Bio: All-Conference selection last season after leading Cal in rushing with 238/1,195/13. Caught 22 passes for 185 yards. Did not play the prior two seasons due to academic ineligibility. Sophomore totals were 58/215/3. Cousin to former Cal defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha, first round selection for the Oakland Raiders in the 2003 draft.
Positives: Explosive ball carrier who runs with a good degree of power. Quick through the hole, gets a good head of steam going and drives up the field and stays on his feet off the initial hit. Aggressive, works his runs and picks up yardage off initial contact. Fast enough to cut the corner and displays a burst of speed. Improved his run instincts almost weekly as a senior. Good athlete.
Negatives: More of a straight line runner who lacks footwork or the ability to elude defenders. Does not carry the ball with great balance or body control. Fumbled on several occasions last season. Seemed to wear down as the season progressed and his workload was greatly diminished during the late part of the year. Will turn 24 years old next November.
Analysis: A physically gifted prospect that stepped up to the plate as a senior, Echemandu displayed a variety of abilities in '03. Still a raw talent that needs work, he's a back that can be productive in a rotational system in the NFL.