2022 NFL Draft Running Back Rankings 1.0

2022 NFL Draft Running Back Rankings
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Lets continue with the early positional rankings, with the 2022 NFL Draft running back rankings. It seems like after the top four or five guys its kind of a mixed bag. See the previous part about QBs here: https://atbnetwork.com/2021/10/24/2022-nfl-draft-quarterback-rankings-1-0/

1. Breece Hall – Iowa State

Good size, with great vision and contact balance. Also really good in the passing game. Good but not great speed. Wear and tear might be an issue. Dynamic in the open field. Can do it all.

2. Kenneth Walker III – Michigan State

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Transfer from Wake Forest who never seemed to get a fair shake as an every down back. Well built and muscular. Shows great agility, and good not great speed. Amazing vison, almost like a 6th sense he can see gaps before they open or squeeze himself through the smallest sliver. Minimal production in passing game, but has looked fine when he was given chances. Needs to get better as a blocker or he won’t be able to play 3rd downs.

3. Isaiah Spiller – Texas A & M

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Good sized, strong between the tackles runner who gets yards after contact. Good straight line speed and vision. Not super agile and is not someone that will break ankles. Good blocker. Needs improvement as a receiver.

4. Kyren Williams – Notre Dame

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Explosive second year starter. Very good receiver. Good patience to let his blocks develop. Good contact balance for his size. Bit on the smaller side and needs to add some bulk. Could improve as a blocker as well.

5. Eric Gray – Oklahoma

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Tennessee transfer. Good grades all around. Good patience and does a good job of avoiding tacklers. Shows some good power for his size. Not really elite in any one area. Still needs to improve as a blocker

6. Zonovan Knight – NC State

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Freak athlete, with good running back size. Explosive, and physical. Solid contact balance. Has kick return experience. Underdeveloped as a receiver, will drop some balls. Lacks some patience and can press the hole too quickly at times.

7. Zamir White – Georgia

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Has all the talent in the world to be a top back. Explosive, fast and good size. Great quickness in the open field. Runs physical. He has been held back by injuries and not getting enough carries. If he can stay healthy and his medicals check out he could move up a lot.

8. Zach Charbonnet – UCLA

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Michigan transfer. Fast straight line speed in the open field. Explosive. A physical runner with good contact balance. Good patience. A bit stiff and lacks agility to create in the open field. Not much of a receiving option outside of check downs and the like.

9. Mohamed Ibrahim – Minnesota

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Smart with great vision, sets up his blocks well. Great contact balance and power, brings his pads. Very good pass blocker for a college back. Lacks speed. Physical running style may wear him down. Also needs work as a receiver. Coming off a knee injury.

10. Jerrion Ealy – Ole Miss

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Small scat back who is well built. Speed, agility and vision are his game. Runs tough for his size. Can be split out as a receiver. Due to his size he wont be able to be a full time back. Best used as a 3rd down back/gadget player/returner. Get him the ball in space and let him go to work.

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