10. Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals): Mixon was the top offensive player in Cincinnati last season and this trend could continue as he continues to progress. One factor with Mixon that is rarely brought up is his versatility as a back who excels in both the running and passing game.
9. James Conner (Pittsburgh Steelers): Conner had a breakout performance last season in the wake of Le’Veon Bell’s season-long holdout. If Conner continues to play like he did last season, Pittsburgh won’t be missing Bell all that much.
8. Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams): Gurley was an MVP candidate last season and he has been an absolute wrecking ball at the running back position over his NFL career, but the serious health concerns attached to Gurley’s future make me weary of putting him anywhere beyond this spot.
7. Le’Veon Bell (New York Jets): Bell had limited free agent interest this offseason, but he will likely continue to be one of the league’s top backs in the near future.
It’ll be interesting to see how he produces after sitting a season out — that decision could lead to feelings of rejuvenation, or even rust. Still, Bell feels like a candidate for top rushing and receiving production.
6. Melvin Gordon (Los Angeles Chargers): Melvin Gordon has had health concerns, but when Gordon is healthy he is easily one of the league’s top backs.
The Chargers have the potential to have one of the league’s top offenses this season and Gordon will be a key factor for this if things go that way.