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1. Beanie Wells (A-)
Running style comparison: Fred Taylor
Strength: Strong north-south runner with good vision, footwork, and cutting ability. Has
the patience and burst to hit the hole at the right time. Has the strength to get yardage
on broken plays and will never go down easily. Big RB build that is suited for a large
Weakness: Not very explosive. Decent quickness to the hole, but no long speed to outrun
defenders at the second level. Could be paired with a change of pace runner and replaced on
3rd downs. Not a plodding big man like Rudi Johnson, but also not a fast big man like
Verdict: Potential franchise RB
2. Knowshon Moreno(A-)
Running style comparison: Willis McGahee
Strength: Decisive runner. Hits the hole with authority and takes the sure gain over the
potential homerun. Won't be brought down by arm tackles. Excellent vision at the line of
scrimmage. Dependable pass catcher on swings, screens, and outs. Can potentially be used on
all three downs. Ideal size.
Weakness: Lacks the burst necessary to become an elite RB in the NFL. Long speed is
just average. Seeks contact and lowers the shoulder rather than trying to juke or outrun
defenders. Could be an injury risk due to running style.
Verdict: Potential franchise RB
3. Donald Brown (B)
Running style comparison: Deuce McAllister
Strength: Has the ability to turn losses into gains. Follows his blockers and lets plays
develop. Can make defenders miss in the open field. Runs through arm tackles and is tough
to bring down. Makes good reads at the line of scrimage. Solid pass catcher.
Weakness: Tendency to dance behind the line too much. Doesn't have elite speed and will not
hit many homeruns. Runs big, but he may be too small for that running style in the NFL.
Doesn't shy from contact and will take some hard hits.
Verdict: Potential opening day starter
4. Andre Brown (B-)
Running style comparison: Ronnie Brown
Strength: Extremely tough to bring down. Runs through arm tackles without losing much speed
and can utilize the stiff arm. Gets down the field quickly. Good short yardage runner that
won't dance before hitting the hole. Excellent pass catcher than can run routes in the open
field. Good size.
Weakness: Too slow to be an elite RB in the NFL. Cuts can be awkward and his stride is too
short. Can be easily tripped up from behind.
Verdict: Potential starter
5. Shonn Greene (B-)
Running style comparison: Rudi Johnson
Strength: Perhaps the best vision for a RB in the draft. Follows his blockers and waits for
plays to develop. Doesn't break many tackles, but he will use his body to gain extra
yardage and always seems to fall forward. Gets in and out of cuts very smoothly and has
subtle quickness. Powerful enough to run through arm tackles and surefooted enough to
bounce out of tackles. Big enough to be goalline threat in the NFL.
Weakness: Not fast enough to be an elite player in the NFL. Lacks the ability to translate
big holes into long runs. Doesn't try to outrun defenders and sometimes seems to give up on
the play at the second level. In a league with so many talented RBs, may find it difficult
to get a role right away. Workmanlike ability that won't blow anybody away on paper.
Verdict: Potential starter
6. Rashad Jennings (B-)
Running style comparison: Shaun Alexander
Strength: Runs with the most determination of anyone in the class. Good combination of
size, speed, and power. Shifty north-south runner with good wiggle. Gets to full speed
quickly. Isn't brought down easily and can maintain speed through contact. Hits the hole
Weakness: Runs with his head down at times and tries to initiate contact. Doesn't have good
top end speed. Can get caught running upright and take some big hits. Bounces it outside
more often than he should.
Verdict: Potential Starter
7. Kory Sheets (C+)
Running style comparison: Ahmad Bradshaw
Strength: Fast and has the ability to break some long runs. Talented pure runner that can
make people miss. Stays on his feet when hit. Good hands out of the backfield. Perhaps the
single most underrated RB in this class.
Weakness: Slows down at times when making cuts. Not a very powerful runner. Character
issues could drop his draft stock and lowers my grade for him.
Verdict: Backup runner with starting RB potential.
8. Cedric Peerman (C+)
Running style comparison: Maurice Jones Drew
Strength: Low center of gravity and good balance. Good acceleration and has the ability to
break away into the open field. Good pass catcher. Compact runner that will break arm
tackles. Decent vision, hits the hole quickly and runs downhill.
Weakness: Runs small for his size. Doesn't appear to have the ability to be a featured RB
in the NFL. Will be drafted for his versatility and ability on kickoff returns.
Verdict: 3rd down RB with RB1A potential.
9. Mike Goodson (C-)
Running style comparison: Chris Johnson
Strengths: Excellent balance and determination. Keeps his feet moving and fights through
tackles despite his small frame. Good acceleration through the hole and adequate long
speed. Natural playmaker with a lot of raw talent.
Weakness: Not as fast as Chris Johnson and will have a hard time breaking away at the next
level. Tendency to look for big plays instead of taking the sure gains. Another guy with
character concerns. Could have used more seasoning in college.
Verdict: Backup runner with RB1A potential.
10. Lesean McCoy (D+)
Running style comparison: Reggie Bush
Strength: Shifty runner with good cutback ability and juke moves. Good acceleration at the
point of attack and above average long speed. Solid pass catching ability. Potential
Weakness: Not fast enough to consistently outrun defenders to the corner in the NFL. Goes
down easily and will get arm tackled and outright overpowered at times. Balance is
questionable, slows down when making cuts. Small build, may not be trusted to touch the
ball more than 15 times a game. Not explosive or talented enough to make a fantasy impact
with limited touches.
Verdict: Hybrid RB/WR that will be used as a RB1B.
11. James Davis (D+)
Running style comparison: Ricky Williams
Strength: Decisive one cut runner that gets to full speed quickly. Good acceleration into
the hole. Sees the field well at the line of scrimmage. Adequate pass catcher. Good size
Weakness: Tendency to run east-west at the 2nd level. Doesn't break many tackles. Has poor
balance and runs with an awkward lean at times. Doesn't keep feet moving while being
tackled. Draft stock fell considerably after his Senior year.
Verdict: Backup RB that could produce in the right system.
12. Jeremiah Johnson (D)
Running style comparison: Marshawn Lynch
Strength: Elusive runner. Can make defenders miss and extend plays. Solid pass catcher who
can beat his man in the open field. Follows his blockers down the field. Good stiff-arm and
Weakness: Classic East-West runner that tries to bounce everything to the outside. Not fast
enough to be a homerun threat. Too much stutter and not enough stride. Will find it a lot
more difficult to break long runs in the NFL.
Verdict: Backup runner that could surprise if given the opportunity.
13. Javon Ringer (D)
Running style comparison: Tatum Bell
Strength: Runs with determination and will fight for extra yards. Keeps his legs moving
through tackles and makes the good reads at the line. Quick RB, good cutter. Good
Weakness: Not big enough, not fast enough, and not powerful enough to be a featured RB in
the NFL. Carried the load in college, but will not be asked to do so in the pros. Will
struggle to break many tackles at the next level. Will get arm tackled on occasion. Not
fast enough to be an outside threat. Not strong enough to be used in short yardage. Will
have a hard time getting on the field.
Verdict: 3rd down and change of pace RB.