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2012 NFL Draft: Running Back Rankings


The top 2012 running back prospects available for the 2012 NFL Draft in the order in which I believe they will be drafted. * - denotes 2013 prospect ** - denotes 2014 prospect.

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2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | OG | C | DE | DT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | NT | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2014 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | 3-4 DE | NT | 3-4 OLB | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2015 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K

  1. Trent Richardson*, RB, Alabama
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2012): Top 20 Pick.

    5/16/11: Trent Richardson had only 112 carries as a sophomore, but he rushed for 700 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 23 passes for 266 receiving yards. He'll have the job all to himself in 2011.

    7/26/10: Some consider Trent Richardson to be a better prospect than Heisman winner Mark Ingram. It's close. As a freshman, Richardson rushed for 749 yards and eight scores on a 5.2 average. He also caught 16 balls for 126 more yards.



  2. Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2012): 1-2.

    5/16/11: Knile Davis has just one year as a starter under his belt, but he rushed for 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns on a 6.5 YPC average in 2010. He also caught 19 passes.

  3. LaMichael James*, RB, Oregon
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.38.
    Projected Round (2012): 2.

    5/16/11: Leading Oregon to an appearance in the co-national championship, LaMichael James totaled 1,731 rushing yards, 17 catches (208 receiving yards) and 24 touchdowns.

    7/26/10: Capable of going the distance on any play, LaMichael James had a tremendous freshman year, rushing for 1,546 yards and 14 touchdowns on a 6.7 YPC. He also helped out with 17 receptions.

  4. Chris Polk*, RB, Washington
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
    Projected Round (2012): 2-3.

    5/16/11: Despite running behind a beleaguered offensive line that couldn't keep Jake Locker protected, Chris Polk rushed for 1,415 yards and nine touchdowns on a 5.4 YPC. He also caught 22 balls for 180 yards.

    7/26/10: Chris Polk rushed for 1,113 yards and five touchdowns on a 4.9 YPC despite being a mere freshman. More importantly, he had 25 receptions.

  5. Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 198.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2012): 2-3.

    5/16/11: Taking over for an injured Christine Michael, Cyrus Gray totaled 1,133 rushing yards (5.7 YPC), 12 touchdowns and an impressive 34 receptions.



  6. Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.41.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

    5/16/11: Isaiah Pead had a great 2010 campaign, rushing for 1,029 yards and six touchdowns on a 6.6 YPC. He also hauled in 26 receptions.

    7/26/10: Isaiah Pead impressively rushed for 806 yards and nine touchdowns on a 6.7 YPC. He also caught 20 passes for 201 receiving yards.

  7. Tauren Poole, RB, Tennessee
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 213.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

    5/16/11: One of the few bright spots on a struggling Tennessee team, Tauren Poole rushed for 1,034 yards (5.1 YPC) and 11 touchdowns. He also chipped in with 22 receptions.

  8. Daniel Herron, RB, Ohio State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

    5/16/11: Daniel Herron improved in 2010, rushing for 1,155 yards on a 5.3 YPC. He also caught 19 balls.

    7/26/10: Daniel Herron compiled 600 rushing yards on a 3.9 average in 2009 to go along with his 11 receptions.

  9. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 201.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

    5/16/11: Doug Martin had an impressive 2010 campaign, rushing for 1,260 yards (6.3 YPC) and 12 touchdowns. He also notched 28 receptions.



  10. Bernard Pierce*, RB, Temple
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 217.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

    5/16/11: Bernard Pierce missed some time with an injury last season, but still managed to rush for 728 yards (4.7 YPC) and 10 touchdowns in his sophomore year.

    7/26/10: Bernard Pierce had a brilliant freshman campaign, running for 1,361 yards and 16 touchdowns on a 5.8 YPC. He'll need to become a bigger factor in the passing attack (8 catches in 2009) to solidify his Day 2 status.

  11. Brandon Bolden, RB, Ole Miss
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

    5/16/11: Brandon Bolden rushed for 976 yards and 14 touchdowns on a 6.0 YPC, but the remarkable thing was his 32 receptions for 344 receiving yards.

    7/26/10: A complete back, Brandon Bolden rushed for 614 yards on 4.8 YPC in 2009. He also caught 20 balls for 209 receiving yards.

  12. Jeff Demps, RB/KR, Florida
    Height: 5-8. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.25.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

    5/16/11: Jeff Demps had just 92 carries last year, but managed a 6.0 YPC in the process. He also caught 18 balls and helped on kickoff returns.

    7/26/10: Will be drafted as an offensive playmaker; Jeff Demps and his 4.25 40-yard time rushed for 745 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009 on just 99 carries.

  13. Marc Tyler, RB, USC
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

    5/16/11: The stopwatch in Indianapolis will be an issue, but Marc Tyler is a talented back who notched 913 rushing yards (5.3 YPC) and 17 receptions in 2010.

    7/26/10: Marc Tyler was a highly recruited running back coming out of high school, but hasn't been able to play much because of various leg injuries.

  14. Washaun Ealey*, RB, Georgia
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

    5/16/11: Washaun Ealey rushed for 811 yards and 11 touchdowns on a 5.2 YPC. He has to become a better pass-catcher out of the backfield; he had just eight receptions as a sophomore.

    7/26/10: In nine games, Washaun Ealey totaled 717 rushing yards on a 5.7 average. He caught just three passes.


  15. Christine Michael*, RB, Texas A&M
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2012): 5-7.

    5/16/11: Christine Michael was having a great year - 631 rushing yards, 5.0 YPC - when he cracked his tibia and was ruled out for the season.

    7/26/10: Christine Michael had 844 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on a 5.1 average in 2009. He also chipped in with 15 receptions.

  16. Montel Harris, RB, Boston College
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2012): 5-7.

    5/16/11: Montel Harris totaled 1,242 yards and eight touchdowns on a 4.6 YPC. He also logged 18 receptions.

    7/26/10: Montel Harris impressively rushed for 1,457 yards and 14 touchdowns on a 4.7 average in 2009, but questions about his being able to be an every-down runner at 5-10, 200, 4.50 40 will be asked.

  17. Bryce Brown*, RB, Kansas State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2012): 5-7.

    5/16/11: Bryce Brown has indeed transferred to Kansas State. He'll play in 2011 after taking the 2010 season off.

    7/26/10: The No. 1 running back recruit coming out of high school in his class, Bryce Brown played well behind Montario Hardesty last year as a freshman. Character issues have surfaced, however, as Brown unceremoniously left the team. He may transfer to Kansas State.

  18. Lance Dunbar, RB, North Texas
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 203.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2012): 5-7.



  19. Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2012): 5-7.



  20. Jason Ford, RB, Illinois
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.



  21. Caleb King, RB, Georgia
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.

    3/29/10: Has never lived up to the prospect he was billed to be coming into Georgia; rushed for just 594 yards on a 5.2 YPC in 2009. Caught 10 balls as well.

    2/6/09: Perhaps a bit of a disappointment in his freshman year, Caleb King rushed for a meager 4.1 YPC average, gaining 247 yards and a score. He'll get much more work with Knowshon Moreno gone.

    7/25/08: One of the highest-recruited running backs a year ago, Caleb King has all the talent in the world, and it showed in the spring game, when he ran for 31 yards on just six carries. He won't steal many of Knowshon Moreno's carries, so look for him to shine in 2009, once Moreno moves on to the NFL.

  22. Jermaine Thomas, RB, Florida State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.

    7/26/10: Jermaine Thomas rushed for 832 yards and nine touchdowns on a 5.1 average to go along with his 17 receptions for 129 receiving yards.

  23. Michael Shaw, RB, Michigan
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 187.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.



  24. Victor Anderson, RB, Louisville
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.

    7/26/10: Victor Anderson played in only eight games because of a shoulder injury, but rushed for 473 yards on a 5.3 YPC. He caught 12 balls for 89 receiving yards.

  25. Bryce Beall, RB, Houston
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.

    7/26/10: Bryce Beall totaled 670 rushing yards (4.8 average), 32 receptions and 309 receiving yards in 2009.

  26. Ralph Bolden, RB, Purdue
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 194.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2012): 7-FA.

    7/26/10: Ralph Bolden had a great season (935 rushing yards, 4.7 average, 20 catches), but suffered a major knee injury in spring practices. Bolden had ACL surgery on the same knee a few years ago.

  27. Enrique Davis, RB, Ole Miss
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
    Projected Round (2012): 7-FA.

    7/26/10: Enrique Davis rushed for just 110 yards on 32 carries in seven games last year.

  28. Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 202.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2012): 7-FA.

    7/26/10: What a shame - Robert Turbin was having a dynamic sophomore campaign (1,296 rushing yards, 6.3 YPC, 30 receptions, 418 rec. yards), but tore his ACL this winter.

2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | OG | C | DE | DT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | NT | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2014 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | 3-4 DE | NT | 3-4 OLB | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2015 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K


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Silvestrepetersonjacinto 01-03-2014 09:43 pm xxx.xxx.xxx74.8 (total posts: 1)
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/ gotta say you really make sense for cmrapoing two games that really have nothing to do which each other. im one of the few madden players whos not sure where i stand on the gameplay issue i love playing a straitup football game where its just like the nfl but on the other hand ill do anything short of cheating/glitching to win. the way i try to look at it is every defense has some hole in it and every offensive play can somehow be stopped its just a matter of reading the formations and plays and trying to be a good playcaller. So really there is no cheap play unless you do some sort of glitch and pretty much the majority of the madden community is against glitching so thats not a real problem. good article it really got me thinking and i think another problem with madden is our huge following is in my opinion slightly too big that we have way too many people that play madden that dont care about the integrity of the game way too many people with 3-38 records with 92% dnf's i think that hurts us. you dont here people in Halo or Call of Duty complain about people being really bad or quitting while madden is direct competition its 1v1 and if you get a real player playing someone whos a joke and is going to quit as soon as it gets to be 14-0 it creates friction within the community where were mad at the people who dont take the game seriously and then we get mad at the players with alot of success running one play over and over that you cant figure out how to stop and all that means is you gotta hit the lab and see what works. i personally run a whole offense of about 10 dif methodical plays but i run them so well it works for me and about half the people i play get pist and i say learn to stop me and they tell me i wouldnt win if i used the whole playbook and i tell them their completely right but i dont need those other plays so i dont use them. All in all madden is always going to be a community filled with clicks and groups of people who all feel different about the game. Luckily theirs a website like this for the people who care about the game and want to be as competitive as they can be. hope i brought up some good points and got some people thinkin
Laurren 01-03-2014 07:06 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.12 (total posts: 5)
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Victor Cotto / Zach Miller is a TIGHT END. I did say, all team leading stats on the reeciving corps.” RECEIVERS, RECEIVING CORPS. YES, the tight end is a receiver, and part of the offense, but it was obvious I was talking about the WR grouping. Thanks, FlaRaider.
Camii 01-03-2014 03:46 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.75 (total posts: 3)
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about Louis Murphy The rookie ptesod 34-receptions for 521-yards and 4 touchdowns, all team leading stats on the receiving corps. Victor,Don't know where you got your ststs from,But let me tell you about another Raider reciever.A Tight End named Zach Miller, who is a part of that receiving corps you were talking about, and he ptesod better stats last season than your guy Murphy.Zach's numbers were 66 catches for 805 yards and 3 TD's.So Murphy's 34 catches for 521 yards, were not team leading stats.But I do think that Murphy just might turn out to be something special , If he can stay healthy.
Cande 01-03-2014 12:49 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.75 (total posts: 3)
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The following time I read a weolbg, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I mean, I know it was my option to learn, however I truly thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could possibly repair in case you werent too busy in search of attention.King Regards Sharin
Inyamibwa 01-02-2014 08:27 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.75 (total posts: 3)
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Y'all might want to catch Reese Phillips in the Toyota East West All Star Game this Saturday Dec. 8 at 1PM CST from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, TN. The game will be televised by TN PBS's and ESPN3. Available at TSSAAnetwork.com and ESPN3.com. This kid is one you don't want to get away. Probably more of a pro style QB, but a lteitimage dual threat. If Randy Sanders signed him after one visit, you can bet he saw something special. Signal Mountain High School was just 7-3 this year and was put out in the first round of the playoffs. Primarily because we were in a rebuilding year, starting 12 sophomores. This was just Reeses second year at QB, because we had a very good QB his first two years, who led us to a state championship in 2010. Reese played WR, TE, and safety his first two years. Reese committed early so he wouldn't have to go through the dog and pony show and wouldn't have to worry about his stats this year. He remains firm in his commitment to UK. We run a wingT offense with some extra play action thrown in, so a QB isn't going to have record numbers. Nevertheless, in the 2012 regular season of 10 games he was 132 of 186 for 71% completion rate. 1895 passing yards, 21 TD's, 4 INT's for a rating of 189.5Sorry but I don't have his running stats. I'm not family, just an avid Signal Mountain Booster. Reese is the kind of kid you have to meet and watch in person. I hope Stoops takes the time to really evaluate this kid before making a decision.
Lacey 01-02-2014 08:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.186 (total posts: 1)
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This forum needed shnaikg up and you've just done that. Great post!
Bota 01-02-2014 06:42 am xxx.xxx.xxx7.74 (total posts: 1)
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Even though this man ran wild on my Dawgs three years in a row, he is among my fatroive players in the SEC. He's a good kid and a phenomenal talent who will wreak havoc in the NFL. Best of luck in the League, Marcus! You sure earned it.
Vallur 01-02-2014 04:00 am xxx.xxx.xxx.213 (total posts: 1)
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rayPitt had Shady and didn't content for a chhapionsmip. Pitt had Bryant, Fitzgerald, Marino, Heyward, C. Martin .the list of skill-position players goes on and on. The Panthers need to recruit top linemen on both sides of the ball. Dominant teams win the battle of the line of scrimmage and Pitt doesn't do that enough. We need to have the kind of O-Line that will enable an average division-1 RB to get decent yds/carry. Combine that with a D-Line that provides near constant pressure and we will have a competitve team. The Panthers need to stop getting these flashy RB's and WR's and start building around the bulk of the line.
Chris Thompson 10-14-2013 01:49 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.227 (total posts: 1)
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I think i should have been in at least top 10.
willsal 08-12-2013 11:16 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.59 (total posts: 1)
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Here are my ranks for the RBs for 2012

1. Trent Richardson- Alabama
2. David Wilson- Virginia Tech
3. LaMichael James- Oregon
4. Doug Martin- Boise State
5. Bernard Pierce- Temple
6. Ronnie Hillman- San Diego State
7. Lamar Miller- Miami
8. Robert Turbin- Utah State
9. Isaiah Pead- Cincinnati
10. Cyrus Gray- Texas A&M
DraftNut 04-24-2013 01:27 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.55 (total posts: 1)
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Check out my mock and big board:

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Chu Baka 04-22-2013 08:04 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.179 (total posts: 1)
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Curtis McNeil of USC ahead of John White IV of Utah (Isn't named on the list). Are you serious? This cannot be taken seriously. White broke all Utah Rushing and TD records in one year and he is not on this list of the top 10 RB in the draft...........give me a break.
Terry 04-17-2013 10:30 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.82 (total posts: 1)
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How is that Rex Burkhead did not impress at the combine? Yes his 40 was slower but not unexpected due to his injury. Despite that he finish in the top 3 in all of the other events...to me that makes it a very impressive performance
Lhjraffe 04-17-2013 02:03 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.35 (total posts: 1)
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Pretty good choices you guys have made for the Giants. Enjoy reading the picks, and always come up with some favorites that I root for. Regardless, if there are 3-4 impact players it is a wildly successful draft.
Frank 04-14-2013 12:47 am xxx.xxx.xxx9.67 (total posts: 1)
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Jordan Roberts from Charleston is better than any running back you listed. 4.49 40 at 219 lbs at his pro day. Accounted for 5,000 all purpose and 50 touchdowns in 3 years. Transfer from WVU. Go watch his tape. Physical specimen. Best overall athlete and can be used as a great kick returner. 30 yards a return for 2 touchdowns. 225lbs x29 times. Freak!!!!!



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