2023 Rookie Drafts: Running Back Tiers Primer

Jake Domonkos

The 2023 NFL Draft started off great for this running back class. Bijan Robinson and Jahmyr Gibbs were drafted in the first 12 picks, but day two crushed the hopes of many fantasy managers with some odd landing spots. As always there are a few interesting late-round running backs to consider as well. Let’s break it down tier by tier.

Tier One - The 1.01

Bijan Robinson, ATL

One man stands alone atop this much-heralded running back class. Let’s not waste too much time on Robinson. His profile and first-round draft capital lock him into a top pick regardless of format. The Falcons ran the ball more than any other team in 2022, so he is in line for a huge workload. He’s a top-three dynasty running back.

Tier Two - The other first-rounder

Jahmyr Gibbs, DET

Gibbs went earlier than expected at 12th overall. His stock received a boost when the Lions traded D'Andre Swift to the Eagles on day two, which means Gibbs will see significant passing volume. He will get plenty of work in the backfield, and he should also get some snaps out wide and in the slot. His small frame is still problematic, but his speed (4.36-second 40-yard dash) and pass-catching acumen are a dangerous combination in the modern NFL. Plus, it’s hard to beat that draft capital. Gibbs will be a popular 1.02 in 1QB leagues.

Tier Three - Day Two running backs and a Day three gem

There are a few interesting prospects who went on day two in this draft, and their shaky landing spots could mean potential value later in rookie drafts.


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2023 Rookie Drafts: Running Back Tiers Primer