2020 NFL Draft: Senior RB Crop Looks Promising

2020 NFL Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft will likely see several running backs selected. The underclassman crop will have the headliners but the senior class has plenty of talent. There likely won’t be a first-round back in the group. However, a few of the backs amongst the seniors could find their way into the Top 100.

Let’s take a quick glance at 13 of the senior running backs available in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Zach Moss, Utah

Tape Score (Preliminary): 8.6

Production Score (Preliminary): 10

Preliminary Total Score (No Athletic Testing): 6.6

Moss is a three-down back. He is an excellent pass protector. Moss shows great burst. Unfortunately, a season-ending knee injury took down Moss. He must show that he has recovered from this to keep his status as a top senior back.

Keshawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt

Tape Score (Preliminary): 8.6

Production Score (Preliminary): 10

Preliminary Total Score (No Athletic Testing): 6.6

Vaughn has tremendous balance. He almost never goes down on the first contact. Vaughn has excellent burst and is amazing in the open field. I would like to see him more active in the passing game.

Scottie Phillips, Mississippi

Tape Score (Preliminary): 8.4

Production Score (Preliminary): 7

Preliminary Total Score (No Athletic Testing): 6.09

Phillips is a well-rounded running back. He has great vision and he hits the hole fast. Phillips is a one-year starter after transferring in from JUCO.

Rodney Smith, Minnesota

Tape Score (Preliminary): 7.6

Production Score (Preliminary): 10

Preliminary Total Score (No Athletic Testing): 6.06

Smith is solid in most areas. He is tremendously productive, however.

Joshua Kelley, UCLA

Tape Score (Preliminary): 7.4

Production Score (Preliminary): 10

Preliminary Total Score (No Athletic Testing): 5.94

Kelley had an excellent first season for the Bruins after transferring from UC-Davis. I would love to see more in the passing game.

Lamical Perine, Florida

Tape Score (Preliminary): 7.8

Production Score (Preliminary): 8

Preliminary Total Score (No Athletic Testing): 5.88

You will be hard-pressed to find a tougher running back in this class than Perine. He excels with balance and as a pass protector. Perine is dangerous with the ball in his hands after he catches a pass.

Darius Anderson, TCU

Tape Score (Preliminary): 8

Production Score (Preliminary): 7

Preliminary Total Score (No Athletic Testing): 5.85

Anderson can be a home run hitter. He is above-average in all facets of the game.

Reggie Corbin, Illinois

Tape Score (Preliminary): 7.2

Production Score (Preliminary): 10

Preliminary Total Score (No Athletic Testing): 5.82

Corbin is a solid, yet unspectacular player. He struggles to break the first contact.

Devwah Whaley, Arkansas

Tape Score (Preliminary): 7.6

Production Score (Preliminary): 7

Preliminary Total Score (No Athletic Testing): 5.61

Whaley gets to top speed quickly. He is not active in the passing game.

Rico Dowdle, South Carolina

Tape Score (Preliminary): 7.6

Production Score (Preliminary): 7

Preliminary Total Score (No Athletic Testing): 5.61

Dowdle could be a top echelon prospect if he could play more than three games without getting hurt.

Kennedy McKoy, West Virginia

Tape Score (Preliminary): 7.4

Production Score (Preliminary): 7

Preliminary Total Score (No Athletic Testing): 5.49

McKoy has excellent vision. He makes quick cuts to get to the open field. Unfortunately, he doesn’t really stand out anywhere else.

Patrick Taylor, Memphis

Tape Score (Preliminary): 7

Production Score (Preliminary): 8

Preliminary Total Score (No Athletic Testing): 5.4

Taylor has shared the backfield with some excellent backs over the last couple of years. Now it is his time to shine. Taylor is a bigger back at 6’2” 223 pounds.

Jordan Cronkrite, South Florida

Tape Score (Preliminary): 6.8

Production Score (Preliminary): 8

Preliminary Total Score (No Athletic Testing): 5.28

Cronkrite is a transfer from Florida. He has a nice burst through the hole. He needs to do a better job of creating his on yardage.

I will soon take a look at the underclassmen RBs ahead of the 2019 college football season.

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