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Kenny McIntosh NFL Draft
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What Are Kenny McIntosh’s 4 Best NFL Team Fits?

  • Justin Melo
  • April 11, 2023
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Georgia running back Kenny McIntosh is one of the most divisive prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft. McIntosh was extremely productive for the back-to-back National Champion Georgia Bulldogs in 2022. A dual-threat back, McIntosh accounted for 1,334 total yards of offense and 12 touchdowns.

But McIntosh has not enjoyed a fruitful pre-draft process. McIntosh ran the 40-yard dash in a 26th percentile 4.62 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. McIntosh’s athletic upside has come into question as a result. McIntosh’s landing spot will be critical to determining his next-level success. We’ve identified four ideal fits for Kenny McIntosh.


Saints superstar running back Alvin Kamara is facing a potentially lengthy suspension for an alleged off-field incident. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis prepared for Kamara’s eventual absence by signing free-agent Jamaal Williams to a reasonable two-year contract this offseason. If Kamara’s suspension is of the six-plus-game variety, which feels likely, the Saints need to pair Williams with a mid-round option to keep from overworking their new starter.

The Saints will miss Kamara’s passing-game production. McIntosh recorded 505 receiving yards for the Bulldogs in 2022. McIntosh could help New Orleans absorb Kamara’s suspension.


Joe Mixon was a potential cap casualty this summer, but it appears the Bengals can fit Mixon into their financial plans. Mixon is entering a contract year in 2023 and the Bengals can ill-afford to re-sign him given the contract status of more important pieces like Joe Burrow and Tee Higgins. Bengals decision-maker Duke Tobin must prepare ahead for Mixon’s inevitable departure.

The Bengals also lost an underrated contributor in Samaje Perine this offseason. McIntosh is an ideal change-of-pace back to complement Mixon’s abilities. Mixon was a bit overworked in 2022 (270 touches). Adding McIntosh would help the Bengals give Mixon the occasional breather.


Chargers general manager Tom Telesco is involved in a contract-related standoff with superstar running back Austin Ekeler. Ekeler is entering a fate-deciding campaign in 2023 where he’s scheduled to earn an underpaid base salary of $6.250 million, per Spotrac. An unhappy Ekeler has officially requested a trade. The Chargers haven’t shown a willingness to negotiate an extension with Ekeler.

If Ekeler is traded, a deal could materialize on draft weekend. The Chargers possess some young ball carriers on the roster like Isaiah Spiller, but Telesco would almost certainly draft a running back if he dealt away Ekeler. McIntosh could help replace some of the passing-game production Ekeler would leave behind.


The Eagles are candidates to draft Bijan Robinson with the 10th overall selection. Eagles fans are convinced that G.M. Howie Roseman won’t use a premium selection on a running back. If they’re proven right, Roseman won’t draft a running back until the middle rounds.

Roseman must replace rushing leader Miles Sanders, who signed with the Carolina Panthers in free agency. McIntosh would be joining a stable of backs that includes Rashaad Penny and Kenneth Gainwell. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni loves to rotate his backfield. McIntosh would provide Sirianni with another intriguing option.