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Finding the Next Adrian Peterson: Top 2017 Rookie RBs

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Without further ado, let’s dig deep into our top 5 rookie running backs.

First we have Alvin Kamara out of Tennessee.

Strengths: He’s a fast, quick runner with tremendous balance and the ability to power through weak tacklers. He was very efficient during his tenure at Tennessee, despite receiving a very limited workload. He’s good when he’s needed to stay back in pass protection, and is a truly dynamic receiver out of the backfield. He’ll likely also be fielding kick and punt returns, giving him extra utility to any interested NFL teams.

Weaknesses: Alvin Kamara does not have very good vision for a ball carrier. He often can overlook cutback lanes that a player with his athletic prowess should be able to capitalize on. His biggest weakness, by far, is how few carries he received. He only had 210 carries over his entire Volunteer career. As a result, it’s going to be extremely tough to predict what he’ll be able to do with a larger workload at the professional level. He also has a history of knee injuries, although they are almost 3 years removed.

Kareem Hunt out of Toledo

Strengths: Kareem Hunt is incredibly agile. He has some of the best juke and spin moves that I’ve seen out of any running backs in this draft class. He has great balance to keep him standing after shaking and baking off would be tacklers, and he was a great inside runner at Toledo. He’s also a threat in the passing game, and comfortable blocking in the backfield.

Weaknesses: At 5’10” 208 lbs., many NFL teams will not view him as a workhorse back. He will likely be relegated to some kind of a change of pace role. He doesn’t possess the necessary strength to power through tacklers at the next level, and his change of direction leaves something to be desired.

Joe Mixon out of Oklahoma

Strengths: Most complete running back in this class. Excellent Burst, Stiff Arm, and Vision. A real tough pass blocker and top notch receiver. Able to make incredible highlight reel catches. A very patient runner comparable to LeVeon Bell. Shifty enough to make tacklers miss, and powerful enough to truck them out of his way.

Weaknesses: Can be a little dancey in the backfield when trying to find a hole. He’s not automatic in the open field. Character issues will hurt both his draft stock and dynasty outlook, however that could lead to him falling in Dynasty Rookie Drafts

Leonard Fournette out of LSU

Strengths: He’s a Bo Jackson Clone, Rare combo of size and speed. Could possibly run a 4.3 at the combine. Always aggressive and punishes those he makes contact with. Never stops his feet. Okay receiver. Few are better in short yardage situations. Some are calling him a generational talent

Weaknesses: Lacks patience and can sometimes pull an Andre Williams(Run into backs of his blockers). Sometimes can be too aggressive and engage tackles that could be easily avoided. He doesn’t have very much wiggle and isn’t great in pass protection. His vision can also be inconsistent(Especially against Alabama)

Christian McCaffrey out of Stanford

Strengths: Changes direction on a dime. Great Vision and very elusive. Able to squeeze through tight holes that form at LOS (Line of Scrimmage). He’s as good a receiver as a runner. Not game breaking fast, but still fast. Possesses all the skills to be on the field for three downs. Not afraid in pass protection

Weaknesses: Some may say his size won’t allow him to be a successful workhorse back in the NFL, but I would disagree. He probably will not be able to power through NFL tacklers. Chop blocks entirely too often. Injury plagued 2016 may have some dynasty drafters running scared.

Dalvin Cook out of Florida State

Strengths: Makes cuts on a dime and excels in off tackle runs. Able to hit his “Next Gear” in the blink of an eye. Good vision coupled with good footwork is a plus. If he gets the edge, he’s lethal. As dangerous as they come in space. Definitely a threat in passing game.

Weaknesses: Not a great inside running (Clemson shut him down in the first half of their 2016 game). Can look to bounce runs outside too often. A little impatient. Inconsistent hands. Not great in pass protection. Legal and Fumble Concerns

That’s all we have for today. Thank you for joining us and I look forward to seeing you again next time. Have a great day. May the force be with you.

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