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.

# Name School Year Round
1 Lache Seastrunk Baylor 4Jr 2nd

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.
2 Bishop Sankey Washington 3Jr 2nd

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.
3 Charles Sims West Virginia 5Sr 2nd

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.
4 Ka’Deem Carey Arizona 3Jr 2-3

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.
5 Melvin Gordon Wisconsin 3So 2-3
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.
6 De’Anthony Thomas Oregon 3Jr 2-3
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
7 Marion Grice Arizona State 4Sr 3rd
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.
8 Silas Redd USC 4Sr 4th
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.
9 Carlos Hyde Ohio State 4Sr 4th
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.
10 James Wilder Jr. Florida State 3Jr 4th

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.

11 Storm Johnson Central Florida 4Jr 4th
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.
12 Andre Williams Boston College 4Sr 4-5
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
5th LaDarius Perkins Mississippi State 5Sr
5th Antonio Andrews Western Kentucky 4Sr
5th James White Wisconsin 4Sr
5-6 Damien Williams Oklahoma 4Sr
5-6 Jerome Smith Syracuse 4Sr
6th David Fluellen Toledo 4Sr
6th George Atkinson III Notre Dame 3Jr
6th Ameer Abdullah Nebraska 3Jr
6th Alfred Blue LSU 4Sr
6th Joe Bergeron Texas 3Jr
6-7 Devonta Freeman Florida State 3Jr
6-7 Rajion Neal Tennessee 4Sr
6-7 Isaiah Crowell Alabama State 4Jr
7th Adam Muema San Diego State 4Jr
7th Ben Malena Texas A&M 4Sr
7th Roderick McDowell Clemson 5Sr
7th Trey Watts Tulsa 5Sr
7-FA Senorise Perry Louisville 4Sr
7-FA Orleans Darkwa Tulane 4Sr
FA Ralph David Abernathy IV Cincinnati 3Jr
FA Branden Oliver Buffalo 5Sr
FA John Hubert Kansas State 5Sr
FA Fitzgerald Toussaint Michigan 5Sr
FA Michael Dyer Louisville 3Jr
FA Rakeem Sims Jackson State 4Jr
FA James Sims Kansas 4Sr
FA Dri Archer Kent State 5Sr
FA Jeff Scott Mississippi 4Sr
FA Michael Alisa BYU 4Sr
FA Andrew Buie x-West Virginia 3Jr
FA Tyler Gaffney Stanford 5Sr
FA Darrin Reaves UAB 3Jr
FA Shakir Bell Indiana State 4Sr
FA Venric Mark Northwestern 4Sr
FA Kendrick Rhodes West Alabama 4Jr
FA Josh Harris Wake Forest 5Sr
FA Donovonn Young Illinois 3Jr
FA Prince-Tyson Gulley Syracuse 4Sr
FA Tim Flanders Sam Houston State 5Sr
FA Waymon James TCU 4Jr
FA Nathan Jeffery UTEP 4Jr
FA Glasco Martin Baylor 5Sr
FA Donnell Kirkwood Minnesota 4Jr
FA Jordan Hall Ohio State 5Sr
FA Jamal Londry-Jackson Appalachian State 5Sr
FA Wesley Tate Vanderbilt 5Sr
FA Travon Van Montana 4Jr
FA Lyle McCombs Connecticut 4Jr
FA David Oku Arkansas State 4Sr
FA Jeremy Smith Oklahoma State 5Sr
FA A.J. Blue North Carolina 5Sr
FA Roy Finch Oklahoma 4Sr
FA Ja’Terian Douglas Tulsa 4Sr
FA Jahwan Edwards Ball State 3Jr
FA Tim Cornett UNLV 4Sr
FA Alonzo Harris La-Lafayette 3Jr
FA Marcus Coker Stony Brook 4Sr
FA Dominique Brown Louisville 4Sr
FA Andrew Pierce Delaware 4Sr
7th Chris Nwoke Colorado State 5Sr
FA Anthony Wilkerson Stanford 4Sr
FA Terrance Cobb Cumberland-KY 4Sr
FA Vintavious Cooper East Carolina 4Sr
FA Stephen Houston Indiana 5Sr
FA Tony Pierson Kansas 3Jr
FA Dominique Bowers Northern Illinois 4Jr
FA Jermie Calhoun Angelo State 5Sr
FA Dominique Williams Wagner 5Sr
FA Kelvin York Utah 4Sr
FA Taylor Cox Kansas 4Sr
FA Jawon Chisholm Akron 4Jr
FA Greg Franklin UAB 4Sr
FA Brandin Byrd North Texas 3Jr
FA Zach Bauman Northern Arizona 4Sr
FA Travon Van Marshall 4Jr
FA Isidore Jackson Bethune-Cookman 5Sr
FA Jonathon Miller Illinois State 5Sr
FA Zurlon Tipton Central Michigan 4Sr
FA Beau Blankenship Ohio 5Sr
FA Keidrick Jackson Midwestern State 5Sr
FA Juwan Thompson Duke 4Sr
FA Fabian Truss Samford 4Sr
FA Mike DeCaro New Haven 5Sr
FA Aldreakis Allen Liberty 4Sr
FA Sam Ojuri North Dakota State 5Sr
FA Brennan Clay Oklahoma 4Sr
FA Denarius McGhee Montana State 5Sr
FA Jerick McKinnon Georgia Southern 4Sr
FA Dae’Quan Scott James Madison 5Sr
FA Justin Billings Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5Sr
FA Rondell White West Chester 4Sr


Round Full Name School Year
6th Ryan Hewitt Stanford 5Sr
6th Trey Millard Oklahoma 4Sr
6th Jay Prosch Auburn 5Sr
6th Hunter Joyer Florida 3Jr
6-7 J.C. Copeland LSU 4Sr
6-7 Chad Abram Florida State 4Sr
7th Brad Rogers Iowa 5Sr
FA Paul Carrezola Rutgers 5Sr
FA Ray Agnew Southern Illinois 5Sr
FA Mark Weisman Iowa 4Jr
FA Zach Zwinak Penn State 4Jr
FA Maurice Hagens Miami-FL 4Sr
FA C.J. Zimmerer Nebraska 5Sr
FA Michael Burton Rutgers 4Jr
FA Tyler Lombardo Central Michigan 4Sr
FA B.J. Butler Louisville 4Sr
FA Austen Wozniak Indiana State 5Sr
FA Michael LaGrone Idaho 5Sr
FA Kiero Small Arkansas 5Sr
FA Kye Staley Oklahoma State 6Sr
FA Darien Robinson Citadel 4Sr
FA Fitz Lassing Vanderbilt 4Sr
FA Devon Ramsay North Carolina 6Sr