Trent Richardson and Doug Martin are among the top RBs in this year’s NFL Draft. CineSport’s Noah Coslov & Sporting News’ Russ Lande discuss which top running backs can be franchise players.
1. Trent Richardson 5-9 227 Alabama 1st
Comment: Because of his running and pass catching ability, Richardson has the potential to become a featured back.
2. Doug Martin 5-9 220 Boise State 2nd
Comment: “Martin is one of the strongest running backs I’ve come across in years,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said. Bench pressed 225 pounds just 28 times at the combine.
3. David Wilson 5-10 205 Virginia Tech 2nd/3rd
Comment: “He is one of the most athletically gifted pure running backs I have ever graded,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said.
4. LaMichael James 5-8 195 Oregon 2nd/3rd
Comment: A dangerous runner in the open field because of his speed and cutting ability.
5. Lamar Miller 5-11 214 Miami 2nd/3rd
Comment: He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at the scouting combine. He needs to improve as a pass catcher.
Falcons need: Michael Turner is entering the last year of his contract. Second-year man Jacquizz Rodgers will get a bigger piece of the pie. With the re-signing of Jason Snelling and the recovery from knee surgery of Pro Bowl fullback Ovie Mughelli, the backfield is not a major priority. However, the team has worked out Wilson. “I think he’s the fourth best back in this draft,” ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said.
Others in need: Browns(4), Rams (6), Jaguars (7), Bengals (17), Texans (26) and Patriots (31).
Comment: “There are a number of underclassmen making it another solid class of running backs.”
–Scott Pioli, Kansas City general manager
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog