10. Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings)
Cook looked like an offensive rookie of the year candidate in the few games he played last year. The addition of Kirk Cousins to the Vikings offense will be very beneficial to Cook, and there is a pretty good chance he gets to 1,000 yards rushing.
The Vikings have a versatile offense with a lot of good skill position guys, and as a result defenses won’t be able to stack the box to stop Cook on most plays. Cook could be one of the best running backs in football within a few seasons.
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9. LeSean McCoy (Buffalo Bills)
McCoy will enter this season on the wrong side of 30, and I am a little concerned about that. He has an aggressive running style and had nearly 300 carries last year. McCoy has had to carry the Bills offense in the last few years, and his heavy workload could catch up to him in the near future.
Despite all of these negative thoughts on McCoy’s future, there is still a good chance he is a top running back this season.
8. Melvin Gordon (Los Angeles Chargers)
Gordon doesn’t get a ton of attention. He isn’t even the best running back in his city. Of course, it’s hard to be better than Todd Gurley so I am willing to give Gordon the benefit of the doubt there.
Gordon was a great collegiate player at Wisconsin, and it is beginning to look like he could have that type of dominance in the NFL. Gordon can be used effectively in any type of situation, and I could see him cracking the top five of this list at some point if Philip Rivers keeps playing.
7. Leonard Fournette (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Fournette is the second coming of Adrian Peterson, and it is incredible that he had the rookie season that he did, given the fact that Blake Bortles was his quarterback.
One thing keeping Fournette from the top five this year is the fact that he had 3.9 yards per carry. This is a little concerning, but I think the addition of Andrew Norwell will help with that. I would also like to see Fournette improve as a receiving threat, but that may be nitpicking at this point.
6. Saquon Barkley (New York Giants)
I am not afraid to put a rookie running back in the top 10. I think Saquon Barkley is that good of a talent. Barkley reminds me a lot of Le’Veon Bell, and he could easily be in the top five next year if he can live up to his high expectations.
Even though the Giants added Will Hernandez in the draft, the losses of Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg will have an impact on their offensive line.
Despite losing Pugh and Richburg, I love the fact they added Nate Solder in free agency. It was one of the most underrated free agent signings of the year.
Barkley will be an immediate threat in the passing game, and he will be a versatile player in this league. There isn’t a thing he can’t do.