NFL Combine: Quarterbacks and Running Backs to Watch and Rankings
Trent Richardson is out, who is clearly the cream of the crop. Opening an opportunity for the rest of the class to make a leap. Values will be had the later you wait, with the exception of a couple guys, the bulk of impact runners goes in rds 3-4. Those with most to gain are Rainey, Martin, Pead, Polk, and Turbin. Here’s my rankings with more work still to be done:
1. Trent Richardson: Lots to love. He started as a quick change of pace slasher and has added the power to become a featured back. Certainly first round material, even as the position is depreciated.
2. Lamar Miller: I really like this kids potential. He wowed me in 2010 with a huge game displaying all the necessary traits to be a threat at the next level. He solidified his position this year by carrying the load.
3. Doug Martin: shocked me his 2010 debut as he pounded for Boise. Since then he has surprised with his quickness and speed for a man his size.
4.David Wilson: he has great speed and a knack for the cutback.
5. LaMichael James: Small speed runner coming from Oregon’s spread offense who is a better inside runner than most think.
6. Chris Polk: Versatile back from the NW. Wasn’t that impressed with him when Locker was around, but stood out some this year.
7. Isaiah Pead – gained a lot of recognition from Senior Bowl, Combine his chance to keep momentum.
8. Bernard Pierce – quick with good vision, may be best suited for zone scheme.
9. Robert Turbin – impressive powerback, who showed the country what he is made of in Week 1 vs. Auburn.
t-10. Ronnie Hillman* – redshirt sophomore declared after two highly productive seasons.
t-10. Cyrus Gray – Like Egnew, was rate very highly before the season (again, by some>not me) and has dropped down the rankings.
As for the QBs, as everyone knows Luck and RG3 lead the way with question marks after them… I have loved Griffin III since day one in Waco but I will raise a few issues regarding Luck in an upcoming post. The rest have room to move, here’s where I’ve got them for now.
T-1: Robert Griffin III – Has the arm, athleticism, and most importantly the football intelligence. From his first year he showed he was different, by showing patience in the pocket and going through his progressions. Sky is the limit.
T-1: Andrew Luck – Lots to like from his in the pre-snap and delivering the football. Some concern about the offense he came from and the fact that he’s probably more likely to bail the pocket than RG3, amongst other things
3. Brandon Weeden – disappointed by Senior Bowl play and with age must have strong showing.
4. Brock Osweiler* – specimen, who surprised me when his tools when I saw him late in season.
5. Ryan Tannehill* – need to watch more film.
6. Russell Wilson – accurate and poised, with ability to buy time. Backup with upside.
7. Kirk Cousins – solid not spectacular, should be able to pick up system.
8. Nick Foles – competent, but accuracy sometimes off due to poor footwork.
9. Ryan Lindley – decent arm and production over the last two years.
10. B.J. Coleman* – liked what I saw at the East/West Shrine Game, but need to see more.