Allow me to start off by saying that I like Slaton, and I do think he has potential. However, this season I am not seeing it, and it is causing me some worry. Add that to the fact that he will never be a power back, and it led me to create this list for all of you (and myself). Tier 1- Elite Prospects Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer, 5'11" 235 Dwyer burst onto the scene last year with 1395 rushing yards and 21 TD's. This year is not going so well, although he is still the best pro RB out there. He has ideal size/speed ratio, but I worry that he is a product of the Georgia Tech offense. He should be the first RB off the board, probably a top 10 pick. Stanford's Toby Gerhart, 6'1" 235 Gerhart is a football player, no other way to put it. Great power, great blocking, solid hands, surprising agility and a great work ethic. Yes, I readily admit that I have a man crush. While he wont reach the 2000 yard mark he wanted this year, he should still hit 1500 yards. That might not sound too impressive, but he IS the offense. Gerhart will fall because he does not have the sexy measurables that NFL GM's covet, but I would take him in the first. He will actually be picked in the late second or early third. Tier 2- Good prospects Clemson's CJ Spiller, 5'11" 195 Spiller has elite speed, but he just is not big enough to be a feature back. Some team will take him in the first because of his workouts, but he will be a Reggie Bush in the pros. Cal's Jahvid Best, 5'10" 195 What I wrote about Spiller. Best is an electrifying talent, but I dont think he will ever be a dangerous feature back in the pros. He either has to gain more weight and lose his explosiveness (which is his game), or he stays the same weight and will need to be part of a rotation. A first round pick, probably in the 20's. Oklahoma's DeMarco Murray, 6' 214 Murray, if we were just going off of physical talent, would be a Tier 1 guy. While not huge, he has decent size and good put on another 5-7 lbs and not lose any of his speed (4.3 or so). He can catch as well as run, blocking is a slight concern. The major knock on him is injuries. He just cant stay healthy. I predict an early second call for Mr. Murray. LSU's Charles Scott, 5'11" 234 Scott took the SEC by storm last year. He is a power back, no ifs ands or buts about it. His speed is even worse than Gerhart's, and I dont get the same "player" vibe out of him. He probably has the most power of all the backs in the draft. If he can improve on his speed he will be a late 1st guy. If not, mid second. Tier 3- Solid Prospects Tennessee's Montario Hardesty, 6' 215 Hardesty is having a career year. He has a good combination of speed and power, but is not outstanding at either. He is the definition of a 3rd rounder, good, but not spectacular. Oklahoma State's Kendall Hunter, 5'8" 198 Hunter is short, but not small. There is a big difference. He has dynamite speed, and (like I alluded to above) surprising power. He does a decent job catching the ball, but is just over matched when it comes to blocking. I would take him in the 3rd. Mississippi State's Anthony Dixon, 6'1" 235 Another power back (this draft has a few good ones, which bodes well for the Texans), Dixon is a tough one to peg. I know some on this board really like him, but I dont get a great feeling off of him. Sounds weird, I know. He would be a good 4th round pick, but I think he will go higher. West Virginia's Noel Devine, 5'6" 176 If Devine had more size, he would be much higher. He is a monster, but just too small. I think he can be a great Reggie Bush player in the pros though. 3rd rounder.