Top Five Running Backs
By: Bernie Marshall 
Posted: 2007-04-22
Category: Washington Redskins News
The 2007 NFL Draft is less than a week away, so THN is taking a look at each position's top five prospects. Up next are the running backs:

#1:
Name: Adrian Peterson
Class: Junior
School: Oklahoma
Height: 6’ 2
Weight: 218 pounds

Peterson possesses a great combination of size, power and speed. He shows excellent field vision and patience at the point of attack. He is a punishing back that will wear down a defense and is capable of carrying the ball 20-25 times per game. Peterson will be the first back taken.

#2
Name: Marshawn Lynch
Class: Senior
School: California
Height: 5’11
Weight: 215 pounds

Lynch is an instinctive runner with both size and speed. He is a tough inside runner and very effective outside the tackles. He'll be very good in the passing game as a receiver out of the backfield, or picking up the blitz. He may not go in the top half, but he shouldn’t make it out of the 1st round.

#3
Name: Antonio Pittman
Class: Senior
School: Ohio State
Height: 5’10
Weight: 207 pounds

Pittman shows good initial burst and adequate straight-line speed; he has the quickness and body control to cut back at anytime. For his size he is very good in pass protection and has reliable hands, but needs to improve his route running. Will be the 3rd or 4th back taken.

#4
Name: Kenny Irons
Class: Senior
School: Auburn
Height: 5’10
Weight: 203 pounds

Irons' vision and patience as a runner are very good, and he shows good initial burst through the hole. He keeps his legs moving after initial contact and will break lots of tackles with his lower-body strength; he’s a true down-hill runner. Will not go in the first round but should be a first day pick.

#5
Name: Brandon Jackson
Class: Senior
School: Nebraska
Height: 5’10
Weight: 210 pounds

Jackson is a shifty runner that is elusive enough to make defenders miss, he can stop and start with ease and has great balance and body control. Jackson is an instinctive and tough runner with size-potential. He should be selected mid-draft.

Check out more at THN's exclusive 2007 NFL Draft section.
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