YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- RB Rankings

  • I counted down the quarterbacks yesterday, now it’s time for the rushers to shine.  Here’s what I look for in a running back. 
  • Vision- Seeing holes open and close, knowing when to cut inside or bounce it out on the edge, anticipating tacklers and avoid being hit head on.
  • Balance- Have a low center of gravity, don’t run upright.  Being able to change speeds, stay on your feet after contact, juking and running behind the pads.
  • Pass Catching- Now more than ever before, this is an important trait with the continuing evolution of the spread offense.  In 3rd down situations, can you read the defense, make the catch and move the sticks.  Pass protection is an underrated quality as well.
  • Versatility- There’s power backs, and there speed backs, but guys that can do both are special.  These are guys that can go for 6 from anywhere on the field, or punch it in inside the 5-yard line.

RB Rankings

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(Adrian Peterson)

  1. Adrian Peterson (9)
  2. Chris Johnson (9)
  3. Steven Jackson (8.5)
  4. Maurice Jones-Drew (8.5)
  5. Ray Rice (8.5)
  6. Michael Turner (8.25)
  7. DeAngelo Williams (8.25)
  8. Frank Gore (8.25)
  9. Rashard Mendenhall (8)
  10. Knowshown Moreno (8)
  11. Ronnie Brown (8)
  12. Jonathan Stewart (7.75)
  13. Clinton Portis (7.75)
  14. Felix Jones (7.75)
  15. Pierre Thomas (7.5)
  16. Cedric Benson (7.5)
  17. Jamal Charles (7.25)
  18. Shonn Greene (7.25)
  19. Ryan Grant (7.25)
  20. Reggie Bush (7.25)
  21. C.J. Spiller (7.25)
  22. Ryan Matthews (7.25)
  23. Beanie Wells (7.25)
  24. Jerome Harrison (7.25)
  25. Matt Forte (7.25)
  26. Fred Jackson (7.25)
  27. Thomas Jones (7.25)
  28. Ricky Williams (7.25)
  29. LeSean McCoy (7.25)
  30. Joseph Addai (7)
  31. Donald Brown (7)
  32. LaDainian Tomlinson (7)
  33. Brandon Jacobs (7)
  34. Marion Barber (7)
  35. Darren McFadden (7)
  36. Chester Taylor (7)
  37. Kevin Smith (7)
  38. Willis McGahee (7)
  39. Cadillac Williams (7)
  40. Mike Bell (7)
  41. Laurence Maroney (7)
  42. Sammy Morris (7)
  43. Steve Slaton (7)
  44. Julius Jones (7)
  45. Michael Bush (7)
  46. Correll Buckhalter (7)
  47. Justin Forsett (7)
  48. Jahvid Best (7)
  49. Larry Johnson (7)
  50. Ahmad Bradshaw (7)
  51. Darren Sproles (7)
  52. Derrick Ward (7)
  53. Tim Hightower (7)
  54. Jason Snelling (7)
  55. Arian Foster (7)
  56. Javon Ringer (7)
  57. Bernard Scott (7)
  58. Glen Coffee (6.75)
  59. Kenneth Darby (6.75)
  60. Mewelde Moore (6.75)
  61. Montario Hardesty (6.75)
  62. Toby Gerhart (6.75)
  63. Tim Jennings (6.75)
  64. Brandon Jackson (6.75)

Top 5 3rd RB’s

  1. Marshawn Lynch (7)
  2. Dexter McCluster (7)
  3. Tashard Choice (7)
  4. Willie Parker (7)
  5. Fred Taylor (7)

Top 5 FB’s

  1. Le’Ron McClain (7.25)
  2. Leonard Weaver (7.25)
  3. Greg Jones (7)
  4. Ahmard Hall (7)
  5. Ovie Mughelli (7)
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