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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Running Backs

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde is the best running back in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Considering the way the NFL has become a passing league, running back is not the highly valued position that it once was. With many successful starting running backs having been selected later in the draft in recent years, many teams are no longer valuing running backs as early-round selection.

First round running backs may be a thing of the past and there is no running back in this class with enough value to warrant a first round selection. That said, there are plenty of players who have the skills needed to be starters or at least be a solid complimentary runner.


2014 NFL Scouting Combine Impressions: Day 2 (Wide Receivers, Quarterbacks and Running Backs)

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins solidified his high draft stock with his workout Sunday. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The wide receivers, running backs, and quarterbacks took center stage on Day 2 of the on-field portion of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday, with the receivers’ light shining the brightest of the trio of positions.

In one of the deepest wide receiver classes in recent memory, several top prospects solidified their draft status, second-tier players made a push up the board, and some late-round guys had excellent on-field showings.


Joe Marino’s Senior Running Back Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Carlos Hyde has broken out as the top senior running back with a fantastic season at Ohio State. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The running back position has decreased in draft value over the past few seasons. NFL teams have been able to find backs later in the draft who prove to be viable starters.

That’s exactly what I see in many of the senior running backs in the 2014 class. Some of them are situational-type players, but most of them are prospects that could fill the role of a starter who gets selected in the later rounds of the draft and proves to be a tremendous value pick.


2014 NFL Draft Big Board: Evan Sidery’s Top 100 Prospects (Part Two)

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

One of college football’s most explosive playmakers, Kent State’s Dri Archer could rise up the 2014 NFL draft big board. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Evan Sidery

After breaking down the top 50 prospects in my initial top 100 big board, I am back to give you the rest of the top 100 to digest, with many great players still on the board. This draft class has the makings to be one of the best in a long, long time, with all of these players having the potential to work their way up into the top 50.

*Players with remaining eligibility following the 2013 college football season are asterisked

51. Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

A pure mauler on the line of scrimmage. Fires off with powerful hands and quick-twitch movements in fundamentals. Has a chance to be a top-20 pick if he can supplant David Yankey on my big board later on.

52. Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Hageman’s pure size and raw ability will draw scouts’ eyes right when they pop in the tape on him. Even with his more-than-300-pound frame, he moves like a cat. Hageman is reminiscent of an even more athletically-gifted Montori Hughes (Indianapolis Colts’ 5th-round pick from Tennessee-Martin).


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