Draft Class Info: Top 5 Running Backs

Draft Class Info: Top 5 Running Backs
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The 2019 draft class is not stacked with headliners at the running back position. A year after Saquon Barkley went number two overall, there are serious questions over whether any of the back in this class are worthy of a first round pick. I don’t have a first round grade on any of the backs in this class, but don’t fear running back needy teams, there is talent to be selected.

5. Rodney Anderson – Oklahoma

An intriguing prospect. Flashed bundles of talent in a dynamic scheme at Oklahoma. Very athletic hips and great balance. Horrific injury history that everyone should hope is behind him. If he can stay healthy, Anderson will be an exciting part of any backfield. 

4. Darrell Henderson – Memphis

Has good timing and vicious ball carrier moves. Can hit the gap with speed if one is opened up for him. Gap vision and pass protection isn’t fantastic, but works really well in space in the screen game. An intriguing option in a backfield by committee. 

3. David Montgomery – Iowa State

A high volume back who excels in pass protection and out of the backfield. Good in short yardage situations, especially ‘have to have it’, 3rd/4th and short. As such he’s a solid back who won’t hit many home runs but don’t be surprised if he’s the first back in this class to make the pro bowl. 

2. Josh Jacobs – Alabama

Jacobs is viewed as the best back in this class by many. He has a vicious running style and is stellar at generating yards after contact. Jacobs possesses enough ability as a receiver to make an impact in the passing game at the next level. Testing results didn’t wow me, and as such I’m not sure he has the athleticism to hit smaller gaps at the next level.

1. Miles Sanders – Penn State

Sanders is the most complete running back in this class. He had a breakout year after Saquon left for the NFL, showing out as a rusher and receiver. If he can get to the second level someone will fall victim to his vicious juke. Sanders has dominated the pre-draft process testing well and showing off in drills. Consequently he has vaulted Jacobs into my number one spot.

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