Monday, February 27, 2012
RB Rankings - 2012 Rookies
Dynasty RB Rookie Rankings:
01. Trent Richardson - Alabama -- TRich is set to be the top Rookie RB that the NFL has scene in a draft class since Adrian Peterson. He is worth trading up to the #1 pick in Rookie Drafts to grab.
02. Lamar Miller - Miami -- Early resemblance of a Clinton Portis, has the physical toughness to be an every down back in the NFL. Very fast as well, having the best Forty Yard Dash time at the combine 4.40.
03. Doug Martin - Boise State -- Has the makeup of a Ray Rice. Could be the steal of the draft when you look back in 2 years. Well worth taking a chance on.
04. David Wilson - Virginia Tech -- Very quick and shifty back, could be a safer pick then Miller or Martin.
05. Robert Turbin - Utah State -- This guy has been a hero at the small school of Utah State. Often overlooked to those outside of the State of Utah. Put together a very impressive Combine and has started moving up boards. Averaged 6.1 yds per carry last year along with 19 TD's, after missing 2010 season with a leg injury. A personal favorite of mine.
06. LaMichael James - Oregon -- I tend to see James as more of a RBBC back in the NFL, but a strong PPR threat out of the backfield. His size and durability are an issue for me but for an NFL team he could be the perfect 3rd down back. For fantasy purposes he might not be the game changer you are looking for at the NFL level.
07. Chris Polk - Washington -- He has been slowly falling down the draft boards with rumors of being out of shape. The combine didn't do him many favors but he still has the skills to be a strong back in the NFL. Great vision as he hits the hole quickly.
08. Bernard Pierce - Temple -- Well balanced back with a strong change of direction. Showed some strong versatility at the Combine, after coming off some injuries at the end of last year. He is more of a North/South runner that will hit the hole hard.
09. Ronnie Hillman - San Diego State -- Much like Turbin, Hillman is from a small school, where he dominated but got little attention on a National level. A good back to take a chance on in Rookie drafts. Has great instincts and is a lead NFL back type.
10. Isaiah Pead - Cincinnati -- A smaller, quicker back that is super aggressive. Also adds a good catching option out of the backfield.
11. Cyrus Gray - Texas A&M -- Had an impressive day at the combine, and has shown flashes of being a nice PPR back. Moving up the draft boards.
12. Vick Ballard - Mississippi State -- Runs full speed ahead and doesn't shy away from contact.
13. Dan Herron - Ohio State -- Had a strong 2010 college season and had some setbacks in 2011 with being suspended for six games. Has the potential to play on Sundays, I think he is a back you monitor where he lands.
14. Terrance Ganaway - Baylor -- Big back out of Baylor that had a nice consistent year, could add a nice punch to an NFL backfield.
15. Bobby Rainey - Western Kentucky -- One of the later RB's that might make you look like a genious if everything comes together for him at the NFL level. Worth taking a chance on him, high reward type of player.
16. Tauren Poole - Tennessee -- Power back that uses his body well in picking up the extra yards.
17. Alfred Morris - Florida Atlantic -- Power back that could be a good fit for a lot of NFL teams to add depth to their RBBC combos.
18. Chris Rainey - Florida -- Speedy prospect that if lands on the right NFL squad, they could use him in a variety of different ways.
19. Marc Tyler - USC -- Big RB that could help an NFL team out with his grinding out approach.
20. Edwin Baker - Michigan State -- The Combine did a lot of favors for this kid, as he was very consistent and showed flashed of his speed and athleticism.