thriftyrocker wrote:Making sense of this glut of RBs after RW is the hardest part of 2011, IMO.
6. Shane Vereen RB
9. Taiwan Jones RB
12. Kendall Hunter RB
18. Jacquizz Rodgers RB
19. Jordan Todman RB
20. DeMarco Murray RB
21. Jamie Harper RB
22. Delone Carter RB
27. Daniel Thomas RB
28. Derrick Locke RB
31. Noel Devine RB
32. Johnny White RB
36. Roy Helu RB
I think you could pick any order and give an argument. Really there's no difference in upside between White or Helu and Vereen or Hunter.
You seem really high on Vereen, Jones, and Harper.
Jones vs. Murray is an interesting comparison. What does Jones offer that Murray doesn't other? Maybe a couple hundredths on a 40 time. Maybe the fact that he isn't a known quantity since we've seen so much of Murray.
I think Harper is a little high too. As far as measurables he and Thomas are pretty close IMO, but Thomas was just much more dominant on the field.
You are right about that huge cluster of RBs. Different sites have these guys all over the place. That's part of the reason why I decided to compile rankings and get an average.
I do like Shane Vereen. He could be a slower Clinton Portis. He's strong as an ox too; 31 reps on the bench press at the combine. Shows great promise in pass protection which could make him a 3-down back.
Taiwan Jones' value soared after his Pro Day. His name has always been out there as a late-round sleeper but everyone moved him up their boards after his workout, which included a 4.29 40 time. Also he can jump out of a pool, the video's on youtube
. I agree it feels weird to rank him in the top 10, but he's one of the few players that everyone has ranked highly.
I like DeMarco Murray too. It seems like he will be pushed into the 2nd round of dynasty drafts. He'll be a great value pick for whoever takes him there.
Harper and Thomas are two guys that are ranked all over the place. They are similar prospects (they even wore the same number!), but I put Harper higher because he's a better receiver and he's faster. Harper can learn to use his size (power) better, but Thomas isn't getting any quicker (without sacrificing size anyway).