2024 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: RB Edition (3/27/24)

Welcome to the 2024 NFL Prospect Rankings: RB Edition.

Player Comp = *(Playstyle Not Career Projection)

1.) Trey Benson – 6’0″ 216 lbs. (Breece Hall)

Benson is the most complete RB in this draft. It’s not by much but out of any RB in this draft you’d feel most comfortable with him carrying the ball 20+ times and producing an efficient result. That’s incorporating him as a runner, pass catcher and him in pass protection of course. He has sufficient burst and plays with high effort. He excels as a gap scheme runner. 2200 yards, 24 TDs in two seasons.

His knee injury in 2021 was significant. He’s not a brusier type of RB. Tip toes at times and gets tackled too easily.

Benson’s role at the next level is RB1 with all the responsibilities. At minimum, pair him with a bruiser so that he can run away from the worn down defenders and use his speed to flip the field.

2.) Jaylen Wright – 5’11” 210 lbs. (Ronald Jones)

The RB 1b. of this draft. Wright also has the most room to grow between he and Benson. He’s the one true homerun hitter in this draft class with 4.3 forty speed. He plays with impressive pace and finish. He has patience to find holes and burst through the line for 10-20 yard gains. With above average pass blocking, he possesses unrealized three down ability.

He must protect the football better. He has 5 fumbles on 283 carries. He didn’t raise that Tennessee offense’s floor despite being a fast runner.

Wright could see a dual roles at the next level. Until he fixes his ball security issues I don’t want him in a high volume role. I like him as a Early Down/3rd down homerun schemed player. Or a 2 to 4 minute explosive play generator.

3.) Ray Davis – 5’8″ 211 bs. (Frank Gore)

Davis has a superb blend of power and finesse. He possesses the best contact balance in the draft class and above average vision. He’s physical and finishes his runs with authority. He plays with instinctive pace and burst. He’s definitely in Tier 1 and don’t be surprised if he’s RB1 of this draft class at some point in his career. He’s produced at every college he’s played for. Temple, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky.

He has thin lowers and stout upper body. Somewhat top heavy. Lacks true homerun – breakaway speed. He must improve his pass blocking to NFL standard.

Ray Davis could be your RB1 and he could handle all responsibilities that come with the role. But a more advantageous pairing would be with a pass blocking Austin Ekeler type so Davis can focus on wearing down defenses.

4.) Blake Corum – 5’8″ 205 lbs. (J.K. Dobbins)

Leading Tier 2 is Blake Corum. A true workhorse. Corum may be ranked too high here due to his size, but he was the heart and soul of those recently successful Michigan offenses. They depended on his ability and production to win big games. He’s a competitive and aggressive runner who refuses to go down easily, especially in short yardage situations. He’s an absolute battering ram near the goalline. He’s a high effort pass blocker too.

Size, agility and overall athleticism may be a concern. 4 fumbles on 505 carries.

He’s a guy you want to feature to establish run game attitude. It’s hard to envision him duplicating his Michigan success but at minimum he should provide a spark and physicality unknown to mankind.

5.) Audric Estimé – 5’11” 221 lbs. (Tyler Allgeier)

Despite testing poorly in the athleticism department, the tape shows Estimé is a powerful back that’s tough to bring down. Nobody wants to tackle him for 4 quarters. An underrated pass catcher. Has zero recorded drops on 26 targets.

He has a top heavy build. Lacks outstanding speed and suddeness. 4 fumbles on 366 carries. Must inprove his pass blocking to NFL standard.

He’s probably a two down player in the NFL that could drop him lower in rankings but he profiles as a short yardage closer at minimum.

6.) Bucky Irving – 5’9″ 192 lbs. (Theo Riddick)

Irving is shifty and sudden. He has enough speed to beat most pursuit angles. Only two fumbles on 342 carries over the past two seasons. Good contact balance for size. Sets up blocks with sequential running.

I saw immediately on tape that Irving wasn’t the athlete that most people were making him out to be but I knew his skillset could translate in a pass happy league that needs 3rd down pass catching RBs. A smaller RB but he’s physical enough gain extra yardage through broken tackles and finishing runs.

Size and elite level athleticism are not his calling card. But he should be coveted by teams that love passing to RBs.

7.) Jonathan Brooks – 6’0″ 216 lbs. (Jay Ajayi)

Brooks has basketball like moves in the alley. Big physical, sustaining runner within the 40 yard range until speeds levels out. Todd Gurley like. Can catch out of the backfield and be a sufficient pass catcher. He can also pass block. His small sample size rivals a Texas RB that came before him in terms of per play efficiency. If a team commits to him as their bell cow, you could see substantial return on investment because he has the size and baseline skillset to be good.

I’m not a fan of his movement patterns from a kinesthetic standpoint. He’s duck footed and doesn’t exactly separate in the open field because he doesn’t have a second gear.

This might be the lowest anyone has Brooks. The rankings for Tier 2 is fluid and I’ve had Brooks as high as 4. I came to this conclusion because for him to return from injury and have anywhere close to an impact is unlikely. Then in Year 2 he’s going to have even more competition at a position that many believe to be easily replaceable. So unless he goes to a team that has a plan and is committed to him it’s tough to project him getting a fair chance knowing his situation.

Don’t get it twisted. Brooks has the talent. Ad nauseum if he gets his opportunities he could be a team’s RB1.

8.) Braelon Allen – 6’1″ 235 lbs. (A.J. Dillon)

Big RB. Workhorse ability. Finishes most runs with physicality but could add more stiff arms to his arsenal. One of the most productive RBs in this class and he’s only 20 years old. Small sample size as a pass catcher but should be solid. I wouldn’t expect him to be asked to do it a lot though.

Leading Tier 3 is Braelon Allen. Other than maybe Late Round to College Free Agent prospects Kendall Milton, and Aidan Robbins, Allen most closely profiles to a A.J. Dillon or Derrick Henry archetype. Henry’s NFL career started slow and that may be the case for Allen as he learns how to better use his size. I don’t think he has the balance or breakaway speed Henry has but he could be a closer at the next level.

He needs get a better feel as a runner. His pace and vision could improve. He has to protect the fumble better. 4 fumbles on 311 carries for the last two years. Pass blocking is improving.

As second level defenders get smaller in this league Allen should find a role as a short yardage RB or 4th quarter closer/workhorse in a scheme that still runs the football at a high clip.

9.) Marshawn Lloyd – 5’9″ 220 lbs. (DeAngelo Williams)

Marshawn Lloyd has been a draftnik darling this cycle. And when you put on the tape it’s merited. He provides instant burst and chain moving ability as a runner. He’s a natural runner that is physical but has the footwork to move laterally and get skinny through holes.

No 1K yard season. Lacks the production you want from a prospect with his ability. Has a tendency to bounce runs outside, at the next level that won’t work as often. Performance dropped off late in the year. Needs to improve as a pass blocker.

Overall you’re getting at minimum a good change of pace RB that would excel in a complimentary role.

10.) Isaac Guerendo – 6’0″ 221 lbs. (Devontae Booker)

Guerendo has an impressive athletic profile. He’s physical and provides pad popping finish when he gains steam. Probably has the second best pure home run hitting ability in the draft class. He gets better the more you give him the ball. He’s a rhythmic runner. Will be a better pro than college player if he goes to a situation with competent OL play. He can pass catch and much like 75% of this class needs to clean up their pass blocking.

Lacks the production you want from a prospect with his ability. But overall should be bring a physical element to any RB room.

Cody Schrader, Jawhar Jordan, Blake Watson, Will Shipley, Tyrone Tracy Jr., Isaiah Davis, Kimani Vidal, Daijun Edwards, Frank Gore Jr., Emani Bailey, Keilan Robinson, Jase McClellan, Miyan Williams, Dylan Laube, Rasheen Ali, Kendall Milton, Deshaun Fenwick, Terion Stewart, Jaden Shirden, La’Damian Webb, Carson Steele, Dillon Johnson, Jabari Small, Jarveon Howard, Jalen Berger, John Emery Jr., Michael Wiley, Dakereon Joyner, Aidan Robbins, Jacob Kibodi, George Holani, Marcus Carroll, Brandon Thomas, Josh Williams, Jyran Mitchell

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