2021 NFL Draft Running Back Rankings

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2021 NFL Draft Running Back Rankings includes a prospect ranking, a breakdown of scouting for the position, key questions about the position, and a link to learn more.

Running Back Rankings:

  1. Najee Harris, Alabama
  2. Travis Etienne, Clemson
  3. Trey Sermon, Ohio State
  4. Jaret Patterson, Buffalo
  5. Javonte Williams, North Carolina
  6. Jermar Jefferson, Oregon State
  7. Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis
  8. Demetric Felton, UCLA
  9. Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State
  10. Max Borghi, Washington State
  11. Rakeem Boyd, Arkansas
  12. Pooka Williams, Kansas
  13. Javian Hawkins, Louisville

2021 NFL Draft Running Back Rankings

  • 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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