I decided to mix things up a bit, and thought it would be fun to put together my top 10 prospects for each position (aside from quarterback, kicker and punter). So let's kick it off with arguably the deepest position in the draft and discuss my top 10 running backs. Here goes nothing:
1. Todd Gurley (Georgia) | 6-foot-2, 222 pounds
Gurley has been my No. 1 RB from the beginning, and unless he completely fails his medical exams, nothing is going to change that. He can do it all. He has great speed and a strong lower base that allows him to fight for that extra yardage every time he touches the ball. Gurley is a top-15 talent who may slip a bit due to coming off of a torn ACL, but if his health checks out, I'd be shocked if he isn't a Day 1 pick.
2. Tevin Coleman (Indiana) | 5-foot-11, 206 pounds
Coleman is still recovering from surgery on his foot/toe and was unable to participate in the NFL Combine. But many (including myself) believe he will put up some pretty impressive numbers at his pro day barring any setbacks. Coleman reportedly ran half of the 2014 season on a broken toe and still managed 2,036 rushing yards on the year (second in the NCAA). I believe that Coleman is the best pure runner with arguably the best vision in this class
3. Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin) | 6-foot-0, 215 pounds
There is no bigger home-run threat out of the backfield than Melvin Gordon. He is a true playmaker with elite balance and acceleration. The only reason I don’t have him higher on this list is because of his tendency to immediately bounce outside and try to hit the corner for a big play rather than weigh his options up the middle before doing so. As Matt Waldman once said, Gordon loves to take trips to the corner store, and I'm not so sure he can consistently get away with it in the NFL.
4. Duke Johnson (Miami [FL]) | 5-foot-9, 207 pounds
I already gushed about Duke Johnson when I profiled him weeks ago. Some have concerns about his durability and don't believe he is capable of being a feature back. To that I say, what exactly is a feature back? Nowadays teams are splitting carries between two or three guys to keep fresh legs out on the field. Johnson is an explosive back with a propensity for making big plays. He is also arguably the best receiver out of the backfield in this class.
5. Jay Ajayi (Boise State) | 5-foot-11, 221 pounds
Ajayi is one of the few guys in this class who you can safely put on the field in any situation. What I love about him is how determined he is to consistently spin off tackles and fall forward for extra yardage. Ajayi is extremely light on his feet and delivers nasty cuts in the open field. I consider him to be a more talented version of Joique Bell.
6. Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska) | 5-foot-9, 205 pounds
The talent in this year's RB class really seems to drop off after the top six or seven guys. I told myself Abdullah deserves to be higher on this list, but I had a hard time trying to figure out where to put him. Anyone on this list may get drafted in the second or third round and I would have no issues with that. It's a stacked class. Abdullah had arguably the best combine performance of any RB and really showed off his explosiveness.
7. T.J. Yeldon (Alabama) | 6-foot-1, 226 pounds
I consider Yeldon to be a jack of all trades but master of none type of back. He's very light on his feet and has deceptive speed. He is easily the best pass blocker on this list, though he could still use some work on his technique. Yeldon has questionable vision and isn't the most athletic RB out there, but he can prove to be a solid rotational back for someone.
8. David Johnson (Northern Iowa) | 6-foot-1, 224 pounds
Johnson saw his stock rise after a ridiculous performance at the combine. He is a big, powerful back who has proven that he can be explosive as well. I wouldn't be shocked if he moved up into the Day 2 range.
9. Jeremy Langford (Michigan State) | 6-foot-0, 208 pounds
Langford was by far the fastest RB at the combine, and his only competition would have been Tevin Coleman, were he healthy. Langford made big plays for the Spartans and got better as games progressed. I would like to see him get a little lower with his pad level, as he tends to get brought down too easily when defenders aim low. Langford will be a solid option for any team in the third or fourth round.
10. David Cobb (Minnesota) | 5-foot-11, 229 pounds
Cobb is a physical runner with great balance and a low center of gravity. He's a north/south runner with a strong lower base and does a nice job of gaining yards after contact. Nothing really jumps out at you when watching Cobb on tape, but he can be an efficient rotational back for someone down the road.