Rookie Running Backs

In-depth fantasy outlooks for all of the top running back prospects entering the 2019 NFL Draft. Outlooks include player analysis, college stats, combine metrics, best team fit, fantasy ceiling and floor analysis, player comparisons projected draft round, projected draft team, highlight videos and full-game film.

Darwin Thompson – Utah State University

Thompson is a JuCo product (at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College) who transferred during his junior seasons to finish up his collegiate career at Utah State before declaring for the NFL Draft.

Thompson really reminds me of a less polished, but stronger version of Tarik Cohen. His 5’8 stature kind of jumps off the screen at you the first time you watch his game film, but in today’s NFL, being small is not a kill shot. When you can create like Thompson, and bring the kind of elusiveness and receiving ability he does, you can absolutely earn a role in an offense that understands how to use him.

Wes Hills – Slippery Rock University

I’ll be honest, I’d probably have no idea who Wes Hills is had it not been for Matt Kelley of the RotoUnderworld Radio podcast. But I wouldn’t blame myself… considering Wes Hills attended Slippery Rock University. This is pretty wild, but he actually began his collegiate career all the way back in 2013 at the University of Delaware. From 2013 to now, he’s gone from being under-recruited out of high school to having some success but battling injuries at Delaware to being academically ineligible all of 2017, to transferring to Slippery Rock where he absolutely dominated. And you better if you expect to get anywhere near an NFL roster.

Travis Homer – University of Miami

Homer arguably had a better sophomore season taking over as the Canes starting back after first-stringer and current Cincinnati Bengal Mark Walton went down with a serious knee injury at the start of the season. Regardless, Homer flirted with 1,200 total yards in each of his last two campaigns and definitely possesses NFL upside.

Dexter Williams – University of Notre Dame

t’s hard to trust someone named Dexter, if we’re being honest. But I’ll break down the big facts for you anyways.

Looking at his career-stats chart, a few things immediately jump out for me: Despite being a 4-year player, his highest carry-total was 158. It took him four years to get there, after three seasons of sub-40 carry counts. College be fucked up with some teams playing like 11 games, others 15, but I know the fact that DEXTER cracking double-digit appearances only once isn’t a good thing. He never cracked 1,000 rushing yards in a season, and his highest reception total was only 16. His 1.5% college target share as you probably could’ve guessed, is anti-phenomenal. It places him in the 5th percentile.

Ryquell Armstead – Temple University

Ryquell Armstead, or Rock Armstead as he’s called by many, landed himself on the map of scouts following a strong senior campaign at Temple Univ, posting 1,150 YFS and 13 total touchdowns. The numbers are impressive but nothing to go crazy over. What really did it was the combine numbers, running a 4.45 40-yard dash at 220lbs, giving the former Owl a 94th percentile weight-adjusted speed score.