2021 NFL Draft Prospects: Running Back

By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2021 quarterback prospects available for the 2021 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2021 prospect. ** - denotes 2024 prospect.

This page was last updated May 13, 2020. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.


2019 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

2020 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

2021 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. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2021): .
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    2/10/20: For the most part, Etienne played well for Clemson in 2019, showing the speed to break off long gains on any carry. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry for 1,614 yards with 19 touchdowns. He also had 37 receptions for 432 yards and four touchdowns. It wasn't all been good for Etienne. who demonstrated some ball-security issues against Georgia Tech and North Carolina. The game against the Tar Heels was a rough tape as a blocker and runner for Etienne. However, he came up with a great receiving game to help Clemson beat Ohio State in the opening round of the playoffs. Etienne is a smaller runner who won't bring a lot of power or yards after contact to the NFL, but he could be a good weapon in a passing offense.

    8/17/19: Etienne is not the biggest of backs, but he runs hard and has quickness to break off long runs. Etienne averaged 8.1 yards per carry in 2018 for 1,658 yards with 24 touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 78 yards and two scores. If Etienne can add weight while maintaining his speed, he could rise.

    Seasonal Rushing Stats

    Season Team Games Att. Yds Yds/Rush TDs Yds/Game Rush Long
    2017 Clemson 13 766 107 7.16 13 58.92 362
    2018 Clemson 15 1658 204 8.13 24 110.53 516
    2019 Clemson 15 1614 207 7.8 19 107.6 469
    2020 Clemson 0 0 0 0 0


    Receiving Stats

    Season Team Games Rec. Rec./Game Yds Yds/Rec. TDs Rec Yds /Game
    2017 Clemson 13 5 57 0.38 11.4 0 57
    2018 Clemson 15 12 78 0.80 6.5 2 78
    2019 Clemson 15 37 432 2.47 11.68 4 432
    2020 Clemson 0 0 0.00 0




  2. Chuba Hubbard*, RB, Oklahoma State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 207.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2021): .
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    2/10/20: Hubbard took college football by storm in 2019, and he entered the final month of the regular season as the nation's leading rusher. Hubbard averaged 6.4 yards per carry in 2019 for 2,094 yards with 21 touchdowns. He had 23 catches for 198 yards as well.

    Hubbard lacks elite power and is a bit of a straight-line runner, but he has good vision and feel. Hubbard is a hard-charging back who has good contact balance with instincts. While Hubbard is a former track competitor, he is not a blazer. For the NFL, Hubbard has starting potential and can make some plays in the passing game. In speaking with some scouts, they feel that Hubbard could go in the second round.

    As a redshirt freshman, Hubbard averaged six yards per carry for 740 yards with seven touchdowns and 22 receptions for 229 yards and two scores.

    Seasonal Rushing Stats

    Season Team Games Att. Yds Yds/Rush TDs Yds/Game Rush Long
    2017 Oklahoma St. 0 0 0 0 0
    2018 Oklahoma St. 13 740 124 5.97 7 56.92 211
    2019 Oklahoma St. 13 2094 328 6.38 21 161.08 548
    2020 Oklahoma St. 0 0 0 0 0


    Receiving Stats

    Season Team Games Rec. Rec./Game Yds Yds/Rec. TDs Rec Yds /Game
    2017 Oklahoma St. 0 0 0.00 0
    2018 Oklahoma St. 13 22 229 1.69 10.41 2 229
    2019 Oklahoma St. 13 23 198 1.77 8.61 0 198
    2020 Oklahoma St. 0 0 0.00 0


  3. Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2021): .
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    2/10/20: In 2019, Hill averaged 5.7 yards per carry for 1,347 yards with 10 scores. He had 17 receptions for 174 yards and a touchdown too. Hill played well for the Bulldogs, showing power and quickness, but they struggled to help Hill find good running lanes in a number of games in 2019. He has starting potential for the NFL and could stand to improve his receiving ability for the next level.

    8/17/19: Hill showed some major talent during the 2018 season with quickness, strength, and natural running ability. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry for 734 yards with four touchdowns on only 117 carries. He also caught 22 passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns. Team sources have said that Hill jumped out at them and was impossible to ignore.

    Seasonal Rushing Stats

    Season Team Games Att. Yds Yds/Rush TDs Yds/Game Rush Long
    2017 Mississippi St. 13 393 78 5.04 2 30.23 148
    2018 Mississippi St. 11 734 117 6.27 4 66.73 223
    2019 Mississippi St. 13 1350 242 5.58 10 103.85 274
    2020 Mississippi St. 0 0 0 0 0


    Receiving Stats

    Season Team Games Rec. Rec./Game Yds Yds/Rec. TDs Rec Yds /Game
    2017 Mississippi St. 13 4 38 0.31 9.5 0 38
    2018 Mississippi St. 11 22 176 2.00 8 4 176
    2019 Mississippi St. 13 18 180 1.38 10 1 180
    2020 Mississippi St. 0 0 0.00 0


  4. Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2021): .
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    2/10/20: In 2019, Harris averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 1,224 yards with 13 touchdowns. He had 27 receptions for 304 yards and seen scores as a receiver. Harris flashed at times, but some scouts don't feel Harris is the same caliber as other recent Alabama running backs like Josh Jacobs, Damien Harris or Derrick Henry.

    Harris is a big back who has some quickness and athleticism for the NFL. Over the past few seasons, he did not run to his size and looked to bounce too many carries to the outside rather than use his power to run behind his pads in a physical manner. Late in 2019, especially against LSU and Mississippi State, Harris aggressively ran downhill with decisiveness. His tape from the back half of the 2019 season will help his future draft grade and definitely made him look like a better pro prospect compared to how he performed at the beginning of the season.

    8/17/19: Harris was a star recruit coming out of high school, and he has flashed a skill set with size, power and speed. As a freshman in 2017, he averaged 6.1 yards per carry for 370 yards with three touchdowns. Alabama didn't give him a lot of carries because of more experienced players ahead of him like Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough. He was expected to take on a bigger role as a sophomore, but Harris and Josh Jacobs beat out Harris for bigger roles. In 2018, Harris had only 117 carries, but averaged 6.7 yards per carry for 783 yards with four touchdowns. By the time of the 2020 NFL Draft, Harris could rise if he becomes the feature back at Alabama. Some sources don't think as highly of Harris as the hype suggests.

    Seasonal Rushing Stats

    Season Team Games Att. Yds Yds/Rush TDs Yds/Game Rush Long
    2017 Alabama 14 370 61 6.07 3 26.43 140
    2018 Alabama 15 783 117 6.69 4 52.2 278
    2019 Alabama 13 1224 209 5.86 13 94.15 257
    2020 Alabama 0 0 0 0 0


    Receiving Stats

    Season Team Games Rec. Rec./Game Yds Yds/Rec. TDs Rec Yds /Game
    2017 Alabama 14 6 45 0.43 7.5 0 45
    2018 Alabama 15 4 7 0.27 1.75 0 7
    2019 Alabama 13 27 304 2.08 11.26 7 304
    2020 Alabama 0 0 0.00 0




  5. C.J. Verdell, RB, Oregon
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2021): .
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    2/10/20: Verdell was a steady producer for Oregon in 2019, ripping off some big runs and having a monster performance against Utah in the Pac-12 Championship game. Verdell averaged 6.2 yards per carry for 1,220 yards with eight touchdowns on the year. He also had 14 receptions for 125 yards. Verdell isn't a big back, but he has speed and cutting ability.

    Seasonal Rushing Stats

    Season Team Games Att. Yds Yds/Rush TDs Yds/Game Rush Long
    2017 Oregon 0 0 0 0 0
    2018 Oregon 13 1018 202 5.04 10 78.31 295
    2019 Oregon 14 1220 197 6.19 8 87.14 381
    2020 Oregon 0 0 0 0 0


    Receiving Stats

    Season Team Games Rec. Rec./Game Yds Yds/Rec. TDs Rec Yds /Game
    2017 Oregon 0 0 0.00 0
    2018 Oregon 13 27 315 2.08 11.67 2 315
    2019 Oregon 14 14 125 1.00 8.93 0 125
    2020 Oregon 0 0 0.00 0


  6. Jatarvious Whitlow, RB, Auburn
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2021): .
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    Seasonal Rushing Stats

    Season Team Games Att. Yds Yds/Rush TDs Yds/Game Rush Long
    2017 Auburn 0 0 0 0 0
    2018 Auburn 13 787 150 5.25 6 60.54 228
    2019 Auburn 11 763 156 4.89 10 69.36 238
    2020 Auburn 0 0 0 0 0


    Receiving Stats

    Season Team Games Rec. Rec./Game Yds Yds/Rec. TDs Rec Yds /Game
    2017 Auburn 0 0 0.00 0
    2018 Auburn 13 15 173 1.15 11.53 2 173
    2019 Auburn 11 6 106 0.55 17.67 0 106
    2020 Auburn 0 0 0.00 0


  7. Trey Ragas, RB, La.-Lafayette
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2021): .
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    Seasonal Rushing Stats

    Season Team Games Att. Yds Yds/Rush TDs Yds/Game Rush Long
    2017 Louisiana 11 813 142 5.73 9 73.91 279
    2018 Louisiana 14 1181 207 5.71 8 84.36 313
    2019 Louisiana 13 820 116 7.07 11 63.08 320
    2020 Louisiana 0 0 0 0 0


    Receiving Stats

    Season Team Games Rec. Rec./Game Yds Yds/Rec. TDs Rec Yds /Game
    2017 Louisiana 11 9 32 0.82 3.56 0 32
    2018 Louisiana 14 25 229 1.79 9.16 2 229
    2019 Louisiana 13 6 60 0.46 10 1 60
    2020 Louisiana 0 0 0.00 0


  8. Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Maryland
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2021): .
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    Seasonal Rushing Stats

    Season Team Games Att. Yds Yds/Rush TDs Yds/Game Rush Long
    2017 Maryland 0 0 0 0 0
    2018 Maryland 12 1034 131 7.89 4 86.17 324
    2019 Maryland 11 614 114 5.39 8 55.82 264
    2020 Maryland 0 0 0 0 0


    Receiving Stats

    Season Team Games Rec. Rec./Game Yds Yds/Rec. TDs Rec Yds /Game
    2017 Maryland 0 0 0.00 0
    2018 Maryland 12 7 73 0.58 10.43 0 73
    2019 Maryland 11 17 126 1.55 7.41 1 126
    2020 Maryland 0 0 0.00 0


  9. Kennedy Brooks, RB, Oklahoma
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2021): .
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    Seasonal Rushing Stats

    Season Team Games Att. Yds Yds/Rush TDs Yds/Game Rush Long
    2017 Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 0
    2018 Oklahoma 12 1056 119 8.87 12 88 390
    2019 Oklahoma 13 1011 155 6.52 6 77.77 305
    2020 Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 0


    Receiving Stats

    Season Team Games Rec. Rec./Game Yds Yds/Rec. TDs Rec Yds /Game
    2017 Oklahoma 0 0 0.00 0
    2018 Oklahoma 12 10 57 0.83 5.7 0 57
    2019 Oklahoma 13 10 79 0.77 7.9 0 79
    2020 Oklahoma 0 0 0.00 0




  10. Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2021): .
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    Seasonal Rushing Stats

    Season Team Games Att. Yds Yds/Rush TDs Yds/Game Rush Long
    2018 Oregon St. 12 1380 239 5.77 12 115 346
    2019 Oregon St. 9 685 142 4.82 8 76.11 197
    2020 Oregon St. 0 0 0 0 0


    Receiving Stats

    Season Team Games Rec. Rec./Game Yds Yds/Rec. TDs Rec Yds /Game
    2018 Oregon St. 12 25 147 2.08 5.88 0 147
    2019 Oregon St. 9 9 85 1.00 9.44 2 85
    2020 Oregon St. 0 0 0.00 0


  11. Malik Davis, RB, Florida
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2021): .
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    Seasonal Rushing Stats

    Season Team Games Att. Yds Yds/Rush TDs Yds/Game Rush Long
    2017 Florida 7 526 79 6.66 2 75.14 193
    2018 Florida 3 61 13 4.69 0 20.33 29
    2019 Florida 12 86 34 2.53 1 7.17 57
    2020 Florida 0 0 0 0 0


    Receiving Stats

    Season Team Games Rec. Rec./Game Yds Yds/Rec. TDs Rec Yds /Game
    2017 Florida 7 7 58 1.00 8.29 0 58
    2018 Florida 3 3 33 1.00 11 0 33
    2019 Florida 12 6 41 0.50 6.83 0 41
    2020 Florida 0 0 0.00 0


  12. Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Alabama
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2021): .
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    Seasonal Rushing Stats

    Season Team Games Att. Yds Yds/Rush TDs Yds/Game Rush Long
    2017 Alabama 11 165 24 6.88 2 15 61
    2018 Alabama 15 272 63 4.32 2 18.13 91
    2019 Alabama 13 441 96 4.59 5 33.92 173
    2020 Alabama 0 0 0 0 0


    Receiving Stats

    Season Team Games Rec. Rec./Game Yds Yds/Rec. TDs Rec Yds /Game
    2017 Alabama 11 0 0.00 0
    2018 Alabama 15 0 0.00 0
    2019 Alabama 13 11 124 0.85 11.27 0 124
    2020 Alabama 0 0 0.00 0


  13. Billy McCrary, RB, Abilene Christian
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2021): .
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  14. Spencer Brown, RB/FB, UAB
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2021): .
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    2/10/20: Brown averaged 3.8 yards per carry in 2019 for 566 yards and five touchdowns. He also made three receptions for 16 yards. Brown is a big back who put up impressive production over the previous two years. In 2018, he averaged 4.5 yards per carry for 1,227 yards for 16 touchdowns. He caught eight passes for 20 yards and a touchdown as well. In the 2017 season, he averaged 5.3 yards per carry for 1,329 yards with 10 touchdowns. Brown may not have the speed to stay at running back in the NFL, but he could gain weight and play some fullback.

    Seasonal Rushing Stats

    Season Team Games Att. Yds Yds/Rush TDs Yds/Game Rush Long
    2017 UAB 13 1329 250 5.32 10 102.23 328
    2018 UAB 14 1227 272 4.51 16 87.64 239
    2019 UAB 11 566 150 3.77 5 51.45 169
    2020 UAB 0 0 0 0 0

    Seasonal Receiving Stats

    Season Team Games Rec. Yds Yds/Rec. TDs
    2017 UAB 13 4 0.31 10.5 0
    2018 UAB 14 8 0.57 2.5 1
    2019 UAB 11 3 0.27 5.33 0
    2020 UAB 0 0 0.00 0







2019 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

2020 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

2021 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







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