Israel Abanikanda
Israel Abanikanda  RB  Pittsburgh | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Israel Abanikanda
Height
5-11
Weight
215
College
Pittsburgh
Position
RB
Class
Junior
Home town
Brooklyn, NY
80.0/100
Player Rating
15
PositionRank (RB)
4.5
FortyYD Time
Rush YDs
1431
Rush AVG
6
Rush TDs
20
Receptions
12
Rec YDs
146

Israel Abanikanda RB Pittsburgh | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Israel Abanikanda RB Pittsburgh
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Draft Year: 2023
40 time: 4.50 seconds (70%*)
Overall Rank: #169 Position Rank: #15 (RB)
Height: 5-11 (57%*)
Weight: 215 (55%*)
Weight: 215 (55%*)
*Percentile caluculated on how any given stat would rank at the NFL combine historically in the player's position group (Higher value represents better perfomance).
Draft Year: 2023
40 time: 4.50 seconds (70%*)
Overall Rank: #169 Position Rank: #15 (RB)
Height: 5-11 (57%*) Weight: 215 (55%*)
*Percentile caluculated on how any given stat would rank at the NFL combine historically in the player's position group (Higher value represents better perfomance).
Overall Rating: 80.0 / 100
Game performance weighted rating
Rushing:
86%
Break Tackles:
58%
Receiving/Hands:
51%
Pass Blocking:
31%
Run Blocking:
58%
DRAFT PROJECTION: 6th Position rank: #15
College Games: 31 College Snaps: 957
Grade: 3 ESPN  Stars 3 ESPN  Stars ESPN RATING: 76/100
College Combine Results
Grade: 247 Sports 4  Stars 247 Sports 93 Stars 247 RATING: 93/100
Grade: 3 Stars 3 Stars RIVALS RATING: 5.6 (92%)
Draft Profile: Bio
Israel Abanikanda from Abraham Lincoln High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Abanikanda joined Pittsburgh.

In 2020 as a freshman Abanikanda saw action in 7 games for the Panthers as he ran for just 95 yards on 28 attempts for just 3.4 yards per carry, with one TD, with no fumbles. As a receiver he made just 2 receptions for 11 yards.

As a sophomore in 2021 he played 13 games. and rushed for a solid 651 yards on 123 carries for an excellent 5.3 ypc, with 7 TDs, with no fumbles. In the passing game he pulled in a solid 24 receptions for 197 yards.

In 2022 as a junior Abanikanda saw action in 11 games for the Panthers. He ran for an outstanding 1426 yards on 241 attempts for an excellent 5.9 ypc, with 20 TDs, with 3 fumbles. As a receiver he made just 12 receptions for 146 yards.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Abanikanda consistently falls forward, and Abanikanda will also bounce off of or shake loose from a couple of tackles to turn minimal gains into big runs.
  • He has the flexible ankles to turn the corner and get around the perimeter when the opportunity presents itself.
  • He’s patient, letting blocks develop then accelerating. Abanikanda runs with a good forward lean and consistently falls forward.
  • He’s not a burner, and he is more of a block-what’s-given runner than a guy who is going to create.
  • An excellent blocker on the outside, he also adds value in the running game.
  • He’s equally dangerous in catch-and-run situations as he is taking the top off a defense
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • He’s not physically imposing. Abanikanda is small-framed and won’t be able to carry much more weight.
  • Abanikanda has constantly ran a limited route tree.
  • He’s more of a cut blocker in pass protection as opposed to a guy who will stick his face in against the blitz, although that is a correctable flaw.
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How other scouting services rate Israel Abanikanda (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
139.8
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
13.0