Top Five Running Backs
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:
Name: Adrian Peterson
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.
Name: Marshawn Lynch
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.
Name: Antonio Pittman
School: Ohio State
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.
Name: Kenny Irons
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.
Name: Brandon Jackson
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.
This article was released on 2007-04-22.
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