Class of 2015 early RB grades

Class of 2015 early RB grades

Three running backs have a shot to break the streak of two straight drafts without a back selected in the first round. NFL Draft Report offers its preseason rankings for the 2015 draft.

PLAYER SCHOOLCL HTWT 40-YDPRO RND
GURLEY, Todd GeorgiaJr 06:00.4232 4.547.9 1
GORDON, Melvin Wisconsin rJr06:00.5 2034.43 7.51
DAVIS, Michael South Carolina Jr05:09.1 2154.52 71
YELDON, T.J. AlabamaJr 06:01.2218 4.466.9 2
WILLIAMS, Karlos Florida State Sr06:01.0 2264.42 6.63
LANGFORD, Jeremy Michigan State Sr06:00.0 2054.45 6.33
MARSHALL, Keith Georgia Jr 05:10.5207 4.476.2 3
JOHNSON, Duke MiamiJr 05:08.6206 4.426.2 3
FOWLER, Jalston (FB) AlabamarSr 05:11.2254 4.886.1 4
ALLEN, Javorius Southern California Jr05:11.5 2154.54 64
EDMUNDS, Trey Virginia Tech rSo06:00.5 2164.42 5.94
ABDULLAH, Ameer NebraskaSr 05:08.6199 4.455.9 4
BROWN, Malcolm TexasSr 05:11.4230 4.595.8 4
BROWN, Dominique Louisville rSr06:01.5 2324.6 5.75
CARSON, Tra Texas A&M rJr05:11.1 2304.62 5.65
WOODS, Storm Oregon State rJr05:11.1 2074.58 5.55
ZENNER, Zachary South Dakota State rSr05:11.2 2184.6 5.45
JONES, Matthew FloridaJr 06:01.1226 4.585.3 5
AJAYI, Jay Boise State rJr05:11.1 2204.54 5.35
LINWOOD, Shock BaylorrSo 05:07.4200 4.495.2 6
DRAKE, Kenyan AlabamaJr 06:00.2202 4.525.2 6
#MARK, Venric (WR) Northwestern rSr05:07.1 1734.38 5.16
MURPHY, Marcus MissourirSr 05:08.0189 4.525.1 6
MAGEE, Terrence Louisiana State rJr05:09.0 2134.55 5.16
JOHNSON, David Northern Iowa rSr06:01.0 2224.57 57
MARSHALL, Byron Oregon Jr 05:09.1207 4.475 7
HILLIARD, Kenny Louisiana State Sr05:11.4 2304.6 57
GRANT, William "Corey" AuburnrSr 05:08.7201 4.354.9 7
SCHEUERMAN, John Lafayette Sr05:11.3 2014.41 4.97
EDWARDS, Jahwan Ball state Sr05:09.4 2204.55 4.97
COLEMAN, Tevin IndianaJr 06:00.1205 4.624.8 7
%DYER, Michael Louisville Sr05:09.0 2154.5 4.87/FA
#COKER, Marcus Stony Brook rSr05:11.6 2224.6 4.87/FA
WEGHER, Brandon Morningside Sr05:10.3 2014.63 4.87/FA
COBB, David Minnesota Sr05:10.7 2204.58 4.87/FA
LANE, Marlin, Jr. Tennessee Sr05:11.5 2104.6 4.87/FA
JAMES, Paul RutgersrJr 05:11.5210 4.624.8 7/FA
BERGERON, Joseph (FB) TexasSr 06:00.4235 4.64.8 7/FA
SMITH, Dreamius West Virginia Sr05:10.4 2244.59 4.87/FA
WILLIAMS, Kenneth Texas Tech Sr05:09.7 2234.58 4.87/FA
DURHAM, Trayion (FB) Kent State Sr05:11.4 2504.75 4.87/FA
HARRIS, Alonzo Louisiana-Lafayette Sr06:00.7 2324.55 4.87/FA
WILLIAMS, Keon (FB) Tenn.-Chattanooga Sr06:00.0 2374.69 4.7PFA
WARD, Terron Oregon State Sr05:06.1 2034.49 4.7PFA
BELTON, William Penn State Sr05:09.3 2044.57 4.7PFA
PARKS, Kevin VirginiaSr 05:07.4200 4.534.7 PFA
JAMES, Jordon UCLArSr 05:07.4196 4.494.7 PFA
GULLEY, Prince-Tyson SyracuseSr 05:07.5195 4.664.7 PFA
HUNT, Akeem PurdueSr 05:08.4185 4.424.6 PFA
ARTIS-PAYNE, Cameron AuburnSr 05:09.5213 4.584.6 PFA
IOSEFA, Marvin HawaiiSr 05:10.4235 4.554.6 PFA
AGNEW, Malcolm Southern Illinois Sr05:09.2 2004.53 4.5FA
HILL, Bronson Eastern Michigan Sr05:09.4 2154.55 4.5FA
MALCOME, Ken Southern Illinois Sr05:10.6 2234.55 4.5FA
HARPER, Kenneth TempleSr 05:10.3227 4.554.5 FA
HILL, Joe Utah State Sr05:11.0 1904.57 4.5FA
COX, Taylor KansasSr 05:10.3211 4.554.5 FA
SMITH, Rod Ohio State rSr06:02.0 2324.58 4.5FA
ZWINAK, Zachary (FB) Penn State Sr06:00.4 2314.64 4.4FA
BENNETT, Isaac# Pittsburgh Sr05:10.6 2134.74 4.4FA
WATSON-MARTIN, Terrell Azusa Pacific Sr06:01.0 2324.59 4.4FA
QUEZADA, Joshua Fresno State Sr05:10.5 2184.55 4.4FA
SPENCE, Keshaudas (FB) Sacred Heart Sr05:09.6 2474.86 4.4FA
JOHNSON, Shawn Montana State Sr05:09.2 1814.45 4.4FA
FORTE, Quincy Eastern Washington Sr05:10.0 1834.5 4.4FA
VAN, Travon MontanarSr 05:09.4194 4.474.4 FA
MCDANIEL, Cam Notre Dame Sr05:09.2 1944.55 4.3FA
SHEAD, Traylon Southern Methodist Sr06:02.0 2304.59 4.3FA
ROLAND, Desmond Oklahoma State Sr06:02.0 2104.63 4.3FA
BUICE, Lemond Florida A&M Sr06:00.4 2134.66 4.3FA
HOLLOMAN, Robert Central Connecticut Sr05:07.3 1604.52 4.3FA
HAYDEN, Domonique Thomas More (MA) Sr05:07.0 2164.69 4.3FA
WHATLEY, Reggie Middle Tennessee Sr05:06.0 1734.41 4.3FA
GONGBAY, Crusoe New Mexico Sr05:11.3 2024.6 4.3FA
HILL, Keshawn Sam Houston Sr05:09.5 2064.6 4.3FA
CROCKETT, Johnathon North Dakota State rSr05:11.5 2114.6 4.3FA
CHISHOLM, Jawon AkronSr 06:00.5197 4.54.3 FA
JAMES, Damarcus (FB) Jacksonville State Sr05:09.0 2364.8 4.3FA
JOHNSON, Landon Stephen F. Austin Sr05:09.5 2224.65 4.3FA
JOHNSON-MAPLES, Ray. ArmySr 05:10.7221 4.64.3 FA
ROUSE, Demarcus Presbyterian Sr05:10.1 2204.64 4.3FA
LEWIS, Deantre Arizona State Sr05:10.0 1904.52 4.3FA
OTHER PLAYERS STILL TO BE EVALUATED           
ABERNATHY IV, Ralph D. Cincinnati Sr05:07.0 1614.45   
ATWATER, Di Andre Princeton Jr05:08.1 2104.63   
BAGGETT, Terry ArmySr 06:00.0200 4.66   
BAKER, J.C. Western Illinois Sr05:08.0 1904.64   
BEST, C.J. Texas State Sr05:10.0 1724.49   
BOSTIC, B.J. Georgia Tech Sr05:10.0 1724.62   
BROWN, Jerrel IdahoSr 06:00.0220 4.77   
BROWN, Mack FloridarSr 05:11.0209 4.42   
BROYLD, Ashton (FB) SyracuseJr 06:02.5221 4.67   
BULLOCK, Damon IowaSr 06:00.0205 4.58   
BUTLER, Danté TulaneSr 05:10.0208 4.64   
CALLIER, Jesse Washington Sr05:10.0 2074.53   
CANADA, Jordan MontanaSr 05:09.0190 4.64   
CARLISLE, Amir Notre Dame rJr05:09.5 1904.48   
CATALON, B.J. Texas Christian Jr05:08.4 1904.49   
CHAMPAGNE, Tevin Colo. School of Mines Sr05:10.0 1904.63   
CIMOLINO, Jake Colorado Mesa Sr05:11.0 2004.64   
CREECY, Tony North Carolina State rSr05:11.0 2154.56   
CREER, Malcolm ColoradoSr 05:10.0210 4.63   
DAYS, Synjyn Georgia Tech Sr06:01.0 2324.67   
DIXON, Kenneth Louisiana Tech Jr05:09.5 2204.59   
DONALD, Centarius Louisiana-Monroe Sr06:00.0 2214.59   
ERVIN, Tyler San Jose State Sr05:10.0 1764.54   
FARMER, George, Jr. (WR) Southern California Sr06:01.1 2054.48   
FOSTER, D.J. Arizona State Jr05:10.6 1954.49   
FRANKLIN, Khary TroySr 05:06.0171 4.52   
GARLAND, Anthony Central Michigan Sr06:00.0 2184.74   
GARRISON, Dustin West Virginia Sr05:08.0 1824.52   
GLASCO II, David Texas-San Antonio Sr05:10.0 2004.69   
GRAY, Johnathan TexasJr 05:10.5207 4.49   
GREENE, Travis Bowling Green rJr05:09.5 1764.48   
GREEN, Treyvon Northwestern Sr05:09.0 2154.59   
HALL, Darion Tennessee State Sr05:11.0 1954.53   
HANSBROUGH, Russell MissouriJr 05:08.2190 4.56   
HAYES, Brandon MemphisSr 05:08.0198 4.66   
HEARD, Braylon Kentucky State Jr05:10.5 1984.54   
HILL, Deon Georgia Tech Sr05:11.0 1944.63   
HILL, Nick Michigan State rSr05:08.0 1974.4   
HILL, Tyreek Oklahoma State Jr05:10.0 1884.59   
HOUSTON, Kendall South Alabama Sr05:10.0 2204.73   
HOWARD, D.J. ClemsonSr 05:11.0195 4.56   
HUGGINS, Savon RutgersSr 06:00.0200 4.58   
IVORY, Kristaan Cal PolySr 05:09.0200 4.64   
JEFFERY, Nathan Texas-El Paso Sr05:11.0 2004.59   
JENKINS, Daniel ArizonarSr 05:09.0195 4.53   
JOHNSON, A.J. (MLB) Tennessee Sr06:01.6 2454.62   
JOHNSON, Gus Stephen F Austin Sr05:10.0 2244.65   
JONES, Jay South Alabama Sr05:09.0 1904.63   
JONES, Tony ColoradoSr 05:07.0190 4.56   
KIRKWOOD, Donnell Minnesota Sr05:10.0 2084.58   
KNOX, JR., Jeff California (PA) Sr06:02.0 2004.79   
LAKE, Tevin Marian Univ (IN) Sr05:08.0 1954.64   
LASCO, Daniel California (PA) rJr06:00.5 2004.53   
LEE, JonAir Force Sr05:09.0 1954.67   
MADDEN, Tre Southern California rJr05:11.6 2204.59   
MANZANARES, Gabe Cal-Davis Sr05:09.0 1954.66   
MAPLES, Raymond ArmySr 05:11.0218 4.63   
MARTIN, Jamel Bowling Green Sr05:10.0 1954.58   
MASON, Marcus Washington State Sr05:09.0 1884.72   
MATTHEWS, J.B. Colorado St.-Pueblo Sr05:11.0 1924.7   
MATTHEWS, Willie Central Arkansas Sr05:09.0 1904.74   
MCBRIDE II, Keith William & Mary Sr05:11.0 2204.64   
MCCOMBS, Lyle Connecticut Sr05:08.0 1754.57   
MCDOWELL, Cassius ToledoSr 05:09.0180 4.63   
MONANGAI, Kevin Villanova Sr05:08.0 2154.65   
MONROE, Daniel Fairmont State Sr05:09.0 2054.62   
MOORE, Rodriguez Cincinnati Sr05:10.0 1764.49   
MORGAN, D.J. Southern California Sr05:10.0 1904.43   
OSBOURNE, Omar Albany (NY) Sr06:00.0 1954.59   
PERKINS, Paul UCLArSo 05:10.1196 4.52   
PIERRE, Michael South Florida Sr05:10.0 2024.53   
POTEAT, Jameel Stony Brook Sr05:10.0 2104.54   
POTTS, James BuffaloSr 05:11.0194 4.48   
REYES, Christian Charleston Southern Sr05:10.0 2184.72   
REYNOLDS, Orville Wake Forest Sr05:09.0 1854.52   
RICHARDSON, Clifton LibertySr 06:00.0210 4.58   
ROBINSON, DeMarcus Kansas State Sr05:07.0 2094.58   
ROBINSON, Josh Mississippi State rJr05:08.6 2254.72   
SAMUEL, Anthon Bowling Green Sr05:11.0 1904.57   
SANDERS, Barry, Jr. StanfordrSo 05:09.5195 4.54   
SEYMOUR, Jerron Vanderbilt rJr05:07.1 1904.49   
SHEPHERD, Khalek VirginiaSr 05:08.0195 4.63   
SIMS, Herschel Abilene Christian Sr05:09.0 2184.63   
SMITH, Adonis Nevada-Las Vegas Sr05:11.0 2004.53   
SNEAD, Josh DukeSr 05:09.0190 4.53   
STINGILY, Cameron (FB) Northern Illinois rSr06:00.5 2144.76   
THOMAS, Derrick Boise State Sr06:00.0 2084.71   
WASHINGTON, Dwayne Washington rSo06:00.2 2204.56   
WASHINGTON, Marcus Arizona State Sr06:00.0 2204.65   
WILLIAMS, Brandon Texas A&M rJr05:11.1 1924.49   
WILLIAMS, Hosey Cincinnati Sr05:08.0 1994.49   
WILLIAMS, Jamaal Brigham Young rJr05:11.5 2004.56   
WILLIAMS, Jonathan ArkansasJr 05:11.1223 4.56   
WILLIAMS, Justin Kentucky State Sr05:10.0 1824.64   
WILLIAMS, Malcolm Delaware State Sr05:09.0 1764.66   
WILLIAMS, Trey Texas A&M Jr05:07.5 1954.45   
WIMBERLY, Aaron Iowa State Sr05:09.0 1734.52   
YOUNG, Donovonn IllinoisSr 05:11.0220 4.62 
NOTES: rSr/rJr indicates player redshirted/graduating class…# indicates major injury that could impact draft grade…CL indicates college class… HT indicates height of the player…WT indicates weight…40 indicates 40-yard dash time…225 indicates repetitions in the 225-pound bench press…VJ indicates vertical jump…BJ indicates broad jump…SH indicates 20-yard shuttle…3C indicates three-cone drill…PRO-indicates The NFL Draft Report’s projected pro potential grade (see chart below)…RND indicates the round we project the player to be selected. Alternate NFL positions listed after player.

PRO GRADE CATEGORYEXPLANATION
8.1-9.0 Franchise
Player
Immediate starter...Should have a major impact to the success of the franchise, barring injury...Possesses superior critical factors...Plays with consistency and without abnormal extra effort...Rare talent.
7.6-8.0 Star Quality Eventual starter...Should make a significant contribution in his first year...Possesses above average critical factors...Has the talent and skills to start...Will contribute to upgrading the team...Can play without abnormal effort, but has some inconsistency in his play that will improve with refinement and development...Has no real weakness.
7.0-7.5 Impact Player Possesses at least average to above average critical factors in all areas...Will contribute immediately, whether as a starter or a valuable reserve...Will move into the starting lineup with seasoning...Above average player who needs to refine certain areas.
6.5-6.9 Eventual Starter Could move into the starting lineup within three years...Has average critical factors in all areas...Needs further development, but has the ability to contribute.
6.0-6.4 Potential Starter Could force himself into the starting lineup with improved perform- ances...Will make a team...Has average critical factors in most areas, but at least one with less than average quality that he will have a hard time overcoming...Probable draft choice.
5.5-5.9 Roster Player Has the ability to serve as a key reserve and possible future starter... Possesses average critical factors, but more than several areas are less than average...Plays with normal extra effort.
5.0-5.4 Project Has the skills to play pro ball with proper tutoring...May make a team based on need...Possesses no real strong critical factors and is probably below average in several areas that the player will have a hard time overcoming...Possible draft choice, but only if that team is caught short on talent available at that position.
4.6-4.9 Develop- mental Could make a team with an impressive showing in training camp... Not strong in most critical factors...Deficient in more than one area that he will not be able to overcome...At least average in the factor of competitiveness...May not make a team due to his limitations.
4.1-4.5 Camp Player Has redeeming qualities that could allow him to play in the pros with improved performances...Deficient in more than one critical factor... Might make a team, but will always be the player that squad will look to replace.
3.5-4.0 Reject Might make a team, but has glaring deficiencies in several critical factors...Below average competitor whose athletic skills will allow him to enter training camp, but has a difficult time in trying to make a team.
 

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