VIDEO: Top 5 running back prospects

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.

Player                           Ht                        Wt                            School         Proj. Rd

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

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April 19th, 2012
12:50 am

I say trade Turner, try to get some sort of value and take a RB in a later round. Bring in Corey Boyd from the CFL.

I usually just read but....

April 19th, 2012
7:36 am

Of course it won’t happen but it would be nice to have Richardson. He is the best RB I’ve saw in a long time, plus great attitude. Two years backing up Ingram took a lot of wear and tear off him.
Here’s where I could say the “kid” this, or the “kid” that, you know, like a draft expert or GM wannabe. Instad, I’ll opt to call him a “young man” of seemingly high character and motivation.


April 19th, 2012
12:22 pm

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……..wake me when the Bills make their pick…

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 20th, 2012
2:13 am

yourpoliticalanimal — What time should set that wake up call for?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 20th, 2012
2:19 am

“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.