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1. Tre Mason, Auburn, HT/WT: 5’9” / 205 LBs

The running back position is not a very deep one in this years’ draft, but the first back that I have being taken in the draft, is Tre Mason. Tre has all the tools to become a franchise halfback, and in 3 total seasons for the Auburn Tigers (2 seasons as a starter), Mason rushed for 2979 Yards on 516 attempts. He compiled 32 rushing touchdowns, and ran for an average of 5.8 YPC. Tre Mason would be a solid addition to any team that could a running back, and in my opinion, he is the best back in the draft.

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Scouting Report:
-Hard runner
-Tree trunk legs, extremely strong lower body
-Quick feet
-Agile
-Dodgy runner
-Excellent vision running the ball
-Good burst
-Finishes his runs
-Straight line speed is average
-Not a break away runner
-Lack of size
Projected Pick: 2nd Round
Player Comparison: Maurice Jones-Drew

2.Carlos Hyde, OSU, HT/WT: 6’0” / 230 LBs

Hyde had a very successful career at the Ohio State, where he stared his senior season in a full time role. In 4 seasons for the Buckeyes, he compiled 3198 rushing yards, on 523 carries. He rushed for 37 touchdowns, and a 6.1 YPC. He also has 4 career receiving touchdowns out of the backfield. I expect that Hyde could contribute right away, but would be better suited for a change-of-pace back on a team with a 1st string speedback.

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Scouting Report:
-Very tough runner
-Downhill running is very above average
-Bounces off first contact
-Good vision
-Impressively agile for his size
-Patient runner
-Good red zone runner
-Strong in pass protection
-Not a homerun hitting running back
-Doesn’t have breakaway speed
Projected Pick: 2nd Round
Player Comparison: Arian Foster

3. Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona, HT/WT: 5’10” / 200 LBs

The problem with Carey, is that he’s just like the first two running backs that I listed over him. He’s a dominant runner, who would instantly upgrade any teams backfield. Carey, Mason, and Hyde could ALL be the first back taken in the draft. Anyways, getting to Carey, he was dominant for the Arizona Wildcats, in 3 seasons at the running back position, he compiled 4239 rushing yards, on 743 attempts, for 5.7 YPC. He also rushed for 48 touchdowns, while adding 679 receiving yards on 77 receptions for an 8.8 average; and 4 receiving touchdowns. He has all the tools to be a #1 running back, and I think we see him fill that role sooner than later, for whatever team is lucky enough to draft him.

carey
Scouting Report:
-Runs through first contact
-Powers through tackles
-Shifty runner
-Great vision
-Anticipates and hits the hole
-North and South runner
-Tremendous burst
-Good balance
-Good receiving RB
-Can run routes as well
-Doesn’t really have break away speed
-Ran a slow 40-time
-Needs to work on pass protection
Projected Pick: 2nd Round
Player Comparison: Doug Martin

4. Bishop Sankey, Wash, HT/WT: 5’9”/ 209 LBs

Sankey, the starting running back over the last 2 seasons for the Washington Huskies, ran for 3309 yards and 36 touchdowns. He put up good numbers at Washington despite having to run behind a shaky offensive line, and he also played with average quarterback. Sankey isn’t considered a powerback but he does have the ability to break tackles and go the distance. He is a hard runner and should be a good pickup for any team that needs a back.

sankey
Scouting Report:
-Agile and shifty
-Good burst
-Second level speed (4.47)
-Good vision
-Good pad level and runs low with his pad
-Can make plays in the open field
-Undersized
-Can get swallowed up in trenches
-Fumble issues
-Dances around the backfield too much
Projected Pick: Mid 2nd – Early 3rd
Player Comparison: Knowshon Moreno

5. Lache Seastrunk, Baylor, HT/WT: 5’10” / 210 LBs

Unfortunately, this is where the top end running backs start to fall off. Seastrunk was once originally thought to be the best back in the draft, but after his final season at Baylor, scouts determined that he would need to improve his vision and physicality before he can really contribute at the next level.

leche
Scouting Report:
-Agile
-Great footwork
-Breakaway speed
-Good vision
-Patient
-Can run east and west
-Runs low to the ground
-Slippery
-Not much power
-Dances too much in the backfield
-Pass protection needs to develop
-Injury riddled
Projected Pick: Mid 3rd– Early 4th
Player Comparison:  Eddie Lacy

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1 Comment

  1. Jon says:

    You covered it. Nicely dissected and a weak draft at this spot.

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