Not elusive in open field - won't avoid oncoming tacklers
Doesn't have many moves outside of stiff arm
Easy cover on wheels and screens
Highly upright running style
Could be more patient
No second gear
Not a homerun threat
Not going to turn the corner at next level
Mediocre ball security
Not convinced he can lead block
Summary: The thing that really concerns me with Gerhart outside of his limited physical tools is his running style. He is very up-and-down, and NFL linebackers are going to have a free shot at his legs, which means he is going to be easier to tackle in the pros than he was in college against small linebackers that play with poor technique. He doesn't have the athleticism to be a No. 1 back, but he does have the skill to be an inside runner and end-zone threat for some team. Some might give him the Jerome Bettis comparison (that love him) and I see it a little bit, but ultimately I think there is a significant difference in talent level. Gerhart is a projected third- or fourth-round pick. A great Senior Bowl and a sub 4.5 40 could push him into late-second-round consideration.
Player Comparison: Ladell Betts. Perfect comparison. Betts is an inside, downhill runner with average athleticism.