Ranking the top 10 running backs in 2022 NFL Draft

The Submit’s Ryan Dunleavy provides his prime 10 working backs on this yr’s NFL draft, primarily based on evaluations and conversations with folks across the league: 

1. Breece Corridor, Iowa State, 5-11, 217 kilos

Led FBS with 1,572 speeding yards in 2020 and went for 1,472 as an encore. Measurement of a workhorse, arms of a third-down again and breakaway velocity of a playmaker. Might sneak into first spherical. 

2. Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State, 5-9, 211 kilos

Change-of-direction runner was second in FBS with 1,636 yards and first with 89 compelled missed tackles in lone season after switch from Wake Forest. One fumble in 276 touches. 5-touchdown recreation in opposition to Michigan was factor of magnificence. 

Kenneth Walker III
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3. James Cook dinner, Georgia, 5-11, 199 kilos

Good genes as Dalvin Cook dinner’s little brother. Flashes the identical cutback capacity as Dalvin however lacks the identical large body so is likely to be extra of a rotational again or a hybrid receiver/again for a inventive play-caller. 

4. Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M, 6-0, 217 kilos

Topped 100 yards speeding 16 instances and almost reached 3,000 yards in his profession. Imaginative and prescient is his greatest trait. Greater than only a check-down receiving possibility, as his game-winning landing catch in opposition to Colorado confirmed. 

5. Kyren Williams, Notre Dame, 5-9, 194 kilos

Finest pass-protector within the prime half of this group, which is a ticket to early enjoying time. Former highschool receiver totaled 77 catches (some out of the slot) during the last two seasons. Lacking a prime gear. 

Kyren Williams
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6. Dameon Pierce, Florida, 5-10, 218 kilos

4-year contributor however by no means had greater than 106 carries in a season, so his odometer is in fine condition. Scored 16 touchdowns on 119 touches as a senior. Move-blocking is a power. Confidence builds as contact will increase. 

7. Brian Robinson Jr., Alabama, 6-2, 225 kilos

Waited years for his flip behind Najee Harris, Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs earlier than leaping from a career-high 96 carries to 271. Downhill runner with quick toes for his dimension and persistence to let holes develop. 

8. Rachaad White, Arizona State, 6-0, 214 kilos

Averaged 7.4 yards per contact over final two seasons, together with 10 yards per carry (42 makes an attempt) in 2020. Harmful in area however doesn’t break sufficient tackles. Good pass-catcher, not a superb pass-protector. 

9. Jerome Ford, Cincinnati, 5-10, 210 kilos

Shocking acceleration for an even bigger again and ran away from defenders for 1,319 yards and 19 touchdowns final season. Wasn’t prioritized within the passing recreation however ability set suggests he can contribute. Wants extra persistence. 

Jerome Ford
Jerome Ford
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10. Tyler Allgeier, BYU, 5-10, 224 kilos

Between-the-tackles runner who doesn’t go down on first contact. Rushed for 36 touchdowns over final two seasons. Started profession as a most well-liked walk-on and nonetheless performs with a chip on shoulder. Doubled as a linebacker in 2019. 

Late Riser 

Robinson: Even with a 36-carry, four-touchdown recreation in October, Robinson didn’t create buzz till his 204-yard outburst within the School Soccer Playoff semifinals. Could possibly be an immediate short-yardage and goal-line again. 

Falling Quick 

Spiller: Didn’t check properly on the NFL Scouting Mix when he was battling a strained abductor muscle, based on his agent. Issues raised about his ball safety and whether or not he’ll fall ahead working between tackles. 

Small-College Marvel 

Pierre Sturdy, South Dakota St., 5-11, 205 kilos

Operating again is among the best positions to make the FCS-to-NFL leap. Slashing again with full-field imaginative and prescient had 10 profession speeding touchdowns of fifty yards or extra. Kickoff return expertise.

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