*By Tom Schriner, guest contributor and co-owner/senior staff writer for FFLockerRoom.com
In this game of fantasy football, we are always looking to get that edge. That one thing that can help our team stand out. For one day, for one week or the entire year. Often times, it can come down to one big acquisition. It could be a guy you had a gut feeling about late in the draft and you decide to take a “flyer” on him or it could be dumb luck. Maybe you’re watching a live game and a star player goes down with an injury and you swoop online to pick up his backup (I am not a fan of leagues that operate this way but it happens). No matter what, fantasy owners want that edge.
So, us fantasy football “experts” comb through the numbers and articles to try and find that special player that may one-day be the next Alfred Morris or even Wali Lundy. Because those are the guys that can take a good team and make them a champion.
So I bring in, to the fantasy locker room, the “Crimson Comet” himself, Treavor Scales. That’s right, he has a nickname. And isn’t it fantastic?
He’s a 5’-9”, 200 lb running back out of the IVY League who played for Harvard. Hence the reason for his nickname. He played all four years and had his breakout season as a senior. His rushing totals on the season were:
168 CAR, 1002 YDS, 6.1 YPC, 13 TD over a 10 game season
He was the only player in the IVY League to rush for a thousand yards and averaged over a touchdown per contest. So why haven’t we heard the name Treavor Scales? It basically comes down to where he plays, Harvard. Not too many players in the NFL are playing from Harvard or even the entire IVY league for that matter. Most notably, former Bills starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, is the most known current player from the IVY League. Plus lets be completely honest, it takes a really cerebral individual to attend Harvard and brains don’t always coincide with great athletic ability.
But for Treavor, that is exactly what you get. Someone that was able to graduate from Harvard and who also just so happens to be a freakishly good athlete. How good are his numbers you ask?
At the Harvard Pro Day, which was held on March 14th, it was time for Treavor to get measured up and do the same tests all players at the NFL Combine go through. After all was said and measured, Scales’ numbers were right in line with some of the best in Indianapolis. In the 40 yard dash, the most notable of all the tests, he ran a blistering 4.45. If compared to the official combine numbers that would have placed him 3rd overall among RB’s. In the vertical jump, he posted a 41, which would have placed him 2nd at the combine. He would have also placed second in the broad jump at 10’-9”. In the 3-cone drill, he would have finished in 1st with a 6.67. But the most impressive might have been his 10.86 in the 60 yard scuttle drill. That number would have given him the best score ever in the history of that test.
You do have to take all of these numbers into context though. Generally pro days are geared to show the absolute best of a certain athlete and are tailored to show strengths and not weaknesses. And the athlete gets to workout at a facility he’s familiar with and on a surface he’s practiced on many times before. At the NFL Combine, players are all on the same field, same surface and can be measured truely side-by-side. Would Treavor’s numbers have come in this strong at the combine, one would hope but we can’t bank on that.
One thing I can tell you is that if he had, no one at the combine would have compared to this kid side-by-side. It’s still a long-shot that Scales is drafted this year but you never know. Some good word-of-mouth and a coach gets wind of a possible game changing back and he could take a chance late in the draft. If you want to watch his highlight reel from last season, here it is! Scales reminds me of David Wilson, another explosive running back that broke out last season for the Giants.
I’m not saying to draft him on your team yet. But remember his name. At the very least, if you see him get drafted late, you can tell your buddy’s all about him and scratch the word sleeper on your cheat sheet.