Packers: Aaron Jones gets honorable mention in 2019 running back rankings
Josh Jacobs (Oakland Raiders): Jacobs was, in my opinion, the top running back (by far) in the 2019 class and the Raiders vastly improved one of their top positional needs by selecting Jacobs at a premier pick in this year’s draft.
Don’t be surprised if Jacobs has around 1,300 combined rushing and receiving yards this season — he is my pick for offensive rookie of the year.
Derrius Guice (Washington Redskins): Guice, despite the injury he suffered last summer, should rebound and be a great running back in Washington. The Peterson-Guice combo has the potential to be one of the league’s best.
Kerryon Johnson (Detroit Lions): Johnson played a key role in Detroit last season and I expect his value in this offense to increase. It’ll be interesting to see how much Detroit will defer to Johnson this year as they have continually relied on Matthew Stafford in recent years.
Najee Harris (Alabama Crimson Tide): Harris is my top running back in the 2020 class right now and he would likely be a mid-to-late first-round pick if he were to enter next year’s draft (assuming he continues to progress in his junior season).
Harris has the potential to be the top running back prospect headed into the draft coming out of the SEC since Leonard Fournette.
Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin Badgers): Wisconsin backs’ have a negative stigma, but hopefully this stigma won’t reach Jonathan Taylor come draft time.
While I don’t feel Taylor will have the ultimate “upside” of a Najee Harris, he does in fact have the potential to be a key starter in a workhorse role for whatever team were to draft him.