McFadden was a backup the first two games of his college career, but has taken off since then. He had an amazing freshmen season, rushing for 1,113 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning Freshmen All American honors. As good as that season was, his sohpomore year was spectacular. He won the Doak Walker Award, and was the Heisman runner up after rushing for 1,647 yards and 14 touchdowns, despite being slowed by a dislocated toe at the start of the year.
McFadden is the total package. He has excellent size, speed, and athleticism. He is a willing interior runner, and will not be brought down by the first defender. Once a hole opens up, he hits it and is in the open field ready for a big play. What makes McFadden special is that he is a gamebreaker, along with being a guy that can pound it between the tackles. He has the speed to get to the outside, and the speed to outrun defensive backs.
There really isnít anything to criticize about McFadden, other than things that every college back needs to work on. He will have to work on his blitz pickup at the next level, and work on his receiving skills. Heís proven to be a playmaker as a receiver, but has not been asked to catch the ball very often. The only real flaw in his game, may be that he runs a little upright, which will open him up for some big hits in the NFL.
Darren McFadden has the size, the speed, and the success in the SEC on his resume. He has the all around ability to be a superstar in the NFL, and is a worthy top five selection. He may slide a bit because of team needs, but he should be big time in the NFL.