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Old 02-09-2008, 11:00 AM   #1
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Default 2008 NFL Draft Running Back Rankings

2008 NFL Draft Running Back Rankings
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This year's running back class is an exceptionally deep group. The addition of eight juniors makes this one of the strongest positions in this draft.
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POSITION GRADE A
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This class should produce as many as 10-12 quality feature backs, with a few at the top of the class capable of becoming special pro runners. There will be at least three No. 1 picks in April with McFadden, Mendenhall and Stewart probably going in the top 20 selections.
Others runners with top-50 grades are Felix Jones, Steve Slaton and Kevin Smith. Junior running backs Jamaal Charles and Ray Rice will warrant top-100 selections. Seniors Chris Johnson, Mike Hart and Allen Patrick could figure into that group if they impress at the NFL Combine in February.

There should be 25+ prospects chosen over the two-day, seven-round event.


Running Back Rankings

1. Darren McFadden, 6-1, 217, Arkansas
This fast junior running back has the all-around skills to be an impact player early is his professional career.

2. Rashard Mendenhall, 5-11, 225, Illinois
Mendenhall is a rugged back who completed an outstanding 2007 season. He will be a workhorse in the NFL.

3. Jonathan Stewart, 5-10, 230, Oregon
This underclassman has the size to be a powerful inside runner and the speed to break the big play.

4. Felix Jones, 5-11, 200, Arkansas
This fast all-purpose performer looks to wow scouts in workouts. A good 40-yard dash time could guarantee him a first-round grade.

5. Steve Slaton, 5-9, 195, West Virginia
This fast all-purpose back is an explosive performer who needs to prove durable as a pro.

6. Kevin Smith, 6-0, 210, Central Florida
Smith is a natural runner who has received a ton of carries at the college level. He has good skills and ranks among the top backs.

7. Chris Johnson, 5-11, 195, East Carolina
Johnson is a very fast back who has displayed big-play ability as a runner, receiver and return specialist.

8. Jamaal Charles, 6-0, 200, Texas
Charles is a tough, slashing-type runner with the ability to run inside and make the big play. He had a big finish to the 2007 season.

9. Ray Rice, 5-9, 200, Rutgers
Rice is a quick, compact runner with good natural skills. He is another fine addition to this very strong running back class.

10. Mike Hart, 5-9, 205, Michigan
This compact tailback has been a consistently productive runner at a high level, but he must dispel some injury concerns.

11. Allen Patrick, 5-11, 195, Oklahoma
Patrick is a quick tailback who has shown a fine burst to the hole. He has the natural running skills to get to the second level.

12. Tashard Choice, 5-11, 210, Georgia Tech
Tough natural runner made a successful return after a midseason knee injury cost him a few games. He had a nice week at the Senior Bowl.

13. Justin Forsett, 5-8, 190, California
Forsett is a quick, darting tailback who is also a fine all-purpose back. He has good cutting skills, and has surprising power – which allows him to break tackles.

14. Matt Forte, 6-1, 220, Tulane
Forte is a big, strong workhorse back who had a dominant 2000-yard rushing performance in 2007. He showed at the Senior Bowl that his success wasn't just a result of playing poor competition.

15. Yvenson Bernard, 5-9, 205, Oregon State
Bernard is a strong, compact runner who often shows a quick burst through the hole. He gets the most of every rushing attempt.

16. Chauncey Washington, 6-0, 215, Southern Cal
17. Rafael Little, 5-9, 195, Kentucky
18. Anthony Alridge, 5-8, 175, Houston
19. Thomas Brown, 5-8, 195, Georgia
20. Dantrell Savage, 5-8, 190, Oklahoma State
21. Cory Boyd, 6-0, 220, South Carolina
22. Ryan Torain, 6-0, 215, Arizona St
23. Alley Broussard, 6-0, 250, Missouri Southern St
24. Keon Lattimore, 5-11, 220, Maryland
25. Tony Temple, 5-9, 200, Missouri
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Chris Johnson, Mike Hart, Matt Forte or Cory Boyd on 2nd day.....
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Chris Johnson, Mike Hart, Matt Forte or Cory Boyd on 2nd day.....
I would like Matt Forte as a power back ....or use Jacob Hester in that role.
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I would like Matt Forte as a power back ....or use Jacob Hester in that role.
Hester has nice hands but I think he's a younger version of Dookie.... Don't know if he can move the pile or not.
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Hester has nice hands but I think he's a younger version of Dookie.... Don't know if he can move the pile or not.
Hester had 1103 yards this last year.... 4.9 average per carry....12 TD's...I would rather have Forte also...but Forte is a projected 2nd round pick and we have to address our line on the first day
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Hester had 1103 yards this last year.... 4.9 average per carry....12 TD's...I would rather have Forte also...but Forte is a projected 2nd round pick and we have to address our line on the first day
WOW!! He really ran his azz off.... With all the needs of every team I don't think Forte will go until 2nd day.
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WOW!! He really ran his azz off.... With all the needs of every team I don't think Forte will go until 2nd day.
That would be great...and would make FWP happy also.
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