ROOOKIE RUNNING BACKS FOR REDRAFT
Jeremy Hill, Cinn. - Has had character issues in the past, but is very talented. He is quick, with great size. Runs with power, and can run people over. Does not have great speed, and can be caught from behind, especially with the speed of the NFL. Has the ability to be heavily used, even if he is not a bell cow. Has the power and talent to slowly take over for BJGE, if he stays out of trouble. He could start by taking over the short yardage and goal line carries. Could possibly get 7-9 TD's even in a limited role like that, thus hurting the potential of G. Bernard a bit
Terrence West, Cleve. - A big back in the Carlos Hyde mold. In 2013 he rushed for 2519 yards, averaging 6.1 YPC. Big enough to pound it between the tackles, running with a lot of power, but does not have great burst. He does however, have enough speed to break off the occasional long run, if given the room. Has had a lot of carries, and needs to work on his pass protection a bit. Just an average receiver. Has had fumbling issues and needs to work on that. He has more sheer talent than Ben Tate and should end up the starter, sooner or later, even without an injury to Tate. A very good mid round pick and a better value than Tate given where you have to take him and his injury history.
Charles Sims, Tampa - Has good burst, and decent speed. A very good receiver and a good fit for a one cut blocking scheme. Doesn't have the size or durability to be a three down back, however he is quick and fast. Would be better utilized as a change of pace or third down back. The most talented RB Tampa has, behind Doug Martin.
Bishop Sankey, Tenn - In 2013 he rushed for 1870 yards, averaging 5.7 YPC and 20 TD's. Instinctive and hard runner. Was a bell cow in college while with a team that ran a pro style offense. Has very good strength but needs to work on his pass blocking. Follows his blocks very well. Will probably be the first rookie drafted in fantasy this year. Should earn his keep as an RB 2, while running behind a very good offensive line. The teams QB situation may force them to be a running and ball control team.
Devonta Freeman Atl - Averaged 5.9 YPC in his Senior year, (1016 yards) and 14 TD's. Has great balance with a natural ability to find the running lanes. Has very good strength and runs hard through the holes. A very good receiver, but does not have elite speed. Could immediately push to be the backup behind Steve Jackson, especially given Jackson's age and usage over the years. A better fit for a zone blocking scheme than Atlanta's power blocking. Could be a high upside middle round pick. A good pass blocker that has the ability to be a three down back.
Carlos Hyde, SF - Big and very powerful, but not extremely fast. Has size and power, but is also very quick for such a big man. Can easily become a three down back that does not tire as the game wears on. Can pass block, and also catch passes out of the backfield, a necessity in SF's style of offense. The downside is he is in a very talented and crowded backfield that could easily turn into a committee.
James White, NE - A tough back who runs low to the ground. He has very good speed, but is undersized to be a three down back. In New England's scheme however, that is not necessary to have success. Not a very powerful guy, but has good balance and great moves. Even in college he was in a RBBC. He is the classic change of pace or third down back. As we all know, any back could start and have a huge game in New England. On the other hand, one fumble and you could sit for three weeks as well.
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