RB Rankings 2018 NFL Running Back Rankings Projected Rounds: 1. Derrius Guice, RB, LSU: Round 1, 2. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: Round 1, 3. Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama: Round 2, 4. Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington: Round 2, 5. Jarvion Franklin, RB, Western Michigan: Round 2, 6. Royce Lewis, RB, Oregon: Round 3, 7. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia: Round 3, 8. Sony Mitchel, RB, Georgia: Round 3, 9. Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern: Round 3, 10. L.J. Scott, RB, Michigan State: Round 4, 11. Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa: Round 5, 12. Ralph Webb, RB, Vanderbilt: Round 5, 13. Jordan Scarlett, RB, Florida: Round 5, 14. Ito Smith, RB, Southern Mississippi: Round 5, 15. Ryan Nall, RB, Oregon State: Round 6, 16. A.J. Oulette, RB, Ohio: Round 6, 17. Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State: Round 7, 18. Kameryn Pettaway, RB, Auburn: Round 7, 19. Nick Wilson, RB, Arizona: Round 7, 20. Jamal Morrow, RB, Washington State: Round 7


2018 NFL Draft: Running Back Rankings





Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: July 19, 2017



  1. Derrius Guice, RB, LSU Projected Round 1st Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-11 213 lb Derrius Guice is my top running back at the moment. It's a very close race between him and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. At this point, Guice gets a slight edge.


    Derrius Guice SWOT Report

    Strengths: Derrius Guice is a physical runner. Can be a power back or an elusive back. Runs like a bowling ball on plays.


    Knows how to attack the hole at the second level. Can use his elusiveness or power to make linebackers miss.


    Is a great pass blocker and good pass catcher on tape. Posseses great agility perhaps even better agility than Leonard Fournette who got taken fourth overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2017 NFL Draft. Can juke, stiff arm, spin, truck defenders with his power, or jump over defender in the goal line. Also capable of diving to avoid a big hit. Runs inside and outside. Has a remarkable football IQ to the point where you ask yourself if he's a complete running back.


    He held his own in pass protection versus Myles Garrett. Blocking someone that good on tape really impressed me with Guice.


    Guice squats 650 lbs and leg presses around 580 lbs whic is insane for a running back. Also possesses 4.3 speed.


    Had 100 rushing yards on the ground in every game he started in 2016. That should give him confidence moving forward in 2017.


    Weaknesses: Hardly saw the field as a true freshman. Didn't get a chance to play fully this season. Only has 5 starts in his career and those were due to Leonard Fournette being injured so he doesn't have a lot of experience as a three down runner outside of the games he started in. Has less receptions than Leonard Fournette and dropped some passes on tape.


    Opportunities: The Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles are ideal spots for Guice. I'm not sure where Guice ends up, but he should be a first round pick.


    Threats: Guice got sent to the Hospital as a true freshman before playing at LSU in 2015. The details of why this happeened were never revealed by former Head Coach Les Miles so NFL teams are gonna have to look into that when doing research on Guice leading up to the 2018 NFL Combine.


    Potential Grade: 94/99



    Before 2017

    Derrius Guice hardly saw the field in 2015. He impressed in 2016 though with 183 carries, 1,387 rushing yards, and 15 rushing touchdowns. He only had 9 receptions in 2016 after having only 5 as a true freshman. You'd like to see that improve even though he showed he can catch the football on tape.




  2. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State Projected Round 1st Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-11 223 lb Saquon Barkley is the consensus #1 running back on most draft boards because of his speed and back-to-back 1,000 rushing yard seasons at Penn State. In terms of production he's probbaly more consistent than anyone in this class at running back. There are some evident flaws that make me wonder if he's a blue chip prospect because I don't see that with Barkley.


    Saquon Barkley SWOT Report

    Strengths: Saquon Barkley is fast. He's great at cutting lanes. Can be a power back or an elusive back. Has ball carrier vision and can attack the hole.


    Easily the best pass catcher in this draft. Barkley's pass catching is what stands out in this draft making him a future asset in PPR leagues for Fantasy Football.


    Can juke and stiff arm. Barkley squats 575 lbs and leg presses 475 lbs which is great for a running back. Also possesses 4.3 speed. Managed to post back-to-back seasons of 1,000 rushing yards.


    Weaknesses: Barkley has issues with pass protection which can make him a two-down back in the NFL despite being a three-down back at Penn State. He missed 5 blocks versus Michigan and 2 blocks versus Ohio State. He averaged less yards per carry than Guice and had less games with 100 rushing yards than Guice this past season in 2016. Barkley will be a great starter, but I like Guice better, and I don't see either running back from this class as a blue chip prospect.


    Opportunities: The Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles are ideal spots for Barkley. Some scouts and teams have top 5 top 10 grades on Barkley. I see a top 15 to top 20 pick that is getting overhyped to a degree by the media.


    Threats: There are no threats with Saquon Barkley. He's probably a safer prospect than Guice, but you are looking at less potential.


    Potential Grade: 93/99



    Before 2017

    Saquon Barkley had 182 carries, 1,076 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns, 20 receptions, 161 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, and 8 total touchdowns as a true freshman in 2015. Barkley had 272 carries, 1,496 rushing yards, 18 rushing touchdowns, 28 receptions, 402 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns, 1,898 total yards, and 22 total touchdowns during his sophomore season in 2016. To top that off his offesnive line was weaker than the LSU offensive line with Derrius Guice.




  3. Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-2 228 lb Bo Scarbrough took over for Derrick Henry who won the 2015 Heisman Trophy. Scarbrough has a late first round grade, but he also has quite a bit of competition at running back this year. Alabama has Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough, Joshua Jacobs, and incoming freshman Najee Harris at running back.


    Bo Scarbrough SWOT Report

    Strengths: Bo Scarbrough is a north and south runner with good ball carrier vision. Can be a power back or an elusive back. Runs with a lot of power and intesity. Excellent as a pass blocker and as a run blocker when Jalen Hurts scrambles.


    Bo Scarbrough played both running back and wide receiver in High School. You have to ignore the 4 recepitons he had at Alabama.


    Can juke and stiff arm. That's one thing Bo brings. He can run inside or outside just like Derrius Guice and Saquon Barkley. Could be better than Guice and Barkley in goal line situations.


    Weaknesses: Doesn't wow you with speed. Two-down running back. Sometimes puts two hands instead of one hand on the football when running which can slow you down. Only had 2 games with over 100 rushing yards in 2016. If you look past that those flaws on tape, he's a pretty complete running back based off a very limited sample of tape. He didn't get a chance to showcase everything he can do at Alabama due to a limited workload. He should improve on his four receptions last season at Alabama.


    Opportunities: The Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts are ideal spots for Scarbrough. If Bo Scarbrough gets injured he falls out of the first round and could even fall to day 3 with another injury. Scarbrough has this Trent Richardson vibe to him which is why I think he's a boom or bust prospect. Scarbrough is a top three running back at this time only due to Alabama's track record for developing running backs.


    Threats: Bo Scarbrough tore out one knee in High School. He tore out the other knee in Alabama's 2017 College Football Playoff Championship game versus Clemson. This leads to huge durability concerns as well plus Alabama has Damien Harris, Joshua Jacobs, and Najee Harris if Bo Scarbrough gets injured so he may not see the field again if he gets injured.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2017

    Bo Scarbrough played running back and wide receiver in High School before committing to Alabama. He hardly saw any action as a freshman.


    Bo Scarbrough had 125 carries, 812 rushing yards, and 11 rushing touchdowns in 2016. He's someone who will see more carries in 2017, but could also drop a lot on draft boards if he gets injured again this upcoming season.




  4. Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-10 195 lb Myles Gaskin has back-to-back seasons of 1,000 rushing yards. Gaskin needs to build off that in 2017.


    Myles Gaskin SWOT Report

    Strengths: Myles Gaskin has the ball carrier vision. He's very elusive and shifty. Can run inside or outside. Can juke and spin his way past defenders. Extremely durable. Great at cut backs probably the best at cut backs in this class outside of Saquon Barkley.


    Weaknesses: Needs to improve as a pass catcher and a pass blocker. Doesn't run with enough power. Struggles veruss quality opponents which may limit him to a two-down role.


    Opportunities: The Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Green Bay Packers are ideal spots for Gaskin. Gaskin is an elusive shifty runner. You can argue his ceiling is limited.


    Threats: There are no threats with Myles Gaskin. He's a safe running back. Just has a very limited ceiling.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2017

    Myles Gaskin had 227 carries, 1,302 rushing yards, and 14 rushing touchdowns as a freshman in 2015. Gaskin had 237 carries, 1,373 rushing yards, and 10 rushing touchdowns in 2016. Gaskin could rise up boards if he tops those numbers in 2017.




  5. Jarvion Franklin, RB, Western Michigan Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-1 228 lb Jarvin Franklin dominated in 2016. He enters his senior season as a potential sleeper for the 2018 NFL Draft.


    Jarvion Franklin SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jarvion Franklin has the physical ability, durability, and size you want in a running back. He checks out physically. He has the ball carrier vision. He's someone who can run with power or elusiveness. Can run inside or outside. Can juke, stiff arm, truck and spin his way past defenders. Extremely durable. Excellent blocker on tape and can catch passes out of the backfield. May be the most effective three-down running back at this point in the 2018 NFL Draft.


    Jarvion Franklin has a really high football IQ. He runs with a lot of patience as well and does a wonderful job of letting the play develop.


    Weaknesses: Struggled against quality defenses. None of the Big 10 teams he played, Illinois, Northwestern, or Wisconsin gave up 100 rushing yards to Franklin. He also struggled versus the Ohio Bobcats trio of linebackers in the MAC Championship game.


    Opportunities: The Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Green Bay Packers are ideal spots for Franklin. Franklin is one of the most complete running backs in this class. I currently have him a 5 in my running back rankings even though he may have the most upside outside of Guice and Barkley. He can become the third best running back in this class with a huge game against the USC Trojans on the road. Has an opportunity to imporess NFL Scouts if he receives a 2018 Senior Bowl invite.


    Threats: There are no threats with Jarvion Franklin. He's a safe running back with huge potential. He just may fall to the second round simply due to the school he plays for.


    Potential Grade: 92/99



    Before 2017

    Jarvion Franklin had 306 carries, 1,551 rushing yards, 24 rushing touchdowns, 15 receptions, 168 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown in 2014 as a true freshman. He went through a sophomore slump in 2015. He rebounded in 2016 though with 248 carries, 1,353 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 25 receptions, 288 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns.




  6. Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon Projected Round 3rd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-11 230 lb Royce Freeman wasn't completely healthy until the end of last season after suffering an injury against Nebraska in week 3. Freeman entered the preseason at this point last year as my fourth best running back.


    Royce Freeman SWOT Report

    Strengths: Royce Freeman has the physical ability and size you want in a running back. He's someone who can run with power or elusiveness. Can run inside or outside. Can juke, stiff arm, truck and spin his way past defenders. Excellent pass blocker on tape and can catch passes out of the backfield. May be the most effective three-down running back at this point in the 2018 NFL Draft outside of Jarvion Franklin.


    Weaknesses: Royce Freeman had outstanding ball carrier vision during his first two seasons at Oregon. That's something he didn't show in 2016. Other than that, he's a pretty complete running back.


    Opportunities: I had a second round grade on Royce Freeman at this point a year ago. Now I had a third round grade on him because he's entering his senior season on a down year. Could get an invite to the 2018 Senior Bowl.


    Threats: Royce Freeman dealt with some durability issues in 2016. Take this with a grain of salt though unless he gets injured in 2017.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2017

    Royce Freeman had 252 carries, 1,365 rushing yards, 18 rushing touchdowns, 16 receptions, 158 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, and 19 total touchdowns as a freshman in 2014. Freeman had 283 carries, 1,836 rushing yards, 17 rushing touchdowns, 26 receptions, 348 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns, and 19 total touchdowns in 2015. Freeman had a down year in 2016 mainly due to playing injured with 168 carries, 945 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 23 recepitons, 144 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 1,089 total yards, and 10 total touchdowns in 2016.




  7. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia Projected Round 3rd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-10 228 lb Nick Chubb enters his senior season. Many expected him to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft. He's one of two running backs on Georgia that is a 2018 NFL Draft prospect.


    Nick Chubb SWOT Report

    Strengths: Nick Chubb has the physical ability and size you want in a running back. He's someone who can run with power or elusiveness. Can run inside or outside. Can juke, stiff arm, and truck his way past defenders.


    Excellent pass blocker on tape and can catch passes out of the backfield. Knows how to cut back. Can attack the hole. Is a north and south runner with the ball carrier vision that you look for. Showed he could be a three-down back in his first two seasons at Georgia before splitting carries with teammate Sony Michel.


    Provides great leadership. Was named a team captain in 2015 after filling in for Todd Gurley.


    Weaknesses: Sometimes runs into teammates or defenders. He runs with a lot of force which can be an asset when he gets separation, but it can also be a detriment if he collides with a defender. That's the only weakness with Chubb. Other than that, he's a pretty complete running back.


    Opportunities: I had a second round grade on Nick at this point a year ago. Now I had a third round grade on him because he's entering his senior season. Could get an invite to the 2018 Senior Bowl.


    Threats: Nick Chubb dealt with some durability issues in 2015 and 2016. Nick Chubb, like Todd Gurley needs to stay healthy at Georgia.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2017

    Nick Chubb took the College Football World by storm in 2014 with 219 carries, 1,547 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns, 18 receptions, 213 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns, 1,760 total yards, and 16 total touchdowns as a true freshman after Todd Gurley suffered a season ending injury.


    Nick Chubb had 747 rushing yards on 92 carries and was on pace to shatter his freshman numbers. He tore his ACL versus Tennnessee as a sophomore in 2015. Chubb also got injured versus Tennessee in 2016, but he managed to recover from that injury after playing injured for a month and got hot near the end of the season. Chubb surprised many with his decision to return to school when he could have declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.




  8. Sony Michel, RB, Georgia Projected Round 3rd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-10 228 lb Sony Michel enters his senior season. Many expected him to be Georgia's #1 running back heading into this season.


    Sony Michel SWOT Report

    Strengths: Sony Michel has the physical ability and size you want in a running back. He's someone who can run with power or elusiveness. Can run inside or outside. Was voted a team captain in 2016 after stepping in when Nick Chubb got injured.


    He's a better pass catcher than Nick Chubb. That's probably his best quality on tape.


    Weaknesses: Sony Michel lacks vision. He's also a terrible blocker. Needs to use more power and elusiveness when creating separation on his runs.


    Opportunities: I had a third round grade on Sony Michel a year ago. I still have a third round grade on him. Could get an invite to the 2018 Senior Bowl, but I think he's more likely to get an invite to the 2018 East West Shrine game.


    Threats: Sony Michel was only a #1 running back in 2015. He was a #2 running back the rest of his career. You are probably looking at a backup or third stringer with Michel.


    Potential Grade: 72/99



    Before 2017

    Sony Michel only had one season as a full-time starter in 2015. He exceeded 1,000 rushing yards as a sophomore, but didn't build on that as a junior.




  9. Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern Projected Round 3rd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-11 193 lb Justin Jackson has three consecutive seasons of 1,000 rushing yards at Northwestern. If he can put together a fourth season at Northwestern it will do wonders for his stock.


    Justin Jackson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Justin Jackson is extremely durable. He's someone who can run with power or elusiveness. Can run inside or outside. Great pass blocker and can catch out of the backfield.


    He's a three-down running back. Displays an extremely high football IQ and the ball carrier vision you look for.


    Weaknesses: Not physical enough. Needs to put on more muscle. Took 855 career carries over the past three seasons at Northwestern. Scouts may be worried that his workload was too much for a running back which may cause teams to look the other way. Played like a three-down back versus Pittsburgh, but only played like a two-down back versus Ohio State. So there are questions about how consistent Jackson can be as a three-down back even though he's shown he can be a three down back.


    Opportunities: I have a third round grade on Justin Jackson. With another strong season he could easily get a 2018 Senior Bowl invite to boost his stock.


    Threats: There are no threats with Justin Jackson. Jackson is going to graduate from Northwestern meaning his future is bright regardless of whether or not he has a successful NFL career as long as he stays out of trouble.


    Potential Grade: 88/99



    Before 2017

    Justin Jackson had 245 carries, 1,187 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 22 receptions, 201 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, and 11 total touchdowns as a true freshman in 2014. Jackson improved on that as a sophomore with 312 carries and 1,418 rushing yards. He had less yards per game, rushing touchdowns, and receptions though along with less receiving yards.


    Just Jackson is a remarkable pass catcher. He hasn't had a receiving touchdown since his freshman year though.


    Justin Jackson put together his best junior season at Northwestern. Jackson had 298 carries, 1,524 rushing yards, 15 rushing touchdowns, 35 receptions, and 219 receiving yards. Jackson is someone who is going to end up being a huge steal in the 2018 NFL Draft if he can stay healthy.




  10. LJ Scott, RB, Michigan State Projected Round 4th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-1 230 lb LJ Scott has incredible tape. He has yet to put together a 1,000 rushing yard season. At the same time, he's already talked about the 2018 NFL Combine, so he's more than likely going to declare after his junior season at Michigan State.


    LJ Scott SWOT Report

    Strengths: LJ Scott has the physical tools and durability you want in a running back. The size is there as well. Checks out physically.


    He's a three-down running back. Displays an extremely high football IQ and the ball carrier vision you look for. Runs inside our outside.


    Can be a greally good blocker and pass catcher on tape. Knows how to attack the hole. Gave numerous Big 10 defenses like Ohio State and Michigan problems on tape. Displays 4.3 speed and did better against those Big 10 teams than Saquon Barkley who carries a first round grade.


    Weaknesses: Has yet to rush for 1,000 rushing yards. I see a pretty complete back outside of that.


    Opportunities: I have a fourth round grade on LJ Scott. With another strong season he could move into day 2 territory if he declares for the 2018 NFL Draft.


    Threats: There are no threats with LJ Scott. Scott should be in the NFL when you consider Michigan State's history with NFL running backs.


    Potential Grade: 86/99



    Before 2017

    LJ Scott is the complete package on tape. He had over 100 rushing yards against Ohio State and Michigan in 2016 and just needs to put together 1,000 rushing yards in 2017 during his junior season to jump into day 2 territory.




  11. Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa Projected Round 5th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-11 191 lb Akrum Wadley practically carried Iowa's offense in 2016. Wadley will be the face of this offense with quarterback C.J. Beathard now in the NFL.


    Akrum Wadley SWOT Report

    Strengths: Akrum Wadley can attack the hole. He's a good pass blocker and can catch out of the backfield. Can run inside or outside.


    He's a three-down running back. Wadley is great at cut backs. Some have described Wadley as the most elusive back in the 2018 NFL Draft.


    Weaknesses: Needs to add more muscle. Hesitates too long. Needs to be more decisive when running. That's why his ball carrier vision is inconsistent and why his ball carrier vision can be on fire one play only to be out of sync on the next play.


    Opportunities: I have a fifth round grade on Akrum Wadley. Wadley should get a chance to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl.


    Threats: There are no threats with Akrum Wadley. He's a safe running back even if the upside is limited. Will make a great #2 running back who can be a change of pace running back in the NFL.


    Potential Grade: 83/99



    Before 2017

    Akrum Wadley had 168 carries, 1,081 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 36 receptions, 315 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns, 1,396 total yards, and 13 total touchdowns in 2016. Wadley will surge up boards if he builds on that in 2017.




  12. Ralph Webb, RB, Vanderbilt Projected Round 5th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-10 202 lb Ralph Webb has dominated at Vanderbilt the last two seasons. He heads into his senior season without Will Holden at left tackle so he has to carry Vanderbilt's offense in 2017.


    Ralph Webb SWOT Report

    Strengths: Ralph Webb can attack the hole. He's a good pass blocker and can catch out of the backfield. Can run inside or outside. Has a high football IQ.


    He's a three-down running back. Webb is great at cut backs. Creates separation. Had back-to-back seasons of 1,000 rushing yards


    Has a ton of yards per carry. One successful cut by this running back allows him to blast through a hole. Another 1,000 yard season with 15 rushing touchdowns puts him in day 2 territory.


    Weaknesses: Needs to add more muscle. Gets knocked flat on the ground when blocking. One example of this was when Jarrad Davis pushed him on the ground. Drops passes on tape.


    Opportunities: I have a fifth round grade on Ralph Webb. Webb should get a chance to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl.


    Threats: There are no threats with Ralph Webb. He's a guy who can develop into a future starter.


    Potential Grade: 86/99



    Before 2017

    Ralph Webb had 1,340 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns in 2015. Webb had 1,449 rushing yards in 2016.




  13. Jordan Scarlett, RB, Florida Projected Round 5th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-10 213 lb Jordan Scarlett is nicknamed Beast Mode Jr. He had a lot of good blocking though by David Sharpe and Martez Ivey last year.


    Jordan Scarlett SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jordan Scarlett knows how to attack the whole. Can run inside or outside and is a three-down running back.


    Weaknesses: Needs to add more muscle. Poor ball carrier vision and pass protection. Drops passes on tape.


    Opportunities: I have a fifth round grade on Jordan Scarlett. Scarlett enters his junior season and would be wise to return to school for his senior season.


    Threats: There are no threats with Jordan Scarlett. He's a safe running back even if the upside is limited. Will make a great #3 running back who can provide depth in the late rounds.


    Potential Grade: 71/99



    Before 2017

    Jordan Scarlett has yet to put together a 1,000 rushing yard season at Florida. Needs a huge year in 2017 to get into day 2 territory.




  14. Ito Smith, RB, Southern Mississippi Projected Round 5th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-9 195 lb Ito Smith enters 2017 with back-to-back seasons of 1,000 rushing yards. Smtih is splitting carries with teammate Allenzae Staggers.


    Ito Smith SWOT Report

    Strengths: Ito Smith has the ball carrier vision you want in a running back. He's great at running to the outside as well.


    Creates separation. Had back-to-back seasons of 1,000 rushing yards. Catches out of the backfield consistently. Is the best pass catcher among running backs in the 2018 NFL Draft statiscially.


    Weaknesses: Needs to add more muscle. Poor pass protection. Drops passes on tape. Struggles with running to the inside.


    Opportunities: I have a fifth round grade on Ito Smith. Smith could end up in the 2018 Senior Bowl with a strong season.


    Threats: There are no threats with Ito Smith. He's a safe running back even if the upside is limited. Will make a great #3 running back who can provide depth in the late rounds.


    Potential Grade: 78/99



    Before 2017

    Ito Smith had 171 carries, 1,128 rushing touchdowns, 10 rushing touchdowns, 49 receptions, 515 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns, 1,643 total yards, and 13 total touchdowns in 2015. Smith had 265 carries, 1,459 rushing yards, 17 rushing touchdowns, 43 receptions, 459 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Smith is undersized, but if he can top those numbers he will rise up boards.




  15. Ryan Nall, RB, Oregon State Projected Round 6th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-2 234 lb Ryan Nall plays like a fullback. It's kind of fitting though since he began at Oregon State as a tight end before converting to running back. Nall needs to get 1,000 rushing yards this season if he wants to get noticed by NFL Scouts.


    Ryan Nall SWOT Report

    Strengths: Ryan Nall has superb ball carrier vision. You can argue he plays with more heart than any running back in this class.


    Displays a potent stiff arm. Plays like a smash mouth fullback when running. Can run with power or elusiveness.


    He's a great pass catcher. When he's not running the football and another running back has it, he stands out as a run blocker. Was used as an three-down back at Oregon State.


    Easily the most elusive runner I've seen. He can be effective in goal line situations like a Mike Tolbert type of running back.


    Weaknesses: His pass protection is terrible despite being a former tight end. That's my only issue with Nall, and I really value pass protection in running backs to the point where if they don't have it, they are two-down backs.


    Opportunities: I have a sixth round grade on Ryan Nall. Nall could end up in the 2018 Senior Bowl with a strong season, but I'm going to predict he ends up in the 2018 East West Shrine Game instead.


    Threats: Ryan Nall has durability issues at Oregon State. That may scare some NFL teams away. I see a #2 change of pace running back in the NFL.


    Potential Grade: 80/99



    Before 2017

    Ryan Nall played running back, fullback, tight end, defensive end, and outside linebacker in High School on both sides where he would rush off the edge. That made him very versatile as he led his High School team in Oregon to a State Championship. He hasn't had 1,000 rushing yards yet due to injuries, but he's a fun player to watch and potentially keep an eye on in 2017.




  16. A.J. Oullette, RB, Ohio Projected Round 6th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-10 195 lb A.J. Oullette is extremely undersized. He needs to put everything together after getting injured early in 2016 heading into this season. I'd like some clarity on whether he's a junior redshirt or true senior this year.


    A.J. Oullette SWOT Report

    Strengths: A.J. Oullette runs with a lot of power. He got voted team captain. The football IQ, work ethic, and leadership with Oullette is there. His intangibles and learning rate is off the charts. Great in pass protection.


    Weaknesses: Would like to see him develop more speed. Also needs to improve as a pass catcher. Would like to see elusiveness on his part.


    Opportunities: I have a sixth round grade on A.J. Oullette. We are looking at a Shrine Game or Collegiate Bowl player unless Oullette is allowed to return to school in 2018.


    Threats: A.J. Oullette has durability issues at Ohio. That may scare some NFL teams away. I see a #2 change of pace running back in the NFL.


    Potential Grade: 81/99



    Before 2017

    A.J. Oullette has yet to rush for 1,000 rushing yards in fact he hasn't even reached 800 rushing yards yet. He needs a huge season in 2017 in order to avoid being an undrafted Free Agent.




  17. Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State Projected Round 7th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-2 227 lb Kalen Ballage has incredible speed that may be in the 4.3 range. He just needs a monster season where he dominates on tape.


    Kalen Ballage SWOT Report

    Strengths: Displays 4.3 speed like Guice and Barkley. The ball carrier vision, patience, pass blocking, and catching out of the backfield is all there.


    Diagnoses plays and runs through offensive tackles or guards with ease when attacking the hole. Can run inside or outside.


    Has power moves and elusive moves. A natural at juking. Jukes at an elite level. Keeps his head up straight when running instead of looking down. Will be an excellent goal line back in the NFL.


    Weaknesses: Only thing that upset me about Ballage is that he didn't get 1,000 rushing yards. Only had 1 game with 100 rushing yards, but he had more games with 100 receiving yards as a pass catcher so this isn't a deal breaker that will detriment his stock.


    You cannot fault him Ballage for failing to reach 1,000 rushing yards since he only got 125 carries all season and no more than 18 carries per game. That's on the coaching staff at Arizona State led by former Pittsburgh head coach Todd Graham who didn't use his running backs enough at Pittsburgh.


    Opportunities: I have a seventh round grade on Kalen Ballage. We are looking at a Shrine Game or Collegiate Bowl player.


    Threats: There are no threats with Kalen Ballage. He's a pretty complete runner tape wise. Looks like a borderline starter based on what I saw.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2017

    Kalen Ballage had 14 rushing touchdowns in 2016 despite a limited workload. He could reach 1,000 rushing yards if he got 20 carries a game. His pass catching took off with 27 of his 44 receptions coming in Arizona State's final 4 regular season games.




  18. Kameryn Pettaway, RB, Auburn Projected Round 7th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-0 240 lb Kameryn Pettaway dominated as a starter in 2016. He enters 2017 needing to lose some weight.


    Kameryn Pettaway SWOT Report

    Strengths: Pettaway is very elusive with excellent juking and spinning for a big back. Can attack the hole. Superb pass blocker. Carried Auburn's offense last season in 2016.


    Weaknesses: Pettaway needs to improve his ball carrier vision. Struggles as a pass catcher. Only has 3 career receptions.


    Opportunities: I have a seventh round grade on Kameryn Pettaway. We are looking at a Shrine Game or Collegiate Bowl player unless Pettaway returns to school in 2018.


    Threats: There are no threats with Kameryn Pettaway. He could declare for the 2018 NFL Draft, but would be better off returning to school. Could be a nice change of pace back if he declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.


    Potential Grade: 81/99



    Before 2017

    Kameryn Pettaway had 209 carries, 1,224 rushing yards, and 7 rushing touchdowns in 2016. Pettaway has a bright future if he builds on those numbers, but he also has things to work on.




  19. Nick Wilson, RB, Arizona Projected Round 7th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-10 199 lb Nick Wilson enters 2017 needing a huge senior season. Nick Wilson is a guy who dominated as a freshman, but injuries limited him the last two seasons since his true freshman season.


    Nick Wilson SWOT Report

    Strengths: I see hardly any strengths with Nick Wilson on tape. Wilson had good production as a freshman, but didn't build on that.


    Weaknesses: Ball carrier vision, pass protection, has trouble catching passes, a lot of what I look for in a running back isn't there.


    Opportunities: I have a seventh round grade on Nick Wilson. We are looking at a Shrine Game or Collegiate Bowl player .


    Threats: Nick has durability issues at Arizona. That may scare some NFL teams away. I see a war body in the NFL that may get cut.


    Potential Grade: 50/99



    Before 2017

    Nick Wilson had 237 carries, 1,375 rushing yards, 16 rushing touchdowns as a true freshman in 2014. The problem is he didn't build on that in 2015 or 2016.




  20. Jamal Morrow, RB, Washington State Projected Round 7th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-9 225 lb Jamal Morrow is even worse than Nick Wilson. I thought that was going to be impossible.


    Jamal Morrow SWOT Report

    Strengths: I see hardly any strengths with Jamal Morrow on tape. Wilson has never had more than 90 carries in a season.


    Weaknesses: Ball carrier vision, pass protection, has trouble catching passes, a lot of what I look for in a running back isn't there.


    Opportunities: I have a seventh round grade on Jamal Morrow. We are looking at a Shrine Game or Collegiate Bowl player .


    Threats: I'm not sure if its durability issues or a lack of carries. I see a warm body in the NFL that may get cut.


    Potential Grade: 49/99



    Before 2017

    Jamal Morrow struggled at Washington State in his first three seasons. He really needs a huge senior campaign.







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