Written by Bryan Perez on December 31, 2015
Running back is one of my favorite positions to scout. Maybe it’s because I grew up during the golden era of the running game, watching the likes of Barry Sanders (Lions) and Emmitt Smith (Cowboys). The NFL was still a quarterback-driven league back then, but the value (non-monetary) of the every-down back was at an all-time high.
But as much as I love watching and evaluating the position, it still presents some of the most unique challenges when projecting a player’s likely success in the NFL. Yes, running backs can make the most immediate impact as rookies, but they can also wash out of the league if they are sub-par pass protectors, have ball security issues, or simply lack the athleticism to make the jump from productive collegiate back to capable NFL starter.
Despite the many variables that ultimately impact a running back’s pro career, the challenge to uncover the (read more…)