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Tough crowd, huh, OP?
As for Drake specifically, it's still too early to tell how much his body and strength are going to develop, but the OP's main point is pretty much true: Under Saban, RBs whose bodies are on the thin side have clearly been in the minority and, if they played, have been mostly situational. (2007 with Terry Grant was something of an exception, but not much about 2007's offense was what Saban really wanted.)
I hope he does develop into a more every-down back, because he could be the most dangerous open-field player on the roster. Just venturing a guess, though, I see Drake eventually settling into an Upchurch-type role: primarily a third-down/passing situation RB who's extremely productive when he's in there. The idea of Drake motioning out to iso on a LB, or taking a screen on 3rd-and-long against a spread-out D sounds very appealing.
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