Running Backs: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked RBs

There isn’t a lot of top-end speed in this class. There’s not a lot of bruising runners either. This seems like a very average overall class. None sticks out as particularly special, there’s no star player in this group. However, for the lack for top-end talent, this class is fairly solid all the way down the list. The player selected in the fifth round has about the same chance to make a team as the player selected in the second round.

Jacobs came on strong in the big games when it mattered most.
Photo: John David Mercer/USATODAYSports

1. Josh Jacobs, Alabama, 5-10/220

Jacobs became Alabama’s go-to all-around back. They used him as a return man, a slot receiver, and running back used in a variety of ways. Shows good vision, balance, and decision making when running the ball.

2. Miles Sanders, Penn State, 5-11/211

A protégé of Saquon Barkley, Sanders has worked diligently over the past year to become stronger, quicker, faster, and just overall better. His workout at the NFL Scouting Combine, prove he can do what he sets his mind to accomplish. North-South runner that spring it from between the tackles. Has experience as a return man. Has good upside. Needs to be a better blocker.

3. Darrell Henderson, Memphis, 5-8/208

Henderson averaged, something like, 8 yards per carry over his career at Memphis. That’s just crazy. Henderson doesn’t have great speed, but he is fast enough. His real strength is his vision, his ability to read blocks and leverage his angles.

4. Damien Harris, Alabama, 5-10/216

Harris was Alabama’s workhorse. He’s the big powerful back that you can pound the ball with. Has good vision, trusts his eyes and takes what is given. Also has the ability to catch it out of the backfield. He’d fit best with a team that likes to establish the run.

5. Dexter Williams, Notre Dame, 5-11/212

Williams has good footwork, is patient as he presses to the line, trusts his eyes, and then exploded. Good cut-back runner, smooth acceleration, takes what is given.

6. David Montgomery, Iowa State, 5-10/222

Montgomery is shifty and has excellent vision. He won’t have breakaway speed at the next level. So, he’s in the mold of a Matt Forte or Kareem Hunt – both productive NFL players. Did not test well, only had a 4.63 forty and 28.5 vertical. He’s patients and follows his blocks, but doesn’t always make the best decision on where to go with the ball.

7. Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic, 5-7/203

Singletary is a touchdown scoring machine. He crossed the goal line 67 times during his career – mostly do to his shifty moves. Shows good balance upon contact and has the ability to plant his foot and change direction. Played inferior competition and has 765 plays from scrimmage. His best asset is his quickness.

8. Ryquell Armstead, Temple, 5-11/220

Armstead has been getting more and more attention since the season ended. He had a good week at the Senior Bowl, and then ran a 4.45 forty at 220 pounds at the Combine. Armstead’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is helping his cause.

9. Travis Homer, Florida, 5-10/201

Miami’s Travis Homer is another running back that helped himself at the Combine with a good outing. He ran a 4.48 with a 39.5 vertical and 130 broad jump.

10. Justice Hill, Oklahoma State, 5-10/198

Played in an RPO offense, so he’ll fit right in with the modern NFL. Hill has plenty of speed and accelerates on the dime. Good balance and elusive. Excellent lower body strength to shed tackles and fight for extra yards, despite being under 200 pounds.

11. Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M, 5-8/206

Williams has been quietly moving up draft boards. He has good vision and lateral agility, finds the hole and burst through it. He has outstanding balance and isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder. Scored 19 touchdowns last year, one being for 93 yards.

12. Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma, 6-0/224

Anderson doesn’t waste any motion, he goes straight to the hole. Has vision to see crease, gets skinny, and slide out the other side. Good feet in space. Very good in pass protection. Has missed a lot of time due to injury – medical will have to check out.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Bryce Love, Stanford, 5-9/200
  2. Alex Barnes, Kansas State, 6-0/226
  3. Karan Higdon, Michigan, 5-9/206
  4. Kerrith Whyte, Florida Atlantic, 5-10/200
  5. L.J. Scott, Michigan State, 6-0/227
  6. Alexander Mattison, Boise State, 5-11/221
  7. Mike Weber, Ohio State, 5-11/212
  8. Divine Ozigbo, Nebraska, 5-11/222
  9. Myles Gaskin, Washington, 5-9/205
  10. Jordan Scarlett, Florida, 5-11/208
  11. Benny Snell, Kentucky, 5-10/223
  12. Qadree Ollison, Pittsburgh, 6-1/228
  13. Patrick Laird, California, 5-11/205
  14. Tony Pollard, Memphis, 6-0/210
  15. Darwin Thompson, Utah State, 5-8/190
  16. Jordan Ellis, Virginia, 5-9/225
  17. Jalin Moore, Appalachian State, 5-10/212
  18. Wes Hills, Slippery Rock, 6-1/218
  19. Jon Hillman, Rutgers, 5-11/216
  20. David Hamm, McNeese State, 6-0/222
  21. James Washington, Washington State, 5-9/197
  22. Darrin Hall, Pittsburgh, 5-11/220
  23. Damarea Crockett, Missouri, 5-10/224
  24. Nico Evans, Wyoming, 5-9/199
  25. Ryan Fulse, Wagner 5-11/195
  26. Matt Colburn II, Wake Forest, 5-7/206
  27. Lexington Thomas, UNLV, 5-8/175
  28. Marquis Young, UMass, 6-1/210
  29. Bruce Anderson, No. Dakota State, 5-11/211
  30. Nick Brossette, LSU, 5-11/209

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

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