The countdown to the 2017 NFL Draft is heating up as the next wave of talent for the league continue to wrap up there Pro Days. The one position that should be talked about during the entire Draft process is the running back position that is currently led by first round hopefuls Dalvin Cook and Leonard Fournette.
Once a position that dominated the first round has now only had three players drafted in the first round since the 2013 NFL Draft. The talent won’t stop with just those top two running backs as the overall depth of the class is solid allowing NFL teams a chance to add depth in both the scond and third rounds this season.
Now with that said here is how we view the Top 6 2017 NFL Draft Running Back prospects.
1. Dalvin Cook, Florida State
The debate over which back is the Top Overall one heading into the 2017 NFL Draft can be debated. In the end the highly versatile Cook adds a multiple dimension back that can both be an asset on the ground as well as in any teams passing and return games. While Cook lacks the big bulky body some times like he will make up for it with his breakaway speed.
Possible Landing Spots – Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens
2. Leonard Fournette, LSU
Fournette break onto the NFL Draft radar with the LSU Tigers as a freshman since than he continues to be one of the top talked about rookies in the upcoming draft. While concerns over his size was talked about leading up to the NFL Combine he did impress teams with his speed despite being a back which helped his current draft stock. Some talk now has him projected as high as the fourth overall pick in the draft to a team like the Jaguars who need running back help.
Possible Landing Spots: New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Carolina Panthers
3. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
The Stanford Cardinal running back is the third most talked about running back of the upcoming draft just behind both Cook and Fournette. McCaffrey might be the most versatile back of this draft providing a weapon both on the offense as well as in a team’s return game. He could turn into the next Danny Woodhead type at the NFL level.
Possible Landing Spots: Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers and the Oakland Raiders
4. D’Onta Foreman, Texas
Foreman leads the next wave of running backs during the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft. While the debate can be had over who the fourth running back would be selected the Longhorns running back showed during a strong 2016 NCAA Football Season he can be a the workhorse for any team. The only downside that held him back from possible being a first round selection was he lack of play in the Longhorns passing attack.
Possible Landing Spots: Oakland Raiders, New York Giants and the Jacksonville Jaguars
5 – Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
The former Oklahoma Sooners back should hear his play making abilities to be a day 2 draft day selection. That being said his off the field concerns could limit teams to look at him but that won’t take away from his game changing abilities. Mixon while he split the duties in Oklahoma with Samaje Perine he still displayed his play making abilities with his speed. Along with being a game changing type of running back, Mixon should play a key role in the teams passing attack much like a player like Le’Veon Bell. Only do
Possible Landing Spots: New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.
6. Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
From the talent size of the position, Kamara could be rated as high as the third overall back entering the 2017 NFL Draft. The former Tennessee Vols running back did just enough this past season to open up his potential for NFL teams to see. Kamara brings both a power side and speed size to the the position while also adding abilities out of the backfield for teams looking for a passing catch running back.
Possible Landing Spots: Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While only three of these names continue to be talked highly in the first round the overall running back group is solid and should fill up the first three rounds.
written with “NFL artificial intelligence“.
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