Need #6 – Running Back
- Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State (6-0, 225, 4.47)
- Derrick Henry, Alabama (6-3, 247, 4.54)
- Paul Perkins, UCLA (5-10, 208, 2.54)
- Alex Collins, Arkansas (5-10, 217, 4.59)
- Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech (5-10, 215, 4.58)
- Devontae Booker, Utah (5-11, 212)
- C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame (6-0, 220, 4.48)
- Kenyan Drake, Alabama (6-1, 210, 4.45)
- Jordan Howard, Indiana (6-0, 230)
- Jonathan Williams, Arkansas (5-11, 220)
The 2016 running back class is very deep, and the combine only reaffirmed this. While Elliott performed as expected for the top prospect at the position, Henry showcased better athleticism and explosive ability than people give him credit for.
A 4.54 forty and 134-inch broad jump are fantastic numbers for a back that weights nearly 250 pounds. Henry is a powerful back, but he also possesses the breakaway speed and ability to change direction to succeed at the next level.
Prosise also helped his cause, clocking a 4.48 forty at 220 pounds, showing a good blend of strength and speed. Given his ability as receiver out of the backfield, he should have a lot of value for a team looking for a well-balanced back in the third or fourth round.
There weren’t many that hurt their draft stock because of their workouts. However, Booker did slip on my board because he sat out of the combine workouts due to injury, while his peers stood out.
I was also a big fan of Aaron Green in college, but the fact he didn’t even get a combine invite has to be concerning.
Lasco, Marshall, and Ervin all put together top combine performances, but admittedly, I know very little about them. So, I will try to see if the film backs up what they showcased at the combine.
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