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2006 NFL Draft: Running Backs (1 Viewer)

Balco

Footballguy
Pre All Star Game/Combine Rankings:

1. Reggie Bush, USC (6'0 200): The #1 prospect in the draft, he has it all. Truly a threat to take it all the way every time he touches the ball (8.9 yards per carry), is the closest running back to Gale Sayers to come out of the college ranks. He is going to create a ton of mismatches in the passing game, as he has Faulk like receiving skills (12 yards a catch). His cutback ability and vision are oustanding, watch his hips in the Championship game to see how quickly he makes his moves.

2. Lendale White, USC (6'2 235): A punsihing back who got overshadowed by Bush at USC. When USC looked to grind it out, White was the man for the job. Also a very good one cut runner, he hits the hole hard sees an opening and makes his cut, there is no wasted motion. He can carry the ball 25 times a game and will just wear defenses out in the NFL. Wasn't asked to catch the ball much at USC, but when he did, he showed he had solid hands.

3. Joseph Addai, LSU (6'0 210): You are not going to find a more polished back in the draft, Addai can jump into the late first round/early 2nd mix with good all star games/combine. He can block, catch, and run equally well, and is going to be a better pro than a collegian. He has the skills to be an every down back. Stuck in a running back by committee, he did well when called upon.

4. Deangelo Williams, Memphis (5'10 205): No running back will generate more discussion leading up to the draft. His detractors will say he played in a very weak conferance and pile up meaningless stats against swiss cheese defenses. His proponents will say that a guy name Ladanian Tomlinson also carved up defenses in a weak conferance. Well, I am somewhere in between. Williams has great vision and a nice burst, and his moves are amazing, he really sets up his blocks in the open field. However, alot of his yards were on options, and outside plays, and although he has a rep as a great inside runner, I don't see that in the games I have watched. When I see him run, I see a Kevin Faulk type player, not a bad thing, but not worth of a top 15 pick.

5. Laurance Mauroney, Minnesota (5'11, 205): This guy reminds me alot of Lamont Jordan, he isn't the biggest guy, but he has alot of muscle in his lower body which helps him break tackles. He knows how to find the hole, but won't make people miss with his moves. He sees the hole, hits the hole and starts running downhill. He can carry the load in the NFL, although he will be taken out in passing situations.

 

Weiner Dog

Footballguy
I like the addition of Addai. Even though I don't agree with his #3 ranking, it takes real nads to list him higher than Williams and Maroney. :thumbup: Also, Williams is closer to 215 as opposed to 205.If Lendale White lands in PIT, stop the presses.

 

Tiger Fan

Footballguy
I like the addition of Addai as well, I've been pretty high on him the last couple years.
Addai has been banged up all year long. When healthy, he's been good...but I'm sure his injuries might drop him a few slots.
 

Balco

Footballguy
Addai seems to be doing well at the combine, he was officially clocked at 4.40, but several scouts had him at 4.37.

Still, he seems pretty much under the radar, with guys like Brian Clahoun getting more pub.

 

Balco

Footballguy
Maurice Drew looks like he could make that list.
I think Drew can be an excellent David Meggett type player. Spot duty on 3rd downs, and a real difference maker returning kicks. Darren Sproles, a very similar player went in the 4th round. I see Drew going in the same area.
 

toxicbees

Footballguy
So far Drew and Addai have looked impressive in the Combine. Addai just looks fast, and has the right build to be a punishing back. Drew is strong, his legs look like tree trunks, and he's got amazing burst.

Joseph Addai, LSU [4.41,4.37,5-11,214]

Maurice Drew, UCLA [4.45,4.39,5-6,207]

 

Baracuda

Footballguy
Maurice Drew looks like he could make that list.
I think Drew can be an excellent David Meggett type player. Spot duty on 3rd downs, and a real difference maker returning kicks. Darren Sproles, a very similar player went in the 4th round. I see Drew going in the same area.
I believe that Drew weight like 20 lbs more than Meggett ever did. Sproles too. I think people are underestimating him bigtime.
 

Balco

Footballguy
Maurice Drew looks like he could make that list.
I think Drew can be an excellent David Meggett type player. Spot duty on 3rd downs, and a real difference maker returning kicks. Darren Sproles, a very similar player went in the 4th round. I see Drew going in the same area.
I believe that Drew weight like 20 lbs more than Meggett ever did. Sproles too. I think people are underestimating him bigtime.
I'm not underestimating him, and putting him in Megget's class is actually a very big complement. He is going to find a nice niche in the NFL as a returner and 3rd down back. He is not a starter in the NFL.
 

Baracuda

Footballguy
Maurice Drew looks like he could make that list.
I think Drew can be an excellent David Meggett type player. Spot duty on 3rd downs, and a real difference maker returning kicks. Darren Sproles, a very similar player went in the 4th round. I see Drew going in the same area.
I believe that Drew weight like 20 lbs more than Meggett ever did. Sproles too. I think people are underestimating him bigtime.
I'm not underestimating him, and putting him in Megget's class is actually a very big complement. He is going to find a nice niche in the NFL as a returner and 3rd down back. He is not a starter in the NFL.
Only thinking that he will be a 3rd down back and return man is an underestimation in my book. Sure he's 5' 7", but at 205 lbs he's about as heavy as Reggie Bush. And with his speed and natural running abilities, I see him as WAY more than a 3rd down back. Remember both Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders were under 5'9". Maurice Drew's body actually looks like Barry Sanders, if you saw him at the combine. His legs are HUGE.
 

Balco

Footballguy
Maurice Drew looks like he could make that list.
I think Drew can be an excellent David Meggett type player. Spot duty on 3rd downs, and a real difference maker returning kicks. Darren Sproles, a very similar player went in the 4th round. I see Drew going in the same area.
I believe that Drew weight like 20 lbs more than Meggett ever did. Sproles too. I think people are underestimating him bigtime.
I'm not underestimating him, and putting him in Megget's class is actually a very big complement. He is going to find a nice niche in the NFL as a returner and 3rd down back. He is not a starter in the NFL.
Only thinking that he will be a 3rd down back and return man is an underestimation in my book. Sure he's 5' 7", but at 205 lbs he's about as heavy as Reggie Bush. And with his speed and natural running abilities, I see him as WAY more than a 3rd down back. Remember both Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders were under 5'9". Maurice Drew's body actually looks like Barry Sanders, if you saw him at the combine. His legs are HUGE.
If thats what you mean by underestimating him, then yes, I am underestimating him. Drew is a 3rd down back/explosive returner. He is 5'6.
 

Baracuda

Footballguy
Actually Drew is 5' 6" and 3/4, which means he's closer to 5'7" than 5'6". He reminds me a lot of Brian Westbrook. Only faster.

 
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mcintyre1

Footballguy
No one will agree with me, but I think Cory Ross from Nebraska could have a future as 3rd down back/returner. Little guy (5'6", 201 lbs), but if you saw him play, he was very capable. Had 2nd most receptions on the Huskers (53 maybe? I don't know the number off the top of my head), and, while he only had 7 punt returns in his career, he played outfielder in high school and says that he "feels comfortable catching the ball." I think he's good value in the 4-5th round.

 

mueller54

Footballguy
The argument that Drew is a 3rd down back/returner based on height is just stupid. So you're saying a scout watches tape and loves everything Drew does running, blocking, receiving, etc. Then they measure him and see he's not even 5'7'' so that MUST make him a 3rd down guy/returner.

Again stop looking at the numbers and evaluate the player

 

Baracuda

Footballguy
The argument that Drew is a 3rd down back/returner based on height is just stupid. So you're saying a scout watches tape and loves everything Drew does running, blocking, receiving, etc. Then they measure him and see he's not even 5'7'' so that MUST make him a 3rd down guy/returner.

Again stop looking at the numbers and evaluate the player
WELL SAID.
 

Balco

Footballguy
The argument that Drew is a 3rd down back/returner based on height is just stupid. So you're saying a scout watches tape and loves everything Drew does running, blocking, receiving, etc. Then they measure him and see he's not even 5'7'' so that MUST make him a 3rd down guy/returner.

Again stop looking at the numbers and evaluate the player
Who said I was solely looking at numbers. If I was, based on his 40 time, I would say Drew is a first rounder.The guy didn't have a 1000 yard season despite playing 12 games. Additionally, it looks like the UCLA coaches didn't feel like he was a pound it out back, as he was only given 20 or more carries 3 times.

This guy is not an everydown back, and only a severe UCLA or MAurice Drew fan will tell you otherwise.

Like I said, I am high on this guy as a punt returner/change of pace/3rd down back. Nothing more, but that is not a bad thing.

 

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