Top CFB RB Prospects and their Pro Comparisons

Same deal with a different position. Credit to the 247Sports Composite Rankings and I’ll go ahead and warn you guys of a few things. First, the players on the list are listed at different heights and weights on each site. The 40-yard dash times are unofficial and it would be unwise to assume that these times are credible. Finally, there are differences in running backs and all-purpose backs on some sites. I’m basically flying blind.

1. Tavien Feaster, 5-star (Clemson): LeSean McCoy

Feaster is listed at 5’11” and weights around 195 pounds. Feaster’s 40-yard dash time is 4.40 and he’s an excellent receiver. Feaster is the type of running back that colleges and NFL teams are seeking in 2016. He’s a dynamic player that can be used in the passing game and as running back. LeSean McCoy is dynamic in the same way and has been a game changing player in the NFL for most of his career. Feaster could find a spot on the Tigers on special teams next season, however, the depth chart is crowded. Feaster is a special player, but the return of Wayne Gallman, Zac Brooks, and C.J. Fuller might not allow for any carries for Feaster

Chances he plays as a true freshman: 15%

2. Kareem Walker, 4-star (Michigan): Carlos Hyde

Walker is listed at 6’1″ and weighs 200 pounds. Walker has good vision and a powerful frame. He doesn’t have the speed of some of the other players on this list, but he does have the tools to be a consistent player for the Wolverines. Walker has the build to carry the ball 20 or more times per game. Walker has a familiar set of skills to Hyde and these are the type of players that usually have success in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are going to be a force in the upcoming seasons. The roster is full of running backs so Walker might be redshirted.

Chances he plays as a true freshman: 10%

3. Miles Sanders, 4-star (Penn State): Rashad Jennings

Sanders is listed at 5’11” and weights 200 pounds. Sanders is well-rounded. He’s not dependent on speed nor power to be effective. This is the kind of player that will be able to provide consistent production and can adapt to whatever comes his way. Penn State is struggling on the offensive line right now, so he’s going to use his speed to get to the edge. Hopefully, in another year or two, the Penn State line will improve. Sanders would be able to follow his blocks and use his power to gain extra yardage. Jennings seemed appropriate because he’s got a similar build and plays this kind of role. Jennings is a guy who plays every down and can do a little bit of everything. Penn State’s depth chart will be crowded so there is a decent chance that he’s redshirted.

Chances he plays as a true freshman: 15%

4. DeMario McCall, 4-star (Ohio State): Tavon Austin

McCall is listed at 5’10” and weighs 171 pounds. I know Austin isn’t technically a running back, but he’s the most appropriate comparison for McCall. McCall has phenomenal speed and can change direction with fluidity. He has great vision and makes explosive plays. Austin is quite similar, however, Austin’s NFL career has been held back by his size and lack of a true position. McCall’s undersized and may not be able to put on the necessary muscle to handle too many carries. McCall might end up playing receiver or being utilized more on special teams than as a running back.

Chances he plays as a true freshman: 30%

5. B.J. Emmons,  4-star (Alabama): Jonathan Stewart

Emmons is listed at 5’11” and weighs 232 pounds. Emmons shows great balance in his highlights. He’s got a similar build to Stewart. Both players are strong between the tackles and follow their blocks well. Emmons would be an excellent fit at Alabama and he’s got a powerful frame. Emmons is the type of back that Alabama generally recruits and is more physically developed than some of the other players on this list. Emmons enters a group of running backs with little game experience. He could certainly find a role on the team in 2016.

Chances he plays as a true freshman: 65%

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