In the second installment of the 2012 Marcus Big Board, I take a look at the top seven running backs heading into the 2012 NFL draft.
Similar to most big boards and just about everyone else who has an opinion would rank Alabama running back Trent Richardson as the number one overall back.
After Richardson, the rest is a toss-up. Rounds 3-7 may end up producing some long-term talented backs.
Combined the fact that RB’s in today’s NFL are no longer as valuable and they come and go like jockstraps, we may see some guys make teams in September after not hearing their name called at all in April during the NFL Draft.
Fullbacks are included. Not many, but the ones who may impact the draft or the NFL will make the top 7 list.
1.) Trent Richardson 5’11″ 224 LBS ALABAMA * WAITING FOR PRODAY THURSDAY*
Trent Richardson is a physical specimen with great power and burst for his size. Overall, he is also a Top 5 prospect and the number 1 running back coming into the 2012 Draft, despite not participating in full workouts at the NFL combine. Some scouts and NFL GM’s may or may not hold that against him. Either way he should be a franchise pick early in the First Round.
If you watch Richardson on tape playing football or interviewing in a t-shirt in the Alabama weight room, you see he is a hard working, one of a kind athlete in every way. Mike Mayock says he is the best back coming out of college since “all-day” Adrian Peterson. Im not too sure about that, but Richardson will get alot of touches his Rookie season like AP in the NFL come 2012 wherever he lands. His maturity and work ethic should keep him ahead of other underachieving backs. Day One Richardson will be contributing. We all remember his Ole Miss run that was spectacular alone, but, I must also point out he had 183 yards and 4 TD’s, on only 17 attempts through just 3 quarters in that same game.
The only negative may be his average hands catching the ball out of the backfield.
2.) David Wilson 5’10″ 206 LBS VIRGINIA TECH 4.49 40-YD DASH 41.0 VERTICAL JUMP
Wilson left after a very successful Junior season producing in the Hokie backfield. His track star speed and insane athletic ability will make him a must see player if he lands in the right spot. Some have him ranked lower than me but his overall speed and play making ability every time he touches the ball makes him a no brainer at 2. He also has his own style of running the ball that could prove positive and make him one of a kind. Or, though doubtful, if he is not committed, we may never see that type of David Wilson in the NFL. My bet would be he makes the transition very smooth.
3.) Doug Martin 5’9″ 223 LBS BOISE STATE 4.55 40-YD DASH 6.79 THREE CONE DRILL
Martin reminds me alot of Ray Rice coming out of Rutgers. Alot questioned his size and his production in an overall smaller conference and weaker competition. To me, no matter the conference, three straight seasons of 12 plus rushing touchdowns in an offense with Kellen Moore is pretty good.
Either way Martin is very athletic and has better speed than many anticipated he would. Combine that with his production in a high-octane offense consistently for three seasons I see him being an every down back. Similar to Rice in another aspect, he most likely will be contributing and possibly starting on a NFL roster.
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