Though there are no dominant ball carriers at the top of this year’s draft its a rather deep class.  Starting in round two and throughout the entire second day it looks as though a number of versatile, scheme diverse running backs can be found.  Many have the potential to be feature ball carriers with the ability to produce as pass catchers out of the backfield.  The senior class also features a number of large, grind-it-out power backs.

# NameSchoolYearRound
1Lache SeastrunkBaylor4Jr2nd

Strong, downhill ball carrier with a terrific burst.  Sees the field, quickly gets through the hole then beats defenders into the open field.  Effectively uses blocks, breaks tackles and has the talents necessary to be a feature runner in the NFL.
2Bishop Sankey Washington3Jr2nd

Slightly undersized ball carrier who plays big and comes with a versatile game.  Makes defenders miss in the open field yet at the same time runs North/South and grinds it out between tackle.  Also productive as a pass catcher out of the backfield.   Offers starting potential in the right system.
3Charles SimsWest Virginia5Sr2nd

Nice sized ball carrier with the ability to make defenders miss and create yardage.  Patient, elusive and runs hard.  Terrific receiver out of the backfield.  Effective blocker when called upon.  Versatile and could develop into a starter at the next level or produce off the bench.
4Ka’Deem Carey Arizona3Jr2-3

Another versatile running back effective as a ball carrier and pass catcher.  Elusive, creative and very quick.  Offers potential in a variety of next level systems.
5Melvin Gordon Wisconsin3So2-3
The next big time running back prospect from the Wisconsin program.   Strong, athletic and has a burst.   Tough to bring down and picks up yardage off initial contact.  Not overly creative carrying the ball or productive as a pass catcher.  Has an upside but needs a lot of polish on his game.
6De’Anthony ThomasOregon3Jr2-3
Small yet explosive ball carrier with home run hitting speed.  Dangerous in the open field, easily beats defenders in a footrace and runs to daylight.  Creative and consistently makes defenders miss.  Easily brought down at the point of attack.  Lack of ht/wt will create issues for teams
7Marion Grice Arizona State4Sr3rd
Underrated ball carrier with outstanding vision, instincts and a nose for the end zone. Plays big and comes up with important yardage during the games critical moments.  Very productive as a receiver out of the backfield.
8Silas ReddUSC4Sr4th
Hard charging ball carrier with the ability to create his own yardage.  Sees the field, makes defenders miss and works runs.  Poor size/speed limits his next level potential.
9Carlos HydeOhio State4Sr4th
Big, powerful interior runner with a shifty style. Breaks tackles or carries the pile to pick up yardage off initial contact.  Better than average change of direction/cutback skill for a 235-pound ball carrier.
10James Wilder Jr. Florida State3Jr4th

Physically gifted ball carrier with an inconsistent game. Sized well, has a burst and picks up big chinks of yardage from the line of scrimmage.  Has never established himself as the feature running back at Florida State and a marginal receiver out of the backfield.

11Storm Johnson Central Florida4Jr4th
Developing ball carrier with the ability to control games.  Powerful, breaks a lot of tackles and has a burst.  More of a downhill runner and needs work on his game yet has a nice degree of upside.
12Andre WilliamsBoston College4Sr4-5
Fast rising running back prospect in the midst of a career season.  Runs hard on the inside, deceptively fast and beats defenders into the open field. Can handle a lot of carriers. Scheme specific and would do well in a ground and pound/ball control offense.

Best of the Rest

Round Full Name School Year
5thLaDarius PerkinsMississippi State5Sr
5thAntonio AndrewsWestern Kentucky4Sr
5thJames WhiteWisconsin4Sr
5-6Damien WilliamsOklahoma4Sr
5-6Jerome SmithSyracuse4Sr
6thDavid FluellenToledo4Sr
6thGeorge Atkinson IIINotre Dame3Jr
6thAmeer AbdullahNebraska3Jr
6thAlfred BlueLSU4Sr
6thJoe BergeronTexas3Jr
6-7Devonta FreemanFlorida State3Jr
6-7Rajion NealTennessee4Sr
6-7Isaiah CrowellAlabama State4Jr
7thAdam MuemaSan Diego State4Jr
7thBen MalenaTexas A&M4Sr
7thRoderick McDowellClemson5Sr
7thTrey WattsTulsa5Sr
7-FASenorise PerryLouisville4Sr
7-FAOrleans DarkwaTulane4Sr
FARalph David Abernathy IVCincinnati3Jr
FABranden OliverBuffalo5Sr
FAJohn HubertKansas State5Sr
FAFitzgerald ToussaintMichigan5Sr
FAMichael DyerLouisville3Jr
FARakeem SimsJackson State4Jr
FAJames SimsKansas4Sr
FADri ArcherKent State5Sr
FAJeff ScottMississippi4Sr
FAMichael AlisaBYU4Sr
FAAndrew Buiex-West Virginia3Jr
FATyler GaffneyStanford5Sr
FADarrin ReavesUAB3Jr
FAShakir BellIndiana State4Sr
FAVenric MarkNorthwestern4Sr
FAKendrick RhodesWest Alabama4Jr
FAJosh HarrisWake Forest5Sr
FADonovonn YoungIllinois3Jr
FAPrince-Tyson GulleySyracuse4Sr
FATim FlandersSam Houston State5Sr
FAWaymon JamesTCU4Jr
FANathan JefferyUTEP4Jr
FAGlasco MartinBaylor5Sr
FADonnell KirkwoodMinnesota4Jr
FAJordan HallOhio State5Sr
FAJamal Londry-JacksonAppalachian State5Sr
FAWesley TateVanderbilt5Sr
FATravon VanMontana4Jr
FALyle McCombsConnecticut4Jr
FADavid OkuArkansas State4Sr
FAJeremy SmithOklahoma State5Sr
FAA.J. BlueNorth Carolina5Sr
FARoy FinchOklahoma4Sr
FAJa’Terian DouglasTulsa4Sr
FAJahwan EdwardsBall State3Jr
FATim CornettUNLV4Sr
FAAlonzo HarrisLa-Lafayette3Jr
FAMarcus CokerStony Brook4Sr
FADominique BrownLouisville4Sr
FAAndrew PierceDelaware4Sr
7thChris NwokeColorado State5Sr
FAAnthony WilkersonStanford4Sr
FATerrance CobbCumberland-KY4Sr
FAVintavious CooperEast Carolina4Sr
FAStephen HoustonIndiana5Sr
FATony PiersonKansas3Jr
FADominique BowersNorthern Illinois4Jr
FAJermie CalhounAngelo State5Sr
FADominique WilliamsWagner5Sr
FAKelvin YorkUtah4Sr
FATaylor CoxKansas4Sr
FAJawon ChisholmAkron4Jr
FAGreg FranklinUAB4Sr
FABrandin ByrdNorth Texas3Jr
FAZach BaumanNorthern Arizona4Sr
FATravon VanMarshall4Jr
FAIsidore JacksonBethune-Cookman5Sr
FAJonathon MillerIllinois State5Sr
FAZurlon TiptonCentral Michigan4Sr
FABeau BlankenshipOhio5Sr
FAKeidrick JacksonMidwestern State5Sr
FAJuwan ThompsonDuke4Sr
FAFabian TrussSamford4Sr
FAMike DeCaroNew Haven5Sr
FAAldreakis AllenLiberty4Sr
FASam OjuriNorth Dakota State5Sr
FABrennan ClayOklahoma4Sr
FADenarius McGheeMontana State5Sr
FAJerick McKinnonGeorgia Southern4Sr
FADae’Quan ScottJames Madison5Sr
FAJustin BillingsArkansas-Pine Bluff5Sr
FARondell WhiteWest Chester4Sr


Round Full Name School Year
6thRyan HewittStanford5Sr
6thTrey MillardOklahoma4Sr
6thJay ProschAuburn5Sr
6thHunter JoyerFlorida3Jr
6-7J.C. CopelandLSU4Sr
6-7Chad AbramFlorida State4Sr
7thBrad RogersIowa5Sr
FAPaul CarrezolaRutgers5Sr
FARay AgnewSouthern Illinois5Sr
FAMark WeismanIowa4Jr
FAZach ZwinakPenn State4Jr
FAMaurice HagensMiami-FL4Sr
FAC.J. ZimmererNebraska5Sr
FAMichael BurtonRutgers4Jr
FATyler LombardoCentral Michigan4Sr
FAB.J. ButlerLouisville4Sr
FAAusten WozniakIndiana State5Sr
FAMichael LaGroneIdaho5Sr
FAKiero SmallArkansas5Sr
FAKye StaleyOklahoma State6Sr
FADarien RobinsonCitadel4Sr
FAFitz LassingVanderbilt4Sr
FADevon RamsayNorth Carolina6Sr