2018 NFL Draft Prospects – Running Backs

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2018 NFL Mock Draft | DraftGeek’s Mock Draft


2018 NFL Draft Prospects by Position:


Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | Offensive Tackle | Offensive Guard | Center


Defensive Tackle | 3-4 Nose Tackle | Defensive End | Outside Linebacker | Inside Linebacker | Cornerback | Safety

Extra: Sleepers


2018 NFL Draft Running Back Ranking

Saquon Barkley - 2018 NFL Draft1. Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Height: 5-11 Weight: 215 lbs

Built in the mode of a borderline “power back” at the next level, Barkley possesses an excellent blend of power and agility… Full Profile


Derrius Guice - 2018 NFL Draft2. Derrius Guice, LSU

Height: 5-11 Weight: 215 lbs

Has the makings of a three down back in the traditional sense as he shows power, agility, and break out speed… Full Profile


Sony Michel - 2018 NFL Mock Draft3. Sony Michel, Georgia

Height: 5-11 Weight: 222 lbs

A gifted athlete, Michel has a knack for finding the right holes, putting his foot in the dirt and is able to hit top gear about as quick as any back in the nation… Full Profile


Ronald Jones - 2018 NFL Draft4. Ronald Jones II, USC

Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 lbs

Has perhaps the best breakaway speed of any running back prospect in the draft… Full Profile


Rashaad Penny - 2018 NFL Draft5. Rashaad Penny, San Diego State

Height: 5-10 Weight: 220 lbs

Penny is the successor to Donnel Pumphrey at San Diego State, but he might be a better NFL prospect. He has a prototypical running back build at 5’10 220 lbs., with an electric burst and quick acceleration… Full Profile


Nick Chubb - 2017 NFL Mock Draft6. Nick Chubb, Georgia

Height: 5-11 Weight: 220 lbs

Strong lower body that he optimizes with outstanding balance and agility. Runs naturally with excellent vision, change of direction, and patience… Full Profile


Kerryon Johnson Auburn Scouting Report NFL7. Kerryon Johnson, Auburn

Height: 5-11 Weight: 212 lbs

Highly productive back that has helped Auburn defeat the number one team in the country twice in 2017… Full Profile


Royce Freeman - 2017 NFL Mock Draft8. Royce Freeman, Oregon

Height: 5-11 Weight: 230 lbs

Strength is in his vision and balance. Is able to stop on a dime and redirect, including small adjustments made in a crowd… Full Profile


Mark Walton NFL Draft9. Mark Walton, Miami

Height: 5-10 Weight: 200 lbs

An elite athlete, that had his season cut short in 2017 because of a knee injury. Very explosive, and once he puts his foot in the ground and makes a decision, he reaches top speed very quickly…Full Profile


Akrum Wadley - 2018 NFL Mock Draft10. Akrum Wadley, Iowa

Height: 5-11 Weight: 180 lbs

Slightly undersized to be used as an every-down back, Wadley’s future in the NFL is as a running back / wide receiver hybrid player that is used as a matchup nightmare for defenses…Full Profile



Example Draft Considerations:

  • How do they do in each of three major skills of being an NFL RB: running skill, passing ability, pass protection?
  • Are they 220+ and considered a power back?
  • “Vision” and seeing holes and good decision-making
  • Ability to put foot in the dirt, make a cut and beat defenders
  • After making a cut, can he accelerate quickly?
  • Ability to make people miss in the open field.
  • Open field “top gear” which allows them turn small runs into big plays.
  • Hands and able to protect the ball.
  • Durability.
  • Experience. It is good for a RB to have enough experience to showcase their talents, but not too much where they already have absorbed a lot of hits.
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