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2015 NFL Draft Prospects: Running Backs


The top 2015 running back prospects available for the 2015 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2016 prospect. ** - denotes 2017 prospect.

This page was last updated Dec. 20, 2014. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

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 | P

2016 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 | P

  1. Todd Gurley*, RB, Georgia
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 226.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2015): 1.

    12/20/14: Sources tell WalterFootball.com that they don't see Gurley falling past the middle of the first round. They say he's too talented to fall any further. Gurley averaged 7.4 yards in 2014 for 911 yards with nine touchdowns. He also made 12 receptions for 57 yards. Gurley was utterly dominant and demonstrated a great combination of speed and power.

    Gurley returned to the field against Auburn and quickly picked up where he left off. He ran for 128 yards on 29 carries with a touchdown. The junior also returned a kickoff for a touchdown, but it was called back on a penalty. Even though Georgia was up 27-7 with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Gurley was still in the game running between the tackles and while being tackled Gurley torn an ACL, so that will end up being the final game in Gurley's collegiate career.

    Prior to playing Auburn, Gurley was suspended for four games for signing autographs. Sources with multiple teams told WalterFootball.com that the suspension won't hurt Gurley's draft stock. They say that this is more tyrannical NCAA nonsense. League contacts say their character reports on Gurley are sparkling. They say he's a great kid who loves football and works really hard.

    Gurley showed that the hype is justified in a dominating performance against Clemson in Georgia's 2014 season opener. He finished with 198 yards on 15 carries with three touchdowns rushing to go along with a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown. Gurley showed it all against the Tigers as he ran with speed and power. That trend continued against Troy and South Carolina. Against Tennessee, Gurley totaled 208 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns. In his penultimate game against Vanderbilt, he totaled 163 yards on 25 carries with two touchdowns.

    8/27/14: Todd Gurley has the physical skill set to be a dominant runner. He has a great burst with speed to go along with size and power. Georgia has lost quarterback Aaron Murray to the NFL, so Gurley should be the bell cow of the Bulldogs' offense in 2014. For him to end the streak of running backs not going on Thursday night, much less a high first-rounder, he needs to prove as a junior that durability is not a concern. There is no doubt that Gurley is a special runner with his quickness to break away from defenders and his power to run over them.

    When healthy, Gurley was awesome in 2013. He averaged six yards per carry for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns. The sophomore also had 30 receptions for 344 yards and five touchdowns. Gurley was phenomenal against South Carolina (30-132) and Clemson (12-154) before getting injured. He missed three games and played well after returning to the lineup.

    Alabama's T.J. Yeldon wasn't the only freshman running back to burst onto the scene in the SEC in 2012. Gurley had a superb debut to lead the Bulldogs' ground game. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry while totaling 1,385 yards with 17 touchd owns. Gurley ran for 122 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns against Alabama in the SEC Championship.


  2. Melvin Gordon*, RB, Wisconsin
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-2.

    12/20/14: Gordon is averaging 7.6 yards per carry this year for 2,336 yards with 26 touchdowns. He also has 17 receptions for 151 yards and three scores. Gordon is a fast back who has elusiveness, explosion, balance and excellent feet. He has improved his strength and ability to pick up yards after contact. Gordon could stand to improve his ball security though. He also needs development on diagnosing and picking up blitzes, but he has shown improvement as a receiver. Gordon has Pro Bowl potential to be an impact three-down difference-making starter in the NFL.

    Gordon set the NCAA single-game record against Nebraska with 408 yards on 25 carries with four touchdowns in only three quarters of playing time. It wasn't a perfect game, as Gordon had a couple of fumbles, but he overwhelmed the Cornhuskers in a manner that no back has in the history of the sport. His amazing speed had him tied for the FBS record in career average in yards per carry with stellar mark of 8.26 yards per carry after a massive performance versus Bowling Green (13-253).

    8/27/14: In 2013, Gordon averaged 7.8 yards per carry for 1,609 yards and 12 touchdowns on only 206 carries. He has a rare combination of being extremely fast while having quality size. The lightning-fast ball-carrier brought an explosive element to the Badgers' backfield that Montee Ball never provided during his great college career.

    Thus far, Gordon has been reasonably durable. He injured his knee against Ohio State in 2013 and didn't finish the game, but he came back the next week to run for 172 yards against Northwestern. Gordon recorded just one reception for five yards as James White handled the receiving duties out of the backfield.

    Gordon stood out while backing up Montee Ball and James White in 2012. While Gordon didn't get a lot of opportunities, he made the most of his limited his chances while averaging 10 yards per carry. Gordon ran for 621 yards and three touchdowns on only 62 carries.

    Personal: Son of Melvin Gordon.




  3. T.J. Yeldon*, RB, Alabama
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 221.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-2.

    12/20/14: In 2014, Yeldon has averaged 5.1 yards per carry for 932 yards with 10 touchdowns. He has 15 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown, too.

    Yeldon put together a strong performance in the opener, but since then he hasn't topped 60 yards in a game. Physically, Yeldon hasn't been as impressive as teammate Derrick Henry, but he both have been reliable backs for Alabama. Yeldon is a smooth runner with quickness, elusiveness, and cutting ability. He runs a little upright, as a result of his height, and needs to improve his ball security. He can improve on those issues at the next level.

    8/27/14: The Crimson Tide program has been a factory for elite running backs that has sent a number of special backs to the NFL in recent years. Yeldon is the next model in line. In 2013, he averaged six yards per carry for 1,235 yards with 14 touchdowns. The sophomore chipped in 18 catches for 160 yards, too. After gaining weight follwoing 2012 for a bigger work load, Yeldon seemed to lose some of his burst and explosiveness. He also had some issues with fumbles.

    Yeldon will have to earn his carries in 2014 as the Crimson Tide is loaded in the backfield. Kenyan Drake and Derrick Henry finished 2013 in strong fashion, and there will be a competition to be the lead back.

    As a freshman in 2012, Yeldon helped contribute to Alabama's National Championship and had an excellent debut season. He occasionally outshone starter Eddie Lacy, a second-round selection of Green Bay's in the 2013 NFL Draft. Yeldon received only 175 carries in 2012, but totaled 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for 131 yards and a score. While Lacy was a large downhill runner, Yeldon had some explosiveness. He ripped off a number of big gains with mismatch speed.


  4. Tevin Coleman*, RB, Indiana
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-2.

    12/20/14: Coleman was very productive in 2014. He averaged 7.5 yards per carry for 2,036 yards with 15 touchdowns. The junior also had 25 receptions for 141 yards. He was huge in Indiana's upset win over Missouri. Coleman has a nice burst to him.

    As as sophomore in 2013, Coleman had 958 yards and averaged 7.3 yards per carry. He made 19 receptions for 193 yards.

    Personal: Son of Wister and Adleia Coleman. Majoring in general studies.


  5. Mike Davis*, RB, South Carolina
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 223.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-2.

    12/20/14: Davis has played with injuries that basically caused him to miss the season opener and limited him in several games, but he has still been a productive contributor for South Carolina. In 2014, Davis has averaged 5.0 yards per carry for 927 yards with nine touchdowns. He also has 30 receptions for 349 yards and a score. Davis turned in good games against East Carolina (18-101) and Missouri (22-104).

    Davis is a physical, downhill runner who has the quickness to hit the hole. He also is a versatile player with some natural athleticism for the passing game.

    8/27/14: Davis had big shoes to fill in 2013 as Marcus Lattimore was a legend at South Carolina, yet Davis managed to address the void. Sources believe that Davis is actually better than Lattimore. Davis was a physical beast for South Carolina in 2013. Even with teams selling out to stop him, he ran over defenders on a weekly basis. Davis averaged 5.8 yards per carry with 1,183 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also had 34 receptions for 352 yards. Davis showed some natural receiving ability and was phenomenal on screen passes.

    David has some surprising explosion to go along with his power. He also runs with excellent pad level, vision and balance. As a freshman in 2012, Davis averaged 5.3 yards per carry for 275 yards and two touchdowns.


  6. Duke Johnson*, RB, Miami
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-3.

    12/20/14: In 2014, Johnson has averaged 7.0 yards per carry for 1,520 yards with 10 touchdowns. He has 33 receptions for 370 yards and three scores as well. Johnson has played well for the Hurricanes. He had a monster game against Virginia Tech (29-249 rushing, 2-37 receiving) and played well against Florida State. Some NFL sources told WalterFootball.com they see Johnson as a third- or fourth-rounder, while others think of him as a late first-round or early second-round pick.

    8/27/14: Johnson is a speed back who can take any carry the distance. He is extremely fast and capable of ripping off yards in chunks. In 2013, Johnson totaled 920 yards with six scores (6.3 average) before missing the final five games after breaking his ankle against Florida State. The junior is said to have add some bulk preparing for the 2014 season.

    Johnson was one of the best freshman in college football in 2012. He led Miami on the ground and racked up a ton of all-purpose yardage. Johnson averaged 6.8 yards per carry while running for 947 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 27 passes for 221 yards and another score. Johnson was phenomenal on special teams, too. He was second in the nation in kick returns with an average of 33 yards per return. The freshman standout also brought back two kicks for touchdowns.

    With his versatility and play-making ability, it wouldn't be surprising if Johnson ends up rising in these rankings.






  7. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    12/20/14: NFL scouts have told WalterFootball.com that Abdullah was very impressive to them this year. That isn't hard to believe because Abdullah has been dominant at times as a senior. Abdullah is averaging 6.4 yards per carry this year for 1,523 yards with 18 touchdowns in 2014. He has 16 receptions for 208 yards and three touchdowns, too.

    Abdullah has shown enough that evaluators feel he'll be a good contributor in the passing offense. Abdullah is undersized, but he is quick back who slashes through defenses. Even though Abdullah isn't big, he is tough and has shown durability during his collegiate career.

    8/27/14: Abdullah isn't the biggest of backs, but he's been a workhorse for Nebraska. Abdullah topped 100 yards in 11-of-13 games in 2013. The junior totaled 1,690 yards with an average of six yards per carry and scored nine touchdowns. He also caught 26 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns.

    In 2012, Abdullah averaged five yards per carry for 1,137 yards with eight touchdowns. He caught 24 passes for 178 yards with two scores. For the NFL, Abdullah also offers kick and punt return skills. He was Nebraska's primary returner as a freshman and sophomore.

    Personal: Son of Kareem and Aisha Abdullah. Active in Nebraska charities and is on the Honor Roll as a history major.


  8. Jay Ajayi*, RB, Boise State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 216.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    12/20/14: Ajayi superb for Boise State during the 2014 regular season. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry for 1,689 yards with 25 touchdowns. Through the air, the redshirt junior made 45 receptions for 536 yards and four touchdowns.

    Ajayi has the speed to break off yards in chunks, plus is athletic and tough. He can pick up yards after contact, but his biggest flaw is ball security. Ajayi puts the ball on the ground too often. That plagued him in 2013 and has again in 2014.

    In the season opener, Ajayi played well against Ole Miss' land shark defense and matched up well against the Rebels' fast stop unit. He ran for 86 yards on 20 carries while catching 12 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.

    8/27/14: Ajayi had broke out for Boise State in 2013 as he averaged 5.7 yards per carry for 1,425 yards with 18 touchdowns. He also dragged down 22 receptions for 222 yards and a score. Ajayi ran for 548 yards and four scores as a freshman. He has some quickness to go along with quality size.


  9. Javorius Allen*, RB, USC
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-4.

    12/20/14: Allen has been the workhorse for USC in 2014 and is putting together an excellent season. The junior is averaging 5.3 yards per carry for 1,337 yards with nine touchdowns. As a receiver, he has 39 catches for 425 yards and a score.

    Allen is a physical back who has a nice burst. He has had some ball-security issues though. Allen is a one-cut downhill runner who would fit well in a zone-blocking scheme. He has strength to him to pick up yards after contact. Allen is considering entering the 2015 NFL Draft.

    8/27/14: After firing Lane Kiffin, the Trojans rediscovered their ground game. They had a stable of talented backs, but Allen managed to stand out. He finished the season on tear with big games against Oregon State (16-133), California (6-135), Colorado (21-145) and UCLA (20-123). Allen averaged 5.8 yards per carry for 785 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 252 yards. Allen should be better in 2014.




  10. Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 208.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-4.

    12/20/14: Langford has totaled 1,360 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2014 while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. He also has nine receptions for 55 yards. Langford is a physical back, but he may not have the speed to be feature back in the NFL. He would be best as rotational back and the physical thumper to take on short-yardage situations. Langford is the workhorse for the Spartans' offense and has born on a heavy load.

    8/27/14: Langford had the tough task of replacing Le'Veon Bell as the Spartans' feature back in 2013, but he did a great job of filling the huge void left by Bell. Langford was the workhorse of the Michigan State offense, averaging 4.9 yards per carry on his way to 1,422 yards and 18 touchdowns. He caught 28 receptions for 157 yards and a score. For the NFL, Langford may be best as part of a rotation as he can handle duties in the passing offense.

    Personal: Son of Jeffery and Shamine Langford. Majoring in sociology.


  11. Josh Robinson*, RB, Mississippi State
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-4.

    12/20/14: Robinson has enjoyed a breakout season for the Bulldogs. He's run with quickness and toughness to pace the Mississippi State offense. Robinson has averaged 6.4 yards per carry for 1,128 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also has 28 receptions for 370 yards. Robinson had huge performances to help the Bulldogs win close games against LSU (16-197) and Kentucky (23-198). He had some ugly plays against Alabama, including taking an unnecessary safety.

    Robinson averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 459 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore. In his freshman year, he totaled 335 yards (6.1 average) and a score.


  12. David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    12/20/14: Johnson was impressive enough to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl. This year was the senior's best as he ran for 1,553 yards and almost another 1,000 yards in all-purpose yardage. As a junior, he ran for 1,286 yards with 393 yards receiving. Johnson ran for 1,021 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2012.

    Personal: Son of Regina Johnson.


  13. Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    12/20/14: Artis-Payne replaced Tre Mason for Auburn, and the Tigers have received a solid season from their tailback. Artis-Payne has averaged 5.4 yards per carry for 1,482 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also has 12 receptions for 129 yards. Artis-Payne is a well-rounded runner, but he isn't overly fast or physical. He looks like a backup running back in the NFL. In 2013, Artis-Payne averaged 6.7 yards per carry on 91 attempts for 610 yards with six scores.


  14. Kenny Hilliard, RB, LSU
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 233.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    12/20/14: Hilliard has run well for LSU this season. He's averaged five yards per carry for 431 yards with six touchdowns. Hilliard also has four passes for 35 yards. He doesn't get a lot of carries because he's part of a stable of backs getting carries for the Tigers. Hilliard is a big, physical bruising back who could be part of a rotation for the NFL. He may not have the speed to be a feature starter. Teammate Alfred Blue was a steal for the Texans last year, and Hilliard could be a similar value as both talented runners lost carries to the rotation.

    8/27/14: Hilliard totaled 310 yards on 68 carries (4.6 average) with seven touchdowns in 2013. With Jeremy Hill in the NFL, Hilliard could see more opportunities this coming season. LSU utilizes a running back-by-committee approach that makes it tough for any one back to stand out though. Hilliard was part of such a group in 2012. Like a lot of the Tigers' backs, Hilliard is a big power back who has some quickness. He had the second-highest stat line among LSU's backs in 2012 with 464 yards and six touchdowns.

    Personal: Majoring in general studies. Son of Brenda Hilliard and nephew of former Saints running back Dalton Hilliard.


  15. Storm Woods, RB, Oregon State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 212.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    12/20/14: Woods averaged 6.3 yards per carry for 766 yards and five touchdowns. As a receiver, he reeled in 26 receptions for 179 yards and a score. Like the rest of the Oregon State offense, Woods hasn't been able to get into a rhythm this season as the Beavers' offensive line was dreadful.

    8/27/14: Woods was banged up in 2013 as he totaled only 127 carries for 477 yards and six touchdowns. The year before, Woods was a freshman sensation who totaled 940 yards and 13 touchdowns while averaging 4.9 yards per carry. The shifty runner is a great receiving back for quarterback Sean Mannion. Woods caught 38 passes for 313 yards as a freshman and followed that up with 47 catches for 440 yards in 2013.


  16. Matt Jones*, RB, Florida
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 226.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    12/20/14: Jones has run well in 2014, but the struggles of Jeff Driskel and the offensive line have limited his opportunities. Jones is averaging 4.9 yards per carry for 817 yards with six touchdowns. He also has 11 receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. The junior was banged up during the season, too.

    Jones is a one-cut downhill runner who can pick up yards after contact. However, he has durability and speed issues for the NFL. Jones decided to enter the 2015 draft. From a family perspective, it may have been the right decision, but from a football standpoint, Jones should have returned for his senior year.

    8/27/14: Florida expected Jones to have a big 2013 season as its feature player, but he never got off the ground. Jones had a viral infection before the year and never got into a groove before a season-ending knee injury. Jones ran for 339 yards (4.3 average) and two touchdowns in his limited action.

    Jones was a backup as a freshman in 2012 and didn't get a lot of playing time. He was a prize recruit who flashed a physical, downhill running style with a burst that year. Jones ran for 275 yards and three touchdowns on only 52 carries in 2012. He ran for 81 yards and a touchdown against Florida State to conclude that regular season.

    In 2014 though, Jones will have to earn his carries. Florida has Kelvin Taylor (son of Fred Taylor) and other talented young backs who are fighting for carries.




  17. David Cobb, RB, Minnesota
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.61.
    Projected Round (2015): 5-7.

    12/20/14: Cobb has been one of the most productive runners in the nation in 2014. He is a physical runner who can handle a big work load. Cobb fights for yards after contact and plays really hard. If he were faster, he could be a second-day prospect. Cobb is averaging 5.3 yards per carry in 2014 for 1,545 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also has 12 receptions for 129 yards. Cobb turned in big games against Middle Tennessee (29-220), San Jose State (34-207), Michigan (32-183), and Purdue (35-194).

    In 2013, Cobb averaged 5.1 yards per carry for 1,202 yards with seven touchdowns. He had 17 receptions for 174 yards.

    Personal: Son of Caeser and Nina Cobb.


  18. Shock Linwood**, RB, Baylor
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2015): 5-7.

    12/20/14: Linwood has rushed for 1,226 yards on 240 carries (5.1 average) with 16 touchdowns this year. He has six receptions for 76 yards, too. Linwood looks undersized for the NFL, but has some quickness and is a slashing runner. He could hope to stick as a backup change-of-pace back.

    8/27/14: Lache Seastrunk started out like gang-busters for Baylor in 2013 before getting injured midway through the season. That slack was picked up by Linwood, who was in his first season of playing time. He had huge games against Oklahoma (23-182) and Texas Tech (29-187) to help Baylor win the Big XII Title. Linwood averaged 6.9 yards per carry for 881 yards with eight touchdowns. With Seastrunk and Glasco Martin in the NFL, Linwood should take over as the Bears' feature back.

    Personal: Son of Richard Glover and Yuwanda Linwood. Full name is Rashodrick.


  19. Kenyan Drake*, RB, Alabama
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 202.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2015): 5-7.

    12/20/14: Drake totaled 22 carries for 112 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. He also made four receptions for 149 yards and two scores. One of those catches was an 87-yard touchdown against Florida. His season ended with a gruesome dislocated ankle injury that required surgery. He should return to Alabama.

    8/27/14: If Drake was at most colleges, he would be a starter, but at Alabama, he's a backup. Drake will have a hard time getting a lot of carries with T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry also in the backfield. In 2013, Drake averaged 7.5 yards per carry for 694 yards and eight touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 135 yards. If Drake gets the opportunity to show his skills, he could rise.





  20. Michael Dyer, RB, Louisville
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 213.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    12/20/14: Dyer would be ranked higher if it weren't for all of his off-the-field issues. He also missed four games with injuries this year. Dyer has averaged 4.4 yards per carry for 481 yards and five touchdowns. He also has caught three passes for 40 yards. Dyer had a huge game against N.C. State (24-173) and Florida State (28-134-3). After the Florida State game, he had only 32 carries in the final three games.

    8/27/14: Dyer played decently in his return to college football while serving in a rotation with the Cardinals' other running backs. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry with 223 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. Dyer came to the team late, and his knowledge of the offensive playbook was said to be a work in progress for most of the season. His carries only surpassed 10 in one game, and he received only one attempt against Central Florida. Dyer missed multiple games with groin and hip injuries. He should be back with Louisville in 2014.

    Dyer started out his career at Auburn before being suspended after providing a gun to teammates who were involved in an armed robbery. He followed Gus Malzahn to Arkansas State where Malzahn became the head coach. Shortly after joining his new program, Dyer was dismissed from the team after police found a gun and marijuana on him at a traffic stop.

    Dyer ran for 1,093 yards with five touchdowns for Auburn as freshman in 2010 and averaged six yards per carry. That broke Bo Jackson's freshman running record with the Tigers. Dyer carried the load for Auburn's offense in 2011 following the departure of Cam Newton for the NFL. Dyer ran for 1,242 yards (5.13 average) with 10 touchdowns. He was a First-Team All-SEC selection alongside Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

    One big question mark about Dyer's game is his receiving ability. He only caught three receptions for 16 yards in two seasons at Auburn.


  21. Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 228.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.61.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    12/20/14: Brown has run for 683 yards on 176 carries (3.9 average) with six touchdowns in 2014. He has 15 receptions for 65 yards.

    8/27/14: Brown has been a solid runner for Texas the past three seasons. His best production came as a junior in 2013 when he ran for 904 yards with an average of 4.2 yards per carry and nine touchdowns. Brown ran for 324 yards as a sophomore and 742 yards as a freshman. He has some receiving ability with 32 receptions over the past two years.


  22. Tra Carson*, RB, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    12/20/14: Carson has spent 2014 as part of a running back rotation. He has 99 carries for 448 yards (4.5 average) with five touchdowns. Carson also has eight receptions for 58 yards.

    8/27/14: Even though Carson didn't get a lot of opportunities in 2013, he flashed when the Aggies gave him the chance. Carson averaged 5.3 yards per carry for 329 yards and seven touchdowns in 11 games.

    Carson is a physical, downhill runner. With Johnny Manziel in the NFL, Carson should get more opportunities to run the ball in 2014. He was a backup at Oregon in 2011, but transferred to Texas A&M after the season and sat out 2012.


  23. Trey Edmunds**, RB, Virginia Tech
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 221.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    12/20/14: Edmunds didn't play five games this year. He has 17 carries for 86 yards. Edmunds never really got into a groove after fracturing his leg at the end of the 2013 season.

    8/27/14: The redshirt sophomore played better than his totals indicate in his first season of playing time. In 2013, Edmunds ran for 675 yards with an average of 4.1 yards per carry with 10 touchdowns. He caught 17 passes for 155 yards and two scores. Edmunds opened the year with 132 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries against Alabama. He has a lot of upside as a runner.


  24. Keith Marshall*, RB, Georgia
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2015): 7-FA.

    12/20/14: Marshall dealt with a knee injury that caused him to miss nine games after playing in three contests. Even before the injury, Marshall had a hard time getting carries with Todd Gurley being the featured player in the Georgia offense. Freshman Nick Chubb also took carries away from Marshall. Marshall totaled 24 yards on 12 carries in 2014.

    8/27/14: Marshall provided an excellent change of pace from Todd Gurley in 2012. Marshall averaged 6.5 yards per carry with 759 yards and eight touchdowns. The freshman also caught 11 passes for 91 yards. Like Gurley, Marshall has an excellent combination of size and speed.

    Marshall's 2013 was off to a superb start before an ACL tear versus Tennessee. He totaled 246 yards on 56 carries with a touchdown in his five-game season. Marshall and Gurley should be the featured players in the Bulldogs' offense in 2014.


  25. Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2015): 7-FA.

    12/20/14: Williams really hurt his draft stock with off-the-field issues. The Tallahassee Police Department is looking into a domestic assault of Williams' ex-girlfriend. She is the mother of their infant son and is pregnant with their second child. Considering the domestic violence problems the NFL has faced recently, Williams could easily fall into the undrafted ranks.

    On the field, Williams was disappointing in 2014 as he didn't run with the power or speed that he displayed in 2013. Dalvin Cook took over as the feature back for the Seminoles. Williams averaged 4.4 yards per carry for 609 yards with 10 touchdowns. He had 24 receptions for 206 yards and one touchdown.

    8/27/14: It took some time, but Williams finally showed some of the play-making ability that he was billed to have. After being one of the top recruits in the nation, Williams had a hard time seeing the field in the early going of his career. He was a backup safety and kick returner.

    During his junior season, Williams was switched to running back - a great move. He was fast, physical and overpowering as a runner. Williams took carries away from James Wilder, Jr. Williams averaged eight yards per carry for 730 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 91 carries. He caught eight passes for 63 yards.

    With Devonta Freeman and Wilder in the NFL, Williams should get a bigger workload, but the Seminoles have a ton of talented backs to compete for playing time. The senior also needs to develop his running instincts.


  26. Marcus Coker, RB, Stony Brook
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2015): FA.

    12/20/14: Coker recorded 498 yards (4.2 average) and three touchdowns on the ground in 2014.

    8/27/14: Coker missed the 2013 season with an abdominal injury. He's had a motorcycle accident, too, but is expected to be ready for training camp. Coker totaled 1,018 yards and nine touchdowns on 210 carries (4.8 average) for Stony Brook in 2012. He ran for 1,384 yards (4.9 average) and 15 touchdowns for Iowa the year before. Coker had some off-the-field concerns while a Hawkeye and was suspended for the 2011 Insight Bowl. After that suspension, he was granted a release from his scholarship and transfered to the FCS level.

    Coker ran for 622 yards and three scores as a freshman backup for Iowa in 2010. He is a physical power back who is a one-cut downhill runner. The character concerns will be an issue for Coker.


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