2017 RB-s Prospect Grades (FINAL)

2017 NFL Draft 'Power' Running Back (s) Grades/Rankings (2.0)

Updated grades on the RB-s group. Their grades can and will change with new information in and we will update and add prospects to this list right up to draft day.

A few notes on our rankings...

-- We believe Christian McCaffrey and Jeremy McNichols are the top tier, and are a big step ahead of the rest of the class. It would not surprise us if McNichols winds up better than McCaffrey.

-- Aaron Jones and DeAngelo Henderson are in the next tier...most likely rotational RBs in the NFL, not long term impact starters.

-- Dalvin Cook has all the markers of an NFL bust, but he will get multiple chances to play/prove himself...in that sense he will do have a better early career than most here.

-- Tarik Cohen and Matt Breida are really interesting, athletic, smaller-school prospects. Breida is very intriguing and we'll be publishing a full report on him soon.

*A score of 8.50+ is where we see a stronger correlation of RBs going on to become NFL good/great/elite. A score of 10.00+ is more rarefied air in our system and indicates a greater probability of becoming an elite NFL RB.

All of the RB ratings are based on a 0–10 scale, but a player can score negative, or above a 10.0 in certain instances.

Overall rating/score = A combination of several on-field performance measures, including refinement for the strength of opponents faced, mixed with all the physical measurement metrics – then compared/rated historically within our database and formulas. More of a traditional three-down search – runner, blocker, and receiver.

*RB-Re score = New/testing in 2017. Our new formula/rating that attempts to identify and quantify a prospect's receiving skills even deeper than in our original formulas. RB prospects can now make it/thrive in the NFL strictly based on their receiving skills – it is an individual attribute sought out for the NFL and no longer dismissed or overlooked. Our rating combines a study of their receiving numbers in college in relation to their offense and opponents, as well as profiling size-speed-agility along with hand size measurables, etc.

*RB-Ru score = New/testing in 2017. Our new formula/rating that attempts to classify and quantify an RB prospect's ability strictly as a runner of the ball. Our rating combines a study of their rushing numbers in college in relation to their offense and strength of opponents, as well as profiling size-speed-agility along with various size measurables, etc.

Raw Speed Metric = A combination of several speed and size measurements from the NFL Combine, judged along with physical size profile, and then compared/rated historically within our database and scouting formulas. This is a rating strictly for RBs of a similar/bigger size profile.

Agility Metric = A combination of several speed and agility measurements from the NFL Combine, judged along with physical size profile, and then compared/rated historically within our database and scouting formulas. This is a rating strictly for RBs of a similar/bigger size profile.

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2017 RB-s Prospect Grades (FINAL)

Date:
April 24, 2017

2017 NFL Draft 'Power' Running Back (s) Grades/Rankings (2.0)

Updated grades on the RB-s group. Their grades can and will change with new information in and we will update and add prospects to this list right up to draft day.

A few notes on our rankings...

-- We believe Christian McCaffrey and Jeremy McNichols are the top tier, and are a big step ahead of the rest of the class. It would not surprise us if McNichols winds up better than McCaffrey.

-- Aaron Jones and DeAngelo Henderson are in the next tier...most likely rotational RBs in the NFL, not long term impact starters.

-- Dalvin Cook has all the markers of an NFL bust, but he will get multiple chances to play/prove himself...in that sense he will do have a better early career than most here.

-- Tarik Cohen and Matt Breida are really interesting, athletic, smaller-school prospects. Breida is very intriguing and we'll be publishing a full report on him soon.

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2017 NFL Draft 'Power' Running Back (s) Grades/Rankings (2.0)

Updated grades on the RB-s group. Their grades can and will change with new information in and we will update and add prospects to this list right up to draft day.

A few notes on our rankings...

-- We believe Christian McCaffrey and Jeremy McNichols are the top tier, and are a big step ahead of the rest of the class. It would not surprise us if McNichols winds up better than McCaffrey.

-- Aaron Jones and DeAngelo Henderson are in the next tier...most likely rotational RBs in the NFL, not long term impact starters.

-- Dalvin Cook has all the markers of an NFL bust, but he will get multiple chances to play/prove himself...in that sense he will do have a better early career than most here.

-- Tarik Cohen and Matt Breida are really interesting, athletic, smaller-school prospects. Breida is very intriguing and we'll be publishing a full report on him soon.

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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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