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2013 NFL Draft Running Back Rankings

Posted by Brad On January - 29 - 2013

"Eddie Lacy"The 2013 NFL Draft could mark the third year in a row that an Alabama running back is the first running back off the board. After a spectacular performance in the National Championship game, Eddie Lacy may have secured his spot at the top of this running back class.

The biggest upside of Lacy’s game is the lack of carries. He has shared carries with Trent Richardson and T.J. Yeldon while at ‘Bama which in today’s NFL is viewed as a plus. The shelf life of NFL backs appears to be trending downward so the fewer the collegiate carries, the better. Lacy is a perfect blend of size, speed, vision, and shiftiness that could warrant a first round selection.

After Lacy, this class proves to be one of the deepest groupings in the 2013 NFL Draft. The class is loaded in the 3rd-4th round range with guys that should be able to compete early for starting gigs with the teams selecting them.

The kicker in this class will be the health of Marcus Lattimore who suffered a devastating knee injury in October. Lattimore was noted as walking without a limp at the Senior Bowl which would be a positive sign for his rehabilitation efforts thus far. Lattimore was the unquestioned top back in the class before the injury and will provide some intrigue in the early rounds.

After the break, check out our 2013 NFL Draft running back rankings.

RANKPLAYERSCHOOLHEIGHTWEIGHT
1EDDIE LACYALABAMA6000220
2JOSEPH RANDLEOKLAHOMA ST6010200
3JOHNATHAN FRANKLINUCLA5100201
4GIOVANI BERNARDNORTH CAROLINA5010205
5STEPFAN TAYLORSTANFORD5090216
6MARCUS LATTIMORESOUTH CAROLINA6000218
7JAWAN JAMISONRUTGERS6060213
8MIKE GILLISLEEFLORIDA5112207
9CIERRE WOODNOTRE DAME6000215
10MONTEE BALLWISCONSIN5011212
11CHRISTINE MICHAELTEXAS A&M5096221
12ROBBIE ROUSEFRESNO STATE5057186
13RAY GRAHAMPITT5093192
14LE’VEON BELLMICHIGAN ST6020244
15ANDRE ELLINGTONCLEMSON5097197
16KENJON BARNEROREGON5092188
17D.J. HARPERBOISE ST5093207
18ZAC STACYVANDERBILT5083215
19DENNIS JOHNSONARKANSAS5090213
20KERWYNN WILLIAMSUTAH ST5076196
21GEORGE WINNCINCINNATI5105218
22KNILE DAVISARKANSAS6000226
23REX BURKHEADNEBRASKA5011210
24MONTEL HARRISTEMPLE5080206
25THEO RIDDICKNOTRE DAME5011200
26STEFPHON JEFFERSONNEVADA5011210
27MIGUEL MAYSONETSTONY BROOK5090204
28MICHAEL HILLMISSOURI WESTERN5010204
29MIKE JAMESMIAMI5011222
30SPENCER WARELSU5011225
31ONTERIO MCCALEBBAUBURN5101164
32ZACH LINESMU6003233
33JERMAINE COOKYOUNGSTOWN ST5084209
  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Yay, another overrated Alabama player ranked #1! On a serious note, I hope the Steelers draft either draft JOSEPH RANDLE, GIOVANI BERNARD, STEPFAN TAYLOR,
    DENNIS JOHNSON, RAY GRAHAM, JAWAN JAMISON, MIKE GILLISLEE or GEORGE WINN.

    • bradc11

      Love you some Eddie Lacy??? No love for Johnathan Franklin either, you’re killing me. I do like a lot of these 2nd tier RB’s. Might be a good year to wait and take a guy like Mike Gillislee in the 3-4 round range.

      • neighborhooddrunkpart2

        No, but I do love Chance Warmack and Barrett Jones though. Johnny Franklin is cool, I just like the guys I name more though. Would not be mad if the steelers draft him.

  • Bex_R1986

    Hehe, now this one is very interesting! This varies hugely from mine.

    A couple questions spring to mind: Gio Bernard was a first rounder (I think he went 18th in an earlier mock you), now slipping to 4th. As far as I know, he hasn’t had any reason for his stock to lower. Was this a change of heart after more study? I still think he’s not too far behind Lacy.

    Andre Ellington is also quite low. I know you weren’t his biggest fan coming into the year, but he answered some questions on his toughness and his explosiveness warrants a higher placing for me.

    Did Perkins declare? I thought he was returning.

    1 Eddie Lacy Alabama; 2 Giovani Bernard, North Carolina; 3 Jawan Jamison, Rutgers; 4 Andre Ellington, Clemson; 5 Montee Ball Wisconsin; 6 Stepfan Taylor Stanford; 7 Johnathan Franklin UCLA; 8 Joseph Randle Oklahoma State; 9 Christine Michael Texas A&M; 10 Kenjon Barner Oregon; 11 Mike Gillislee Florida; 12 Ray Graham Pittsburgh; 13 Marcus Lattimore South Carolina; 14 Le’Veon Bell Michigan State; 15 Rex Burkhead Nebraska; 16 Stefphon Jefferson Nevada; 17 Miguel Maysonet Stony Brook; 18 Cierre Wood Notre Dame; 19 Dennis Johnson Arkansas; 20 Spencer Ware LSU; 21 Kerwynn Williams Utah State; 22 Zac Stacy Vanderbilt; 23 George Winn Cincinnati; 24 Montel Harris Temple; 25 Robbie Rouse Fresno State; 26 Theo Riddick Notre Dame; 27 Knile Davis Arkansas; 28 Orwin Smith Georgia Tech; 29 D.J. Harper Boise State; 30 Latavius Murray UCF

    • bradc11

      Not that I had a change of heart but after watching and comparing him to the other RB’s he fell to fourth, still carries a second round grade. The more I watched of Franklin and Randle, the more I liked. I have been high on Franklin all season but hadn’t watched enough of Randle. Now that I’m wrapping up tape I’m starting to get a good feel for a lot of these guys. One guy to watch is D.J. Harper. He’s a solid back that had a rough go of it at Boise. If he can stay healthy he could wind up being a steal in the draft. My fault on Perkins…he was a leftover, I’ll make the change…thanks for the heads up.

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