Our “Red Dot” Running Backs
Kyle — C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame
Don’t get me wrong, Prosise is not a complete running back prospect. He isn’t a great pass blocker and he really didn’t act as a running back at Notre Dame until this past season. He is the definition of raw. However, that rawness could very well be shaped into greatness. As a former receiver, Prosise is a threat as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Some traits that are exciting to scouts are his elusiveness, quick burst, and ability to hit the gas and turn the corner. While he may not be a day-one starter, he has the ability to develop into a very well-rounded NFL running back. At a minimum, he’s a chess piece that could be brought in as a threat out of the backfield.
Dan — Jonathan Williams, Arkansas
Williams may be lower on draft boards because he missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing foot surgery, but the 5-foot-11, 220-pound running back out of Arkansas is still one of the more talented prospects at his position. He could be a real steal in the middle rounds. Going back to his 2014 tape, a season where he rushed for 1,119 yards and 12 touchdowns, Williams shows excellent vision and patience as runner. As a good blend of power and speed, he’s shifty in the open field and will make plenty of defenders miss. He can also be a tough downhill runner, willing to lower his shoulder and bulldoze over defenders. Overall, he’s solid in all phases of the game and can stay on the field on third downs because of his ability to pass block and catch the ball out of the backfield. Green Bay could find multiple ways to use him on offense.
Freddie — Kenyan Drake, Alabama
How fun would it be to see the two Alabama guys, Eddie Lacy and Kenyan Drake, working together in Green Bay? Lacy is the bruiser who takes defenders with him for the ride, but Drake could be the future complementary piece who has the explosiveness and speed to give the backfield a change of pace. Drake can be used in multiple ways, and his ability as a pass catcher would make him a great weapon for Aaron Rodgers. Lacy and James Starks currently have strong 1-2 punch, but Drake would have plenty to offer right out of the gates.
Our “Black Dot” Running Backs
Kyle — Jordan Howard, Indiana
Jordan Howard runs upright and has very little wiggle to his game. He also didn’t catch the ball out of the backfield much during his college career. He might find success, but my gut tells me that he will have a pretty vanilla NFL career. With so many dynamic runners in this draft, I would hate to spend a pick on a guy that prefers a physical running style, but really doesn’t have much else to offer.
Dan — Peyton Barber, Auburn
While there’s some draft buzz developing around Barber’s name, I’m not all that convinced he’s anything more than a backup running back in the NFL. However, you can’t fault a guy for declaring early for the draft in order to make money to take care of his mother and his siblings, who Barber said are currently homeless. On tape, I only see an average halfback with poor vision. He didn’t do a lot to impress at the combine, and at this point, he’s still a major work in progress. I don’t think he’d give the Packers much more than what they already have in Eddie Lacy, James Starks, and John Crockett.
Freddie — Daniel Lasco, California
Daniel Lasco has ball security issues which is an immediate red flag, and Starks struggled to keep hold of the football last season. Lasco’s lack of vision as power is concerning, and there are worries with his durability after missing time with multiple injuries in California.
Next: Red/Black Dot Wide Receivers