NFL Combine – Running Backs/Fullbacks

As the NFL heads towards its annual Combine later this month, the invitation list helps narrow the field on the top prospects in the country, both seniors and underclassmen. Over the next week we’ll preview and review each position.


The running back class that will be available to the NFL in the April Draft is not stacked with a host of top flight runners. Only two or three are considered “for sure” first-round prospects, led by Oklahoma’s DeMarco Murray (above left).

The group of backs that will be at the NFL Combine includes a host of small backs – those weighing less than 200 pounds. That group is topped by Oklahoma State’s Kendall Hunter (above right), who is 5-7¼, 199 pounds.

Of the 40 halfbacks and fullbacks, only one comes from outside major college schools. That’s Taiwan Jones out of Division 1-AA champion Eastern Washington.

RUNNING BACKS (34)

Player School

Class

HT

WT

Anthony Allen Georgia Tech

SR

5-11¾

223

Armando Allen Notre Dame

SR

5-9

205

Matthew Asiata Utah

SR

5-11¼

220

Damien Berry Miami

SR

5-10½

212

Allen Bradford Southern Cal

SR

5-11

235

Delone Carter Syracuse

SR

5-8

225

John Clay Wisconsin

JR

6-1

248

Graig Cooper Miami

SR

5-10

203

Noel Devine West Virginia

SR

5-7

160

Shaun Draughn North Carolina

SR

5-11¼

210

Darren Evans Virginia Tech

JR

6-0¼

220

Mario Fannin Auburn

SR

5-10½

225

Alexander Green Hawaii

SR

6-0

219

Jamie Harper Clemson

JR

5-11¼

235

Roy Helu Nebraska

SR

5-11¼

216

Kendall Hunter Oklahoma State

SR

5-7¼

199

Mark Ingram Alabama

JR

5-9½

215

Taiwan Jones East. Washington

JR

5-11¼

200

Mikel Leshoure Illinois

JR

5-11¾

230

Dion Lewis Pittsburgh

JR

5-6¼

195

Derrick Locke Kentucky

SR

5-8

186

DeMarco Murray Oklahoma

SR

6-0

214

Bilal Powell Louisville

SR

5-10¼

204

Stevan Ridley LSU

JR

5-11¼

223

Jacquizz Rodgers Oregon State

JR

5-6¼

192

Evan Royster Penn State

SR

5-11¾

218

Brandon Saine Ohio State

SR

6-0¼

219

Da’rel Scott Maryland

SR

5-11

210

Vailala Taua Nevada

SR

5-9¼

211

Daniel Thomas Kansas State

SR

6-1½

228

Jordan Todman Connecticut

JR

5-9

195

Shane Vereen California

JR

5-9 ½

205

Johnny White North Carolina

SR

5-10

205

Ryan Williams Virginia Tech

JR

5-9¼

205

FULLBACK (6)

Player School

Class

HT

WT

Shaun Chapas Georgia

SR

6-2

240

Charles Clay Tulsa

SR

6-3

239

Stanley Havili Southern Cal

SR

6-0¼

228

Henry Hynoski Pittsburgh

JR

6-1¾

260

Owen Marecic Stanford

SR

6-0¼

246

Anthony Sherman Connecticut

SR

5-10¼

244

Height-weight in red = official numbers from all-star games.


2 Responses to “NFL Combine – Running Backs/Fullbacks”

  • February 14, 2011  - RW says:

    Drafting in the first round shouldn’t be that tough a task. Going in, identify your top needs in no particular order. Let’s say for the Chiefs that would be:

    OLB edge rusher, NT, WR, QB.

    Then when your pick comes, look at your board and take the highest graded player at any of those top needs and send up the card. If none carry a first round grade, look to trade back. No trading partner? Hold firm and take your top guy regardless of position and thus not reach. OR, go outside your top needs and take the top rated/graded player regardless of position.

    All too often, someone on a coaching staff meets, then falls in love with a player and overlooks his liabilities. Hello, reach. Or, they go for obvious need in spite of a lower rating. Hello again, reach.

    So the key is the grades established by the scouts/coaching team/GM prior to the draft and staying true to one’s board. One other observation which is unique to the 2011 draft and the unsettled CBA issue. Teams like to sign UFAs prior to the draft to shore up roster weaknesses and thus shift focus to more specific areas of need.

    It’s unlikely that strategy will be in play this year for obvious reasons. This year’s draft could be among the most lively we’ve seen in some time.




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