2019 NFL Draft Prospects: Running Backs



By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2019 running back prospects available for the 2019 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2020 prospect. ** - denotes 2021 prospect.

This page was last updated Oct. 6, 2018. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

  1. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 196.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
    Projected Round (2019): 1.

    10/6/18: Love has averaged 4.3 yards per carry this season for 327 yards and three touchdowns. He also has six receptions for 34 yards. Love has been banged up, as he was held out of Week 3 and left the game against Notre Dame early, but he played well versus USC, Stanford and Notre Dame. Defenses are selling out to stop him, but he is running hard and still providing some big plays for the Cardinal.

    8/28/18: Team sources say that Love is better than other smaller backs who have gone in the first round, like David Wilson or Jahvid Best. They think that Love is more on a par with Chris Johnson coming out of East Carolina, except Love isn't as straight-line fast as Johnson, but possesses more elusiveness and moves in the open field. While Love is extremely fast, he is a tougher running back than one would think given his size. Love has great vision that, combined with his speed, makes him deadly. One college director told me, "If the other nine guys do their job for a few seconds, this guy is gone."

    In 2017, Love averaged a staggering 8.1 yards per carry for 2,118 yards with 19 touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 33 yards. Sources say Love has more receiving potential for the NFL than the numbers illustrate.






  2. Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 214.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-2.

    10/6/18: In 2018, Harris has averaged 6.9 yards per carry for 250 yards and one touchdown. He has nine receptions for 105 yards as well. Because Alabama has blown out every opponent, Harris has not had a big work load, averaging nine carries per game.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Harris checks in at 5-foot-10, 214 pounds. He has 30.5-inch arms, 9.5-inch hands, and a wingspan of 73.38 inches as well. He is said to run the 40 in 4.50 seconds.

    In speaking with scouts across the league, they really like Harris and think he has turned himself into a well-rounded player through hard work and dedication. Some sources have compared Harris to the good version Doug Martin for the NFL. They say that Harris has elite vision, good contact balance, and strength. From watching the Crimson Tide in practice as well, these same sources say that Harris is a good receiver even though Alabama doesn't feature him in that role.

    Harris ran really well for the Crimson Tide in 2017, averaging 7.4 yards per carry for 1,000 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also had 12 receptions for 91 yards. On only 145 carries in 2016, Harris averaged 7.2 yards per carry for 1,040 yards with two touchdowns. He had 14 receptions for 99 yards, too. Harris was Alabama's leading rusher.


  3. Bennie Snell Jr.*, RB, Kentucky
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 222.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    10/6/18: Snell has been phenomenal this year, including dominant performances against Florida and Mississippi State. He has been the offensive engine for Kentucky's 5-0 start. Snell is averaging 5.6 yards per carry for 639 yards with eight touchdowns. He also has four receptions for 29 yards.

    Snell is a physical runner with a powerful build who makes him tough to get on the ground. He uses his strength, stature, knee bend, and ability to run behind his pads to pick up a lot of yards after contact. On top of natural running ability with good instincts, Snell has quickness to hit the hole and pull away.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Snell checks in at 5-foot-11, 222 pounds. He has 30.38-inch arms, 9-inch hands, and a wingspan of 73.13 inches. He is said to run the 40 in 4.68 seconds.

    Snell was fantastic in 2015, taking the SEC by storm. The freshman averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 1,091 yards with 13 touchdowns in his debut for the Wildcats. He only received 186 carries and didn't play in the first two games of the season, so he could have produced a lot more.

    In 2017, defenses sold out to stop Snell, but he still averaged 5.1 yards per carry for 1,333 yards with 19 touchdowns on 262 carries. He also had 10 receptions for 72 yards. Snell has good size with a burst and is a tough runner who picks up yards after contact. He looks like an early-round talent.


  4. L.J. Scott, RB, Michigan State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    10/6/18: Scott has been banged up this year with a total of 103 yards on 30 carries. He has missed two games thus far.

    8/28/18 According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Scott checks in at 6-foot, 225 pounds. He has 32.13-inch arms and 9.5-inch hands. He is said to run the 40 in 4.60 seconds.

    Scott averaged 4.5 yards per carry in 2017 for 898 yards and eight touchdowns. He totaled 20 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown as well. Sources think that Scott is more than just a power back. They like Scott's surprising speed and believe he has the athletic ability to be more than a North-South runner. He is patient and has feet that can make tacklers miss. He needs to work on his ball security though.

    Scouts think that Scott could be even more athletic and quicker if he drops some weight. They talk about how Le'Veon Bell was too heavy at Michigan State and became a different player after losing weight at the direction of the Steelers. Scott may not get a lot of notice, but teams are eyeing him as a value pick. Scott ran for 994 yards on 184 carries - a 5.4-yard average - with six touchdowns as a sophomore.




  5. Justice Hill*, RB, Oklahoma State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    10/6/18: Hill is averaging 7.5 yards per carry in 2018 for 577 yards with six touchdowns. Also, he has five receptions for 31 yards.

    Hill is a smaller back, but team sources feel that he has legit running ability for the NFL. They like his speed and burst to accelerate into the second level. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder may not have the size to be a three-down starter in the NFL, but he could interest some teams as a rotational back and contributor in the passing game. Hill had 31 receptions in 2017.

    If Hill tops 1,000 yards this season, that will mark three straight years of that for the Cowboys, and that track record could help to offset the durability concerns that come with smaller running backs. Hill could end up being a second-round candidate in the 2019 NFL Draft.

    8/28/18: Hill is a very good college back, but he is very undersized for the NFL. In 2017, Hill averaged 5.5 yards per carry for 1,347 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also was a good outlet receiver, catching 30 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown. In his freshman year, Hill averaged 5.5 yards per carry for 1,142 yards with six scores. He also had five receptions for 46 yards that season. For the NFL, Hill might fit best as a third-down receiving and backup running back.


  6. Mike Weber*, RB, Ohio State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 214.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    10/6/18: This season, Weber has averaged 5.7 yards per carry for 350 yards with three touchdowns.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Weber checks in at 5-foot-10, 214 pounds. He has 30.5-inch arms, 9.13-inch hands, and a wingspan of 72.38 inches. He is said to run the 40 in 4.57 seconds. Weber graded out as having first- through fourth-round potential by advance scouts.

    In 2017, Weber missed a few games with a hamstring injury and was limited in others. That led to Ohio State going to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins as the starter. For 2017, Webb took 96 carries for 608 yards - 6.3 average - with 10 touchdowns. He also had nine catches for 78 yards. Weber has a good skill set with speed in a thick build.

    In a group of a highly recruited and talented running backs, Weber won the starting job to replace Ezekiel Elliott, and Weber had an impressive debut in 2016, averaging six yards per carry for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns. He had 23 receptions for 91 yards as well.



  7. Devin Singletary*, RB, Florida Atlantic
    Height: 5-7. Weight: 199.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    10/6/18: Singletary has averaged 4.1 yards per carry so far in 2018 for 459 yards with 12 touchdowns. He also has four receptions for 21 yards.

    8/28/18: Team sources told me that Singletary graded out as having first- through fourth-round potential per the advance scouts. According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Singletary checks in at 5-foot-7, 199 pounds. He also has 29.83-inch arms, 8.75-inch hands, and a wingspan of 69.38 inches. He is said to run the 40 in 4.58 seconds.

    The short, thick back has good speed with impressive feet, balance and vision. In 2017, Singletary averaged 6.5 yards per carry for 1,796 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also had 18 receptions for 185 yards and one score. In 2016, Singletary averaged 6.7 yards per carry for 1,021 yards with 12 scores to go with 26 receptions for 163 yards in his freshman season.






  8. Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 193.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    10/6/18: In 2018, Gaskin has averaged 4.5 yards per carry for 438 yards with three touchdowns. He has seven receptions for 34 yards as well.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Gaskin checks in at 5-foot-9, 193 pounds. He also has 29.5-inch arms, 9-inch hands, and a wingspan of 72.13 inches. He is said to run the 40 in 4.53 seconds.

    In 2017, Gaskin averaged 6.2 yards per carry for 1,380 yards and 21 touchdowns. He made some great catches and flashed as a receiver out of the backfield. Gaskin had 19 catches for 232 yards and three scores through the air. Team sources had Gaskin grading out in the first four rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft by their advance scouts.

    Gaskin was a steady runner and contributor for the Huskies in 2016. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry for 1,373 yards with 10 touchdowns. He caught 19 passes for 137 yards. Gaskin ran for 1,302 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015. If he were bigger, Gaskin could be ranked higher.


  9. Wes Hills, RB, Slippery Rock
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 218.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    10/6/18: Hills has averaged 7.4 yards per carry this season for 238 yards with two touchdowns.

    8/28/18: Hills has the attention of NFL evaluators after transferring down to Division II from Delaware. He has a nice combination of size and speed. At Delaware, Hills averaged 6.5 yards per carry for 1,849 yards with 14 touchdowns.


  10. Karan Higdon, RB, Michigan
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    10/6/18: This season, Higdon has averaged 6.3 yards per carry for 479 yards with five touchdowns. He also has two receptions for 16 yards.

    8/28/18: Higdon is a smaller back who has some real quickness. In 2017, he had only 164 carries, but he turned that into 994 yards and 11 touchdowns with an average of 6.1 yards per carry. He had eight receptions for 131 yards as well. As a sophomore, Higdon averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 425 yards with six scores.




  11. Jordan Scarlett*, RB, Florida
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 213.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    10/6/18: Scarlett has averaged 5.1 yards per carry in 2018 for 203 yards with two touchdowns. He also has four receptions for 48 yards.

    8/28/18: Scarlett didn't play in 2017 due to being suspended indefinitely. He was charged with credit-card fraud before entering a pre-trial diversion program in early November, 2017. Scarlett is expected to be back on the field for the Gators in 2018, but he is going to have earn back a starting job and playing time.

    Scarlett enjoyed a breakout sophomore season, averaging 5.0 yards per carry for 889 yards with six touchdowns. He is a physical, downhill back who has nice quickness. Scarlett could have had more production that season, but Florida's offense was held back by quarterback play that led to a weak passing offense and many drives ending in punts. If the Gators can pass enough to keep defenses honest, Scarlett could have a big season because he is a talented runner.


  12. David Montgomery*, RB, Iowa State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 219.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    10/6/18: Montgomery has averaged 4.1 yards per carry this year for 334 yards with three touchdowns. He has six receptions for 29 yards as well.

    8/28/18: Montgomery is a nice college back who runs hard and fights through contact to pick up extra yards. He may not have the speed to be an impact-making starter in the NFL, but he could be a solid rotational option. Montgomery is impressive in the passing game with his soft hands and understanding of how to get open. In the open field, he is tough for defensive backs to get on the ground. Montgomery averaged 4.7 yards per carry in 2017 for 1,094 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also caught 35 passes for 288 yards.




  13. KirVonte Benson*, RB, Georgia Tech
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 211.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    10/6/18: Benson had 15 carries for 116 yards in 2018 before going down with a season-ending knee injury.

    8/28/18: Benson was a solid runner for Georgia Tech in 2017, averaging 5.2 yards per carry for 1,053 yards and six touchdowns. In the Yellow Jackets' offense, he doesn't get a chance to show much in the way of receiving skills.


  14. Alex Barnes*, RB, Kansas State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 227.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    10/6/18: Barnes has averaged 4.4 yards per carry this season for 357 yards with two touchdowns. He also has seven receptions for 65 yards.

    8/28/18: Barnes is a big back who is a power runner. He averaged 5.2 yard per carry for 702 yards last year after notching 7.9 yards per carry for 442 yards the previous year. Each season, Barnes totaled six touchdowns.


  15. Rodney Anderson*, RB, Oklahoma
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 219.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    10/6/18: Anderson totaled 119 yards in 2018 on 11 carries with two touchdowns before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Anderson checks in at 6-foot-1, 219 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in 4.50 seconds. The durability concerns are going to kill his draft grade, and some teams may flunk him medically as he has had three season ending injuries in four years.

    With Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine in the NFL, Anderson took over as Oklahoma's feature back and had an impressive 2017 season. On the year, he averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 960 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 162 carries. He also had 16 receptions for 283 yards and three touchdowns.

    Even though he has a build with size, Anderson shows impressive speed with first-step quickness and a burst to get to the second level. In the tackle box, he runs with nice knee bend to stay behind his pads and plow through contact. Anderson flashes an ability to run angry and charges hard downhill. When he gets to the open field, he stands up higher to run away from defenders. Anderson also shows superb receiving ability. He runs good routes, adjusts well to the ball, makes acrobatic catches, and has soft hands. While Anderson is not a burner back like Chris Johnson, Anderson has a combination of size, speed, and receiving ability that reminds this analyst of Arian Foster and DeMarco Murray.


  16. Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    10/6/18: Williams has averaged 6.1 yards per carry this year for 582 yards with six touchdowns. He also has six receptions for 61 yards.

    In speaking with sources they are projecting Williams to the late rounds. While being small, Williams doesn't have power or run big. He is not a mismatch guy in the passing game. They see him as more of a backup and special teams contributor. 8/28/18: As a freshman, Williams looked like he had star potential with an average of 6.8 yards per carry for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns. The Aggies' offensive line struggled in his sophomore year, and their quarterback play held them back as well. Williams averaged 4.4 yards per carry for 733 yards with seven touchdowns that season. He caught 19 passes in each of those seasons.


  17. Qadree Ollison, RB/FB, Pittsburgh
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    10/6/18: This season, Ollison is averaging 5.9 yards per carry for 404 yards with four touchdowns. He has four receptions for eight yards as well.

    8/28/18: Ollison had a breakout freshman year, averaging 5.3 yards per carry for 1,121 yards with 11 touchdowns. Since then he hasn't produced much for Pittsburgh, including only 398 yards and five scores as a junior, but he did have 23 catches for 194 yards that season. Ollison needs a big senior year.


  18. Travon McMillan, RB, Colorado
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    10/6/18: In 2018, McMillan has averaged 7.3 yards per carry for 392 yards and four touchdowns.

    8/28/18: McMillan averaged 4.2 yards per carry in 2017 for 439 yards with two touchdowns with 12 receptions for 173 yards and three scores. He impressed in 2015 in his debut season for Virginia Tech, running for 1,042 yards with seven touchdowns. His production dipped to 671 yards and seven touchdowns - a 4.6-yard average - in 2016. Under a new coaching staff, quarterback Jerod Evans was the Hokies' leading rusher. After three years with the Hokies, McMillan transferred to Colorado.


  19. Devwah Whaley*, RB, Arkansas
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 216.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    10/6/18: On the year, Whaley has averaged 4.4 yards per carry for 231 yards with two touchdowns. He has three catches for 15 yards as well.

    8/28/18: Whaley has some talent and could rise in the months to come. In 2017, he averaged 4.4 yards per carry for 559 yards and seven touchdowns. The junior needs a breakout 2018 season.


  20. Jacques Patrick, RB/FB, Florida State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 231.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    10/6/18: This season, Patrick has averaged 3.8 yards per carry for 144 yards and had made 12 receptions for 81 yards.

    8/28/18: Patrick is a big back who would be a starter at most schools, but with Dalvin Cook and then Cam Akers, Patrick has been a backup at Florida State. In 2017, Patrick averaged 5.8 yards per carry for 687 yards with six touchdowns. He also had 19 receptions for 145 yards. Patrick could compete to be a backup running back and special teams contributor in the NFL.


  21. Rodney Smith, RB, Minnesota
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 209.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    10/6/18: Versus New Mexico State, Smith ran for 153 yards on 24 carries. He also had one reception for 21 yards. Smith hasn't played since Week 2.

    8/28/18: Smith averaged 4.3 yards per carry in 2017 for 977 yards with three touchdowns. His best season came as a sophomore when he averaged 4.8 yards per carry for 1,158 yards and 16 touchdowns. Over three seasons, he has 56 receptions. Smith could have backup potential for the next level.


  22. Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2019): 7-FA.

    10/6/18: Armstead has averaged 5.2 yards per carry in 2018 for 535 yards with five touchdowns. He also has four receptions for 22 yards.

    8/28/18: Armstead flashed as a sophomore when he averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 919 yards with 14 touchdowns. He fell back as a junior with 553 yards, a 3.9 yards-per-carry average, and four touchdowns.


  23. Darrin Hall, RB, Pittsburgh
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2019): 7-FA.

    10/6/18: In 2018, Hall has averaged 6.7 yards per carry for 207 yards with two touchdowns.

    8/28/18: Hall is a thick back with a nose for the end zone. In 2017, he averaged 4.9 yards per carry for 628 yards with nine touchdowns. He also had 16 receptions for 157 yards and one score. Hall needs a big senior year.


2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P




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