3 running backs Packers should target (and 2 they should avoid) in 2024

The back field needs an upgrade next year.
Green Bay Packers, Braelon Allen
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Target: Braelon Allen, Wisconsin, 2024 NFL Draft

Another promising 2024 prospect wouldn't have to travel far. Wisconson's Braelon Allen has flashed every bit of a game-breaking workhorse type of back. His three years with the Badgers saw him rush for over 3,500 yards and 35 touchdowns. Allen was the type of back you wanted to get on the field even as a freshman, when he burst onto the scene with over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 6.8 yards per carry.

Allen is even bigger than Benson and more along the lines of a Dillon size, standing 6-foot-2, 245 pounds. As a rookie, he'll be only 20 years old, which is something we don't talk about enough. He'll have more years ahead of him than the average rookie.

At his size, obviously Allen is a force and difficult to tackle. But, he possesses sneaky speed. Once he gets going, he's tough to stop in the open field. He is a whole lot faster than he looks, that's for certain.

Out of any of the running backs in this draft class, Allen seems the most likely to be able to handle a Christian McCaffrey type of role. Give him the rock 20-25 times a game, and you'll be pleased with the end result.