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Brian Martin’s 2021 NFL Draft Running Back Rankings

Ranking the Top 10 running backs in the 2021 draft class.

In a normal offseason we’d all be preparing to watch and learn more about some this year’s top prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine, but this is anything but a normal offseason. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic just about all in person workouts have been shut down, including the Scouting Combine. That’s not great news as it relates to the evaluation process.

Without these tools scouts and draft analysts are going to have to rely heavily on film more than they probably have at any point in recent history. As such, we might not see as much change in how these players are ranked right now and on Draft Day in April. With that in mind, I thought I’d share with you my Top 10 players at each position.

Today, we will take a look at the running back position.

POSITIONAL RANKINGS

OFFENSE: QBWRTEIOL | OT

DEFENSE: IDLEDGELBCBS

* Updated 3/21/2021

PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1. Najee Harris RB Alabama
2. Javonte Williams RB North Carolina
3. Travis Etienne RB Clemson
4. Michael Carter RB North Carolina
5. Trey Sermon RB Ohio State
6. Kenneth Gainwell RB Memphis
7. Jaret Patterson RB Buffalo
8. Demetric Felton RB UCLA
9. Khalil Herbert RB Virginia Tech
10. Javian Hawkins RB Louisville

What do you think?

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Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  1. Javonte Williams is a real riser. I might put Chuba Hubbard in there somewhere. Brian, can you see Cowboys drafting any of these RBs. I would love to see them snagging Williams somehow. I know we have many D holes, but EE seems to be on a decline.

    • Hubbard is right outside my top 10. And, I doubt the Cowboys draft a RB unless it’s late. If they do I like Chris Evans (Michigan).

  2. Steal of the draft will be Rhamonde Stevenson from OU. I would put him at #6 on my Top 10 RB. At 6′ 247lbs with 40 times at 4.6, he is a freight train to deal with. He might go in 5th or 6th round due to suspensions but he will be full-time starter by 2023 at latest. Dallas could use one of those compensatory picks and have their red zone back along with his receiving skills, he can be a 4 down back. Good blocking skills as well, with room for improvement. RB, H-Back, 3rd TE, Special teams, etc.

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