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These are all my personal opinions right now, but as always, sell me on a guy and I might change it.
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Runningbacks are separated into 2 tiers.
Tier 1 - traditional 3 down backs who can carry the loads for their teams.
Tier 2 - Change of pace back who COULD grow into 3down backs but will likely be COP for their first few years.

Running Backs:
Tier 1
  • Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama (rJr)
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  • Giovanni Bernard, RB, UNC (rSo)
  • Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers (rSo)
  • Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin (Sr)
  • Stepfon Taylor, RB, Stanford (Sr)
  • Dennis Johnson, RB, Arkansas (rSr)
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    Dennis Johnson is one of the least talked about backs and is flying under the radar right now. He has been the star back in Arkansas this year outshining the formerly highly touted Knile Davis. DJ is a small compact back who has shown ability to be an every down back in the NFL. He doesn't have the elite speed of Franklin or Barner, but he has the lateral agility and movement that is hard to ignore. He hits the holes hard and explodes to the second level. He is more than willing to stay back and protect the passer showing a wider range of blocking skill than some other backs in this class. He doesn't cut block, he engages the blitzer and stops them if he can. DJ also shows soft hands from the backfield to be a more than reliable weapon in the pass game. What also sets DJ apart from other backs at this point is his lower body drive. He churns his legs and fights for the extra yards exceptionally well. His ability to change direction and maintain speed is what I love most about him. I view him as a natural compliment to the LawFirm and an excellent replacement for Brian Leonard. Bonus time, DJ can also be an effective kick return guy (read: Bye bye Tate). His lack of top end speed and being on a terrible Arkansas team will keep him down the boards. But in the 4th (or maybe 3rd) DJ is a great pick up for a team needing youth and depth at RB.
  • Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida (Sr)
  • Laveon Bell, RB, Michigan State (Jr)
  • Christine Michael, RB, TAMU (Sr)
    Tier 2
  • Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma St (Jr)
  • Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson (rSr)
  • Jonathan Franklin, RB, UCLA (rSr)
  • Cierre Wood, RB, Notre Dame (rJr)
  • Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon (rSr)
  • Robbie Rouse, RB, Fresno St (Sr)
  • Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State
  • Ray Graham, RB, Pitt (Sr)

Inside Linebackers:
  1. Manti Teo, ILB, ND (Sr)
  2. Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU (rJr)
  3. Jon Bostic, ILB, Florida (Sr)
  4. Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky (Jr)
  5. Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon (rSr)
  6. Nico Johnson, ILB, Alabama (Sr)
  7. Kevin Reddick, ILB, UNC (Sr)
  8. AJ Klein, ILB, Iowa State (Sr)
  9. Greg Blair, ILB, Cincinnati (Sr)
  10. Steve Beauharnais, ILB, Rutgers, (Sr)

Outside Linebackers:
  1. Jarvis Jones, OLB, UGA (rJr)
  2. Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers (rSr)
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  3. Alex Ogletree, OLB, UGA (Jr)
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  4. Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford (rSr)
  5. Arthur Brown, OLB, KSU (rSr)
  6. Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State (Sr)
  7. Sean Porter, OLB, TAMU (Sr)
  8. Zaviar Gooden, OLB, Mizzou (rSr)

Defensive Ends
  1. Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU (Jr)
  2. Damontre Moore, DE, TAMU (Jr)
  3. Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU (rJr)
  4. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas (Sr)
  5. Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (Sr)
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  6. Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU (rJr)
  7. Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist (Sr)
  8. Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon (rSr)
  9. John Simon, DE, OSU (Sr)
  10. Will Sutton, DE, ASU (rJr)
  11. Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina (rSr)
  12. Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn (Jr)
  13. James Gayle, DE, VT (rJr)
  14. Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky (rSr)
  15. William Gholston, DE, MSU (Jr)
  16. Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas (Jr)

Nose Tackles:
  1. Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah (Sr)
  2. Jonathan Hankins, NT, OSU (Jr)
  3. Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama (Sr)
  4. John Jenkins, NT, UGA (Sr)
  5. Kawaan Short, NT, Purdue (rSr)

Safeties:
  1. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas (Sr)
  2. Matt Elam, S, Florida (Jr)
  3. Eric Reid, S, LSU (Jr)
  4. Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno St (rSr)
  5. Bacarri Rambo, S, UGA (rSr)
  6. Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma (Jr)
  7. DJ Swearinger, S, South Carolina (Sr)
  8. Shawn Williams, S, UGA (Sr)
  9. David Amerson, DB, North Carolina State (Jr)
  10. TJ McDonald, S, USC (Sr)
  11. Robert Lester, S, Alabama (Sr)
  12. Duke Williams, S, Nevada

Offensive Tackles:
  1. Luke Joeckel, OT, TAMU (Jr)
  2. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan (rJr)
  3. Eric Fisher, OT, CMU (Sr)
  4. DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama (rJr)
  5. Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia (Sr)
  6. Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee (rSr)

Interior Linemen:
  1. Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama (Sr)
  2. Jonathon Cooper, OG, UNC (rSr)
  3. Travis Frederick, OL, Wisconsin (rJr)
  4. Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama (rSr)
  5. Larry Warford, OG, UK (Sr)
  6. Mario Benavides, C, Louisville (rSr)
  7. Khaled Holmes, C, USC (rSr)
  8. Alvin Bailey, OL, Arkansas (rJr)

Cornerbacks:
  1. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama (Jr)
  2. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State (Sr)
  3. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State (Sr)
  4. David Amerson, DB, North Carolina State (Jr)
  5. Leon McFadden, CB, SDSU (Sr)
  6. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State (rJr)
  7. Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers (rJr)
  8. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington (Sr)
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I think Leon McFadden is gonna be a real sleeper.
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I think Leon McFadden is gonna be a real sleeper.
I agree.
He is probably my favorite CB for the middle rounds.
I think Milliner, Banks and Poyer have the upside right now but McFadden will go much higher than some expect.
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I agree.
He is probably my favorite CB for the middle rounds.
I think Milliner, Banks and Poyer have the upside right now but McFadden will go much higher than some expect.
Yeah I wouldn't be surprised if he goes in the 3rd.
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Yeah I wouldn't be surprised if he goes in the 3rd.
If there is a run on CB's late first early 2nd I think he goes in the 2nd.
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Just from looking at those lists, it seem like there is good depth at safety, OLB, and RB... Three positions that we could use some help.
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If there is a run on CB's late first early 2nd I think he goes in the 2nd.

That will **** for us then.
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You have Joseph Randle to low on your list, he's in the top 3 RB's. Fast, strong, carried the workload this season, he has over a 100 career catches for a running back. Smart, tall and can make players miss in space. He might not be the instant workhorse but he will be a feature back, day 1 starter.

Also, where's Lattimore?
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Couple quickies:

DE

Brandon Jenkins: If he dosn't take a Red Shirt is worth a late 2nd.

Malliciah Goodman: Will move up draft boards after the weigh in.

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Knile Davis: Somebody is going to take a chance early. He is currently working out with sprinter Michael Johnson and will probably be the talk of the combine RBs when he runs a 4.3 at almost 230 pounds.
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Couple quickies:

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Brandon Jenkins: If he dosn't take a Red Shirt is worth a late 2nd.

Malliciah Goodman: Will move up draft boards after the weigh in.

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Knile Davis: Somebody is going to take a chance early. He is currently working out with sprinter Michael Johnson and will probably be the talk of the combine RBs when he runs a 4.3 at almost 230 pounds.
I think Jenkins red-shirts. He hasn't declared yet so I am going with my gut here.
Don't know much right now about Goodman. Been a crazy, crazy couple of weeks and I got way behind on things.

Knile is too injury prone for me. Scares me. Same with Lattimore.
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You have Joseph Randle to low on your list, he's in the top 3 RB's. Fast, strong, carried the workload this season, he has over a 100 career catches for a running back. Smart, tall and can make players miss in space. He might not be the instant workhorse but he will be a feature back, day 1 starter.

Also, where's Lattimore?
Agreed. Randle is more highly touted generally than DeMarco Murray, but I wouldn't be surprised if he adds a little bulk and has a similar outcome. There were big questions about his ability but he really found a niche, and isn't nearly as good a talent IMO. Also, good in pass pro.
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Agreed. Randle is more highly touted generally than DeMarco Murray, but I wouldn't be surprised if he adds a little bulk and has a similar outcome. There were big questions about his ability but he really found a niche, and isn't nearly as good a talent IMO. Also, good in pass pro.
the only reason Murray wasn't rated higher was his injury history. and it has been proven troublesome in the NFL.
Randle has a narrow lean build. Not what I look for in a RB. He goes down quickly on contact. Doesn't show drive when hit by defenders. Could he be more? Sure but he is built a lot more like a WR than a RB.

These types of RB's can have success (Chris Johnson and Jamaal Charles) but they have shown more drive in the lower body (and world class speed) and are built a little thicker.
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Agreed. Randle is more highly touted generally than DeMarco Murray, but I wouldn't be surprised if he adds a little bulk and has a similar outcome. There were big questions about his ability but he really found a niche, and isn't nearly as good a talent IMO. Also, good in pass pro.
That is who I compare him to.
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the only reason Murray wasn't rated higher was his injury history. and it has been proven troublesome in the NFL.
Randle has a narrow lean build. Not what I look for in a RB. He goes down quickly on contact. Doesn't show drive when hit by defenders. Could he be more? Sure but he is built a lot more like a WR than a RB.

These types of RB's can have success (Chris Johnson and Jamaal Charles) but they have shown more drive in the lower body (and world class speed) and are built a little thicker.
That always the knock against Randle, "he goes down easy", he actually doesn't. He's usually gang tackled at the second level, if he does go down easy it usually a DT. See the highlights below of him breaking a couple of tackles.

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I think Jenkins red-shirts. He hasn't declared yet so I am going with my gut here.
Don't know much right now about Goodman. Been a crazy, crazy couple of weeks and I got way behind on things.

Knile is too injury prone for me. Scares me. Same with Lattimore.
They are a young team with too many late round picks that do not amount to anything every year. At least they are gambles with upside.

What else are you planning to do with the late round picks?
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I'm not sure Dennis Johnson is a tier 1 RB in
the 2013 draft nor would I put Christine Micheal there. Both are good 4-7 backs but by no means tier 1. No pun intended just an opinion.
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the 2013 draft nor would I put Christine Micheal there. Both are good 4-7 backs but by no means tier 1. No pun intended just an opinion.
DJ showed he can carry the load this year.
Had success inside and outside the tackles.
Returns kicks and valuable in the pass attack.

Won't get the fanfare or hype but the skill set is there.
Very good on his stop and go speed. Good laterally.
Shows good drive in the lower body.
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That always the knock against Randle, "he goes down easy", he actually doesn't. He's usually gang tackled at the second level, if he does go down easy it usually a DT. See the highlights below of him breaking a couple of tackles.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmSMmKGkE-A
The thing is, those are just snippits.
At the recommendation of another poster, I have watched a lot of Randle and he does show one or two runs of this but most of his other carries, he goes down to the first guy.
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Duke Williams will move up the boards during the draft process. Nevada had an awful defense, but where ever the ball was Duke Williams was always close. Its my opinion he will be the third safety drafted after Vaccaro and Reid (late 2nd or early 3rd).
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I think it looks very solid. Nice work. I wont quibble over individual positional rankings, just 1 omission. Lane Johnson should be on that list. He quietly had a very good season.
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Duke Williams Its my opinion he will be the third safety drafted after Vaccaro and Reid (late 2nd or early 3rd).
You really don't think Matt Elam will go before late 2nd or early 3rd?
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I think Jenkins red-shirts. He hasn't declared yet so I am going with my gut here.
Don't know much right now about Goodman. Been a crazy, crazy couple of weeks and I got way behind on things.

Knile is too injury prone for me. Scares me. Same with Lattimore.
I thought Jenkins declared before the college regular season was even over. We are talking about the guy from Florida State right?
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You really don't think Matt Elam will go before late 2nd or early 3rd?
No, because he's only 5'10. I like the way he plays downhill and is decent in coverage, but taller safeties are going being drafted earlier because the WR are getting taller as a whole.
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No, because he's only 5'10. I like the way he plays downhill and is decent in coverage, but taller safeties are going being drafted earlier because the WR are getting taller as a whole.
Of the 6 Safeties selected to the Pro Bowl this year only 1 is over 6'0".
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