Top running back prospects in NFL Draft

By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Published: April 26, 2011
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The top NFL running back prospects in this year's draft, according to CBSsports.com:

1. Mark Ingram, Alabama

The former Heisman winner combines great vision, quickness and power to be the top-ranked running back in the 2011 NFL Draft. Could be the lone first-round running back.


2. Mikel LeShoure, Illinois

A powerful running back with good vision and size, LeShoure is generally regarded as one of the top three running backs in the draft.

3. Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech

NFL teams are questioning his durability, but his production is unquestioned. He rushed for 2,132 yards and 30 touchdowns in 23 games for the Hokies. He'll be gone before the third round begins.

4. DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma

Murray helped ease durability questions by staying healthy as a senior and has proved to be one of the most versatile and explosive running backs in the draft. A likely Day 2 pick.

5. Daniel Thomas, Kansas State

His combination of size (6-0, 228) and athleticism is intriguing to NFL teams, but his lack of breakaway speed limits his overall ceiling.

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