2017 NFL draft rankings: Running backs
This will come as no secret to anyone who has been paying attention, but the 2017 running back class has the potential to go down as an all-time great. Doesn’t mean it will, just that the talent is there if a few prospects translate their college stardom into NFL production. Todd Gurley set a high rookie bar back in 2015, and Ezekiel Elliott has pushed it farther into the stratosphere this season. While it remains to be seen whether or not anyone in the ’17 class has that level of impact, a minimum of two running backs will go in Round 1. And that number could rise to four or five when all is said and done.
|1||Dalvin Cook||Florida State||5' 11", 213 lbs.|
|2||Leonard Fournette||LSU||6' 1", 235 lbs.|
|3||Christian McCaffrey||Stanford||6' 0", 197 lbs.|
|4||D'Onta Foreman||Texas||6' 1", 249 lbs.|
|5||Curtis Samuel||Ohio State||5' 11", 197 lbs.|
|6||Kareem Hunt||Toledo||6' 0", 225 lbs.|
|7||Jamaal Williams||BYU||6' 2", 215 lbs.|
|8||Donnel Pumphrey||San Diego St.||5' 8", 169 lbs.|
|9||Samaje Perine||Oklahoma||5' 10", 235 lbs.|
|10||Alvin Kamara||Tennessee||5' 10", 215 lbs.|
Could Cook and Fournette both land in the top 10? Unlikely, but don’t rule it out. As things stand right now, both should be off the board within the first 20 picks, if nothing else. Fournette is a bruising, 235-pound back you want to get moving north and south as much as possible, although he sees the field well and can break off a sharp cut. Cook is more of a do-everything back with deadly east-to-west abilities, yet he also has breakaway speed when he does get downhill. The Round 1 wild cards come behind them. McCaffrey and Samuel are electrifying chips that a creative coach could do wonders with, while Foreman and Williams are more in the workhorse vein. Hunt and McNichols could be very good pros—both offer a little of everything and max out their skill sets.