With the completion of the 2o10 NFL Scouting Combine we’ve got some more information about those NFL prospects we covet so much.
This list of lists about the 2010 running back class will make you smarter on draft day:
1. CJ Spiller, Clemson – Discussed in detail in his 2010 Target Dossier.
2. Ryan Matthews, Fresno State – Stellar as a junior in 2009, he racked up 1,808 yards and 19 TDs for the Bulldogs. His skills, athleticism and big-play ability, will fit any NFL scheme.
3. Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech – At 6-0, 235, Dwyer’s inside running ability is expected to make the transition to the pros. He rushed for 1,395 yards and 14 TDs for the Yellow Jackets in 2009. He didn’t wow anyone at the combine, but Dwyer is still one of the top options in a weak running back class. He’ll be a late-first, early-second round pick.
1. Jahvid Best, California, 4.35 – Registering the top 40 time at the draft may have vaulted Best to the top of this class on a lot of draft boards. He’s smallish and his blocking could be an issue, but the same can be said for Spiller. If Best is faster — and considered healthier — teams will draft him first.
2. Spiller, 4.37 – It wasn’t like Best was that much slower, though.
3. Ben Tate, Auburn, 4.43 – He’s easily the sleeper back of the draft following a dominating performance in combine workouts.
1. Tate, 26 – Yep, fast and the strongest back in the class… on a workout field anyway.
2. Lonyae Miller, Fresno State, 26 – It’s very likely he won’t get picked in the draft.
3. John Conner, Kentucky, 24 – Conner is a fullback slated to be picked late in the draft. It is unlikely he’ll have any fantasy value in 2010.
1. Montario Hardesty, Tennessee, 41.0 – Rushing for 1,345 yards and 13 touchdowns, Hardesty opened some eyes in 2009. He’s not likely to be a star back in the NFL, but could contribute. He’s a decent pass catching option.
2. Tate, 40.5 — Hey there Ben Tate.
3. Andre Dixon, UConn, 40.0 — Went from battling Donald Brown two years ago to sophomore Jordan Todman last year. Still, he impressed during the bowl season and could be a second- or third-round pick.
1. Best, 6.75
2. Joique Bell, Wayne State (MI), 6.84 — The Harlon Hill winner rushed for more than 2,000 yards for consecutive seasons. He ranks ninth in total career yardage and fifth in career TDs in any division of college football. His 40 times will keep him from being picked anywhere but on the final day of the draft.
3. LeGarrette Blount, Oregon, 6.85 – His talent is good enough to make him an early pick, but there are massive concerns about Blount’s character.
1. Joe McKnight, USC, 10’08” — Our first mention of the big-play speedster from USC. McKnight rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2009, but he won’t come close to that in the pros.
2. Hardesty, 10’04”
3. Tate, 10′04″
1. Dexter McCluster, Mississippi, 4.06 — At 5-8, 165, McCluster translates to more of a wide receiver in the NFL despite what he’s done the last two years as a running back for the Rebels. He rushed for 1169 yards and added 520 yards receiving in 2009.
2. Tate, 4.12
3. Hardesty, 4.14
1. Bell, 11.33
2. Pat Paschall, North Dakota State, 11.39 — A less-than-stellar 40 time means Paschall will be picked in the seventh round or not be picked at all. However, he impressed some scouts in the postseason with quick cuts, good moves and an ability to run inside and out.
3. Hardesty, 11.47