

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