Top 10 RB prospects (cont.)
Posted: Thursday February 22, 2007 6:03PM; Updated: Thursday February 22, 2007 6:18PM
5. Tony Hunt, Penn State: A tough, downhill runner with average speed and quickness. He is a "banger" who has the nifty footwork to make defenders in the hole. Not explosive enough to consistently turn corner, he uses his vision and natural instincts to find yards. He isn't a home run threat, but fits in nicely as a "lead" back in the two-back rotation. He's a second-round prospect.
Comparable NFL player: Corey Dillon
6. Brandon Jackson, Nebraska: A quick and elusive runner with solid running skills. He is a zone runner who is at his best when working the edge on perimeter runs. He lacks the toughness and patience to be an effective runner between the tackles, but can be productive behind a strong line. His versatility, hands and open-field running skills make him a threat as a receiver out of the backfield. Brandon's overall skills fit in nicely in a West Coast offense. He is a borderline second-round pick.
Comparable NFL player: Correll Buckhalter
7. Antonio Pittman, Ohio State: A downhill runner with nimble feet, good speed and quickness. He is tough and physical between the tackles, but also shows surprising elusiveness in the hole. He flashes good vision and cutback skills as he consistently finds soft spots on zone runs. He isn't a big-play threat, but is capable of breaking off chunks on the perimeter. He displays the overall skills to be a solid starter on the next level and could be a late second-round selection.
Comparable NFL player: Julius Jones
8. Brian Leonard, Rutgers: A versatile combo back with good overall skills. He isn't a blazer, but his running skills and vision are impressive for a big guy. Not a banger, he shows surprising footwork and patience between the tackles. He is at his best when used as a single back in their offense. Some teams will have him pegged as a fullback, but his unique blend of running/receiving ability makes him the type of weapon that offensive coordinators love to incorporate into their game plans. He is a solid 3rd round pick.
Comparable NFL player: Mike Alstott
9. Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois: An undersized, change-of-pace back with good speed, quickness and explosiveness. He is a dynamic runner who finds a way to be productive between the tackles. He has a knack for avoiding the big shot and is an explosive player at the second level. His elusiveness and quickness make him a threat to score from any distance. His size will be a concern to a few teams, but his production and playmaking ability cannot be ignored. He will find success at the next level as a third-down/change-of-pace back. He is a late third-round prospect.
Comparable NFL player: Warrick Dunn
10. Lorenzo Booker, Florida State: An undersized running back with good speed and quickness. He is a "jitterbug" who does most of his damage as an edge runner. He gets to top speed quickly and flashes a burst in the hole. He has a tendency to dance too much at times, but he makes sharp cuts up the field. His receiving and return skills enhance his value. He could sneak into the first day of the draft.
Comparable NFL player: Kevin Faulk