Oct 22, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs past Mississippi Rebels linebacker DeMarquis Gates (3) during the second half of a game at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Mississippi 38-21. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2017 NFL Draft running back class is loaded with a lot of great players. There is a lot of talent at the top, and some possible gems that could be found in later rounds.
In recent years, teams have been able to find their franchise running backs, not so much in the early rounds, but in the later rounds of the draft. With that being said Authentic Orlando Brown Jr. Jersey , Ezekiel Elliot who was picked No. 4 by Dallas and was a huge hit.
Yes, first round running backs have been good if not great, but look at teams Like Atlanta, Chicago, and Miami. Devonta Freeman (Atlanta), Jordan Howard (Chicago) and Jay Ajayi (Miami) were all taken in the fourth round or later. All three of these running backs had over 1,000 yards rushing yards in 2016.
This running back class may look top heavy with Fournette, Cook, and McCaffrey but there could be some sleeper running backs that fall in the draft. I think that there are a ton of running backs with great chances to be great NFL players that could be taken between the second and fourth rounds.
What a lot of the running backs in this class bring to the table is versatility. A lot of them are good pass catchers and are very good in space. Guys like Christian McCaffrey are also great returns. Some of these running backs will be able to make impact on their new team even if it isn’t in the run game.
With that being said Wholesale Marquez Valdes-Scantling Jersey , here are the top 10 running backs for the 2017 NFL draft.
Next: 10. Donnel Pumphrey
Dec 17, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Diego State Aztecs running back Donnel Pumphrey (19) is defended by Houston Cougars safety Garrett Davis (1) during the second quarter at Sam Boyd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports
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Donnel Pumphrey became the all-time FBS leading rusher during his senior season at San Diego State. He has a knack for running the ball.
On the season he rushed for 2,133 yards and 17 touchdowns. Pumphrey, had at least 17 touchdowns in three of his four season Adidas Sidney Crosby Jersey , one of which he scored 20 touchdowns. Overall he has rushed for a total of 6,405 yards and 62 touchdowns.
What is so great about Pumphrey is that he has produced. He has great vison and is very patient as well. It is kind of amazing that he holds the all-time rushing record. Pumphrey is only 5’8 and 176 pounds. The fact that he is undersized does hurt his draft stock as an NFL player.
Pumphrey is most likely gonna be a guy that one team looks at and takes a chance at toward the end of the draft.
Next: 9. Kareem Hunt
Sep 30, 2016; Provo, UT, USA; Toledo Rockets running back Kareem Hunt (3) tries to find a way around the Brigham Young Cougars defense during the fourth quarter at Lavell Edwards Stadium. Brigham Young won 55-53. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
Kareem Hunt is a guy that I think may get overlooked at the running back position. He is a three year starter from Toledo and rushed for just under 5,000 yards in four years.
In 2016 Authentic Mason Cole Jersey , Hunt rushed for 1,475 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was a threat out of the backfield as well. He had 403 receiving yards and he scored a touchdown to go with it. His receiving numbers his senior year were greater than his numbers in his first three years combined.
He has good size, but the speed isn’t really there for Hunt. He does have the ability to come out of the back field, but his small size may be an issue for him.
Kareem Hunt could be a late round pick. He will probably be drafted somewhere in the sixth or seventh round of the draft.
Next: 8. Alvin Kamara
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