sappisgod wrote:There's a lot of very talented guys past the big 4 of Peterson, Williams, Bush, and Maroney. If you get one of them, you're in good position. But there's still studs outside of them. Gerald Riggs Jr will be good. LenDale White is extremely underrated or at least overshadowed, he never gets talked about. Leon Washington looks good. Wali Lundy looks good. I think Mike Bell could turn into one of those late-day1 backs that becomes a very solid starter. MarShawn Lynch is going to be better than JJ Arrington IMO. And lastly, the already mentioned Darius Walker and Mike Hart should both be future studs.
THis is a great post
. IMO, this is how the RBs in college fare for the future:
1. Adrian Peterson: easily the best pure runner in college, and proved himslef as a freshman last year despite being the focal point of the offense. His ceiling has no limit, but he must be able to shake the numerous small injuries that seem to plague his game from time to time. Unfortunately, we will have to wait a couple drafts to see him in NFL action.
2. Lawrence Maroney: I do not remember too many good Minnestoa backs, but when Marion Barber III left, I knew this guy was gonna take the nation by storm. He is a top 15 pick if he declares this year, and has great overall quickness, burst, power, and balance. Watching him reminds me in part of Edgerrin at Miami.
3. Reggie Bush: the most versatile RB in ages. His moves are absolutely ridiculous, and he has more home-run ability than anyone in college IMO. The reason I put him here is because I think he projects as more of a WR in the NFL. His talent is out of this world, and when he runs he is as good as anyone, but he hasn't had the experience at running the ball like some of the other backs. No matter what he plays, he has the best combination of running and pass-catching ability in this years draft.
4. DeAngelo Williams: he carries his team on his back, and beats the defender single-handedly. A great pure runner with shifty moves and good balance. To be honest, I don't know how he projects at the pro level, but he a monster in college, and will surely go in the top 10 this year so long as there is need at RB.
5. LenDale White: some might knock this pick, but this is the USC back who shoulders the tough carries. There is no wonder why him and Bush share the load at USC, and he easily becomes a steal outside the first round for the team that selects him. Haven't seen much of his pass catching ability, but he is a bruiser with good vision and a quick initial burst. As consistent as they come, and a good fit for a pounding offense like the Steelers.
6. Gerald Riggs Jr.: This guy is a great back who punishes defenders. He rarely ever goes down on the first his, and has the breakaway speed for a man his size. Tennessee has produced some very good NFL backs, and he is next in line to carry on the tradition.
7. Dontrell Moore: New Mexico has a hidden gem, and this be the man. Not the biggest of backs, but projects to be a good bargain in the later rounds. Always consistent, and has shown he can handle a big load if given the opportunity. Has been a starter since his freshman year, and does not easily take himself out of games due to injury. He will be a guy who surprises many IMO.
8. Brian Calhoun: Let's put it this way - if I had seen more of this guy before he transferred from Colorado, I may be able to give a better analysis. When I saw him in week 1 of this season, I literally fell out of my chair. He is a smaller back at under 200 lbs, but he runs like hes 220. He's no Ron Dayne (so dont worry there), but his size is perhaps an area for concern. Until he shows sign of wear though, he will be an elite college back, and has very high potential. He is very young (only 21), so he still has some learning and growing to do, which makes his upside ever-so scary.
9. MarShawn Lynch: I dont really know what to make of this guy, but I know talent when I see it. He will go later in the draft, but could eventually be a featured back if given the opportunity. A good runner with some good skills, but I haven't seen enough of him to place him higher.