Updated Position Rankings – RBsPosted: September 26, 2011
I posted the QB rankings yesterday. The Running back class for 2012 has a lot of question marks outside Trent Richardson but features a lot of runners that should contribute in the NFL.
1. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: Richardson has been very good so far this year and is looking more and more like the next star RB in the NFL. He has all the tools to dominate the NFL and should be a top ten pick.
2. Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M: Gray has not been super impressive but he has done just enough to hold onto this spot. At the next rankings, he could be at No. 3 if he does not step up big the next few weeks.
3. David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech: Wilson has been awesome so far this year. He has risen on tons of draft boards and could be a first round pick come April. I almost rated him as my No. 2 back.
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4. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State: I love the way Martin plays. He runs downhill with a ton of power. He has good vision as well. He should be a second round pick in April.
5. Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinatti: Pead is a RB that could thrive in a RBBC in the NFL. Pair him with a workhorse back and he could average over 5 yards per carry.
6. Lamichael James, RB, Oregon: James’ stock is falling and falling fast. He needs to start performing or else he could fall even further. He has the speed to be a Darren Sproles like back but he needs to start playing with more confidence and playing smarter.
7. Chris Polk, RB, Washington: Polk is a do-it-all type back that can be a feature back on an NFL team. I love his vision and his decisiveness and I think his stock will continue to rise over the next six months.
8. Brandon Bolden, RB, Mississippi: Bolden is a powerful back that is getting better every game. By the end of the year he could be in the top five of this list.
9. Jonathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: Franklin is only a junior and could decide to stay and build his stock. He is a do-it-all back with great speed and has good hands. I think he could be a first or second round pick in 2013.
10. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: Barner is a change of pace RB at the next level. He has great speed and would thrive if paired with a work-horse.
11. Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple
12. Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State
13. Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson
14. Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State
15. Dan Herron, RB, Ohio State
16. Montel Harris, RB, Boston College
17. Bobby Rainey, RB, Western Kentucky
18. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
19. Jeff Demps, RB, Florida
20. Tauren Poole, RB, Tennessee