Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 223. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2019): Top-20 Pick. 8/9/17: Barkley was excellent in 2016, and NFL sources have already said they think he's a stud back for the next level. The sophomore averaged 5.5 yards per carry on the year for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also made 28 catches for 402 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver.
Barkley was very impressive as a freshman in 2015 when he averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 1,076 yards with seven touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 161 yards and a score. Barkley was very impressive running for 194 yards on 26 carries against an Ohio State defense loaded with NFL talent.
Barkley is a tough runner with a burst.
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Height: 5-11. Weight: 212. Projected 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 8/9/17: With Leonard Fournette in and out of the lineup with an ankle injury in 2016, Guice took advantage of a larger-than-expected workload to have a breakout sophomore season. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry for 1,387 yards with 15 touchdowns, plus took nine receptions for 106 yards. Guice had some massive games with 252 yards versus Arkansas and 285 yards rushing against Texas A&M. He is a tougher runner with quickness.
Bo Scarborough, RB, Alabama
Height: 6-2. Weight: 228. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 8/9/17: Scarbrough emerged as a potentially devastating workhorse running back at the end of the 2016 season. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry on the year for 812 yards with 11 touchdowns. Scarbrough is similar to Derrick Henry with the size to run over defenders and a surprising burst to break off long runs for a big back. Scarborough could be a workhorse back for the NFL.
Mike Weber*, RB, Ohio State
Height: 5-10. Weight: 212. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 8/9/17: 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.
Weber could be even better in 2017 now that he has a year of experience. There has been some buzz about the redshirt sophomore in the scouting community.
Bennie Snell Jr.*, RB, Kentucky
Height: 5-11. Weight: 223. Projected 40 Time: 4.50. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 8/9/17: Snell was fantastic in 2015 as he took 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. Snell split the workload with Stanley 'Boom' Williams, but Snell should be the feature back for Kentucky in 2018 and 2019. Snell has good size with a burst and is a tough runner who picks up yards after contact. He could be an early round talent.
Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
Height: 6-1. Weight: 195. Projected 40 Time: 4.57. Projected Round (2019): 2-3.
Rawleigh Williams III, RB, Arkansas
Height: 5-10. Weight: 223. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2019): 2-3.