2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kenny McIntosh

  • Kenny McIntosh, 6-1/220

  • Running Back

  • Georgia

  • Kenny McIntosh Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Good build and size
  • Power back
  • Keeps legs going after contact
  • Consistently breaks tackles
  • Finishes runs well
  • Burst to the hole
  • Drags tacklers
  • Decisive runner
  • Doesn’t dance in the backfield
  • Zero hesitation to pound the ball into the defense
  • Has a nose for the end zone
  • Wears down defenses
  • Runs well in the second half
  • Capable of controlling games
  • Durable
  • Very little wear-and-tear from college
  • Solid receiver
  • Soft hands
  • Quality route-runner
  • Dangerous route receiver
  • Ready to contribute immediately
  • Good fit for a zone-blocking system
  • Good knee bend
  • Runs behind his pads
  • Upside

  • Weaknesses:
  • Good speed, but not elite
  • Not very elusive
  • Will have to learn NFL blitz protection

  • Summary: Georgia has produced a lot of excellent running backs for the NFL over the last decade, and McIntosh will continue the tradition set by the likes of Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and D’Andre Swift. Due to the plethora of other talents in the backfield, McIntosh split carries during his Georgia career, but he impressed in his opportunities. In 2020 and 2019, McIntosh averaged 5.3 and 7.0 yards per carry. He earned more playing time in 2021, serving as the No. 2 back to Zamir White. McIntosh averaged 5.7 yards per carry over 58 carries in 2021 for 328 yards and three touchdowns. He was impressive also as a receiver with 22 catches for 242 yards.

    As a senior, McIntosh was the featured back for the Bulldogs and helped them to repeat as National Champions. In 2022, McIntosh averaged 5.5 yards per carry for 829 yards and 10 touchdowns. He showed nice receiving ability as well, recording 43 catches for 504 yards and two touchdowns.

    McIntosh is a power back capable of taking on a big work load and being a physical runner who wears out defenses. He is a strong back who charges through defenses and picks up a lot of yards after contact. His lower body strength is impressive, causing tacklers to bounce off his thighs, and he uses his strong upper body to run over defensive backs in the open field. McIntosh is a load who is very tough to get on the ground, and he makes defenders pay for trying to tackle him.

    In the passing game, McIntosh has good hands for a big back. He makes challenging catches and is dangerous in space. McIntosh runs quality receiving routes, and he should be a very good checkdown option. Once, McIntosh gets some development with learning NFL blitz schemes, he could be a real asset in the passing game as a reliable quarterback protector.

    McIntosh is a well-balanced back for today’s NFL. While he may not be an elite pro, he could be a solid contributor who is quality three-down starter. In the 2023 NFL Draft, McIntosh will probably end up going on Day 2. There is a chance he could slide in the mid-rounds, similar to Zamir White last year, but White also had some medical concerns. McIntosh could become a capable three-down starter early in his NFL career.

    Player Comparison: Joe Mixon. McIntosh’s running style reminds me of a poor man’s Mixon (6-1, 227). They are virtually identical their combination of size, athleticism, quickness, strength and height. Mixon showed more receiving ability and elusiveness than McIntosh in college. Mixon may be a bit faster as a runner, while McIntosh is more powerful and physical.


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