If you’re a fantasy football fan, this is the list you’ve been looking for since you lost in the playoffs to the best team on a last minute, meaningless play in the game. /endrant
I’m not bitter or anything, but if I could have had just one more running back to guide me, I’d have been a champion. Regardless, there is a very talented group of running backs in the 2015 NFL Draft that are going to be able to provide for their respective teams immediately. There are four players that could be drafted in the first round, although I’m expecting only one to get drafted later in the first.
With the depth in this years class, there’s not a reach in need for teams. There are quality backs in this draft through the 5th round:
1. Todd Gurley (Georgia)
Simply the best back in this draft when healthy. Unfortunately, his health is a significant concern. Running backs already have a short shelf life.
2. Duke Johnson (Miami FL)
Plays faster than he really is while proving that his vision is amongst the best in this draft.
3. Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin)
Very quick decision maker with solid vision as an above average one-cut back. Some say he’s the typical Wisconsin RB bust.
4. T.J. Yeldon (Alabama)
Yeldon’s 40 time didn’t help himself much, but he’s still explosive between the tackles and can break into the secondary. Excellent value in the 3rd-4th.
5. Jeremy Langford (Michigan State)
Surprisingly, Langford’s combine best 4.42 40 yard dash hushed up some critics as to his speed. He’s physical and can block on third downs.
6. Tevin Coleman (Indiana)
Coleman’s a thick back with a great burst through the tackles. He falls forward for yardage and can break arm tackles with ease.
7. Buck Allen (USC)
Allen projects as the ultimate sleeper and may sneak into my top five shortly. He’s a big back who has shown signs to explode through the front seven, falling forward and gaining extra yards. He’s a guy to draft in fantasy football next year.
8. Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska)
Abdullah’s 40 yard dash hurt him in some people’s eyes running a 4.60, which is just about average. But his game film projects him to be much faster, although he’s quicker than fast.
9. Mike Davis (South Carolina)
Davis is like a bowling ball between the tackles. He’ll have immediate goal line value whereever he’s drafted.
10. David Cobb (Minnesota)
Cobb is another big time sleeper who could easily be ranked much higher. He’s got a big frame that he can move quickly between the tackles and make the cut to the goal line. Issue is his top end speed and conditioning.
Think we missed a stud running back that is sure to be drafted in the first few rounds? Let us hear it in the comments below!