Running Backs

 

The 2020 draft offered a ton of RB talent. While one didn't come off the board until the 32nd selection (Clyde Edwards-Helaire-Chiefs), there was a bevy of talent to follow. Sixteen were drafted in total, nine of which came off the board within the first rounds. This class will come close to matching it with some key declarations, however.

 

1) Travis Etienne | 5'10 | 210 | RB | Clemson -

After looking like the real thing in 2017 with 766 rushing yards, Etienne followed up on that by surpassing the 1,600 yard mark in back to back seasons since. Blessed with great vision, Etienne also plays with amazing speed and shiftiness. While elusive, he has good size and can take a lick. He's also an accomplished receiver, having caught 37 passes in 2019 for 432 yards, good for 4 TDs. He's a complete, franchise back who could've been the first RB off the board had he declared for the 2020 draft.

2) Chuba Hubbard | 6'0 | 207 | RB | OK State -

Hubbard rushed for 740 yards in 2018, then almost tripled that number in 2019 when he amassed 2,094 yards. He has good size and fluid feet, with his greatest trait being his speed. He needs little room to operate, possesses the ability to put his foot in the ground, go and outrun almost any defense out there. He also pitches in nicely as a receiver, catching 20+ balls in each of his past two seasons. 

3) Najee Harris | 6'1 | 230 | RB | Alabama -

Harris is a power back who cranks out tough yards, doesn't go down easily. In addition to cranking out 1,200+ yards on the ground for 13 TDs, he also proved to be an effective receiver out of the backfield, catching 27 balls for 304 yards worth 7 TDs. While he doesn't have track speed or elite wiggle, there's enough of each to advance the ball well beyond the LOS. He's a bruiser who can do it all.

4) Jatarvious Whitlow | 5'11 | 210 | RB | Auburn -

Whitlow is an accomplished runner who surpassed 750 yards rushing in each of his past two seasons. His greatest asset is being able to press the LOS, then using quick feet to get up and through the hole. He has good size and the speed to compromise defenses on the perimeter. While he'll face good defenses yet again this year, he has a real opportunity to flash as a complete RB.

5) Journey Brown | 5'11 | 206 | RB | Penn State -

Brown had a very good season in 2019, racking up 890 yards on just 129 carries. His speed was more than evidenced in that 6.9-yard per carry average. He has the ability to blow by LBs that false step, as well as DBs that take bad angles. There was only one contest last season where he had 20+ carries (Indiana), which is a mystery considering how well he does when he gets touches. Provided he has some green to work with, he's dangerous.

6) Zamir White | 5'11 | 215 | RB | Georgia 

7) Kenneth Gainwell | 5'11 | 195 | RB | Memphis

8) Kylin Hill | 5'10 | 215 | RB | Miss. State

9) CJ Verdell | 5'9 | 210 | RB | Oregon

10) Keaontay Ingram | 5'11 | 215 | RB | Texas

11) Kennedy Brooks | 5'10 | 216 | RB | Oklahoma

12) Master Teague III | 5'11 | 220 | RB | Ohio State

13) Max Borghi | 5'11 | 195 | RB | Washington State

14) Trey Sermon | 6'0 | 215 | RB | Ohio State

15) Larry Rountree | 5'10 | 210 | RB | Missouri

16) Lyn-J Dixon | 5'9 | 190 | RB | Clemson

17) Pooka Williams Jr. | 5'10 | 170 | RB | Kansas

18) Elijah Mitchell | 5'11 | 220 | RB | Louisiana

19) Stevie Scott | 6'1 | 230 | RB | Indiana

20) Jarrett Patterson | 5'19 | 195 | RB | Buffalo