Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
Height: 5-10. Weight: 196. Projected 40 Time: 4.47. Projected Round (2019): 1. 2/8/18: 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. He has excellent balance and is able to pick up yards after contact. Scouts have told me that they rate Love higher than Christian McCaffrey for the ability to run between the tackles in the NFL. 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. 2/8/18: 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. In speaking with scouts, they like Harris and think he has turned himself into a well-rounded player through hard work and dedication. Some sources have compared Harris to Doug Martin as an NFL comparison.
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: 6-1. Weight: 230. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2019): 2-3. 2/8/18: 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's 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.
Bennie Snell Jr.*, RB, Kentucky
Height: 5-11. Weight: 223. Projected 40 Time: 4.50. Projected Round (2019): 2-3. 2/8/18: 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.
Karan Higdon, RB, Michigan
Height: 5-10. Weight: 190. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2019): 2-3. 2/8/18: 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.
Mike Weber*, RB, Ohio State
Height: 5-10. Weight: 212. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2019): 2-3.