2019 Draft: Final Positional Rankings, Running Back

The end of the road, my pals. We’ve made it. Another year, another group of prospects, and another panic-stricken couple weeks leading up the draft just hoping that this front office has it all together and can hit in the early-rounds. Briefly, before we proceed, some housekeeping items. I’ve often commented on how the draft is a “process”. Thoughts, opinions, and players’ grades change as we move closer to the finish line. Below, you can reference where my head was at for the initial unveiling of my positional rankings, followed by my pre-Combine thoughts, to where I ultimately ended up. It’s useful when contextualizing a players value, I think. If they stayed highly-touted throughout the months, chances are, we have a good player on our hands.

Early top-10 positional rankings are here. Pre-Combine rankings (thread) can be found here.

Top-15

Damien Harris (Round 2) isn’t flashy by any means, but moves well enough for a back with his build. In fact, I think his entire profile is very well-rounded; not elite in any one aspect, but can do it all at a comfortably high level. He feels “safe” in a running back group filled with question marks. I wrote about Miles Sanders (Round 2) more in depth here. Sanders is probably my favorite runner in this class. Darrell Henderson (Round 2) had back-to-back seasons with nearly 9.0 yards per tote. Ridiculous accomplishment, and one that should cement his spot inside the top-5 in this year’s class in particular. More detailed thoughts on Trayveon Williams (Round 4) are here. Rodney Anderson (Round 4-5) may have had an argument as a top-3 back in this class prior to getting banged up – again. When healthy, he’s an above average athlete, but now has age and an notable injury history working against him.

Top-25

Devin Singletary (Round 4-5) was probably the most fun I had watching a back this year. He’s smaller, but showed off legit three-down ability. I was banking on decent Combine results, ones that would support the tape. Not the way things played out. James Williams (Round 4-5) has the best hands in the group (and all the box scores to back it up).

Best of the rest…

Tony Pollard (Round 5-6) may be touted as this year’s version of Nyheim Hines. You can mix it up, and move him all over the field. I’m much lower on Benny Snell (Round 5-6) versus the consensus. He has all the box score and production accolades, but he’s an underwhelming athlete with tape I just never quite gravitated toward. Having fun while watching players is important, and I didn’t get that “joy” with Snell. What’s left to say about Elijah Holyfield (Round 5-6)? We can talk about how he “plays faster” and “looks faster on game film”, but end of the day, it’s very difficult to ignore just how bad his test scores were. Hard sell.

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