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2016 RB-s Prospect Grades (FINAL)

Date:
April 24, 2016

Notes from version 2.0...

 -- No major late-breakers upward in version 2.0. I will say we downgraded Jhurell Pressley another notch. I’ve gone from suspicious on the New Mexico player’s Pro Day numbers…to fully, officially skeptical/distrusting.

 -- I realize Kenneth Dixon has the numbers and draft momentum, and he deserves attention. Why DeAndre Washington is virtually ignored by comparison – I don’t get.

 

Notes after version 1.0... 

 -- There are no future great NFL three-down running backs among this group. Kenneth Dixon is the most polished of the group, but he isn’t ‘special’…just very solid-good.

 -- DeAndre Washington may be the best of this bunch…and is Dixon-like as a solid runner-receiver. Just not a big NFL body, nor off-the-chart’s athleticism to carry an offense as the solo back.

 -- I could take RBs ranked #3-7, put them in a bag and grab one out, and find a decent change of pace, nifty receiver-athlete out of the backfield. Josh Ferguson is the most polished in the pass game, but Brandon Burks and Wendell Smallwood are arguably more gifted considering all aspects of the game.

 -- The more I look at this group, the more I realize how NOT ‘special’ Paul Perkins is. He’s experienced, and gives great effort…he’s just not much of an athlete on an NFL level. He’s incredibly overrated.

 -- Kenyan Drake is smooth enough, but thin-framed, and injury-prone.

 

The prospect we’re most likely wrong about: Kenyan Drake, Alabama

Our grades may be too low. He has skills as a pass catcher out of the backfield, but our computer models think he is wildly overrated. If he can avoid the injury bug that has plagued him, he could be useful in the NFL.

 

The prospect below a 6.0 rating that could become a star: D.J. Foster, Arizona State

He’s usually listed as a wide receiver prospect. In 2014, he rushed for 1,081 yards as a RB/WR, while catching 62 passes for 688 yards. He’s a ‘player’. His measurables are decent, but he’s too small to be a serious RB at 193 pounds…maybe a Dion Lewis-like life awaits. I like Foster more than our computer models.

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Notes from version 2.0...

 -- No major late-breakers upward in version 2.0. I will say we downgraded Jhurell Pressley another notch. I’ve gone from suspicious on the New Mexico player’s Pro Day numbers…to fully, officially skeptical/distrusting.

 -- I realize Kenneth Dixon has the numbers and draft momentum, and he deserves attention. Why DeAndre Washington is virtually ignored by comparison – I don’t get.

 

Notes after version 1.0... 

 -- There are no future great NFL three-down running backs among this group. Kenneth Dixon is the most polished of the group, but he isn’t ‘special’…just very solid-good.

 -- DeAndre Washington may be the best of this bunch…and is Dixon-like as a solid runner-receiver. Just not a big NFL body, nor off-the-chart’s athleticism to carry an offense as the solo back.

 -- I could take RBs ranked #3-7, put them in a bag and grab one out, and find a decent change of pace, nifty receiver-athlete out of the backfield. Josh Ferguson is the most polished in the pass game, but Brandon Burks and Wendell Smallwood are arguably more gifted considering all aspects of the game.

 -- The more I look at this group, the more I realize how NOT ‘special’ Paul Perkins is. He’s experienced, and gives great effort…he’s just not much of an athlete on an NFL level. He’s incredibly overrated.

 -- Kenyan Drake is smooth enough, but thin-framed, and injury-prone.

 

The prospect we’re most likely wrong about: Kenyan Drake, Alabama

Our grades may be too low. He has skills as a pass catcher out of the backfield, but our computer models think he is wildly overrated. If he can avoid the injury bug that has plagued him, he could be useful in the NFL.

 

The prospect below a 6.0 rating that could become a star: D.J. Foster, Arizona State

He’s usually listed as a wide receiver prospect. In 2014, he rushed for 1,081 yards as a RB/WR, while catching 62 passes for 688 yards. He’s a ‘player’. His measurables are decent, but he’s too small to be a serious RB at 193 pounds…maybe a Dion Lewis-like life awaits. I like Foster more than our computer models.

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R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics, and a football projections analyst and writer for Fantasy Football Metrics. 

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