RB Rankings 2018 NFL Running Back Rankings Projected Rounds: 1. Benny Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky: Round 2, 2. Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic: Round 2, 3. David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State: Round 3, 4. Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma: Round 3, 5. Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington: Round 3, 6. Damien Harris, RB, Alabama: Round 3, 7. Darrin Hall, RB, Pittsburgh: Round 3, 8. Qadree Ollison, RB, Pittsburgh: Round 4, 9. Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis: Round 4, 10. Dexter Williams, RB, Notre Dame: Round 4, 11. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford: Round 5, 12. A.J. Oulette, RB, Ohio: Round 6, 13. Jordan Scarlett, RB, Florida: Round 6, 14. Jalin Moore, RB, Appalachian State: Round 7, 15. Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State: Round 7


2019 NFL Draft: Running Back Rankings





Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: November 24, 2018.



  1. Benny Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky Projected Round 2nd Round

    2018 Season Recap The 5-11 221 lb Benny Snell Jr. is my top running back at the moment. Benny Snell Jr. has 244 carries, 1,304 rushing yards, and 14 rushing touchdowns in 2018. It's a very lackluster running back class compared to last year though.


    Benny Snell Jr. SWOT Report

    Strengths: Bennie Snell Jr. has the speed, vision, and lateral agility to execute cuts with precision. He is an effective downhill runner. Knows how to attack the hole at the second level. Can use his elusiveness to make linebackers miss. Carried a really weak Kentucky offense in 2018. Has three consecutive seasons of over 1,000 rushing yards.


    Weaknesses: Benny Snell Jr. doesn't always have 100 rushing yards on a game-to-game basis despite consistent production. His pass protection and pass catching need work.


    Opportunities: The Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and San Francisco 49ers would all be fantastic landing spots for Benny Snell Jr. Benny Snell Jr. is my top ranked running back in the 2019 NFL Draft so as long as he goes to a team where he can start right away he should be fine.


    Threats: Benny Snell Jr. doesn't really have a threat. You can argue his ceiling is limited just based on his tape though.


    Potential Grade: 89/99



    Before 2018

    Benny Snell Jr. had 1,091 rushing yards in 2016. Benny Snell Jr. had 1,333 rushing yards in 2017.




  2. Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic Projected Round 2nd Round

    2018 Season Recap The 5-9 200 lb Devin Singletary already has three consecutive seasons with 1,000 rushing yards just like Benny Snell Jr. Singletary does more on tape then Snell, but he struggled versus Oklahoma while Snell Jr. had some 100 yard games versus SEC opponents. Devin Singletary has 238 carries, 1,260 rushing yards, and 22 rushing touchdowns.


    Devin Singletary SWOT Report

    Strengths: Devin Singletary is fast. He has superb pass protection as well as run blocking when you watch his tape. Has the ability to cut with precision. Excellent at spinning with his runs on tape. A natural at trucking defenders on tape despite his size.


    Weaknesses: Devin Singletary needs to show more as a pass catcher on tape. He also struggled in Florida Atlantic's opener at Oklahoma.


    Opportunities: The Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and San Francisco 49ers would all be fantastic landing spots for Devin Singletary. Any one of those teams in the late second round would be a good landing spot for Singletary.


    Threats: Devin Singletary is 5-9. Some scouts think his height will be an issue in the NFL.


    Potential Grade: 88/99



    Before 2018

    Devin Singletary had 152 carries, 1,021 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 26 receptions, and 163 receiving yards as a true freshman in 2016. Singletary had 301 carries, 1,920 rushing yards, 32 rushing touchdowns, 19 receptions, 128 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdowns, 2,048 total yards, and 33 total touchdowns during his sophomore season in 2017. Devin Singletary is a sleeper to keep an eye on in 2018.




  3. David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State Projected Round 3rd Round

    2018 Season Recap The 5-11 216 lb David Montgomery hasn't flashed like he did last season when he dominated on tape in 2017. The crazy thing is he's still a top 3 running back in this class just by how he uses pass protection on tape as well as his ability to catch out of the backfield. Montgomery has 947 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns in 2018.


    David Montgomery SWOT Report

    Strengths: David Montgomery is a north and south runner with good ball carrier vision. Can be a power back or an elusive back. Runs with a lot of power and intesity. Excellent as a pass blocker.


    Can juke and stiff arm. That's one thing Montgomery brings. He can run inside or outside. Dominates in goal line situations.


    Weaknesses: Needs to catch the ball out of the backfield more often. That's one weakness I see with David Montgomery.


    Opportunities: It's hard to say where David Montgomery goes at this point in the draft process. David Montgomery is capable of starting right away, but may begin his career as a change of pace back.


    Threats: David Montgomery does not have any threats. You can argue he's the safest running back in the class despite a limited ceiling. He's gotten into arguments on the field, but I'm not putting any stock into that.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2018

    David Montgomery had 258 carries, 1,146 rushing yards, and 11 rushing touchdowns in 2017. Montgomery showed he could pass catch out of the backfield too. He could be the top running back in the 2019 NFL Draft with a big season in 2018.




  4. Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma Projected Round 3rd Round

    2018 Season Recap The 6-1 220 lb Rodney Anderson watched his season get cut short in 2018. If he was fully healthy, you could argue he'd be worthy of a first round grade.


    Rodney Anderson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Rodney Anderson has the ball carrier vision. He's very elusive and shifty. Can run inside or outside. Can juke and spin his way past defenders. Probably the best pass catcher in the 2019 NFL Draft when healthy.


    Weaknesses: Needs to improve as a pass blocker. While other running backs in this class excel in pass protection, Anderson struggles in that department.


    Opportunities: It's hard to say where Rodney Anderson goes at this point in the draft process. Rodney Anderson is capable of starting right away, but may begin his career as a change of pace back.


    Threats: Rodney Anderson suffered a knee injury back in week 2. I'm wondering if durability is a concern.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2018

    Rodney Anderson had 188 carries, 1,161 rushing yards, and 13 rushing touchdowns in 2017. With Baker Mayfield, Orlando Brown, and Mark Andrews gone, Anderson is gonna have to be the leader of Oklahoma's offense in 2018.




  5. Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington Projected Round 3rd Round

    2018 Season Recap The 5-10 193 lb Myles Gaskin has 212 carries, 1,076 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns in 2018. Gaskin has declined without Trey Adams at left tackle this season, but he's still a top 100 talent in my honest opinion. Myles Gaskin had 27 carries, 170 rushing yards, and 3 rushing touchdowns against Washington State.


    Myles Gaskin SWOT Report

    Strengths: Myles Gaskin has the ball carrier vision. He's very elusive and shifty. Can run inside or outside. Can juke and spin his way past defenders. Extremely durable. Great at cut backs.


    Weaknesses: Needs to improve as a pass catcher and a pass blocker. Doesn't run with enough power.


    Opportunities: It's hard to say where Myles Gaskin goes at this point in the draft process. Gaskin is an elusive shifty runner. You can argue his ceiling is limited.


    Threats: There are no threats with Myles Gaskin. He's a safe running back. Just has a very limited ceiling.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2018

    Myles Gaskin had 227 carries, 1,302 rushing yards, and 14 rushing touchdowns as a freshman in 2015. Gaskin had 237 carries, 1,373 rushing yards, and 10 rushing touchdowns in 2016. Gaskin had 222 carries, 1,380 rushing yards, and 21 rushing touchdowns in 2017. Gaskin could rise up boards if he tops those numbers in 2018.




  6. Damien Harris, RB, Alabama Projected Round 3rd Round

    2018 Season Recap The 5-11 215 lb Damien Harris is complimenting other Alabama running backs on this roster in a two back set. His 719 rushing yards and 7 rushing touchdowns are a setback compared to what Harris did during his last two seasons as Alabama's lead running back.


    Damien Harris SWOT Report

    Strengths: Damien Harris is a north and south runner with good ball carrier vision. Can be a power back or an elusive back. Runs with a lot of power and intesity. He's faster then his predecessor Bo Scarbrough and more durable too. Knows how to catch the football out of the backfield.


    Weaknesses: Doesn't wow you with spins, jukes, stiff arms. Not the pass blocker you'd like him to be.


    Opportunities: It's hard to say where Damien Harris goes at this point in the draft process. Harris is an elusive shifty runner. You can argue his ceiling is limited.


    Threats: Damien Harris has some durability concerns. Those concerns are not as nearly as severe as Bo Scarbrough's durability concerns.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2018

    Damien Harris had 1,040 rushing yards in 2016. Harris only had 2 rushing touchdowns though despite spliting carries with Bo Scarbrough.


    Damien Harris had 1,000 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns in 2017. Harris could have declared last year, but chose to return for his senior season instead.




  7. Darrin Hall, RB, Pittsburgh Projected Round 3rd Round

    2018 Season Recap The 5-11 225 lb Darrin Hall has 109 carries, 935 rushing yards, and 9 rushing touchdowns in 2018 despite getting less carries then Pitt's feature back Qadree Ollison. The crazy thing is that Hall is better on tape and both of Pitt's running backs could either be starters or complimentary backs at some point down the road.


    Darrin Hall SWOT Report

    Strengths: Darrin Hall has the physical ability and size you want in a running back. He's someone who can run with power or elusiveness. Can run inside or outside. Can juke, stiff arm, and truck his way past defenders. Knows how to pass block and catch out of the back field despite being a number two running back.


    Weaknesses: Sometimes runs into teammates or defenders. He runs with a lot of force which can be an asset when he gets separation, but it can also be a detriment if he collides with a defender. I don't see any major weaknesses with Hall. He'd have more carries if he was on another team. He reminds me of Alvin Kamara and Sony Michel on tape.


    Opportunities: It's hard to say where Darrin Hall goes at this point in the draft process. Hall is an elusive shifty runner. You can argue his ceiling is limited.


    Threats: Darrin Hall has no threats. He's one of the safest running back prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2018

    Darrin Hall had 9 rushing touchdowns in 2017. His tape looks extremely promising from what I saw last season. I've even done some film cuts on Darrin Hall.




  8. Qadree Ollison, RB, Pittsburgh Projected Round 4th Round

    2018 Season Recap The 6-2 225 lb Qadree Ollison has 185 carries, 1,134 rushing yards, and 10 rushing touchdowns in 2018. Ollison projects as both a running back and fullback in the NFL which is why he's a day 3 pick at the moment.


    Quadree Ollison SWOT Report

    Strengths: Qadree Ollison has the physical ability and size you want in a running back. He's someone who can run with power or elusiveness. Can run inside or outside. Can juke, stiff arm, and truck his way past defenders. Effective pass catcher and better pass blocker then Darrin Hall.


    Weaknesses: Has a bigger workload then Darrin Hall. That's one thing that may work against him in the NFL. I think both of Pittsburgh's running backs could be borderline starters in the NFL if they reach their ceiling.


    Opportunities: It's hard to say where Qadree Ollison goes at this point in the draft process. Ollison is an elusive shifty runner. You can argue his ceiling is limited.


    Threats: It's uncertain if Ollison is a running back or a fullback. That's the one concern scouts have with Ollison at the next level.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2018

    Qadree Ollison dominated as a true freshman with 212 carries, 1,121 rushing yards, and 11 rushing touchdowns in 2015. He hasn't been the same player the last two years. He needs a huge 2018 season if he wants to get drafted.




  9. Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis Projected Round 4th Round

    2018 Season Recap The 5-9 200 lb Darrell Henderson leads the FBS in rushing yards this season as a junior at Mempnhis. Henderson has 174 carries, 1,521 rushing yards, and 17 rushing touchdowns. Henderson also has 15 receptions, 283 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns.


    Darrell Henderson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Darrell Henderson has superb ball carrier vision. That's one of his strongest traits on tape. He knows how to cut on tape. Henderson can catch out of the backfield. Darrell Henderson is my favorite running back to come out of Memphis since DeAngelo WIlliams. He's a junior, but someone who could surge up the draft boards with an impressive combine.


    He's a three-down running back. Displays an extremely high football IQ and the ball carrier vision you look for.


    Weaknesses: Needs to improve in pass protection. That's the one thing keeping Henderson from being one of the most complete running backs in this draft.


    Opportunities: I have a fourth round grade on Darrell Henderson. Henderson would be a top 3 running back if he was bigger then 5-9. Darrell Henderson is one of the top running backs in the draft.


    Threats: Darrell Henderson is under 5-11. Some scouts view that as a threat since his height is below the ideal size.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2018

    Darrell Henderson had 130 carries, 1,154 rushing yards, and 9 rushing touchdowns in 2017 with 24 receptions, 226 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns. Henderson is someone who could emerge in 2018 now that Anthony Miller is no longer on Memphis after being drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round.




  10. Dexter Williams, RB, Notre Dame Projected Round 4th Round

    2018 Season Recap The 5-11 215 lb Dexter Williams finally became Notre Dame's starting running back in 2018. Williams has 142 carries, 941 rushing yards, and 12 rushing touchdowns so far in 2018.


    Dexter Williams SWOT Report

    Strengths: Dexter Williams has superb ball carrier vision. That's one of his strongest traits on tape.


    He's a three-down running back. Displays an extremely high football IQ and the ball carrier vision you look for. Williams has the pass protection and hands to catch out of the backfield. He's a very physical downhill runner.


    Weaknesses: Dexter Williams appers to be a pretty complete running back despite the lack of experience as a full-time starter. That's what makes Williams a dark horse candidate to be a good starting running back in the NFL.


    Opportunities: I have a fourth round grade on Dexter Williams. Williams is someone who caught my eye as of late.


    Threats: Dexter Williams had a four game suspension. One has to wonder if Williams has character issues.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2018

    Dexter Williams needs a huge senior season in 2018. He will finally get his due as the starting running back for Notre Dame in 2018.




  11. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford Projected Round 5th Round

    2018 Season Recap The 5-10 202 lb Bryce Love was a Heisman finalist a year ago. He would have been a first round pick had he declared for the 2018 NFL Draft. His decision to return ot school cost Bryce Love millions as Love only has 144 carries, 665 rushing yards, and 6 rushing touchdowns.


    Bryce Love SWOT Report

    Strengths: Bryce Love has superb ball carrier vision. That's one of his strongest traits on tape. Even with his decline in production in 2018, he's still showing the vision that you want a running back to have.


    He's a three-down running back. Displays an extremely high football IQ and the ball carrier vision you look for.


    Weaknesses: Not physical enough. Needs to put on more muscle. Not the pass catcher or pass blocker Christian McCaffrey was.


    Opportunities: I have a fifth round grade on Bryce Love. Bryce Love is someone who looked like a first rounder at the beginning of the season, but his poor play in 2018 has caused him to fall to the fourth round on my rankings.


    Threats: Bryce Love was a Heisman finalist with 263 carries, 2,118 rushing yards, and 19 rushing touchodwns in 2017. His play and production has declined significantly in 2018. He also has durability issues. I honestly see Bryce Love as a career backup in the NFL.


    Potential Grade: 84/99



    Before 2018

    Bryce Love was a Heisman finalist with 263 carries, 2,118 rushing yards, and 19 rushing touchodwns in 2017. If Bryce Love can put everything together in 2018 then he could be one of the top running backs in this draft class.




  12. A.J. Ouellette, RB, Ohio Projected Round 6th Round

    2018 Season Recap The 5-10 195 lb A.J. Ouellette is extremely undersized. A.J. Ouellette has 184 carries, 1,142 rushing yards, and 12 rushing touchdowns in 2018. Ouelette finally stayed healthy this season. He also put together a fantastic season on tape in terms of production. I don't think he has the speed to be an NFL starter, but he could be a fantastic situational running back in the right system.


    A.J. Ouellette SWOT Report

    Strengths: A.J. Ouellette runs with a lot of power. He got voted team captain. The football IQ, work ethic, and leadership with Oullette is there. His intangibles and learning rate is off the charts. Great in pass protection. Oullette has improved as a pass catcher.


    Weaknesses: Would like to see him develop more speed. Would like to see elusiveness on his part.


    Opportunities: I have a sixth round grade on A.J. Ouellette. We are looking at a Shrine Game or Collegiate Bowl player if Oullette does not return to Ohio.


    Threats: A.J. Ouellette has durability issues at Ohio. That may scare some NFL teams away. I see a #2 change of pace running back in the NFL.


    Potential Grade: 81/99



    Before 2018

    A.J. Ouellette has yet to rush for 1,000 rushing yards in fact he hasn't even reached 800 rushing yards yet. He needs a huge season in 2018 in order to avoid being an undrafted Free Agent.




  13. Jordan Scarlett, RB, Florida Projected Round 6th Round

    2018 Season Recap The 5-10 213 lb Jordan Scarlett is nicknamed Beast Mode Jr. He had a lot of good blocking though by David Sharpe and Martez Ivey last in 2016 when he was a sophomore. His 2018 play got worse from his 2017 play. Scarlett has 122 carries, 707 rushing yards, and 4 rushing touchdowns in 2018.


    Jordan Scarlett SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jordan Scarlett knows how to attack the whole. Can run inside or outside and is a three-down running back. Improved his pass protection by leaps and bounds in 2018.


    Weaknesses: Needs to add more muscle. Poor ball carrier vision. Drops passes on tape.


    Opportunities: I have a sixth round grade on Jordan Scarlett. Scarlett enters his junior season and would be wise to return to school for his senior season.


    Threats: There are no threats with Jordan Scarlett. He's a safe running back even if the upside is limited. Will make a great #2 running back who can provide depth in the late rounds.


    Potential Grade: 81/99



    Before 2018

    Jordan Scarlett has yet to put together a 1,000 rushing yard season at Florida. Needs a huge year in 2018 to get into day 2 territory.




  14. Jalin Moore, RB, Appalachian State Projected Round 7th Round

    2018 Season Recap The 5-11 205 lb Jalin Moore enters 2018 with back-to-back seasons of 1,000 rushing yards in 2016 and 2017. Moore finished 2018 with 63 carries, 400 rushing yards, and 6 rushing touchdowns.


    Jalin Moore SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jalin Moore has the ball carrier vision you want in a running back. He's great at running to the outside as well as running to the inside. Jalin Moore looked good on tape versus Penn State. He kept Appalachian State in the contest versus Penn State.


    Creates separation. Had back-to-back seasons of 1,000 rushing yards. Catches out of the backfield consistently. Is the best pass catcher among running backs in the 2018 NFL Draft statiscially.


    Weaknesses: Needs to add more muscle. Poor pass protection. Drops passes on tape.


    Opportunities: I have a seventh round grade on Jalin Moore. Moore accepted his invite to the 2019 Senior Bowl.


    Threats: Jalin Moore can be an effective running back. He has durability issues though and that can be considered a threat to a point.


    Potential Grade: 80/99



    Before 2018

    Jalin Moore had 237 carries, 1,402 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 5 receptions, 32 receiving yards, and 1,434 total yards in 2016. Moore had 183 carries, 1,037 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 12 receptions, 163 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown in 2017. Moore can be a late round riser with a huge senior season in 2018.




  15. Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State Projected Round 7th Round

    2018 Season Recap The 5-10 214 lb Mike Weber is a situational running back behind J.K. Dobbins at Ohio State. Weber has NFL talent and can have big games on tape despite being a situational running back. Weber had 96 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown as a situational running back versus Michigan which is phenomenal for a number two running back.


    Mike Weber SWOT Report

    Strengths: Mike Weber has superb ball carrier vision. You can argue he plays with more heart than any running back in this class.


    Easily the most elusive runner I've seen. He can be effective in goal line situations like a Mike Tolbert type of running back.


    Weaknesses: His pass protection is terrible. He also has a tendency to drop passes at times. More of a number two running back then a starter.


    Opportunities: I have a seventh round grade on Mike Weber. It’s uncertain if Weber declares for the 2019 NFL Draft or goes back to school for his senior season with J.K. Dobbins entering his junior season.


    Threats: Mike Weber is capable of being the lead back at Ohio State. He’s been a situational guy though mainly due to the emergence of J.K. Dobbins.


    Potential Grade: 80/99



    Before 2018

    Mike Weber had 182 carries, 1,096 rushing yards, and 9 rushing touchdowns as a true freshman after Ezekiel Elliott left. Weber lost some carries to true freshman J.K. Dobbins who beat out Weber for the starting running back job. Despite this, Weber still finished with 10 rushing touchdowns as a sophomore in 2017. Weber could surge up the boards with another big season. Otherwise, Weber probably projects as backup running back in the NFL.







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