Pre-Senior Bowl RB Rankings 2018 NFL Draft
The NFL Playoffs are in full swing and we have one game to go in the college football season—that means it is NFL Draft time here at MFST. Over the next four months we will be diving into rankings, mock drafts, profiles and scouting reports on all of the eligible draft prospects. Here are our quarterback rankings before the Senior Bowl at the end of the month. As it always is during the time leading up to the NFL Draft, these rankings can and will change often.
RB Rankings 2018 NFL Draft
1. Saquon Barkley-Penn State
- The consensus No.1 RB in the draft, Barkley is in the mold of Ezekiel Elliott and should go within the Top 5 picks.
2. Derrius Guice-LSU
- Watching tape last year of Leonard Fournette, it was Guice that really stood out on film and now he has a chance to be a 1st round pick.
3. Rashaad Penny-San Diego State
- Huge fan of Penny who quietly surpassed 2,000 yards rushing this season. His stock will continue to climb as the pre-draft festivities kick off.
4. Sony Michel-Georgia
- Nick Chubb gets a lot of the attention, but I believe Michel will be the better pro. I look at these two Georgia backs like the Bama duo of Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake. I had Drake rated higher that year–and Michel reminds me a lot of him.
5. Kerryon Johnson-Auburn
- Johnson was a huge part of Auburn’s success this season and his combination of size and speed will impress scouts.
6. Akrum Wadley-Iowa
- A do-it-all back, Wadley won’t outrun you, but he will work harder than you and fight for every yard.
7. Bryce Love-Stanford
- Love put up fantastic numbers during his time at Stanford and picked up yards at an unbelievable rate, but I have durability concerns with Love’s long-term NFL future.
8. Ronald Jones II-USC
- Jones has run really well for USC this year, showing more decisiveness and displaying more power after gaining weight in the offseason. Not the most polished back in any phase however.
9. Damien Harris-Alabama
- Harris averaged 8 yards per carry for the Tide this season, splitting time with Bo Scarbrough. The pre-draft process will be key for Harris as he has an opportunity to step out of Bo’s shadow and forge his own career.
10. Roc Thomas-Jacksonville State
- Thomas started out his collegiate career at Auburn before transferring to Jacksonville State. At 5’11 193lbs Thomas has the speed and power to make it at the next level. His skills in the receiving game will not go unnoticed by NFL scouts.
11. Nick Chubb-Georgia
- Chubb gets a lot of publicity and rightfully so, he has been a mainstay in the Bulldogs backfield for what seems like decades. He is ultra-productive on the field and is one of the more powerful runners in this class. I need to see what his 40-time will be because I, along with other scouts have questions about his ‘NFL speed’. Injury concerns are prevalent as well.
12. Royce Freeman-Oregon
- Freeman is one of the larger backs in this class, and like Chubb possesses quite a bit of power in his running style. Returning for his senior year probably hurt Royce as he has slipped down our rankings.
13. Ito Smith-Southern Miss
- Most of the college football world might not realize just how good Southern Miss running back Ito Smith has been during his four-year career. He is versatile catching at least 40 passes three our of his four years at Southern Miss. He is another back that should see his stock climb with pre-draft workouts.
14. Josh Adams-Notre Dame
- Adams has run really well this year, with the Fighting Irish fielding one of the best ground attacks in the nation. Behind a tremendous offensive line, Adams has been a tough runner, using his size to be a downhill power back while still possessing enough quickness to break off long runs.
15. Justin Jackson-Northwestern
- Jackson is averaging 4.5 yards per carry in 2017 for 1,154 yards with nine touchdowns. He has 43 catches for 266 yards as well. The senior didn’t play as well in the early portion of the year and looked banged up. Additionally, Northwestern’s offensive line was terrible and struggled to open holes. The Wildcats also lack receivers who could keep teams from stacking the box. He is better than his stats would indicate—and his stats really aren’t bad either.
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