2020 NFL Draft Positional Breakdown: Top Ten Running Backs

Postseason collegiate all-star games have concluded and as a result, it is again time to fire up my 2020 NFL Draft positional Top 10 series. Let’s start with top ten running backs.

The 2020 NFL Draft is full of talented runners and boasts every conceivable type of back. Want a dominant between-the-tackles runner? Jonathan Taylor is your guy. Craving someone with elite contact balance? J.K. Dobbins says hello. Are backs with receiving prowess your preference? D’Andre Swift, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Antonio Gibson have you covered.

With so many diverse and talented runners in the 2020 NFL Draft, it was tough to pick just 10 players. Talented prospects such as Eno Benjamin, Reggie Corbin, and Anthony McFarland Jr. ended up on the chopping block. The NFL Draft is full of tough decisions though!

Top 10 Running Backs: No 10. – Lamical Perine, Florida

Size: 5’11”, 218 lbs

Strengths: contact balance, power, agility

Weaknesses: long speed, no elite traits

Grade: 4th round

Comparison: Alexander Mattison

Top 10 Running Backs: No 9. – Joshua Kelley, UCLA

Size: 5’11”, 219 lbs

Strengths: burst, vision, agility

Weaknesses: pass catching, no elite traits

Grade: 3rd round

Comparison: Sony Michel

Top 10 Running Backs: No 8. – Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt

Size: 5’10”, 218 lbs

Strengths: vision, contact balance, burst

Weaknesses: pass catching

Grade: 3rd round

Comparison: Marlon Mack

Top 10 Running Backs: No 7. – Zack Moss, Utah

Size: 5’10”, 222 lbs

Strengths: vision, contact balance, all-around game

Weaknesses: no elite traits

Grade: 3rd round

Comparison: David Montgomery

Top 10 Running Backs: No 6. – Antonio Gibson, Memphis

Size: 6’2″, 220 lbs

Strengths: pass catching, burst, agility

Weaknesses: vision

Grade: 3rd round

Comparison: David Johnson

Top 10 Running Backs: No 5. – Cam Akers, Florida State

Size: 5’11”, 212 lbs

Strengths: agility, power, contact balance

Weaknesses: vision

Grade: 2nd round

Comparison: Melvin Gordon III

Top 10 Running Backs: No 4. – Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

Size: 5’11”, 214 lbs

Strengths: vision, contact balance, power, speed

Weaknesses: pass catching (showed improvement in 2019)

Grade: 2nd round

Comparison: Nick Chubb

Top 10 Running Backs: No 3. – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

Size: 5’8″, 209 lbs

Strengths: agility, power, contact balance, pass catching

Weaknesses: vision

Grade: 2nd round

Comparison: Maurice Jones-Drew

Top 10 Running Backs: No 2. – D’Andre Swift, Georgia

Size: 5’9″, 215 lbs

Strengths: agility, power, vision, pass catching, contact balance

Weaknesses: long speed

Grade: 1st round

Comparison: Mark Ingram II

Top 10 Running Backs: No 1. – J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State

Size: 5’10”, 217 lbs

Strengths: vision, burst, agility, contact balance, power

Weaknesses: none

Grade: 1st round

Comparison: Clinton Portis

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