Sunday, April 20, 2014

Top Running Backs to draft 2014: 1-6


Although the running back position has not been receiving much attention in NFL draft discussions this year, there is an array of talent at the position. There may be no Adrian Peterson's of the class, but many prospects in the class exhibit the abilities necessary to make an immediate impact for NFL teams. As the NFL becomes a much more pass-heavy league, the running back position is turning into an overlooked position. Nonetheless, I believe it is a crucial position that cannot be undervalued. Thusly, I believe teams should have some of the top running back prospects higher on their draft boards. Here, I will continue my rankings of the best running back prospects by highlighting who I believe to be the top six prospects at the position.

1. Carlos Hyde, Ohio State, 6' 0" 230lbs. 4.66 40, 34.5 inch vert. Averaging 7.3ypc, Hyde became a big, bruising running back, who rushed for 138.3 yards per game his sr. year. Hyde led the Big Ten in scoring and scoring TDs in each of the last two years.


RushingReceivingScrimmage
YearSchoolConfClassPosGAttYdsAvgTDRecYdsAvgTDPlaysYdsAvgTD
*2010Ohio StateBig TenSRRB7241415.90241415.90
*2011Ohio StateBig TenSRRB131065665.3610737.301166395.56
2012Ohio StateBig TenSRRB101859705.2168516.4119310215.317
*2013Ohio StateBig TenSRRB1120815217.315161479.2322416687.418

2. Tre Mason, Auburn, 5' 9" 207lbs. 4.50 40, 38.5 inch vert, 4.15 20yd shuttle, 126 inch broad jump. The SEC Offensive Player of the Year, rushed for 23 TD's (a tie for single-season SEC record), rushed for 304yds and 4TDs in SEC Championship game.


RushingReceivingScrimmage
YearSchoolConfClassPosGAttYdsAvgTDRecYdsAvgTDPlaysYdsAvgTD
*2011AuburnSECJRRB12281615.81281615.81
2012AuburnSECJRRB1217110025.9878612.3017810886.18
2013AuburnSECJRRB1431718165.7231216313.6132919796.024

3. Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona, 5' 9" 207lbs. 4.70 40, 32.5 inch vert. Carey has great vision, good receiving back. Had amazing jr. season rushing for 1,929 yards and 23 touchdowns, which broke the Arizona single-season record for both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Rushed for 366yds in one game in 2012 (Pac-12 record). Behavior could be a slight issue for Carey.


RushingReceivingScrimmage
YearSchoolConfClassPosGAttYdsAvgTDRecYdsAvgTDPlaysYdsAvgTD
2011ArizonaPac-12JRRB11914254.761520313.521066285.98
*2012ArizonaPac-12JRRB1330319296.423363038.4133922326.624
*2013ArizonaPac-12JRRB1234918855.419261736.7137520585.520
4. Bishop Sankey, Washington, 5' 10" 209lbs. 4.49 40, 35.5 inch vert, 4.00 20yd shuttle, 126 inch broad jump. 143.8 rushing yds per game, four 200-yd rushing games, ended regular season with most rushing yards in Pac-12 and second most in the nation.


RushingReceivingScrimmage
YearSchoolConfClassPosGAttYdsAvgTDRecYdsAvgTDPlaysYdsAvgTD
*2011WashingtonPac-12JRRB12281876.716142.30342015.91
*2012WashingtonPac-12JRRB1328914395.016332497.5032216885.216
*2013WashingtonPac-12JR1332718705.7202830410.9135521746.121

5. Jeremy Hill, LSU, 6' 1" 233lbs. 4.66 40, 29 inch vert. Still only 21 years old, Hill was second in the SEC in rushing yards, rushing TDs, and rushing yards per game (116.8) in 2013. Hill also averaged 6.9 ypc (a school record).


RushingReceivingScrimmage
YearSchoolConfClassPosGAttYdsAvgTDRecYdsAvgTDPlaysYdsAvgTD
*2012Louisiana StateSECSORB121427555.3128739.101508285.512
*2013Louisiana StateSECSORB1220314016.9161818110.1022115827.216
6. Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State, 5' 11" 224lbs. 4.57 40, 38 inch vert. Despite behavior issues, and a departure from UGA, Crowell still possesses the physical attributes desired in a running back, and he displays great potential.


YearTeamGRushYdsYd/RushTDsRecYdsYd/RecTDs
2011UGa 121858504.658597.41
2012AlSt 111598425.31511958.60
2013AlSt 1217011216.6157273.90

Stats from sports-reference.com

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