NFL 2017 Draft News: Power Ranking Top 10 Running Back Prospects
Power Rankings Top 10 RBs for 2017 NFL Draft
March 28, 2017
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The 2017 NFL draft is right around the corner, so it’s time to look at some of the top prospects who will be drafted over the three days. For this article we’ll take a look at the top-10 running backs. This is a loaded class of running backs with game changers and sleepers, it’s just a matter of where teams feel comfortable taking a position that seems so replaceable these days.
Here’s the top-10 running backs for the 2017 NFL draft.
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1. Leonard Fournette, LSU - Leonard Fournette is the most complete running back I’ve seen since Adrian Peterson, as he has the combination of size, speed and strength you drool over. Fournette is a running back I’m not afraid to draft within the first 10 picks due to his ability to be a difference maker the second he takes the field. Fournette is the cream of the crop in this class.
2. Joe Mixon, Oklahoma - Like it or not, Joe Mixon is a top tier running back prospect with terrific athleticism, quickness and the ability to catch the football. Mixon could be one of the better backs in the league for the next decade. Of course, the issue with Mixon is the incident where he punched a woman and broke her jaw. Mixon is going to wait a while to hear his name called and will off some teams boards altogether. However, from a talent standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than the OU running back.
3. Dalvin Cook, Florida State - Dalvin Cook has elite speed, quickness and can catch the ball out of the backfield. It’s hard to tackle Cook in the openfield and it’s just a matter of time before he breaks the big play. Cook will instantly give an offense that home run hitter and open things up for another players. The only reasons Cook isn’t higher in this class are past off-the-field issues and injury concerns.
4. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford - Christian McCaffrey ran a 4.48 at the combine, putting some of those stereotypes to bed. McCaffrey is elusive in the open field, has a high football IQ and takes care of the football. There are concerns if McCaffrey and his smaller frame can handle the constant pounding at the NFL level.
5. Alvin Kamara, Tennessee - Alvin Kamara has great quickness and burst to get to the next level, and his nose for the endzone is unmatched. Kamara is also a polished receiver with reliable hands. However, Kamara does have a history with knee injuries, which can be a concern for teams wanting to draft him high.
6. Kareem Hunt, Toledo - Kareem Hunt is the darkhorse in this class to me, as he runs with great vision and has solid power to break tackles. Hunt is also a decent pass catcher and doesn’t mind being an old school workhorse to help his team win. Hunt amy not be as sexy as the names above him, but he’ll get the job done and come at a much cheaper price. Real solid player right here.
7. Marlon Mack, South Florida - Marlon Mack is esluvie in the open field and can make defenders miss easily. Mack runs with a purpose and is very dangerous once he gets to the outside. The concern with Mack is the ball security, as he does have fumbling issues.
8. Samaje Perine, Oklahoma - Samaje Perine is a well built back at 5’11” and doesn’t go down often on initial contact. Perine makes quick decisions and is going to run hard whenever he has the football. Lack of speed and past injury issues are the reasons why Perine isn’t higher on this list.
9. Wayne Gallman, Clemson - Wayne Gallman makes quick decisions at the line and runs with a chip on his shoulder. Gallman isn’t going to go down easily and always fights for extra yardage. Gallman isn’t your flashy big play back, but he can bring toughness to your offense and help move those chains when called upon.
10. Jamaal Williams, BYU - Jamaal Williams will be a steal for teams looking to snag a running back in the mid to later rounds, as he’s an old school runner who doesn’t shy away from contact and always keeps his legs moving. Williams also has decent quickness for a bigger back and comes from good genes with his mother being a track star at UCLA. Williams is the most underrated running back in this class.