Each year gives fans and scouts alike reasons to scratch their heads over the new running back class, and while this year is no different, the talent level is clearly higher (as a whole) in year's past.
So many of the runners in this class have the ability and versatility to be immediate impact players. Read on to find where they rank:
1. C.J. Spiller (Clemson)
2. Jonathan Dwyer (Georgia Tech)
3. Jahvid Best (Cal)
Best is one of those backs that has all the right qualities and looks great on paper, but sometimes he just doesn’t reflect that. Consistency could be an issue. (Player Profile)
4. Toby Gerhart (Stanford)
At 232 pounds, Gerhart is a legitimate workhorse. Speed and durability down the road are minimal concerns, but really, this guy is the total package. (Player Profile)
5. Charles Scott (LSU)
A big, physical competitor, Scott will be a second-round choice who will surprise a lot of folks come next season. (Player Profile)
6. Chris Brown (Oklahoma)
Brown is an interesting runner. Paired with the explosive DeMarco Murray in Oklahoma, Brown always received the majority of carries in situations that naturally made him the workhorse of the Sooner’s rushing attack. That isn’t to say he can’t be explosive, though. (Player Profile)
7. Anthony Dixon (Mississippi State)
8. DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma)
The speedy complement to Chris Brown at Oklahoma, Murray is a body of questions. Because he has always had to share the load with other talented backs, it’s unclear whether or not Murray has the durability to survive in the NFL. (Player Profile)
9. Ryan Matthews (Fresno State)
The only thing that is keeping Matthews off the map is the fact that he plays for Fresno State.
He's explosive and can run in between the tackles. What more do you want? (Player Profile)
10. LeGarrette Blount (Oregon)
Blount will be one of the most controversially discussed players in this year’s draft. He has talent but the well-known incident in the first game of the year against Boise State will cause many teams to doubt his character and commitment. (Player Profile)
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