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.

Rodney Anderson – University of Oklahoma

Most people will take the easy way out and say that Rodney Anderson is a “beast”. Has the size (6’0-224), speed, strength, receiving ability of a workhorse, big-time “sleeper”. I’ve even seen a few Twitter folk who I respect grade Anderson among the top backs in this entire class. Anderson has the physical gifts to outmatch nearly everyone in this class and the natural talent shined through during his redshirt junior season in 2017 for the Sooners, but the story is much longer than that.

Damien Harris – University of Alabama

Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake, Bo Scarbrough. Three running backs on the Alabama roster during the only season (of 4) in which Damien Harris did not eclipse 1,080 yards from scrimmage. Harris was a freshman at the time. The fact that he even saw 46 carries that year is impressive. Over the next three seasons (and in each individual season), Harris led Alabama running backs in carries outright.

Darrell Henderson – University of Memphis

Henderson could absolutely be a guy who comes back to bite me straight in the ass. We’ll call him the rottweiler of rookie running backs. Despite everything on paper pointing to Henderson being a really solid NFL prospect:

Miles Sanders – Penn State University

Miles Sanders was one of the few backs that greatly benefited from this year’s NFL Combine. His 4.49 40-yard dash places him in the 75th percentile for weight-adjusted speed score, along with burst AND agility scores of the 75th percentile or above. That’s a great start.

Josh Jacobs – University of Alabama

Alright, so the verdict is in. Josh Jacobs, who SOMEHOW made it into a REAL-LIFE NFL DRAFT ANALYST’s top-5 big board has officially fallen off the face of the earth following his Pro-Day where he ran a . There was a fantastic tweet that said “No one is dropping Josh Jacobs, they’re just putting him where he belonged in the first place.” Couldn’t have said it better myself… cause I did fucking say it myself in my top rookie running backs video a few weeks ago.