#NFLDraft 2013: Top 10 Running Back Preview

With the NFL draft just around the corner on April 25th in primetime, ViralRead has decided to put together a draft preview by position. Every day, we will post a new top 10 draft prospects by position.

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Today we’ve put together a list of the top running backs in the 2013 NFL draft.

This is the weakest running back class in recent memory, with the consensus being that there probably will not be a running back taken in the first round.

1. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

Of the running backs, expect Eddie Lacy to be the first off the board. He may go late first round, but with the teams in the latter parts of the round needing to address the Wideout position…2nd round will be RB round.

2. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

The record setting running back and Heisman trophy finalist from 2011 actually got better last year on film. Unfortunately, his stats weren’t near as gaudy. I still think that it will be between him and Le’Von Bell to be the second off the board. But I give the nod to Ball.

3. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State

He very well could be the number two RB off the board. But his flourishing at the beginning of the season made way for less impressive numbers later on. Recently, the tag of overrated has been placed on him. Never a good sign.

4. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina

IF he were healthy, he would be a guaranteed top 15 draft pick overall. The question becomes, will this be a Willis McGahee part deus? Teams hope so. Someone will take a chance on Marcus in the 2nd or 3rd round. He is just too gifted of a runner and tough athlete to think otherwise. He will definitely have to sit on the shelf for the first season though, so, expect him to go to a team with a decent RB situation.

5. Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M

Who doesn’t oversleep during the combine and miss meetings with NFL teams? Seriously, it could happen to anyone. Honestly, I think this rank may be a spot or two too high because NFL teams hold grudges. But, a third round bid to the Colts…isn’t out of the question.

6. Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson

When your scouting blurb says you are undersized and will go down with glancing blows…that ain’t great. But, this RB class is weak. How weak? An undersized weak RB will likely go in the 3rd round.

7. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

At 5’8″ and 202 lbs, he would rank higher in this class if it weren’t for a torn ACL in 2010.

8. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA

He will be a nice change of pace back, but don’t expect him to be an every down back in the NFL anytime soon.

9. Dennis Johnson, RB, Arkansas

The NFL comparing you to Michael Turner makes all fantasy owners cringe, we can tell you that much! But he can truck!

10. Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt

Of the bottom part of the list, we are highest on this guy making it to solid Fantasy rosters. 2x 1000 yard rusher in the SEC which has pretty good defense. And Vanderbilt’s line? Well, let’s just say, you won’t be writing home to mom about it…even Skip Bayless agrees there.

 

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