Senior Bowl RB RosterThat faint sound you hear in the distance is Andy Williams’ rendition of “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year.” While it’s often a holiday tradition to play the song over and over again to welcome in the cheer of winter, folks, there’s much reason to celebrate as we head into the meat of the pre-draft circuit. It’s draft season! With Mobile soon approaching, here is a deep dive into the group of RBs to keep an eye on throughout the showcase event, as we here at The Draft Network will have you covered from every angle starting next week on-site from the Senior Bowl.
Hassan Haskins, MichiganA physically impressive ball-carrier, Hassan Haskins carries himself like a back destined to produce in bunches on Sundays. A 6-foot-1 power back who has loads of room to grow in his functional ability between the tackles when met with athletically inferior linebackers, he’s a tough, hard-nosed runner with surprising athleticism in the open field, where he’s proven to run through, around, and over defenders to reach open grass. https://twitter.com/BigTenNetwork/status/1447033460753788928
Brian Robinson Jr., AlabamaA burly, 230-pound back with sneaky burst through the second-level, Brian Robinson Jr. presents a difficult athlete to bring down in space who worked his way up to RB1 within Nick Saban’s offense. He has all the tools to compete for a substantial role within an NFL offense.
Dameon Pierce, FloridaWhy Dameon Pierce received the little amount of work that he did during his time at Florida remains a mystery, but he should shine in Mobile. A hoss to bring down, Pierce touts an elite first step and outstanding vision to hit creases at a moment's notice. He’s also tough as nails. https://twitter.com/GatorsFB/status/1464747606702186501
Jerome Ford, CincinnatiA former Alabama transfer, Jerome Ford’s role as a pro looks to ideally slot as an RB2 who will garner a large workload as a pass-catcher. More than just a change of pace talent, Ford has the ability to holster the workload of a starter if needed.
James Cook, GeorgiaAn uber-versatile prospect whose impact has slid under the rug due to the spotlight placed on the Georgia defense, it won’t take long for James Cook to assert himself as a name to bold in Mobile. The younger brother of Minnesota Vikings’ standout Dalvin Cook, James Cook presents his own array of traits worthy of a mid-round selection.
Tyler Badie, MissouriThe only ball-carrier in the SEC to record four 200-plus yard outings since Derrick Henry and Leonard Fournette both did so in 2015, Tyler Badie plays with his hair on fire and is impossible to stop once he gets in a rhythm. Badie, whether he fits the script or not, made his case as the top back in the SEC this fall. Undersized, small, too little… however the masses want to describe Badie, one thing is for sure, the kid can flat out tote the rock.
Abram Smith, BaylorA downhill runner who invites contact, Abram Smith was as physical a runner as they come in college football. Couple his nasty demeanor in space with enough speed to break past closing corners and Smith has quickly become a prospect to red dot as we move into the latter half of winter. A story of triumph and conquering hurdles, where Smith made the move from linebacker to the backfield, his skill set as one of the nation’s most impactful backs will continue to draw national attention as we steamroll toward April.
D’Vonte Price, Florida InternationalLooking to become FIU’s first-ever RB to be drafted, D’Vonte Price offers outstanding ability to create within tight confines despite being 6-foot-2. He plays with low pads and is constantly met with multiple defenders to bring him down. With arguably the strongest lower half of any back in the class, Price couples his elite contact balance with quick footwork to cut and get upfield. He’s also outstanding in pass pro; a must at the next level.
Rachaad White, Arizona StateThe east coast CFB audience was often asleep before Rachaad White ran roughshod on Pac-12 defenses this fall, but the bright lights of Mobile will showcase one of the premier pass-catching backs in the class. A home-run threat each time he touches the football, White’s elusiveness and wiggle at top speed presents a difficult prospect to wrangle down. He will excel as a threat in the passing game from the onset of his career.
Zaquandre White, South CarolinaA physical specimen whose tools and traits pop off the screen, Zaquandre White is lightning in a bottle. Blessed with game-breaking speed and ideal vision to succeed at the next level, with a solid week, White’s stock will rise significantly on league-wide draft boards.
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