2019 NFL Draft Running Back Prospects

Here are draft running back prospects that have made at least a 25% scrimmage yards team market share for one season in their college career. They are ranked based on an evaluation of their overall performance. Over the last five drafts on average 23 running backs were selected.

  1. Darrell Henderson
    Led all draft prospects in average yards per carry, rushing touchdowns and rushing yards per game. FBS active career leader in yards per attempt (8.2). One of two draft prospects to have 2000+ yards from scrimmage in 2018. In 2018 Forty five percent of his rushing attempts resulted in either a touchdown or a first down. This was the highest for draft eligible backs that averaged 66+ rushing yards per game. It was ten percent higher than the next closest prospect. Ten of his 22 touchdowns came from 40+ yards out.
  2. Trayveon Williams
    Led all draft prospects in rushing plays of 10+ yards. One of two draft prospects to have 2000+ yards from scrimmage in 2018. The other draft prospect to have 2000+ yards from scrimmage in 2018.
  3. David Montgomery
    Led the FBS in forced missed tackles for each of the last two seasons. In two seasons he has had over 1500 yards after contact.
  4. Devin Singletary
    In 2017 Singletary led the FBS in rushing plays of 10+ yards and rushing touchdowns (32). In 2018 Singletary had the second most rushing touchdowns and made a touchdown on 32% of his 57 red zone rushing attempts. Of the top five draft prospects for rushing touchdowns that red zone percentage was the best. The sixth guy, Benny Snell, just edges him with 33% but with six less total rushing touchdowns. Singletary has had 1000+ rushing yards and 10+ rushing touchdowns in each of his three seasons.
  5. Miles Sanders
    As reported by Pro Football Focus Sanders ranked inside the top 10 among backs in forced missed tackles (47), yards after contact (845) and runs resulting in a first down or touchdown (38) in 2018. A gym rat, Sanders was the only back to meet running back target goals in six of the combine events which included the best among backs in the three cone drill and third in the 20 yard shuttle. Sanders converted 80% of his 3rd down and 1-3 yards to go attempts on 15 attempts. That ratio was fifth among the top 100 players in rushing yards per game.
  6. Alexander Mattison
    Mattison is fifth among draft prospects in rushing touchdowns (17). Mattison is one of only six draft eligible backs to have rushed for 2000+ yards and have 30+ touchdowns over the last two seasons. Of the six backs he had the second highest receiving yards over that timefrane (457 yards). Mattison had the third highest yards from scrimmage among draft eligible backs in 2018 (1,588 yards).
  7. Myles Gaskin
    The current active FBS career leader in rushing yards. Since 2000 Gaskin is one of only two players to have rushed for 1000+ yards and have 10+ rushing touchdowns in each of four college seasons. The other was Cedric Benson drafted number 4 overall by the Bears in the 2005 draft. There have been 14 players that met that criteria 3 of their 4 years. There have been 7 players to meet that criteria in 3 seasons of a 3 season college career. That seven includes two this year – Devin Singletary and Benjamin Snell. Gaskin is reported to have good elusiveness and vision/football IQ.
  8. Karan Higdon
    Higdon is ninth among draft prospects in rushing yards per game. He is one of only eleven draft eligible backs that over the last two seasons have rushed for 2000+ yards and scored 20+ rushing touchdowns. Eight of Higdon’s eleven games in 2018 were 100+ yard rushing games. He was one of only three FBS draft prospects (Henderson, Williams) to have 8 or more 100+ yard rushing games in 2018. Higdon had 3.22 yards after contact per attempt.
  9. Wes Hills
    Hills was named MVP at the 2019 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Hills ranked 18th in the nation in career yards per carry among active players with 6.7 yards/carry. In 2018 eight of his twelve games were 100+ rushing yard games with three 200+ yard games. He had an additional one 100+ game for all purpose yards. Hills was a three year team captain. Hills was a combine snub.
  10. Benjamin Snell Jr.
    One of three draft prospects to have three years of 1000+ rushing yards and 10+ rushing touchdowns. Among draaft eligible backs that averaged 66+ rushing yards per game Snell had the most combined rushing first downs and touchdowns with 99. He averaged a first down or touchdown on 34% of his rushing attempts. Among draft prospects with 66+ rushing yards per game that was fourth best. Among the top six draft prospects for rushing touchdowns, Snell had the highest percent (33%) of his red zone attempts convert to touchdowns. Snell is one of only four draft eligible players that over the last two seasons have rushed for 2500+ yards and scored 30+ rushing touchdowns. Snell had 829 yards after contact in 2018.
  11. Travis Homer
    In 2018 Travis Homer had 4.05 yards after contact per attempt. He is one of 13 draft eligible backs that were in the top 100 players in yards from scrimmage per game for each of the last two seasons. Of those 13 backs Travis had the second highest average yards per play over the two years (6.45). At the combine among running backs Homer was fifth in the Forty (4.48), second in the vertical jump (39.5), tie for first in the broad jump (10’10”) and sixth in the 3-cone (7.07)
  12. Alex Barnes
    Alex Barnes had the highest team market share percentage (37%) of yards from scrimmage. He was fourth among draft prospects in rushing yards per game (113) and fifth in rushing plays of 20+ yards (12). Thirty percent of his rushing attempts made either first down or a touchdown which was eleventh best among draft prospects with 66+ rushing yards per game. At the combine Barnes participated in all seven events and made running back target goals in five events. That was second best for making target goals among backs. Among backs Barnes was first in the bench press (34), first in the 20 yard shuttle (second in the 3-cone (6.95), third in the vertical jump (38.5) and fifth in the broad jump (10’6″). In yards from scrimmage in 2018 Barnes had only one game that he averaged under 4.0 yards per play.
  13. Nico Evans
    Evans had the second highest team market share of scrimmage yards (35%). He was tie for the second most 30+ yard rushing plays (9) among draft prospects. Nico had a run of 30+ yards in 7 of his 10 games. Seven of his eight rushing touchdowns came from outside the red zone and five came from at least 40 yards out. Evans had the third highest rushing yards per game (133) among draft prospects and the eleventh best average yards per carry (6.53 yards). Evans was a combine snub. He did well at his pro day logging a mid-to-low 4.5s in the 40 while turning in a 37.5-inch vertical. He also had a 10-1 broad jump and recorded 22 reps on the bench press. Evans’ bench and broad jump would’ve ranked in the top 10 among running backs who participated in the combine while his vertical would’ve been the fourth-highest.
  14. Lexington Thomas
    Thomas is one of only eleven draft eligible backs that over the last two seasons have rushed for 2000+ yards and scored 20+ rushing touchdowns. Thomas can break the big run. Five of his twelve rushing touchdowns in 2018 came from 40+ yards out and in 2017 that number was 7 of his 17 touchdowns. He is one of 13 draft eligible backs that were in the top 100 players in yards from scrimmage per game for each of the last two seasons. Of those 13 backs Thomas had the third highest average yards per play over the two years (6.05). Thomas is one of only six running back draft prospects that over the last two seasons have had 2000+ rushing yards and 30+ total touchdowns. In 2917 Thomas was 12th in rushing touchdowns and sixth in rushing plays of 40+ yards.
  15. A.J. Ouellette
    Ouellette is fourth among draft prospects in rushing plays of 30+ yards (8). In 2018 32 percent of his rushing attempts resulted in either a touchdown or a first down. This was the eighth best for draft eligible backs that averaged 66+ rushing yards per game. He is one of just 13 draft eligible backs that were in the top 100 players in yards from scrimmage per game for each of the last two seasons. Of those 13 backs Ouellette had the fourth highest average yards per play over the two years (6.0). He ranked ninth in total touchdowns (14) in 2018 among draft eligible running backs. Ouelette is a combine snub. Here are A.J. Ouelette ‘s athletic tests from last year and how they would compare to this year’s combine running backs – 4.46s forty (3rd), 30 reps bench press (2nd), 37 in. vertical jump (4th) and 4.06 shuttle (1st).
  16. Qadree Ollison
    Ollison is one of only eight draft eligible running backs to have rushed for 1000+ yards and 10+ rushing touchdowns in at least each of two seasons. In 2018 33.5% of his rushing attempts resulted in either a touchdown or a first down. This was the sixth highest for draft eligible backs that averaged 66+ rushing yards per game. In 2018 Ollison was eighth in rushing plays of 20+ yards (15). Ollison converted 78% of his rushing attempts on 3rd down and 1-3 yards to go. That was sixth best among the top 100 players in rushing yards per game.
  17. Jalin Moore
    Moore is one of only eight draft eligible running backs to have rushed for 1000+ yards and 10+ rushing touchdowns in at each of at least two seasons. He is the only active FBS back to have rushed for 230+ yards in four or more career games. Moore was recuperating from injury during the combine and only participated in the bench press where he came in second among running backs (27 reps). Jalin Moore made Bruce Feldman’s “Freaks List” each of the last two years and was number 11 in 2018. He was ninth on Chase Goodbread’s “18 for ’18: College football’s most freakish athletes”. Moore’s prior numbers in the forty (4.37s) and the broad jump (11’1″) would top this year’s combine leaders at running back.
  18. Ty Johnson
    In 2018 Ty Johnson averaged the second best rushing yards per carry among draft prospects. His career 7.6 yards per carry is sixth in the nation and third in the FBS among active players. In 2016 he led all FBS running backs in average yards per carry with 9.13 yards and he was second in rushing plays of 40+ yards (9). Johnson has had a kickoff return for a touchdown each of the last two seasons.
  19. Patrick Laird
    Patrick laird is one of 13 draft eligible backs that were in the top 100 players in yards from scrimmage per game for each of the last two seasons. He has had over 25% team market share yards from scrimmage each of the last two seasons. Patrick was ranked by Pro Football Focus as the sixth most elusive returning Pac-12 running back going into the 2018 season. Laird was one of ten finalists for the 2018 Senior Class Award given to an FBS senior that has notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
  20. Alec Ingold
    Ingold is the one prospect that did not achieve the 25% market share. He is here as a fullback candidate for his blocking skills. Alec Ingold is a team captain and received the 2018 team Offensive Impact Player of the Year Award. In 2018 he had 26 rushing attempts, averaged 5.5 yds/attempt and had 6 rushing touchdowns. That amounts to a score every 4.3 times he touched the ball. He had another receiving touchdown and averaged 18.6 yards for his five receptions. He had seven 3rd down rushing attempts of 1-6 yards to go and he made six of them. His one 4th down attempt he got 5 yards and the 1st down. Wisconsin has always valued their fullbacks and their versatility. Ingold helped block for running back Jonathan Taylor who was the only back to have over 2,000 yards rushing in 2018.
  21. Wesley Fields
    2018 Sun Belt Second Team and Georgia Southern University Football Offensive Player of the Year. Wesley was one of twenty candidates for the 2018 Senior Class Award.

  22. Austin Walter
    Austin Walter is one of only two draft prospects that have both 500+ rushing yards and 500+ receiving yards in a season. Walter also returns kickoffs. He has had eight games in 2018 of 100+ all purpose yards and three of 200+ yards.

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