The NFL's a passing league, they say.  But check out the four starting running backs in the AFC and NFC conference championship games last year:  Marshawn LynchFrank GoreKnowshon Moreno, and LeGarrette Blount.  All fantastic running backs. Yeah, one of these is not quite like the others, but Blount did have 166 yards and 4 TDs in the Patriots huge win over the Colts to make it to the AFC Championship game.

 
The point is, no matter how great your QB is, you need a strong running game to be a contender in the NFL.
 
This year's crop of running backs in the NFL draft is strong but no one is head and shoulders above the rest.
 
Which RB below do you think will be the best pro?
 

Carlos Hyde – Ohio State

Hyde’s got the size to pound the rock and reminds people of Eddie Lacy, but does he have the speed to match? 

 

Jeremy Hill – LSU

Hill has the look of an impact starting back in the NFL.  

 

Tre Mason – Auburn

Mason is tad small to be a feature back, but he showed a lot of speed and agility at the NFL Draft Combine.  

 

Devonta Freeman – Florida State

Freeman was a huge weapon in the Seminole’s title run last year.  Is he good enough to be a full-time starter in the NFL?

 

Bishop Sankey – Washington

Sankey was one of the best backs in college football last year, plus he's got a cool name.  He’s a tough back who has excellent balance, vision, and cutting ability.  

 

Ka'Deem Carey - Arizona

Carey is a slasher who has nice quickness and a burst to get into open space.   How well he holds up to the rigors of the NFL will decide whether Ka'Deem is a role player or a difference maker.

 

Who will be the best RB taken in this year's NFL Drat?