Our “Red Dot” Running Backs
Kyle — Jamaal Williams, BYU
Williams is one of my favorite prospects in this class. He runs with an angry determination that is impressive, but he is also illusive enough to make moves on the second level of a defense. His feet never stop churning. He might not be a lead back in the NFL, but in a committee he should be an immediate contributor. As a bonus, he basically never fumbles.
Dan — Kareem Hunt, Toledo
Hunt isn’t the fastest or strongest halfback in the draft, but he runs with tremendous balance and determination. The former Toledo back routinely bounces off tacklers and has an almost sixth sense in slipping defenders and finding openings in the defense to exploit. His 1,848 yards of total offense and 11 touchdowns reflect just how much of an impact Hunt can have in a backfield. On top of this, amazingly Hunt only fumbled once in 782 carries as a four-year starter in college.
Our “Black Dot” Running Backs
Kyle — Marlon Mack, UCF
Marlon Mack is a tough evaluation for me. He does some things so well. His big play ability and burst are special traits. He also fits the athletic profile that general managers like Ted Thompson look for in a back. However, his ball security is so atrocious and careless that I just can’t stomach taking him in such a deep running back class. There will be teams that want to work on his ball security. I guess I’m just not that patient.
Dan — Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
Despite the impressive talent, I would not draft Mixon, regardless of the round. Once a player has been convicted of domestic violence, especially when it’s an incident that was caught on camera, leaving no question as to the player’s guilt, I would take him off my board. I’m all for second chances and allowing people to turn their lives around, but Mixon aught to try to make a roster as an undrafted free agent or not play in the league, instead of being a high draft pick. I don’t see how a team could make a player like Mixon a face of their franchise.