Serritella: 2019 NFL Draft Primer – RBs

Alabama Crimson Tide running back Damien Harris (34) runs against Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Xavier Thomas (3)Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Top five running backs along with a small school prospect worth keeping an eye on.

NFL Draft Scout analyst Ric Serritella has been covering the draft for nearly two decades, gaining a reputation around the league as one of the most dependable resources around the league. He provides a positional preview of his top five players at each position, along with a small school prospect worth keeping an eye on come draft weekend!

Top 5 Running Backs

Damien Harris, Alabama – A complete back with a proven resume, Harris can gash defenses for big chunks of yardage on the ground or line up in the slot and beat opponents via the air. The powerful runner has proven to be an effective all-around back and while he didn’t post earth-shattering testing numbers, his body of work makes him an early round pick.

Josh Jacobs, Alabama – A notorious hard worker who is being viewed by pro scouts as the total package. While Jacobs was never the workhorse back at Alabama, he showed off a well-rounded skill-set and was often used as a gadget player, constantly running in motion and being used on end-arounds or RPO reads.

Darrell Henderson, Memphis – While perhaps lacking an elite package of size and breakaway speed, Henderson possesses excellent vision, subtle shifts and has an effective stiff-arm to weave his way through defenses. Henderson could potentially thrive in a zone blocking scheme that would take advantage of his one cut and up running style.

Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M – The do-it-all back boasts an impressive frame and great vision, which can lead to home runs due to his explosiveness in the open field. Williams was also a factor in the rushing and receiving game, in addition to being an aggressive, physical blocker. An electrifying player who can star as a feature back in the NFL.

Miles Sanders, Penn State – A north-south runner who adds ability as a pass catcher, Sanders definitely earned his stripes with his ability to hit the hole hard, lower the shoulder boom and keep fighting for the tough yardage. He bulked up 20 pounds since arriving to Happy Valley, which translated to making him a more powerful runner.

Small School Sleeper

Craig Reynolds, Kutztown – A versatile runner, Reynolds played wide out due to injuries his freshman year and catching the ball out of the back field became a really big part of his game throughout his career. He is a tough runner runner between the tackles and has enough speed to take it to the corner store. Reynolds lacks elite speed but he has great feet and excellent body control, which makes him dangerous after the catch.

*For expansive player rankings in even more in-depth scouting reports, be sure to download Ric Serritella’s 2019 NFL Draft Bible, available here!

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