Ezekiel Elliott is definitely considered the top RB in this class by far and Derrick Henry is generally considered next best. I do not love either player as Elliott does not posses the pure dynamic/gamebreaking athletic ability I would look for in a top 10 RB and I am concerned about Henry’s lack of lateral quickness.
However, there are a plethora of intriguing talents that can be had in day 2 and day 3 of the draft. Below are some of my personal favorites. Eagles fans should get to know these names.
Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
Very well balanced back that is a jack of all trades master of none. Exhibits great footwork and lateral agility to make people miss. Very determined runner who does not go down on first contact. Very capable receiver out of the backfield and also has a nose for the end zone.
C.J Prosise, Notre Dame
Ideal size and athletic ability. Very raw but flashes exciting game-breaking potential. Also a very competent receiving weapon. Will need to learn to pass block and get more comfortable as a ball-carrier but has high end running back potential.
Paul Perkins, UCLA
Soo fun to watch. Best elusiveness rating in college football last year and it shows. Just google “Paul Perkins Stanford run.” Has elite vision and juking ability. Awesome feet. Also, another weapon out of the backfield catching passes. Does not posses elite acceleration and speed and not very powerful. Might never be an every down RB in the NFL but has elite traits important to the position.
Jonathan Williams, Arkansas
His teammate Alex Collins will get more pub but I like Williams better, especially at a lesser cost. Williams was a projected day 2 pick heading into the season but missed the entire year with a foot injury. Has good feet, is crafty in tight spots, and has good burst. Runs too upright.
Tyler Ervin, San Jose St
Has special speed and acceleration. Capable pass catcher and can contribute in the return game.
Darius Jackson, Eastern Michigan
Looks the part as he has great size and is jacked. Tested very well. Another capable pass catcher. Remind me a little of David Johnson as he struggles running inside even at his size.