'13 Draft: RB Rankings

Eddie Lacy

Will Eddie Lacy become the third consecutive running back taken in the first round from Alabama? It appears he will be the first off the board and he's the top rated running back going into the NFL Draft. Check out the FoxSportsNext/Scout.com running back rankings.

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1) Eddie Lacy (5-11/231)
Alabama
Lacy patiently waited his turn behind Mark Ingram and then Trent Richardson. He had a terrific junior campaign where he finally became the starter, leading the Crimson Tide in rushing with 1,322 yards rushing and 17 scores. This is a powerful back with deceptive quickness in the open field. Lacy could possibly be the third consecutive Alabama running back taken in the first round.

2) Le'Veon Bell (6-1/230)
Michigan State
Bell was a thoroughbred this past year, carrying the ball 382 times for 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's a powerful back with the footwork of a smaller runner. Bell runs a tad high and lacks elite speed. He has good balance and vision. He proved while a Spartan to be a go-to who can carry a run game. Bell can be a steal for one NFL team.

3) Montee Ball (5-11/214)
Wisconsin
As a junior, Ball rushed for 1,923 yards and 33 touchdowns. His 39 total touchdowns that year tied Barry Sanders' NCAA record and were more than 42 FBS teams. He set an NCAA record with 83 career touchdowns. Ball came back for his senior season and rushed for 1,820 yards and 22 scores. This is a tough runner with good power, vision and balance. He addressed speed concerns at his pro day.

4) Giovani Bernard (5-8/202)
North Carolina
Bernard is a speedy and quick running back. He can also catch out of the backfield. Had a terrific sophomore season, where he rushed over 1,200 yards and had 47 receptions and totaled 24 touchdowns. Early during his freshman season in Chapel Hill Bernard tore his ACL.

5) Johnathan Franklin (5-10/205) UCLA
I see Franklin being a good compliment to an established running back in the league. This is a kid that has good, quick feet and balance, two key traits for a running back. He's a one-cut back with deceptive power, good speed and vision. Six fumbles in 2011 were a big concern for Franklin. But this past year he had a nice season, rushing for over 1,700 yards and 13 touchdowns.

6) Christine Michael (5-10/220)
Texas A&M
Michael could certainly be a mid-round guy that becomes a star in the NFL. He's big and talented. Michael runs behind his pads, shows very good vision and feet for a bigger back. He can hit the hole quickly and make something happen. He had a big time [true] freshman season, rushing for 844 yards and 10 scores. But he battled a broken leg [2010] and ACL [2011] at the end of the following two seasons. If healthy he could be a steal.

7) Andre Ellington (5-9/199)
Clemson
Ellington was a very productive player for the Clemson program in rushing, receiving and returning kids. He had back to back 1,000 yards season after replacing C.J. Spiller. He has very good speed and quickness. He's not a huge back but he hits the hole hard and has explosiveness to his game.

8) Marcus Lattimore (5-11/221)
South Carolina
Lattimore had horrific knee injury this past October where he tore three ligaments. He injured his other knee the year before. Lattimore is now battling rehab and ahead of schedule. How well has he convinced GMs on his health and potential ability to play this fall? Lattimore would have surely been the first RB taken had he not been injured. It's very difficult to project a guy like Lattimore given his injury. If healthy, Lattimore can do it all. He can be a workhorse back, a big play guy, a grinder and receiver out of the backfield.

9) Joseph Randle (6-0/204)
Oklahoma State
Randle is a solid running back prospect from Stillwater. This past season he had 1,417 yards rushing and scored 14 touchdowns on the ground. Randle also caught 28 passes for 224 yards. He has good straight line speed but not outstanding speed. He can push a pile but is not really a bruiser. He has some wiggle in the hole and in the open field. He does everything well but nothing elite. That's not a bad thing because he's the type of back that doesn't need to leave the field.

10) Knile Davis (5-11/227)
Arkansas
Davis surprised many and blazed a 4.37 forty at the NFL combine, had a 33.5" vertical jump, did 31 reps on the bench press, and broad jumped over 10'. This is a strong runner with very good speed and home run ability. His big issue is just staying healthy. He came back from a knee injury this past season. In 2010 he rushed for over 1,300 yards.

11) Mike Gillislee (5-11/208)
Florida
Gillislee seemed to lack durability his first three years at Florida but that wasn't the case this past season. He had an MVP like performance in leading the Gators to a surprise 11-win season. Gillislee rushed for 1,152 yards and 10 touchdowns. He looked good at the Senior Bowl, showing a lot of explosiveness.

12) Stepfan Taylor (5-9/214)
Stanford
Taylor is a thick and powerfully compact running back prospect. He shows the ability to run hard between the tackles and is a load to bring down because of his strength and power. Taylor is also an excellent receiver out of the backfield. He's more of a one cut back rather than a make you miss guy. Taylor had a nice 2012 season, rushing for 1,530 yards and 13 touchdowns.

13) Kenjon Barner (5-9/196)
Oregon
Barner is considered one of the fastest players in the draft. He recently ran a sub-4.4 [forty] at his pro day. His game is built around his speed and short area quickness. Barner can start and stop and start again very quickly. Barner is tremendous in space. In the run NFL offense he could be a nice asset and compliment to a running back corps.

14) Jawan Jamison (5-7/203)
Rutgers
Jamison is leaving Rutgers with two years of eligibility remaining. He's a smaller back [height wise] that shows he's a tough runner who's not afraid to run between the tackles. Jamison has quick feet, good balance and vision. He's also effective in the passing game and is a good receiver out of the backfield. During his two playing years in college he rushed for close to 2,000 yards

15) Miguel Maysonet (5-9/209)
Stony Brook
Maysonet put up some impressive numbers over the final three years, rushing for 1,128 yards as a sophomore, 1,633 yards as a junior and 1,964 yards as a senior. This is a decisive back with good short area quickness. He has good power for a smaller back. He's from a small school and don't let that fool you.

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