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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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Team Needs:

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

NFL Scouting Combine: Friday’s talking points

Tentative Combine workout schedule:
» GROUP 1: Friday, Mar 1: PK, ST, OL, RB 
» GROUP 2: Saturday, Mar 2: QB, WO, TE 
» GROUP 3: Sunday, Mar 3: DL, LB 
» GROUP 4: Monday, Mar 4: DB 

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Friday’s NFL Scouting Combine saw the OL, RB, and ST groups workout.

The running backs that captured attention included Justice Hill, Miles Sanders, Travis Homer, and Alex Barnes.

Justice Hill, by far, had the most rewarding day. The junior from Oklahoma State recorded the fastest 40-time, at 4.40. Among his group, he also had the best vertical jump, and tied with two others for the best broad jump. Leading up the combine, I thought Hill looked explosive on tape. Hill will move up draft boards because of his performance this week.

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

Penn State Miles Sanders had a good day, as did Michigan’s Karan Hidgon and Notre Dame’s Dexter Jackson.

K-State’s Alex Barnes had the best day for backs weighing in at over 220 lbs. He had 34 reps on the bench press, best by far for his position. He showed plenty of explosiveness to go with that power. His stock should improve as well.

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Friday was also the day when QB’s talked with the media. Perhaps, the most interesting press conference belonged to the 5-10 Kyler Murray.

Mar 1, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (QB11) speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center.
Photo: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

RELATED: Kyler Murray’s 2019 NFL Scouting Combine press conference

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The OL also worked out on Friday. The most impressive day was had by Andre Dillard of Washington State. At 306 pounds, Dillard ran an impressive 4.92 in the 40-yard dash. He also posted the top 20-yard shuttle for his group, coming in at 4.4.

There was a lot of buzz around NC State’s Garrett Bradbury. He ran the fastest off all the OL, coming in at 4.92 in the forty. He also came in with the second shortest wingspan of his group, measuring only 31 3/4 inches.

Boston College’s Chris Lindstrom followed up a strong Senior Bowl with a good showing, he should continue to rise up draft boards.

There was a some talk about Alabama’s Jonah Williams maybe being asked to move inside to guard at the next level. Williams didn’t do anything to hurt himself, but he didn’t stand out either. So, we shouldn’t be surprised if we his stock slipping a little bit between now and the draft.

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Again, some of the most important skills tests include:

  • 40-yard dash
  • Bench press (225 lb repetitions)
  • Vertical jump
  • Broad jump
  • 20-yard shuttle
  • 3 cone drill

To view the full list of prospects invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, click here.

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KEY DATES

The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis will begin on Feb. 26; the franchise-tag deadline is on March 5; free agency starts on March 13; and then the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee, will run from April 25-27.

Liberty Bowl – Dec 31

Missouri Tigers (8-4) vs Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-6)

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MISSOURI | SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Coach: Barry Odom

Missouri Players to watch:

*Junior OG Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms (6-5/340)

Wallace-Simms was named AP All-SEC first team offensive guard.
Photo: Columbia Daily Tribune

Wallace-Simms, a junior from East St. Louis, had a dominating second season as Mizzou’s starting right guard, powering an offensive line that produced 197.3 rushing yards per game and allowed an SEC-low 13 sacks.

Senior QB Drew Lock (6-4/225)

Lock was the AP’s first team-SEC selection last year when he set a league record with 44 touchdown passes and led the league with 3,964 passing yards. His numbers fell slightly this year — 3,125 yards and 25 touchdowns — but he improved his accuracy to 63.2 percent and guided the Tigers to one more regular-season victory.

Senior DT Terry Beckner (6-4/305)

Beckner led Mizzou in the regular season with 9.5 tackles for loss and added a pair of quarterback sacks to go with five quarterback pressures and 31 total tackles for a Tiger defense which improved throughout the year. 

**Sophomore TE Albert Okwuegbunam (6-5/260)

Okwuegbunam was one of the three finalists for the John Mackey Award.
He has 43 catches on the year, second-most on the team, despite missing the last two games with an injured shoulder. He has 466 yards and six scores and now has 17 career touchdown grabs, seventh-most in Mizzou history.

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OKLAHOMA STATE | BIG 12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Mike Gundy

Oklahoma State Players to watch:

**Sophomore WR Tylan Wallace (6-0/185)

Oklahoma State wide receiver Tylan Wallace was named to the AP All-America second team and the ESPN All-America team.Photo: AP/Brody Schmidt

Wallace’s 17.82 yards per reception led the FBS among players with a minimum of 60 catches, while his 1,408 total receiving yards ranked third nationally and his 61 first-down receptions led all Power Five conference players and ranked second nationally.

*Junior RB Justice Hill (5-10/185)

Hill missed part of the regular season with an injury, but still put up 93.0 yards per game on the season to rank among the conference leaders. After playing just under three seasons, Hill ranks fourth in OSU history at 98.63 career rushing yards per game and fourth in school history with 19 career 100-yard rushing games.

*Junior DE Jordan Brailford (6-3/250)

Brailford heads into bowl season ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 with 0.75 sacks per game and third in the conference with 1.3 tackles for loss per game. His 9.0 sacks this season rank as the ninth-most in a season in school history.

*Junior CB A.J. Green (6-1/180)

Green has 47 tackles (37 solo), 10 pbu’s and 1 int. Oklahoma State finished the regular season with just five interceptions. Those five picks match the fewest for an OSU team dating back to 1957.

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AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Oklahoma State 38, Missouri 33