Saquon Barkley*, RB, Penn State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 223. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2018): Top-20 Pick. 9/9/17: Barkley rolled over Akron with 172 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.
7/17/17: Barkley was excellent in 2016, and NFL sources have already said they think he's a stud back for the next level. The sophomore averaged 5.5 yards per carry on the year for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also made 28 catches for 402 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver.
Barkley was very impressive as a freshman in 2015 when he averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 1,076 yards with seven touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 161 yards and a score. Barkley was very impressive running for 194 yards on 26 carries against an Ohio State defense loaded with NFL talent. Barkley is a tough runner with a burst.
Derrius Guice*, RB, LSU
Height: 5-11. Weight: 212. Projected 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2018): 1-3. 9/9/17: Guice ran for 122 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns against BYU to open the 2017 season.
7/17/17: With Leonard Fournette in and out of the lineup with an ankle injury in 2016, Guice took advantage of a larger-than-expected workload to have a breakout sophomore season. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry for 1,387 yards with 15 touchdowns, plus took nine receptions for 106 yards. Guice had some massive games with 252 yards versus Arkansas and 285 yards rushing against Texas A&M. He is a tougher runner with quickness.
Bo Scarborough*, RB, Alabama
Height: 6-2. Weight: 228. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Projected Round (2018): 1-3. 9/9/17: Against Florida State, Scarbrough had 40 yards on 15 carries.
7/17/17: Scarbrough emerged as a potentially devastating workhorse running back at the end of the 2016 season. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry on the year for 812 yards with 11 touchdowns. He is similar to Derrick Henry with the size to run over defenders and a surprising burst to break off long runs for a big back. Scarborough could be a workhorse back for the NFL.
Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
Height: 5-10. Weight: 220. Projected 40 Time: 4.51. Projected Round (2018): 1-3. 9/9/17: Chubb opened his senior year with 96 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns against Appalachian State.
7/17/17: In 2016, Chubb averaged 5.0 yards per carry for 1,130 yards with eight touchdowns. He had five receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown as well. Chubb didn't quite have the speed and explosion that he had before his 2015 knee injury. Considering it was only about a year since he was hurt, that is understandable.
Prior to his season-ending knee injury in 2015, Chubb had picked up where he left off as a freshman. The sophomore averaged 8.1 yards per carry for 747 yards and seven touchdowns in his shortened 2015 season. In 2014 while splitting time with Todd Gurley, Chubb averaged 7.1 yards per carry for 1,547 yards with 14 touchdowns. He also caught 18 receptions for 213 yards and two scores.
Chubb is akin to a human bowling ball, rolling over tacklers and and being a physical force in the SEC. He is a powerful runner who also has the quickness to rip off yards in chunks. He also is an explosive track competitor.
Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa
Height: 5-11. Weight: 191. Projected 40 Time: 4.50. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 9/9/17: Against Wyoming, Wadley ran for 116 yards on 24 carries.
7/17/17: Late in the 2016 season, team sources told WalterFootball.com that Wadley was really impressing them. The junior averaged 6.4 yards per carry in 2016 for 1,081 yards with 10 touchdowns. He also contributed as a receiver with 36 catches for 315 yards and three touchdowns. Wadley totaled 83 carries for 496 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore.
Ronald Jones II*, RB, USC
Height: 6-1. Weight: 195. Projected 40 Time: 4.57. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 9/9/17: Jones rolled over Western Michigan running for 159 yards on 18 carries with three touchdowns. He also had a 19-yard reception.
7/17/17: Jones has been a tough runner for the Trojans since his first season, when he averaged 6.5 yards per carry for 987 yards with eight touchdowns. Jones improved slightly in 2016 with an average of 6.1 yards per carry for 1,082 yards and 12 touchdowns. Over two seasons, he has a total of 18 receptions. With Sam Darnold carving up defenses, Jones should have plenty of good running looks in 2017.
Mike Weber**, RB, Ohio State
Height: 5-10. Weight: 212. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 9/9/17: Weber sat out the season opener with a hamstring injury.
7/17/17: In a group of a highly recruited and talented running backs, Weber won the starting job to replace Ezekiel Elliott, and Weber had an impressive debut in 2016, averaging six yards per carry for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns. He had 23 receptions for 91 yards as well.
Weber could be even better in 2017 now that he has a year of experience. There has been some buzz about the redshirt sophomore in the scouting community.
Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
Height: 5-11. Weight: 230. Projected 40 Time: 4.56. Projected Round (2018): 2-4. 9/9/17: Freeman got his senior year off to a great start, rushing for four touchdowns and 150 yards on 23 carries against Southern Utah.
7/17/17: Freeman was banged up in 2016 and didn't look like the same player as the year before. He barely played against Nebraska and missed the game against Colorado with a leg injury. Freeman returned to the field afterward, but he wasn't the same as evidenced by his games against Washington (11-50), California (15-10) and Arizona State (17-38). Freeman averaged 5.6 yards per carry in 2016 for 945 yards with nine touchdowns. He had 23 catches for 144 yards as well.
Freeman was the bell-cow back for the Ducks the previous two seasons. He impressed as a freshman by averaging 5.4 yards per carry for 1,365 yards with 18 touchdowns while also picking up 16 receptions for 158 yards and a score. Freeman was even better as a sophomore, averaging 6.5 yards per carry for 1,836 yards with 17 touchdowns. He added 26 receptions for 348 yards and two scores as well.
Kamryn Pettway*, RB, Auburn
Height: 6-0. Weight: 235. Projected 40 Time: 4.58. Projected Round (2018): 3-4. 9/9/17: Pettway was suspended for the season opener.
7/17/17: The power back Pettway was a rotational fullback in 2015 before becoming Auburn's feature runner in 2016. During a breakout season, Pettway was one of the top backs in the SEC as he averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 1,224 yards with seven touchdowns. Unsurprisingly with Auburn's offense, he didn't get thrown the ball as he had only two receptions on the season.
Damien Harris*, RB, Alabama
Height: 5-11. Weight: 214. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 9/9/17: Against a Florida State team loaded with NFL talent, Harris had a very impressive performance to open his season. He had a 34-yard run to open the game, blocked a punt on special teams, and had a critical touchdown run. Harris totaled 73 yards on nine carries for the evening. The tape of this game will help Harris as a runner and shows that he can contribute on special teams.
7/17/17: On only 145 carries in 2016, Harris averaged 7.2 yards per carry for 1,040 yards with two touchdowns. He had 14 receptions for 99 yards, too. Harris actually was Alabama's leading rusher. He could have a hard time producing much more as the Crimson Tide are loaded in the backfield with Bo Scarbrough, Josh Jacobs, and quarterback Jalen Hurts all getting a lot of carries.
Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
Height: 5-11. Weight: 212. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 9/9/17: Michel started the season well with 87 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown. In speaking with team sources, Michel has a lot of fans in the scouting community. Some even prefer him over Nick Chubb because Michel does more in the passing game.
7/17/17: Michel played well in 2016 while serving as the backup to Nick Chubb. On the season, Michel took 152 carries for 840 yards - 5.3-yard average - and four touchdowns. He also had 22 receptions for 149 yards.
At most schools, Michel would be a starter, but he has been Chubb's backup for the vast majority of his collegiate career. Still, Michel is a rushing threat with deceptive speed. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry in 2015 for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had 26 receptions for 270 yards and three scores. Michel looks like he could be a mid-round steal for a NFL team.
Jordan Scarlett*, RB, Florida
Height: 5-10. Weight: 213. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 9/9/17: Scarlett was suspended for the season opener, and his status remains a question mark as he was suspended indefinitely.
7/17/17: Scarlett enjoyed a breakout sophomore season as he averaged 5.0 yards per carry for 889 yards with six touchdowns. He is a physical, downhill back who has nice quickness. Scarlett could have had more production, but Florida's offense was held back by quarterback play that led to a weak passing offense and many drives ending in punts. If the Gators can pass enough to keep defenses honest, Scarlett could have a big season because he is a talented runner.
Ralph Webb, RB, Vanderbilt
Height: 5-10. Weight: 202. Projected 40 Time: 4.48. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 9/9/17: Webb had 49 yards with 24 carries and one touchdown with Middle Tennessee.
7/17/17: Webb goes under the radar at Vanderbilt, but he has been one of the more steady backs in the SEC the past few seasons. Webb averaged 5.1 yards per carry in 2016 for 1,283 yards with 13 touchdowns. He caught 21 passes for 166 yards. The previous year, he averaged 4.2 yards per carry for 1,152 yards and five scores. Webb chipped in 24 receptions for 188 yards and two scores, too. As a freshman, he ran for 907 yards. Webb is a smaller back who might not be a starter in the NFL, but he could be a solid rotational back who also contributes in the passing game.
Myles Gaskin*, RB, Washington
Height: 5-10. Weight: 193. Projected 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 9/9/17: Gaskin recorded 59 yards on 17 carries with five receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown against Rutgers. He made some great catches and was excellent as a receiver out of the backfield.
7/17/17: Gaskin was a steady runner and contributor for the Huskies in 2016. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry for 1,373 yards with 10 touchdowns. He caught 19 passes for 137 yards. Gaskin ran for 1,302 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015. If he were bigger, Gaskin could be ranked higher.
Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern
Height: 5-11. Weight: 193. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 9/9/17: Jackson totaled 109 yards on 30 carries with five receptions for 42 yards to open the year.
7/17/17: Jackson is an impressive runner who has been extremely productive the past three seasons. As a junior, he averaged 5.1 yards per carry for 1,524 yards with 15 touchdowns. He also caught 35 passes for 219 yards. Jackson ran for 1,418 yards as a sophomore and 1,187 yards as a freshman with 43 combined receptions. Jackson lacks size for the NFL, but he could be a change-of-pace and receiving back.
L.J. Scott*, RB, Michigan State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 230. Projected 40 Time: 4.56. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 9/9/17: Scott had 39 yards on 15 carries against Bowling Green.
7/17/17: Scott ran for 994 yards on 184 carries (5.4 average) with six touchdowns as a sophomore. Even though Michigan State had a down season, Scott ran hard, and that was evident late in 2016 when he rushed for 160 yards and caught two passes for 76 yards against an Ohio State defense loaded with NFL talent. He had 699 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns as a freshman in 2015. Scott is a big, physical runner who could be a pounding runner in the NFL.
Lavon Coleman, RB, Washington
Height: 5-11. Weight: 228. Projected 40 Time: 4.59. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 9/9/17: Coleman totaled 40 yards on 14 attempts with two receptions for 11 yards against Rutgers.
7/17/17: Coleman is a thick back who combined with Myles Gaskin to form a tough rushing duo for Washington. In 2016, Coleman averaged 7.5 yards per carry for 852 yards and seven touchdowns. That was big increase over rushing totals of 176 and 565 in the previous two seasons. Coleman isn't much of a receiver, totaling just 18 receptions over three years.
Travon McMillan*, RB, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-0. Weight: 200. Projected 40 Time: 4.57. Projected Round (2018): 6-FA. 9/9/17: Against West Virginia McMillan rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
7/17/17: McMillan impressed in 2015 in his debut season for Virginia Tech, running for 1,042 yards with seven touchdowns. His production dipped to 671 yards and seven touchdowns (4.6 average) in 2016. Under a new coaching staff, quarterback Jerod Evans was the Hokies' leading rusher.
Nick Wilson, RB, Arizona
Height: 5-10. Weight: 199. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2018): 7-FA. 9/9/17: Wilson had 87 yards on eight carries with a touchdown against Northern Arizona.
7/17/17: Wilson averaged 5.8 yards per carry in 2016 for 320 yards with three touchdowns. He also made two receptions for 11 yards. Wilson missed seven games because of injury in 2016.
Wilson had an impressive debut in 2014 with an average of 5.8 yards per carry for 1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he missed four games and saw his total dip to 725 yards with an average of 5.5 per carry and eight touchdowns. He has to stay healthy in 2017 to help his draft stock.