Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Top RB Prospects in the NFL Draft

All the guys are in Indianapolis and beginning the interview and testing process for the 2010 NFL Combine. The physical test will get underway this weekend. Before the athletes take the field, we are still handing out some pre-rankings. This time we are talking about the top running backs available in this year's NFL Combine.

C.J. Spiller Clemson: There is no doubt that Spiller is the top running back available in this year's draft. A few injuries during the mid season cost him the chance at a Heisman, but that has only made him more focused. Spiller has a solid body on him at 195 pounds he can run the ball between the tackles. He should run around the 4.3 second 40 yard dash time displaying he has the speed to be a game breaker. Another great addition is the fact that Spiller can step in on kickoffs and special teams.

Jonathan Dwyer Georgia Tech: Jonathan Dwyer is a big bruising back who carried the ball plenty of times last year in Georgia Tech's option offense. At 235 pounds he can go head on with most linebackers, and defensive backs want no part of him. He's proven to be extremely durable which means he could become an every down back for a NFL team in need. He will need to prove his speed in the 40 yard dash.

Ryan Mathews Fresno St: Chances are you haven't seen Ryan Mathews play, but trust me this kid is a work horse. At 220 pounds he is a powerful back. The biggest issue for Ryan Mathews will be proving he has put the injuries behind him. In addition his speed in the 40 could hurt him. There's a legit chance Ryan Mathews fails to run a sub 4.5 second 40.

Toby Gerhart Standford: Toby Gerhart shook up the world when he burst onto the stage late in 2009. Chances are Gerhart will prove to be the most powerful back in the draft. He will blow away coaches with his interviews and test scores. If Gerhart can put together some solid times in his speed test, Gerhart could see himself moving up the draft board.

Jahvid Best California: Last year this time, Jahvid Best was the Walker Sports top candidate for the Heisman Trophy. Unfortunately Cal did not pan out as a team, and injuries sidelined Best for the majority of the season. Jahvid Best will rival C.J. Spiller for fastest 40 time. He should test off the charts for all his physical test. The medical exams will be key for Best. He needs to prove he has moved beyond his concussion and neck injuries, and show he has the durability to be a prime time NFL back.

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