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 Could the 2017 Running Back Class be the Best of All Time?

BOLD PREDICTION- I predict this running back class will produce three Hall of Fame players. That would be the first time that a draft produces 3 Hall of Fame running backs since 1952!

There’s no way to know what will happen in their careers but there’s a good chance that the 2017 RB class can produce six or seven stars. Let’s take a look at the Running Back crop for this year’s draft.

TIER 1

Leonard Fournette (LSU), Dalvin Cook (FSU), Christian McCaffrey (Stanford), and Joe Mixon (OU) are the top guys in this draft.

Leonard Fournette is a power back who also possesses break away speed. When experts draw comparisons to Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson, there’s a pretty good chance that he will succeed in the NFL.

Dalvin Cook is one of the best all around prospects. He can hit the hole, has top end speed, and can catch passes out of the backfield.

Christian McCaffrey is a “Swiss army knife” type of RB. He can line up anywhere on the field and is the best pass catching RB in the class.

Joe Mixon will be a steal for whatever team drafts him. He should be a first rounder but teams will pass on him to avoid the PR nightmare with his domestic violence video.

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D’Onta Foreman (Texas), Samaje Perine (OU), Alvin Kamara (TEN), Brian Hill (Wyoming). These guys would have first round pick potential most years. Unfortunately, there are four elite guys ahead of them.

D’Onta Foreman averaged 6.3 yards per carry for 2,028 yards with 15 touchdowns in 2016. He was one of the best runners in college.

Samaje Perine is a physical runner who is built for the NFL. He is one of Oklahoma’s most accomplished running backs and should get plenty of goal line touches on Sundays.

Alvin Kamara is being compared to Jamaal Charles. He is a quick twitch runner who can catch.  He’s also great at pass blocking.

Brian Hill is one of the best runners you never hear about. Sure he played at Wyoming but his numbers were off the charts. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry in 2016 for 1,860 yards with 22 touchdowns.

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