Monday, May 16, 2011

2012 NFL Draft: Senior Running Back Watch

1. Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M – Gray really come on at the end of the season and rushed for 7 straight 100 yard games. He has the ability to run inside and outside and can catch the football out of the backfield. He had an outstanding game last year against Texas where he rushed for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns in a win. Can really help himself with another big season this year.

2. Dan Herron, Ohio State – Herron is a good between the tackle type runner who runs down hill. He doesn’t have a ton of make you miss in his game but is an effective runner who will move the changes. He will be suspended for the first five games of the season for violating NCAA rules, so that could be an issue.

3. Montel Harris, Boston College – Harris has been a very good running back for Boston College since we was a freshman. He injured his knee late last season that forced him to miss the final two games which included the bowl game. He is a good open field running who has the ability to make defenders miss. He needs to show a better ability of running inside but is a very talented back.

4. Tauren Poole, Tennessee – Poole had a break-out season last year rushing for 1,034 yards and 11 touchdowns and his first two seasons at Tennessee he rushed for a total of 171 yards. He also showed that he could catch the football out of the backfield catching 22 passes. Poole has good size at 5-11 215 pounds and is effective running inside or outside.

5. Doug Martin, Boise State - Martin might be a little short but he is a very powerful running back who has good speed to go with his power. With Boise State two big time wide receivers leaving for the NFL, this season even more will be asked of Martin in Boise State offense and he will show that he can carry the load.

6. Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati – Pead has break away speed and rushed for over 1,000 yards last season despite missing 2 games. He needs to use his blocker more and set them up better and if he does that he will become a more effective running back. He has all the natural ability and could have a break out season this year.

7. Brandon Bolden, Mississippi – Bolden averaged 6 yards a carry and scored 14 touchdowns and also caught 32 passes for 344 yards and another 3 touchdowns. Bolden needs to show that he can be more of a consistent runner as he would have some great games running the football and then would disappear in others.

8. Jeff Demps, Florida - Demps most likely is the fast player in college football right now and you just have to find different ways to get his hands on the football because he can make plays. Only carried the ball 92 times last year but lead Florida in rushing with 551 yards. Will not be a full time running back in the NFL but will be a good weapon to have for your offense.

9. Jason Ford, Illinois – Ford’s ranking is much more of a projection then based on past performance since Mikel Leshoure who was a 2nd round pick by the Detroit Lions in this years draft was the workhouse and got most of the carries for Illinois. But in Ford’s limited touches last years he was able to make the most of them and he is big physical running back that should have a break out season this year.

10. Marc Tyler, USC – Tyler is a hard working, hard nose, physical down hill running back but lacks great break away speed. With the NFL going to more two back running backs he will fit great with a team that already has a quicker running back that is looking for a down hill running back.

11. Bryce Beall, Houston
12. Adonis Thomas, Toledo
13. Lennon Creer, Louisiana Tech
14. Caleb King, Georgia
15. Jermaine Thomas, Florida State
16. Vick Ballard, Mississippi State
17. Enrique Davis, Mississippi
18. Lance Dunbar, North Texas
19. Victor Anderson, Louisville
20. D.J. McNorton, North Dakota State

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