TOP PLAYER AVAILBLE
Eddie Lacy, Alabama (6-0, 220) – In a running back class that lacks elite talent, the Crimson Tide’s runner appears to be the safest bet and the player most likely to be drafted first at the position. He possesses a great mix of power and speed and is capable of producing yards after contact.
CREAM OF THE CROP
Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (5-11, 220) – The redshirt sophomore showed enough during 2012 to excite NFL executives. Perhaps the most versatile runner in the class, Bernard has the potential to make an immediate impact. The elusive runner lacks blazing speed, but is tough to catch once he gets into space.
Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina (6-1, 220) – He was arguably the top back in the class before shredding his knee (right ACL, MCL tear) during his 2012 campaign. The injury makes him a true wildcard, but he reportedly is making a speedy recovery. Lattimore is a natural runner and has displayed patience when hitting the holes.
Andre Ellington, Clemson (5-10, 190) – While he lacks the size of some other players on the list Ellington makes up for it with his quickness. He has the ability to pick up yards in bunches, but may struggle to pick up the tough yards. The former Tiger could be the best senior running back in this year’s draft class and should make for a nice complimentary piece at the next level.
Stefan Taylor, Stanford (5-11, 210) – Taylor runs hard between the tackles and is a prototypical power runner with a low center of gravity. He lacks the size and big-play ability that most teams covet in the early rounds, but should provide great mid-round value for the team that pulls the trigger on him.
Dennis Johnson, Arkansas (5-9, 213) – His 4.4 forty times have opened eyes amongst NFL scouts, but fumbling issues are a concern. He should be able to contribute immediately as a passing down back on whatever teams lands him on draft day.
BEST OF THE REST
Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State (5-10, 190)
Johnathan Franklin, UCLA (5-10, 198)
Montee Ball, Wisconsin (5-9, 212)
Ray Graham, Pittsburgh (5-9, 195)
Mike Gillislee, Florida (5-10, 190)
Spencer Ware, LSU (5-11, 223)
Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt (5-9, 210)
Kenjon Barner, Oregon (5-11, 195)
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