Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
Height: 5-10. Weight: 196. Projected 40 Time: 4.40. Projected Round (2019): 1. 6/9/18: Team sources say that Love is better than other smaller backs who have gone in the first round, like David Wilson or Jahvid Best. They think that Love is more on a par with Chris Johnson coming out of East Carolina, except Love isn't as straight-line fast as Johnson, but possesses more elusiveness and moves in the open field. While Love is extremely fast, he is a tougher running back than one would think given his size. Love has great vision that, combined with his speed, makes him deadly. One college director told me, "If the other nine guys do their job for a few seconds, this guy is gone."
In 2017, Love averaged a staggering 8.1 yards per carry for 2,118 yards with 19 touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 33 yards. Sources say Love has more receiving potential for the NFL than the numbers illustrate.
Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
Height: 5-11. Weight: 214. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2019): 1-2. 6/9/18: In speaking with scouts across the league, they really like Harris and think he has turned himself into a well-rounded player through hard work and dedication. Some sources have compared Harris to the good version Doug Martin for the NFL. They say that he has elite vision, good contact balance, and strength. From watching the Crimson Tide in practice as well, they say that Harris is a good receiver even though Alabama doesn't feature him in that role.
Harris ran really well for the Crimson Tide in 2017, averaging 7.4 yards per carry for 1,000 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also had 12 receptions for 91 yards. 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 was Alabama's leading rusher.
L.J. Scott, RB, Michigan State
Height: 6-0. Weight: 225. Projected 40 Time: 4.60. Projected Round (2019): 2-3. 6/9/18 Scott averaged 4.5 yards per carry in 2017 for 898 yards and eight touchdowns. He totaled 20 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown as well. Sources think that Scott is more than just a power back. They like Scott's surprising speed and believe he has the athletic ability to be more than a North-South runner. He is patient and has feet that can make tacklers miss. He needs to work on his ball security though.
Scouts think that Scott could be even more athletic and quicker if he drops some weight. They talk about how Le'Veon Bell was too heavy at Michigan State and became a different player after losing weight at the direction of the Steelers. Scott may not get a lot of notice, but teams are eyeing him as a value pick. Scott ran for 994 yards on 184 carries (5.4 average) with six touchdowns as a sophomore.
Rodney Anderson*, RB, Oklahoma
Height: 6-1. Weight: 219. Projected 40 Time: 4.50. Projected Round (2019): 2-3. 6/9/18: With Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine in the NFL, Anderson took over as Oklahoma's feature back and had an impressive 2017 season. On th year, he averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 960 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 162 carries. He also had 16 receptions for 283 yards and three touchdowns.
Even though he has a build with size, Anderson shows impressive speed with first-step quickness and a burst to get to the second level. In the tackle box, he runs with nice knee bend to stay behind his pads and run through contact. Anderson flashes an ability to run angry and charges hard downhill. When he gets to the open field, he stands up higher to run away from defenders. Anderson also showed superb receiving ability. He ran good routes, adjusted well to the ball, make acrobatic catches, and showed soft hands. While Anderson is not a burner back like Chris Johnson, Anderson has a combination of size, speed, and receiving ability that reminds this analyst of Arian Foster and DeMarco Murray.
Bennie Snell Jr.*, RB, Kentucky
Height: 5-11. Weight: 223. Projected 40 Time: 4.50. Projected Round (2019): 2-3. 6/9/18: Snell was fantastic in 2015, taking the SEC by storm. The freshman averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 1,091 yards with 13 touchdowns in his debut for the Wildcats. He only received 186 carries and didn't play in the first two games of the season, so he could have produced a lot more.
In 2017, defenses sold out to stop Snell, but he still averaged 5.1 yards per carry for 1,333 yards with 19 touchdowns on 262 carries. He also had 10 receptions for 72 yards. Snell has good size with a burst and is a tough runner who picks up yards after contact. He looks like an early-round talent.
Devin Singletary*, RB, Florida Atlantic
Height: 5-7. Weight: 199. Projected 40 Time: 4.58. Projected Round (2019): 2-4. 6/9/18: Team sources told me that Singletary graded out as having 1-4th round potential by the advance scouts. The short, thick back has good speed with impressive feet, balance and vision. In 2017, Singletary averaged 6.5 yards per carry for 1,796 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also had 18 receptions for 185 yards and one score. In 2016, Singletary averaged 6.7 yards per carry for 1,021 yards with 12 scores to go with 26 receptions for 163 yards in his freshman season.
Mike Weber*, RB, Ohio State
Height: 5-10. Weight: 212. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2019): 2-4. 6/9/18: In 2017, Weber missed a few games with a hamstring injury and was limited in others. That led to Ohio State going to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins as the starter. For 2017, Webb took 96 carries for 608 yards - 6.3 average - with 10 touchdowns. He also had nine catches for 78 yards. Weber has a good skill set with speed in a thick build.
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.
Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington
Height: 5-10. Weight: 193. Projected 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2019): 2-4. 6/9/18: In 2017, Gaskin averaged 6.2 yards per carry for 1,380 yards and 21 touchdowns. He made some great catches and flashed as a receiver out of the backfield. Gaskin had 19 catches for 232 yards and three scores through the air. Team sources had Gaskin grading out in the first four rounds by their advance scouts.
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.
Karan Higdon, RB, Michigan
Height: 5-10. Weight: 190. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2019): 3-5. 6/9/18: Higdon is a smaller back who has some real quickness. In 2017, he had only 164 carries, but he turned that into 994 yards and 11 touchdowns with an average of 6.1 yards per carry. He had eight receptions for 131 yards. As a sophomore, Higdon averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 425 yards with six scores.
Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
Height: 5-9. Weight: 200. Projected 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2019): 3-5. 6/9/18: As a freshman, Williams looked like he had star potential with an average of 6.8 yards per carry for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns. The Aggies' offensive line struggled in his sophomore year, and their quarterback play held them back as well. Williams averaged 4.4 yards per carry for 733 yards with seven touchdowns that season. He caught 19 passes in each of those seasons.
Jordan Scarlett*, RB, Florida
Height: 5-10. Weight: 213. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2019): 4-6. 6/9/18: Scarlett didn't play in 2017 due to being suspended indefinitely. He was charged with credit-card fraud before entering a pre-trial diversion program in early November. Scarlett is expected to be back on the field for the Gators in 2018, but he is going to have earn back a starting job and playing time.
Scarlett enjoyed a breakout sophomore season, averaging 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 that season, 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.
David Montgomery*, RB, Iowa State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 219. Projected 40 Time: 4.62. Projected Round (2019): 4-6. 6/9/18: Montgomery is a nice college back who runs hard and fights through contact to pick up extra yards. He may not have the speed to be an impact-making starter in the NFL, but he could be a solid rotational option. Montgomery is impressive in the passing game as he has soft hands and knows how to get open. In the open field, he is tough for defensive backs to get on the ground. Montgomery averaged 4.7 yards per carry in 2017 for 1,094 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also caught 35 passes for 288 yards.
KirVonte Benson*, RB, Georgia Tech
Height: 5-9. Weight: 211. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2019): 4-6. 6/9/18: In 2017, Benson was a solid runner for Georgia Tech, averaging 5.2 yards per carry for 1,053 yards and six touchdowns. In the Yellow Jackets' offense, Benson doesn't get a chance to show much receiving skills.
Alex Barnes*, RB, Kansas State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 227. Projected 40 Time: 4.59. Projected Round (2019): 4-6. 6/9/18: Barnes is a big back who is a power runner. He averaged 5.2 yard per carry for 702 yards last year after notching 7.9 yards per carry for 442 yards the previous year. Each season, Barnes totaled six touchdowns.
Justice Hill*, RB, Oklahoma State
Height: 5-10. Weight: 185. Projected 40 Time: 4.50. Projected Round (2019): 5-7. 6/9/18: Hill is a very good college back, but he is very undersized for the NFL. In 2017, Hill averaged 5.5 yards per carry for 1,347 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also was a good outlet receiver, catching 30 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown. In his freshman year, Hill averaged 5.5 yards per carry for 1,142 yards with six scores. He also had five receptions for 46 yards. For the NFL, Hill might fit best as a third-down receiving and backup running back.
Qadree Ollison, RB, Pittsburgh
Height: 6-2. Weight: 230. Projected 40 Time: 4.59. Projected Round (2019): 6-FA. 6/9/18: Ollison had a breakout freshman year, averaging 5.3 yards per carry for 1,121 yards with 11 touchdowns. Since then he hasn't produced much for Pittsburgh, including only 398 yards and five scores as a junior, but he did have 23 catches for 194 yards that season. Ollison needs a big senior year.
Travon McMillan, RB, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-0. Weight: 200. Projected 40 Time: 4.57. Projected Round (2019): 6-FA. 6/9/18: McMillan averaged 4.2 yards per carry in 2017 for 439 yards with two touchdowns with 12 receptions for 173 yards and three scores. 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.
Devwah Whaley*, RB, Arkansas
Height: 5-11. Weight: 216. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Projected Round (2019): 6-FA. 6/9/18: Whaley has some talent and could rise in the months to come. In 2017, he averaged 4.4 yards per carry for 559 yards and seven touchdowns. Whaley needs a breakout season as a junior.
Jacques Patrick, RB, Florida State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 231. Projected 40 Time: 4.58. Projected Round (2019): 6-FA. 6/9/18: Patrick is a big back who would be a starter at most schools, but with Dalvin Cook and then Cam Akers, Patrick is a backup at Florida State. In 2017, Patrick averaged 5.8 yards per carry for 687 yards with six touchdowns. He also had 19 receptions for 145 yards. Patrick could compete to be a backup running back and special teams contributor in the NFL.
Rodney Smith, RB, Minnesota
Height: 5-11. Weight: 209. Projected 40 Time: 4.56. Projected Round (2019): 6-FA. 6/9/18: Smith averaged 4.3 yards per carry in 2017 for 977 yards with three touchdowns. His best season came as a sophomore averaging 4.8 yards per carry for 1,158 yards and 16 touchdowns. Over three seasons, he has 56 receptions. Smith could have backup potential.
Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple
Height: 5-11. Weight: 205. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Projected Round (2019): 7-FA. 6/9/18: Armstead flashed as a sophomore when he averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 919 yards with 14 touchdowns. He fell back as a junior with 553 yards, a 3.9 yards-per-carry average, and four touchdowns.
Darrin Hall, RB, Pittsburgh
Height: 5-11. Weight: 220. Projected 40 Time: 4.58. Projected Round (2019): 7-FA. 6/9/18: Hall is a thick back with a nose for the end zone. In 2017, he averaged 4.9 yards per carry for 628 yards with nine touchdowns. He also had 16 receptions for 157 yards and one score. Hall needs a big senior year.