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2020 NFL Draft Pre-Combine Prospect Rankings – Running Backs

Diving into the pre-combine rankings for running backs.

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With 55 days until draft day, On Tap Sports Net has you covered on all of the prospect news and updates. On Thursday, we highlighted the top quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends in the draft class. Today, we’re going to dive into the pre-combine rankings for running backs. Be sure to check back to the site frequently for further draft coverage.

Running Backs

  1. J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State 
  2. D’Andre Swift, Georgia
  3. Zack Moss, Utah State
  4. Jonathon Taylor, Wisconsin
  5. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

Although not a bonafide top-15 pick here as in previous years, there is still plenty of tremendous talent to be found in this year’s draft class. Topping our list is the electrifying J.K. Dobbins. If his over 2,000 rushing yards this past season doesn’t impress you, then his speed and ability to break opponents’ ankles will. What surprised me most is his willingness to be one of the most physical players on the field given his lighter frame.

D’Andre Swift came in at a close second. He is the draft’s favorite to be the first running back taken and for good reason. He possesses all the desired in a dual-caliber back. He was one of the shiftier players we’ve scouted in this group, especially when it comes to running down the line.

Zack Moss has to be my favorite value pick in this year’s draft. He may not be the fastest of the group, but his physicality and relentless motor are what make him special.

Jonathan Taylor is a good representation of a rugged power back who can plow the ball down the line. In three years with the Badgers, he eclipsed 2,000 rushing yards twice and missed it by 27 yards his freshman year. He fits the mold of the classic physical running back and will need more practice receiving the ball to conform to the NFL’s more modern-day emphasis on dual-threat backs.

Clyde Edward-Helaire is the shortest of the group, but he’s one of the best receivers of the group. He was heavily used in the passing game at LSU in 2019, a season in which he recorded 55 receptions. His biggest hurdle will be improving at running between the tackles.


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