2021 RB Prospect Watch
David Reed https://twitter.com/Nfldraft_dwr
To continue our series after we looked at the QB’s for the upcoming 2021 Draft class, it’s time we move on to the running backs. Running back rankings are a bit more fluid than the QB’s rankings with there being a larger pool of them that translate to the next level better than QB’s do. Ill provide you with 10 RB’s that you should be excited to watch and could be players to look towards at the next level.
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Travis Etienne – Clemson: Speed and Burst are his best traits, but shows good balance and ability to catch the ball. His weakness is between the tackles. His vision and natural feel for space and cutback lanes isn’t as good, but with his speed can make up for it.
Najee Harris – Alabama: This man is massive and hard to tackle, but fairly nimble with good speed and pass catching ability for his size. Is an upright runner who leaves his body open to punishment. He needs to improve on some juking/spin moves and not bull rushing everyone to extend his longevity but good luck tackling him.
Chuba Hubbard – Oklahoma State: Patient runner who understands the blocking schemes and when to hit the holes but shows good acceleration to hit the opening. Great vision as a result of this. He is very inconsistent in pass protection and not the most natural pass catcher but not a liability either.
Zamir White – Georgia: Another Georgia product at the RB position. Good speed and balance. Shows ability to pass block. Shows good hands as well. Though he has good speed he doesn’t have breakaway speed and can be limited some in space with Elusiveness. He is also as a ACL injury on his resume back in 2018 as well, but is built to be a 3 down back at the next level.
Master Teague – Ohio State: Physical skills jump off right away. Explosive short area burst and an aggressive running style. Shows some nice twitch in his hips to become more elusive in his game. Reported out of Tuscaloose football camp in 2017 he was running in the 4.3 so he shows some speed with his size and power. He had an Achilles injury in spring practice that could set him back some in 2020. This is the 2nd lower body injury he’s had. (2017 senior year in high school) He had limited time playing behind JK Dobbins and most of his time came in blow outs last year, can he replicate as a full time starter!
Trey Sermon – Ohio State: You did not read this wrong, Ohio State as another draft eligible back that you should be looking at as well besides Teague. He transferred in from Oklahoma. He is another physical runner who can pound the ball between the tackles. He’s a great pass blocker and show good body control when running. Sermon lacks long speed but isn’t the most dynamic runner. He also suffered a knee injury in 2019.
• Kylin Hill – Mississippi State: Strong runner who’s built and hard to bring down. Quick to make a decision as a runner. Lacks long speed and can have a bad habit of running into his blockers. He needs to learn to stiff arm and not try to plow over everyone to help keep his body fresh long term.
Journey Brown – Penn State: Explosive athlete that we could be looking at the 4.2/4.3 range for his 40 time. Former track star who has put on good size to be more than just a speed player. He as so much potential that has yet to be tapped into which is exciting with him. He needs to learn and press the line of scrimmage more. He needs to prove his worth as a pass catcher, hardly used in this phase of the game. Is it because he can’t catch or just hasn’t had the opportunity. A big 2020 season could have him sky rocket up the boards with his potential.
Mohamed Ibrahim – Minnesota: Shows good suddenness in short spaces with a strong cut and go ability. Good balance and power. Sets the line well and waits for his blocks. Can run angry and run over people. He will not win any foot races and has dealt with some lower body injuries in his career so far.
Kenneth Gainwell – Memphis: Memphis last few year has continued to produce some impressive RB’s with Pollard and Antonio Gibson last 2 years. Gainwell is a decisive ball carrier that is quick and slippery. He can exploded through holes and packs some punch with his smaller size to push the pile. He has good hands and has lined up in the slot as a WR. Is biggest weakness is pass protection, but has the mentality to put his body out there to try and block.
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