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Hidden Gems in the Draft: Running Backs

Rasheen Ali | Marshall | 5’11 206

Best Fit: Giants

The Giants are left with a hole at running back after the departure of Saquon Barkley. While replacing a generational talent like Barkley will be difficult, Ali is a good potential replacement with his explosive play style and proficiency in the pass game. 

Ray Davis | Kentucky | 5’8 211

Best Fit: Raiders

After letting Josh Jacobs walk, the Raiders will be looking for a complementary back to pair with Zamir White. As a reliable receiver with the ability to quickly change direction combined with his low center of gravity when running the ball, Davis is a great change of pace option for the Raiders. 

Audric Estime | Notre Dame | 5’11 221

Best Fit: Chargers

With Harbaugh coming in and Ekeler going to the Redskins, the Chargers will be looking for a lead back. Estime runs hard, not wasting much movement and breaking a lot of tackles, which fits well with Harbaugh’s tough running style. 

Frank Gore Jr. | Southern Miss | 5’10 201

Best Fit: Vikings

Frank Gore Jr. is a promising prospect, not just because of his pedigree but also because of his production with a sub-par offensive line in college. Learning from Aaron Jones, with a fairly similar play style, would be a great place for Gore to develop. 

Jawhar Jordan | Louisville | 5’9 193

Best Fit: Packers

While Josh Jacobs has proven he is more than capable of handling a large workload, the Packers may look to ease the pressure by adding a change of pace back to play alongside him. Jordan has the tools to be an elite playmaker in the NFL when put in the right conditions. 

Dylan Laube | New Hampshire | 5’10 206

Best Fit: Broncos

The Broncos throw to their running backs more than any other NFL team, and this has remained fairly consistent wherever Sean Payton has gone. Laube thrives as a receiver out of the backfield and can hold his own up the middle when he needs to. 

Marshawn Lloyd | USC | 5’9 220

Best Fit: Cowboys

The Cowboys have a hole at their running back position, and while they have young talent at the position, they are slightly limited physically. For a team ready to win now, Lloyd presents an opportunity to fill this gap with one of the most well-rounded players in this draft. 

Tyrone Tracy | Purdue | 5’11 209

Best Fit: Cardinals

Injuries aside, James Conner continues to impress with his efficiency every season. Eventually, however, the injuries will catch up with him, and the Cardinals will need to consider a replacement. Tracy is an incredibly exciting player with the same do-it-all skillset as Conner.

Kimani Vidal | Troy | 5’8 213

Best Fit: Panthers

The Panthers have made some minor investments in their running back room but still lack significant explosiveness. Vidal has the ability to be a three-down back with the burst to take any play to the house. His versatility has the potential to really open up a struggling offense. 

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