NFL Draft 2011: Top Five Running Back Prospects Still Available

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IApril 30, 2011

Hunter is among the most talented players left.
Hunter is among the most talented players left.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The final day of the 2011 NFL draft is in full force, so we're scrambling to get you our top five guys remaining while players are being plucked off of the draft board.

These lists will erode as the rounds continue, but at the moment, considering who is available, the following are the top five running backs available for the final four rounds:

1. Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma State)

Hunter is one of the best backs in this draft, yet is somehow still available going into the fourth round. While he’s on the small side, he has a lot of positives that will make him a coveted running back in April. Hunter is very quick, and shifty, and his best attribute is his patience in letting the blockers set up. He has a fantastic burst off the plant, often cutting off a block, and excelling up the field quickly, making defenders miss.

2. Jordan Todman (UConn)

Todman is a small back but can really make a living between the tackles, ala Maurice Jones-Drew. He hits his holes hard and can make plays coming out of the backfield. He played in a run-heavy system at UConn, but he was very productive and has tons of potential at the next level, despite his small stature.

3. Delone Carter (Syracuse)

Carter is a smaller guy with decent speed. He is good between the tackles and can break tackles and has amazing balance. He catches well out of the backfield but really lacks the extra gear to break a long run. He has solid, but not exceptional vision, and needs to protect the ball better.

4.Taiwan Jones (Eastern Washington)

Jones really ran all over the FCS competition in 2010. He has solid size, good speed and acceleration and could be a nice sleeper. Problem is, the FCS competition isn’t very impressive, and he’s still a very raw runner overall.

5. Bilal Powell (Louisville)

Powell is one of the more underrated runners in this draft. He has come out of nowhere to be one of the leading NCAA rushers in 2010. He runs hard, keeping his pad level low, and fighting for extra yards. He has above-average speed to break long runs and does a nice job hitting the extra gear in the secondary.

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