5) Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
Height: 5-10 Weight: 217
Akers was a stud behind a less than stellar offensive line. He can run and catch and will be a solid addition to any team. He could be the dark horse here and become the best back in this draft.
4) J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Height: 5-9 Weight: 210
It tells you how good this running back class is when Dobbins is ranked this low. Dobbins averaged 6.7 yards per carry in 2019 for 2,003 yards with 21 touchdowns. He had 23 receptions for 247 yards and 2 touchdowns, as well. Dobbins is an explosive runner with great burst and change of direction. He should be great at the next level, that should not be questioned.
3) Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
Height: 5-7 Weight: 209
Helaire was more of an after-thought because of the vaunted Tigers’ passing game but one of the reasons it was so good was because Helaire is a great receiver out of the backfield. A 6.6 YPC tells you he can carry the rock. Edwards-Helaire is a tough runner with quickness, cutting ability, vision, and natural body lean. His natural receiving skills make him a potential three-down starter.
2) D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Height: 5-8 Weight: 212
It’s hard to get carries at Georgia with their large stable of talented running backs, but Swift may just be the best over the last few years, Michel and Chubb included.
Swift averaged 6.2 yards per carry for 1,216 yards with 7 touchdowns. He had 24 receptions for 216 yards and a touchdown as well, in 2019. His ability to cut, his field vision and ability to catch the ball is amazing. To me, Swift, Helaire, and Taylor are the three best running backs to come out at the same time in the draft for a long time and will all be special players.
1) Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Height: 5-10 Weight: 226
Taylor has an awesome combination of power, quickness, vision, cutting ability, and a tremendous stiff arm. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry in 2019 for 2,003 yards with 21 touchdowns. He had 26 receptions for 252 yards and 5 touchdowns on top of that. His improved ability as a receiver really helped his draft stock. However, his 17 career fumbles are a serious problem for some scouts.
He was unreal at the combine and faster than most expected him to be. Most rank Swift at the number one spot but to me Taylor is that guy.