Every year in the NFL draft there seems to be a lack of quality running backs at the top of the draft, and a plethora of running backs in the middle to late rounds. This years draft is no diffrent, and might even be worse. The draft is headlined by C.J. Spiller and then the rest of the order will fall inot place as the Senior bowl and combine conclude. It will be very interesting to see where these back land, and what kind of future they will have in the NFL.
For me Spiller, is a bit overrated and I don't think he should go as high as he will in the draft. He will go higher mainly due to his speed, and versatility. He is a deadly return man and is a very underrated receiver. He runs with allot of passion, and shows he has the toughness to run inside the tackles. Though I think on draft day the Reggie Bush comparisons may hurt him , but ultimately like Tim Tebow it takes just one team to pull the trigger. Look for him to go in the range of 8-14.
Best is the best running back in this years draft! I said it, if I could pick one running back in this years draft I believe Best will have the best pro career. He has great speed, elite vision and can make anyone miss. He is an underrated reciever. Though does have a few questions about his durability with his issues with concussions. He should go in the first round and very might well, but I really see him going in the very early second round.
Dwyer hits like a ton of bricks. He looks to be a great running back in the Cedric benson mold. He doesn't have elite speed, so he will slip in the draft due to the lack of break away speed. I believe he has allot of questions to answer at the combine, but with great workouts he to could be selected in the late first round to early second. Yet with poor workouts he could slide into that 3-4 range.
Joe McKnight has more talent and potential than any other player in this draft. To bad his entire tenure at USC was surrounded by legal issues and a lack of production. Though he was playing with 3 other quality running backs stealing carries from him. At USC he only put together 1 thousand yard season. That being said McKnight could go anywhere in the draft with good workouts, if he blazes at the combine and shows good hands, and has good interviews, I could see him sneaking into the late first round. Yet he would need everything to go right!
Blount is more famous for his infamous punch againsy Boise St. than he is his actual skill. Blount reappeared on the map in the final two weeks and at the senior Bowl. There he showed great, speed, vision, and power. He will have allot of questions going into the draft. Todd McShay, a ESPN draft analyst stated that Blount has the talent and skill set to be an every-down back, a very rare and dying breed of running back in the NFL these days. With good work outs and especially good interviews Blount could shoot into the second round easily.
6. Ryan Mathews
7. Toby Gerhart- ** more a fullback**
8. Anthony Dixon
9. Ben Tate