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Old 01-12-2008   #1
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As more and more RB prospects declare this class is looking deeper than ever. Let's make a list of all of the notable RBs who have declared:

Darren McFadden Arkansas 6'2" 205 lbs
40-time: 4.4

Rashard Mendenhall Illinois 5'11" 224 lbs
40-time: 4.5

Jonathan Stewart Oregon 5'11" 230 lbs
40-time: 4.5

Felix Jones Arkansas 6' 200 lbs
40-time: 4.4

Jamaal Charles Texas 6'1" 205 lbs
40-time: 4.4

Kevin Smith Central Florida 6'1" 211 lbs
40-time: 4.65

Ray Rice Rutgers 5'9" 205 lbs
40-time: 4.55

Steve Slaton West Virginia 5'10" 190 lbs
40-time: 4.4

Mike Hart Michigan 5'9" 202 lbs
40-time: 4.55

James Davis Clemson 5'11" 205 lbs
40-time: 4.5

Tashard Choice Georgia Tech 6'1" 205 lbs
40-time: 4.55
Strengths:Natural runner with excellent instincts...Terrific vision...Hits the hole hard..Is tough and aggressive...Adequate blocker...Good hands and can catch the ball out of the backfield...Nice balance...Hard worker and leader with top intangibles...Productive.
Weaknesses:Timed speed is just average...Not very elusive and doesn't have much wiggle...He doesn't run with a lot of power and lacks strength...Is not a big play threat...Might run too physical for his own good...Durability is a concern..Upside could be limited.

Chris Johnson East Carolina 5'11" 200 lbs
40-time: 4.3
Strengths:Extremely fast and explosive...A terror in space...Very quick and elusive...Fantastic receiver with terrific (albeit small) hands...Runs good routes...Decent vision and a good cutback runner...Can really turn the corner...A great natural athlete...A very versatile weapon..Also an outstanding kick returner..Still has considerable upside.
Weaknesses:Lacks the size and bulk that you look for...Not tough or physical...Looks to bounce everything outside and he doesn't offer much as an inside runner..Toughness and durability are issues...Sub par blocker...May be a 'tweener without a true position.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis Mississippi 5'11" 225 lbs
40-time: 4.55

Cory Boyd South Carolina 6'1" 214 lbs
40-time: 4.55

Allen Patrick Oklahoma 6'1" 196 lbs
40-time: 4.45

Matt Forte Tulane 6'1" 224 lbs
40-time: 4.6
Strengths:Has excellent size...Real versatile...Tough and physical...Very good blocker...Great vision and instincts...Runs hard and with power...Does a nice job in short-yardage situations...Good hands and he can catch the ball out of the backfield...Productive.
Weaknesses:Lacks great timed speed and quickness...Needs to get stronger...A 'tweener who may not have a true pro position...Is not explosive or a big play threat...Won't be a traditional lead blocker...Not real elusive...Has some durability / health concerns.

List anyone I am missing.

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So hang it out there Nero...

Are you posting that this class of RBs will be comparable to the QB class of 1983 ? Inquiring mind wish to know.

PFW has the average number over the last couple of years showing how many were taken in the first round. In terms of production, I think it is a very rich class. I'll be surprised if more than three goes in the first round. I will also be surprised if there is more than three twenty carries a game backs in this class. But there are a lot of them. And they all have tallent.
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I will also be surprised if there is more than three twenty carries a game backs in this class.
There were only four twenty carry backs in the NFL last year and no one over 21.5. Times have changed.

FYI--over the last 10 draft classes, there have been an average of 7.1 RB's taken before the Texans' 3rd round draft spot.
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Hart and Choice are seniors, so they they don't have to declare for the draft to be eligible. If you're justing list RBs who could/should go on the draft's 1st day, East Carolina's Chris Johnson should be added to the list.

There are probably another handful of backs who emerge from the draft process. One that I like is Mississippi's BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He's a productive SEC runner with size & speed. Green-Ellis spent is first two seasons at Indiana, where he played ahead of Texans RB Chris Taylor.
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Hart and Choice are seniors, so they they don't have to declare for the draft to be eligible. If you're justing list RBs who could/should go on the draft's 1st day, East Carolina's Chris Johnson should be added to the list.

There are probably another handful of backs who emerge from the draft process. One that I like is Mississippi's BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He's a productive SEC runner with size & speed. Green-Ellis spent is first two seasons at Indiana, where he played ahead of Texans RB Chris Taylor.
And he's over two hundred pounds ? After Reggie Bush, everyone will have danger Will Robinson on any RB under two-ten. Believe anything believe that. No one will over pay for a running back.
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So hang it out there Nero...

Are you posting that this class of RBs will be comparable to the QB class of 1983 ? Inquiring mind wish to know.

PFW has the average number over the last couple of years showing how many were taken in the first round. In terms of production, I think it is a very rich class. I'll be surprised if more than three goes in the first round. I will also be surprised if there is more than three twenty carries a game backs in this class. But there are a lot of them. And they all have tallent.
This RB class has three 2,000 yard rushers in it.
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My objective here isn't to declare this class as historically significant or anything. I am simply trying to gather a list of the notable RBs coming out in the draft to (1) highlight the depth at the position and (2) bring some familiarity to each individual player. As we fill up the list I'd like to start adding more information to each RB on the list.
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Well I think we'll pick Cory Boyd in the fifth. Whether that's going to be notable, only time will tell.
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This RB class has three 2,000 yard rushers in it.
Not to bang on Ronnie, but so was Dayne ? Don't see your point there. Toting the rock in the NFL is just a little bit different than running it out of a spread offense there....Just saying. Lot of these guys will be a cup of coffee and on the waiver wire in spetember. A few being touted here by some as day one picks.

Yes, yes, speed does matter. But if that was all there was to it , Hercules Walls would be in the HOF and house hold name. Just because he does it for a living doesn't mean he's not wrong. Sooner or latter gotta bang it on the inside in the NFL. And that IS why Gayle Sayers is in the HOF.
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Not to bang on Ronnie, but so was Dayne ? Don't see your point there. Toting the rock in the NFL is just a little bit different than running it out of a spread offense there....Just saying. Lot of these guys will be a cup of coffee and on the waiver wire in spetember. A few being toted here by some as day one picks.
Dayne has also shown to be someone who has been misused for most of his career. He was drafted to be a short yardage back, but isn't one. I think he would have a solid career if he was made a full time back earlier.
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The Giants obviously disgreed with you.
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Everyone has a favorite player. This RB draft class is so great because it pushes a quality starting caliber RB to the Texans in the 3rd rd. no idea who that will be. here is a couple favourable sceneros.

Option A: Chris Johnson, East Carolina, 5014 198. he has true breakaway speed & a tough, slashing runner for his size between the tackles. replacement for Ahman Green. he would be an absoulte steal in the 3rd.

Option B: James Davis, Clemson 5112 208 lbs. explosive inside, downhill runner assumes the power back role of Ron Dayne. pounds the ball inside between the tackles with decent speed should be more effective in the red zone. I fully expect Davis to still be on the board when the Texans select in the 3rd.
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After Reggie Bush, everyone will have danger Will Robinson on any RB under two-ten. Believe anything believe that.
I'll see your Reggie Bush. And raise you a Brian Westbrook & Willie Parker.
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I really like James Davis. I think he is going to be a really good pro.
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..and a warrick dunn, jerious norwood, ahmad bradshaw etc
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Jamaal Charles Texas 6'1" 205 lbs
40-time: 4.4
4.4? It's closer to a legitimate 4.3 or faster.

"Jamaal has run a 4.2 40 yard dash, benched 300 pounds and squatted 400 pounds."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaal_Charles

BTW, I'm not necessarily pushing for us to draft Charles...I would only be okay taking him around the 5th round because of his fumbling problems.
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felix jones declared?!?
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4.4? It's closer to a legitimate 4.3 or faster.

"Jamaal has run a 4.2 40 yard dash, benched 300 pounds and squatted 400 pounds."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaal_Charles

BTW, I'm not necessarily pushing for us to draft Charles...I would only be okay taking him around the 5th round because of his fumbling problems.
I'm going by tulexan's link.
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