Now that the NFL Draft is drawing near and dynasty owners all across the country are making their draft boards, it’s time to start helping by reviewing all running backs in order of current average draft position. Not all players pan out at the NFL level, so let's be critical at times that require it.
Why should you listen to what I have to say?
Prior to writing for DLF, I was a running back coach who traveled the East Coast attending coaching clinics and seminars. I’ve talked with scouts and studied with offensive and positional coaches, and learned which characteristics make elite running backs and which make busts. As such, I’ve been making running back reviews for the past several seasons. While nobody is perfect, this provides me with a unique perspective.
This is part four of a multi-part series. The rest of the series can be found here. A lot of the running backs mentioned in this particular article will be quick hitters, since most of these rookies will be backups or lower for their career.
- A = Elite / Early to middle first round pick
- B = NFL starter potential / Late first or early to middle second round pick
- C = RBBC or COP Back at best / Middle or late second to third round pick
- D = Lifetime backup or goal line back / Late third or fourth round pick
- F = Bust / Draft with extreme caution
Tyler Badie, RB Missouri
Rookie ADP RB13
Badie is a little guy with a high motor. At 5’8” and 197 pounds, he’s one of the smaller backs to enter the draft, but the 1,934 scrimmage yards amassed in 2021 are no joke. He’s a dual threat out of the backfield whose quick-looking tape is supported by his decent combine numbers (4.45 40-yard dash and 10’1” broad jump, both above average). A shifty back who won’t go down with an ankle tackle, a defensive lineman will have to wrap him up to stop him due to his size. He doesn’t do anything amazing (his skillset won’t wow you), but he will get what’s given to him, and he’s dependable when he does it.
Simply put, Badie is a perfect addition to any shared backfield that needs a third down back. In the right system, he could get 50 catches per season. If you’re looking for a late round PPR back, this could be your guy.
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I agree with you about RB Keaontay Ingram, I’m going to be watching him on draft day but his landing spot will be my deciding factor as to whether I pick him up or not.