Lance Zierlein's RB Draft Grades

By Lance Zierlein
April 23, 2013

Lance Zierlein gives you his final Running Back draft rankings for this Thursday's NFL Draft.

I'm beginning to doubt that we see any RBs taken in the first round.  Eddie Lacy has the size that NFL teams love, but there is nothing truly special about his game.  This draft offers some solid options for committee caliber backs and we might see a run on the position around the middle of the 2nd round.

LZ Favorites - Johnathan Franklin and Christine Michael: Franklin may not look like an imposing back, but he was one of the best tackle-breakers in college football and has the type of burst and wiggle that makes him a fit for several teams.  Michael has work ethic issues that could cause him to bust, but the potential for him is sky-high and he could become the best RB in this draft.

Running Back Rankings

Running Back School Round
Eddie Lacy Alabama 2nd
Montee Ball Wisconsin 2nd
Johnathan Franklin UCLA 2nd/3rd
Giovanni Bernard North Carolina 2nd/3rd
Christine Michael Texas A&M 3rd
Andre Ellington Clemson 3rd
Mike Gillislee Florida 3rd/4th
Joseph Randle Oklahoma St. 3rd/4th
Stepfan Taylor Stanford 3rd/4th
Le'Veon Bell Michigan St. 4th
Marcus Lattimore South Carolina 4th
Knile Davis Arkansas 4th
Cierre Wood Notre Dame 4th/5th
Spencer Ware LSU 4th/5th
Kenjon Barner Oregon 5th
Mike James Miami, FL 5th
Kerwynn Williams Utah St. 5th
Jawan Jamison Rutgers 5th/6th
Zac Stacy Vanderbilt 6th
Michael Ford LSU 6th
Rex Burkhead Nebraska 6th/7th
Onterio McCalebb Auburn 7th
Miguel Maysonet Stoney Brook 7th
Theo Riddick Notre Dame 7th
DJ Harper Boise St. 7th/FA
Dennis Johnson Arkansas 7th/FA
Chris Thompson Florida St. 7th/FA
Robbie Rouse Fresno St. 7th/FA
CJ Anderson California 7th/FA
John White Utah 7th/FA