2017 NFL Draft

The 2017 NFL Draft is one month away and as we get closer we will hear more and more ‘fluff’ thrown around as to which team is drafting who and which prospect is rising or falling down draft boards. Take everything you see and hear with a grain of salt. Every NFL team, front office, agent, family member is throwing around scenarios as to where each prospect will end up. Here’s the thing…it’s an inexact science and in all likelihood every ‘draft expert’ will be at least 50% wrong.

If you have followed MFST leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft, you know there are certain positions that are deeper than the rest. Running back, tight end, pass rush and secondary are the deepest of the bunch.

NFL teams succeed when they spend their middle-to-later round picks on gems that turn out to be starters or Pro Bowlers for their team. In this column I will go over five running backs that will most likely be selected on Day 3 (Rounds 4-7) of the 2017 NFL Draft but can turn out to be an integral part of their teams offense. If you click on each player it will take you to their draft profile and full scouting report.

Brian Hill

1. Brian Hill-RB-Wyoming

  • Two years ago I had David Johnson as my No.1 RB in the entire draft class and that turned out pretty well for me. In 2017, Brian Hill reminds me a lot of Johnson, although not as athletic, one reason why I comped him to DJ saying, “Poor man’s David Johnson”. If he’s half the player DJ is, whichever NFL team that selects Hill will be getting a steal.

Tarik Cohen

2. Tarik Cohen-RB-NC Central

  • If you haven’t watched any of Tarik Cohen’s game film, you are really missing out. They do not call him the “Human Joystick” for nothing. He is the Millenial version of Darren Sproles and can affect the game in a multitude of ways. I for one, can’t wait to watch Cohen play on Sunday’s.

Wayne Gallman

3. Wayne Gallman-RB-Clemson

  • Gallman won a National Championship this past season at Clemson, but that does not make him a Day 2 pick. He has some holes in his game that will need to be corrected, like his upright approach through the line of scrimmage. He is comped to TJ Yeldon who had similar flaws in his game—and while he isn’t a superstar back he’s a capable fill-in who can have a lengthy NFL career.

Corey Clement

4. Corey Clement-RB-Wisconsin

  • Clement is an intriguing prospect. No one is denying the talent Clement has but his character and off-the-field questions marks hurt his draft stock. In his draft profile I said Clement has 3rd Round talent but will fall due to those character issues. He had his entire 2015 season washed away due to injury, attitude and an off-field incident (suffered a hand injury when punching someone in an elevator, and he lied to coaches and university staff about the incident initially). If the coaching staff that selects him can get his head on straight, they could potentially draft a work-horse back on Day 3.

Elijah McGuire

5. Elijah McGuire-RB-UL Lafayette

  • McGuire is a little-known prospect that is impressing NFL teams with his talent, versatility and attitude. He comps to his old teammate Kenneth Dixon who was drafted by the Ravens last season. He will be used more in the passing game, but can make an impact year one in the right scheme.

 

 

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