This is the 2018 NFL Combine Stock Report for the running backs. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Saquon Barkley put on a show at the combine. He started by posting 29 reps on the bench, outclassing numerous offensive linemen in that category. Barkley then ran a 4.40 with a 1.54 10-yard split. Some were expecting him to run faster, but those numbers are great for a 233-pound running back. Barkley also leapt 41 inches vertically and showed off his great talents in the drills. He's definitely in consideration as a top-two pick.
Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
Saquon Barkley stood out with 29 reps on the bench press - until Nick Chubb posted the same number! Chubb wasn't as good in the 40 (4.52), but he notched 38.5 inches in the vertical and 10-8 in the broad jump. Sony Michel was the Georgia running back who entered the combine with all the acclaim, but Chubb definitely brought some attention to himself.
Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham
There are certain teams that really value agility drills, and those front offices will surely be interested in Chase Edmonds, who scored the best times in the three-cone (6.79) and short shuttle (4.07). The Patriots, who are one of these teams, showed interest in Edmonds, who draws comparisons to James White.
Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
Royce Freeman ran faster than expected at the combine, getting a 4.55 40 when it was believed that he'd be in the 4.6s. Better yet, his 3-cone time was a stellar 6.90. That itself is a great figure, but especially for a running back nearing 230 pounds. Freeman could've propelled himself into the second round with his showing in Indianapolis.
Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern
Justin Jackson's combine performance basically mirrored Chase Edmonds'. His 3-cone time was a terrific 6.81, and he also posted a vertical of 38.5 and a broad jump of 10-2.
Ronald Jones, RB, USC
Ronald Jones pulled up with a hamstring injury midway through his first 40 run. He'll have to redeem himself at his pro day, but it's a shame that he had a lost opportunity in Indianapolis.
John Kelly, RB, Tennessee
John Kelly didn't run the 40, but we were still able to see that he tested poorly at the combine. He had one of the worst 3-cone times of all the running backs, posting a sluggish 7.13. And speaking of the 40, it's a bit puzzling as to why Kelly didn't run it, as he wasn't injured.
Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
Bo Scarbrough had a down 2017 campaign, and many were pessimistic about his chances entering the combine, but he proved his doubters wrong and reminded everyone of the back who dominated at Alabama in 2016. Scarbrough's 4.52 40 was solid for his 228-pound frame. He also leapt 40 inches in the vertical and 10-9 in the broad jump. Scarbrough didn't post a 3-cone time, unfortunately, but he looked good in the field workouts, and he could have placed himself into second-day conversation again.
Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa
Akrum Wadley tested very poorly at the combine. He ran a 4.54 40 despite weighing just 194. He also posted just a 32-inch vertical. He could've made up for it with an impressive 3-cone time, but he didn't bother to do that. I've had Wadley in the fourth round of my 2018 NFL Mock Draft, but he may struggle to go that early.
Chris Warren, RB, Texas
Chris Warren looked good in Indianapolis, despite his 4.69 40. His weight (247 pounds) needs to be take into account for that. More impressive were his 10-1 broad jump and 6.98 3-cone, which were both terrific for a back his size. He looked good in the drills as well, so I imagine there will be evaluators who will go back and look at his tape to see if they missed anything.