2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings: RB

We all love rankings and trying to figure out the best prospects in this year’s draft. No 2 evaluations offer the same opinions in this year’s draft especially. My question though, would be to any expert evaluation is this:

What will be the results of this nfl draft class of RB’s 10 years from now.

Here’s mine:

 

  1. Leonard Fournette:

    No one can really make a good argument against Fournette hear, unless your offense fits better with Joe Mixon and want to utilize his talents as opposed to Leonard’s, therefore a team could wait on a later pick to get Mixon. I will just focus on highlights in this post to focus on the potential of this Back Class:

    Fournette has the tremendous overall power, speed, awareness, and other intangible evidence to show he is a starting back in the NFL, as probably one of the best in coming years.

  2. Joe Mixon:

    While one may try to judge his character, and that will have to be developed, no one can argue the rare top ten pick caliber player Mixon can be at the next leve. I thought about going to another “Safer pick” here but the risk is worth the reward here for many offenses, including New England, as I am sure they would love to have this ability if they perhaps needed it.

    If you can forgive the cafe’, you can realize the potential.

  3. Christian McCaffrey

    So that this RB may be an asset for a long time for a team, he needs to be used as an all-purpose back while he lasts. He played a lot as the feature back there, comparable to Reggie Bush. McCaffrey has though, more straight line running and receiving ability, and can master the next level, as prepared by the coaching to handle that.

    Every time this RB touches the ball, there is a breakaway of a threat to NFL Defenses.

  4. Wayne Gallman

    Here’s where most people may well disagree with the ranking. I tend not to watch too much film to be honest before I see what I am getting. That means it does not take too long to see the upside of the RB in this case, putting on the film, right away gets you excited for this guy.

    Gallmans’ highlights show how quick he hits holes, and can gather himself easily out of cuts around the line. What ability!

  5. Alvin Kamara

    You can attain what you want out of Kamara this year, and perhaps have a starting RB. overall he is good. He does not have the real threat of ability that will scare defenses, but he can help team with depth, and replacement of starter ability right away.

    Simply put, he can ball based on overall ability to find the endzone.

  6. Dalvin Cook

    Dalvin Cook shows a lot of skill on the field, died well in the combine, especially in receiving skills, but lacks the overall intangibles that I would expect out of a 1st round caliber talent. Her’s the film:

    Cook shows nice ability to get around edges for nice gains consistently, hoping he can do the same at the next level.

  7. Kareem Hunt

    Hunt shows enough quickness, lateral and breakaway speed, as well as utility type of qualities to be an all around player in the next league as shown here:

    He was a productive player that scored a lot in the MAC conference.

  8. Marlon Mack

    Mack has what basically a lot of NFL teams are looking for in ability and tendency to move the chains and gain first downs with a good combine performace.

    He seems like he will be a storng elusive runner at the next level.

  9. Jeremy Mcnichols

    McNochols shows good polished promise as an inside and outside runner with enough elusiveness to make cuts and get to the edge, finding the end zone.

    To get this guy in later rounds, as is probably the case, makes for one the best RB drafts in years.

  10. D’Onte Foreman

    As one of the better runners between the tackles, this kid can also come in right away at least on sub packages and dish out blows to a defense, as he has the potential for beast like 1000 yard year performances. Any comparisons come to mind?

    The big back, may be ready for some team to utilize the talents of a back like this on a regular basis, even in his rookie year.

NFL Combine Leading to NFL Draft Ready Players

As a result of the 2017 NFL Combine, we have draft ready players!

Let’s do this analysis a bit different based on the information we have. This will go into the best players based on Combine performance only. No biased review will be done. Only what was seen on the practice field the last several days.

NFL Combine Leads to NFL Draft in the nfl offseason Schedule

Yes of course, the film matters and is %80 of evaluation, making the Combine results very insignificant to a large extent, but I believe this may be a solid fit to feel out which players have the bodies, and physical, and well as talent attributes NFL teams are looking for in the 2017 NFL Draft.

nfl combine drills

Since I just finished up reviewing the replay of the combine again this weekend, here we go with a review of the top performers on offense, since defense has little to do with Fantasy Football.

Here we start with the OLinemen.

The best guy overall here athletically may be COLLINS, AVIANTE from Texas Christian. He had the 2nd fastest 40 time, the best split time, as well as by far the best bench press with 34 reps. Athletic Offensive Tackles such as Collins are very likely to make it in the NFL.

Another guy that would impress to me, is ELUEMUNOR, JERMAINE from Texas A&M, who has good lateral movement, as a Big Gliding type guy, with Rugby style experience and room for much improvement.

One more very athletic guy is BOLLES, GARETT from Utah who has some of the best including vertical, broad jump, 3 cone, and as expected was one of the best in cone drills.

RBs nfl draft ready players

Here are some of the true NFL Ready ones:

With one of the top verticals and the top 3-coner in the combine among RB’s, MCCAFFREY, CHRISTIAN out of Stanford also is the smoothest hand catching, and routes running, along with cutting RB probably in the draft overall, which is surprising to me with all of the talent stacked at the position this year.

The next guy worth watching is FOURNETTE, LEONARD as pro, obviously he has beast type potential, with other decent to good skills such as receiving out of the backfield and blocking.

The third and perhaps even best football player of the RB bunch is COOK, DALVIN, showing really good ball skills, as well as overall good combine number, pretty much reminding me of the precious Fla. St. RB for the Falcons.

There are plenty of great options at the position but the guy I don’t want to take anything away from is PERINE, SAMAJE, who put up great numbers, showing off to be the strongest in bench reps of the bunch and already having a really good pro day, in addition to his combine drills.

TEs

For this group I will go ahead and safely rank in order of combine performance:

HOWARD, O’TERRIUS: This TE is a at worst, a late 1st round pick and probably the best body and combine performace, at his size of 6-6 and 251lbs is impressive.

Evan Engram had quite an athletic performance showing at this combine with the fastest 40 along with pretty good jumping and cone skills as a hybrid type TE/WR

Also, the 3rd was actually a tough choice but I have to go with the guy for the model of the position with the highest vertical, Jonnu Smith form FIU, at 6-3, has decent height and amazing 38″ vert. for the position.

Well, let’s go ahead and add one more, David Njoku as a really good pro fit, only 1/2 away on the vert. to Smith.

WRs

With John Ross really on the big time radar, you cannot argue with the effect of pure speed of this game, bolting him into the definite first round, if not 1st half of that first round, if thats what a team wants.

With the 2nd best 40 time, I really believe Curtis Samuel is a play maker whether thats at wideout, slot or running back. He is just a playmaker, boosting that draft stock as a potential first rounder, late in the round.

Also Chris Goodwin from Peen state really fit himself into his prototypical 6-1, 209 lb frame with one of the best 40s and.. Tied for best bench press, which fascinates me personally for the WR position for some reason. Those are potential HOF abilities, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves or course, as a late 1st round, or 2nd round sleeper.

QB

Now for the Quarterback, leaders of teams, with the best looking one appearing to be according to workouts is Deshaun Watson. Great deep balls, and good control on his shorter routes. I am really less concerned with the actual numbers as much as I am with the workouts, in showing how accurate and strong they are throwing the ball.

Also Mithell Trubiskey, looks like a really strong armed, and accurate QB for the most part, tyring to also take on a leadership role like Watson.

And of course, the guy supposed to be having the most upside, DeShone Kizer, was without surprise one of the best performers, although not being the originally expected top QB of the bunch, but more like 3rd behind these guys at this point, based on the combine performance.

Keep in mind all of these overall rankings will change as we get closer to the draft as we will come up with a more accurate estimation of the actual draft and where they will fall with a little extra help from film studies.