Top 10 RB prospects
Former NFL scout's ranking of potential draftees
Posted: Thursday February 22, 2007 6:03PM; Updated: Thursday February 22, 2007 6:18PM
Brooks, a former NFL wide receiver and cornerback, spent the last seven years as a scout for the Seahawks and Panthers and will contribute to SI.com through April's draft.
1. Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma: A tough player with dynamic running skills. He is a workhorse who gets stronger as the game goes on. His upright, physical running style has led to some injury issues, but his explosiveness, toughness and playmaking ability sets the tone for the offense. He has thrived as the "bell cow" on the college level and should continue to be a difference maker as a pro. His presence upgrades any offense.
Comparable NFL player: Not as smooth as Eric Dickerson, but his running style is similar
2. Marshawn Lynch, California: A dynamic runner with an outstanding combination of vision, quickness and agility. He is a natural cutback runner who flashes power and toughness between the tackles, but also shows the burst and elusiveness to turn the corner. In addition to be a dynamic runner, Lynch is a polished receiver with excellent hands. His versatility as a runner and receiver makes him a natural fit in a West Coast offense. He should hear his name called in the middle of the first round.
Comparable NFL player: Ricky Watters
3. Michael Bush, Louisville: A big, smooth runner with a nice blend of speed, vision and quickness. Not as powerful as his size would indicate, he still grinds out tough yards between the tackles. He flashes some quickness getting to the corner, but isn't an explosive threat on the perimeter. Bush catches the ball well and has a good feel for running routes. He isn't great in any area, but his overall combination of skills make him a nice fit in any offense. He broke his leg last season, an injury that will push him down into the second round.
Comparable NFL player: A softer version of Steven Jackson
4. Kenny Irons, Auburn: A tough, downhill runner with good speed and quickness. Not an elusive or nifty runner, his game centers around his toughness and power. He makes his yards between the tackles and will fit in well in a power offense. He lacks the receiving skills to be an every-down player, but is capable of handling a minimal role in a passing game. Kenny's overall skills will land him in the second round.
Comparable NFL player: He's a scaled-down version of Cadillac Williams
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