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 Lynch, Frank Gore, Knowshon 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.
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.