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PFW Draft Prospect Rankings: Running Back

Posted May 2, 2014

Patriots Football Weekly continues their Draft prospect rankings and notes with the running back position.


DRAFT RANKINGS/NOTES BY POSITION:
QB | RB | TE | WR | C | OG | OT | DT | DE | ILB | OLB | CB | FS | SS

The writers of Patriots Football Weekly have done their homework on all the prospects in this year's NFL Draft. Now, you can download the actual notes they took on all the top players, broken down by position for your convenience. Today, they offer their notes and rankings on the running backs.

* - indicates underclassman

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RUNNING BACKS

1 JEREMY HILL*
COLLEGE: LSU

HEIGHT: 6-0
HEIGHT: 233
40 TIME: 4.59
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ANDY HART:
Very good size. OK burst. Off field red flags. Lot of big holes behind impressive OL. Deceptive speed. Can finish runs.
PAUL PERILLO:
Great size/speed combo; Dances at times; Workhorse type; Solid.
2 CHARLES SIMS
COLLEGE: West Virginia

HEIGHT: 6-0
WEIGHT: 214
40 TIME: 4.46
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ANDY HART:
Three-down player, can catch and block. Good enough speed and quickness. Good size. Kind of a poor man's NFL Reggie Bush.
PAUL PERILLO:
Good hands; Quick; Good speed; Finishes well; Used as WR out wide; Nice shake in space; Tough.
3 KADEEM CAREY*
COLLEGE: Arizona

HEIGHT: 5-9
WEIGHT: 207
40 TIME: 4.70
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ANDY HART:
Great production in spread attack. Big holes. Off field red flags. Can catch. Runs high. Not overly quick or fast. Tough and physical.
PAUL PERILLO:
Quick feet; Goes Between tackles; Tough; Decent speed; Hit hole quick.
4 BISHOP SANKEY*
COLLEGE: Washington

HEIGHT: 5-9
WEIGHT: 209
40 TIME:  4.49
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ANDY HART:
Great production. Durable. Breaks tackles. Decisive. Good vision. Low at LOS.
PAUL PERILLO:
Good speed; Decent power; Squeezes through tight holes; Finds daylight.
5 TRE MASON*
COLLEGE: Auburn

HEIGHT: 5-8
WEIGHT: 207
40 TIME:  4.45
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ANDY HART:
Undersized workhorse. Breaks tackles. KOR. Deceptive power. Decent vision.
PAUL PERILLO:
Good power for size; Speed as KR; Finishes runs; Quick and fast; Stays low; Rarely taken down on first hit.

BEST OF THE REST

Devonta Freeman*, Florida State
5-8, 203, 4.52

[Andy Hart] Durable. Committee guy at FSU. Shifty and quick. Compact and low to ground. Too much wiggle at times. Spread guy.

[Paul Perillo] Good speed/hands; Good bounce; Small, doesn't break many tackles; Third-down type.

Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
5-9, 201, 4.46

[Andy Hart] Good burst. Shifty. Runs high. Not huge. Good but not elite speed. Too east/west too often.

[Paul Perillo] Dynamic; Quick feet; HR hitter; More of a perimeter runner; Finds creases quickly.

Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
6-0, 230, 4.61

[Andy Hart] One huge season of production. Not quick. Can catch. Doesn't play to size.

[Paul Perillo] Good size; Decent speed; Good power; Workhorse type but had durability issues; Solid.

Storm Johnson*, Central Florida
6-0, 209, 4.56

[Andy Hart] Good size. Aggressive. Can catch. Energetic style. Stop cuts. Nothing stands out good or bad.

[Paul Perillo] Good size; Runs a bit upright; Hits hole fast and hard; Versatile; Solid.

Rajion Neal, Tennessee
5-11, 220, 4.57

[Andy Hart] Average quickness and speed. Gets low. Good size. Decisive. Keeps feet OK. Weaver. Not flashing but interesting.

[Paul Perillo] Good speed; Bounces outside; Will lower shoulder; Good feet; Nice patience on screens.

Andre Williams, Boston College
5-11, 230, 4.56

[Andy Hart] Great production. Good sise. Not explosive, quick or shifty. Good pad level. No catches.

[Paul Perillo] Good size/power; Thick lower body; Takes a lot of hits; Not the fastest RB.

Marion Grice, Arizona State
6-0, 208, 4.67

[Andy Hart] Skinny and upright. Quick cuts. Lacks elite speed. Keeps legs moving. Decent vision and patience.

[Paul Perillo] Good patience; Decent speed; Nose for GL; Good hands; Good power; Runs hard.

De'Anthony Thomas*, Oregon
5-9, 174, 4.43

[Andy Hart] Injury issues and YPA went down three years running. Returner. Breaks some tackles. Playamker. Patient and explosive. Role?

[Paul Perillo] Lightning fast; Will go inside but an outside runner; Dynamic HR hitter; Ret. Abilities; Real small.

Terrance West*,Towson
5-9, 225, 4.5

[Andy Hart] Crazy production at lower level. Doesn't Wow with speed or quickness. Keeps moving.

[Paul Perillo] Good power; Decent speed; Good feet/quickness; Nose for GL; Solid.

James White, Wisconsin
5-9, 204, 4.51

[Andy Hart] Small. Shifty. Can catch. Decent quickness.

[Paul Perillo] Small and quick; Good feet; Good hands.

Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky
5-10, 225, 4.72

[Andy Hart] Two big seasons of production. Not fast or quick. Can lay lumber. Keeps feet moving. Good balance. True big back.

[Paul Perillo] Good pop; Breaks tackles; Keeps legs moving; Not fast but runs hard.

Tyler Gaffney, Stanford
5-11, 220, 4.49

[Andy Hart] Baseball player. One year of big production. Workhorse. Good build and power. Loose with ball. Runs to hole and follows blocks. Not elite quickness or speed.

[Paul Perillo] One of few traditional I-backs; Good power; Lacks speed; Workhorse-type; Tough.

James Wilder Jr.*, Florida State
6-1, 232, 4.86

[Andy Hart] Off field red flags. Limited use/production. Upright. Breaks arm tackles. Good size.

[Paul Perillo] Good size/speed; Good drive; Not dynamic but runs hard; Durability issues.

Silas Redd, USC
5-9, 212, 4.68

[Andy Hart] Injuries. Fumbles. Limited catches. Little tip-toey. Slows to cut and for contact. No extra gear.

[Paul Perillo] Good speed; Small; Decent between tackles; Good burst; Finds openings.

George Atkinson III*, Notre Dame
6-1, 218, 4.40

[Andy Hart] No wiggle. No burst. Upright runner. OK speed. Good size. Fell out of favor. KOR.

[Paul Perillo] Good speed; Used as KR; Not quick; Average.


Want more Draft video? Check out highlight videos of all the top college prospects entering the 2014 NFL Draft.

OFFENSE: Quarterback | Running Back | Tight End | Wide Receiver | Offensive Line
DEFENSE: Defensive Back | Defensive Line | Linebacker
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