(Editor’s note: This is part one of two. Be sure to keep an eye out for part two, due tomorrow!)
The 2019 running back class is different compared to the last few years. We don’t have any bonafide studs or “generational” talents, but we do have some interesting prospects. Almost every back in this class has a red flag on their profile which is a major scarlet letter, preventing them from being a top tier prospect.
I think this might have been the first time that the Combine negatively shifted the overall value of a running back class. We had two promising ones completely bomb the Combine and none of them really exceeded expectations. Not competing at the event this year might have been the best move for running backs with marginal talents.
When it comes to my comparison model, I like to run the comparisons tight to a player’s height and weight because I want the numbers to be as accurate as possible. This provides a snapshot of how a player could potentially look at the NFL level. Keep in mind, these are athletic comps and don’t take into consideration the player’s production and how they look on tape. It is just a view of a player’s Combine numbers.
My database has athletic metrics from the NFL Combine and pro days from the year 2002 to now. The database has over 550 running backs in it, providing a deep sample of running back talent.
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