Slimm's 2018 Runningbacks (Underclassman)

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  1. TedSlimmJr

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    1. Saquon Barkley / Penn St. / 5'11", 223

    2. Derrius Guice / LSU / 5'11", 212

    3. Josh Adams / Notre Dame / 6'1", 220

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    4. Bo Scarbrough / Alabama / 6'2", 228 (Best combination of size, speed, strength, acceleration, explosion, power, and balance of any back in the country. Physical marvel. Problem is his body always breaks down on him when rode hard for any stretch. In the mold of Derrick Henry but doesn't have Henry's durability.)

    5. Ronald Jones / USC / 6'1", 195

    6. L.J. Scott / Michigan St. / 6'1", 230

    7. Myles Gaskin / Washington / 5'10", 195

    8. John Kelly / Tennessee / 5'9", 212

    9. Terence Williams / Baylor / 6'1", 220

    10. Ty Johnson / Maryland / 5'10", 205

    11. Ryan Nall / Oregon St. / 6'2", 234

    12. Travon McMillian / Virginia Tech / 6'0", 205

    13. Rodney Smith / Minnesota / 5'11", 205

    14. Mark Walton / Miami / 5'9", 205

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    15. Chris Warren III / Texas / 6'2", 252 (Big, powerful, fast back similar to former backfield mate D'Onta Foreman. Excellent bloodlines. If you're a little older you'll remember his dad being one of the best backs in the league in the mid 90's for the Seahawks.)

    16. Shannon Brooks / Minnesota / 6'0", 210

    17. Kerryon Johnson / Auburn / 6'0", 211 (Known this kid for a while. Watched him many times on Friday nights for Madison Academy.)

    18. Kamryn Pettway / Auburn / 6'0", 240

    19. Damien Harris / Alabama / 5'11", 214

    20. Devine Ozigbo / Nebraska / 6'0", 230

    21. Mike Warren / Iowa St. / 6'0", 205

    22. Jordan Scarlett / Florida / 5'10", 213

    23. Qadree Ollison / Pittsburgh / 6'2", 230

    24. Jacques Patrick / Florida St. / 6'2", 231

    25. Tony Brooks-James / Oregon / 5'9", 185

    26. Bryce Love / Stanford / 5'10", 187

    27. Soso Jamabo / UCLA / 6'3", 216

    28. Bolu Olorunfunmi / UCLA / 5'10", 225

    29. Jalin Moore / Appalachian St. / 5'11", 205

    30. Jordan Wilkins / Ole Miss / 6'1", 215

    31. Taj Griffin / Oregon / 5'10", 180

    32. Jamauri Bogan / W. Michigan / 5'7", 187

    33. Shaq Vann / E. Michigan / 5'10", 213

    34. Khari Blasingame / Vanderbilt / 6'1", 235 (Powerful runner who made the transition from linebacker last year.)

    35. Duke Catalon / Houston / 6'0", 210

    36. Jeremy Cox / Old Dominion / 5'11", 208

    37. Marquis Young / UMASS / 6'0", 196

    38. James Gilbert / Ball St. / 5'8", 194

    39. Xavier Jones / SMU / 5'10", 198

    40. D.J. Knox / Purdue / 5'7", 206

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    Fullback:

    1. Winston Dimel / Kansas St. / 6'1", 235
     
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    This RB group looks as good as any of the 2015-2017 classes. I'd say the UC RB's are comparable, but the top-2 Senior RB's are a few strides better than those groups.
     
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    Really like Pettway physical style. Would like to see a team pair him with Wadley (on your senior list) from Iowa. I tink they would make good power and elusiveness combo.
     
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    Nall is a really interesting prospect. Shows great balance through contact, and his running style is a little awkward, so when he turns on the jets, it's surprising the first few times you see it. Want to see him stay healthy, and I'm not sure that he's a feature back in the NFL, but I do see him as a valuable weapon in the right offense.

    Ronald Jones gets my vote for smoothest RB in the class. Looks like he's added some bulk, and I think he has an outside shot at playing his way into the 1st RD.

    Barkley looked like he was playing against HS kids last week. I'd like to see him look for the HR a little less often - loves to bounce it to the outside - but holy hell, what a talent. If Matt Forte had David Johnson's athleticism, but with more speed, that's what Barkley reminds me of.
     
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    No running back likes to get tackled, but very few run like they hate to be tackled. There's a difference...good evaluators know it when they see it.

    Adrian Peterson ran like he hated to be tackled. Cadillac Williams ran like that. Alfred Morris ran like that coming out of FAU. Devonta Freeman ran like that.

    In this class, Derrius Guice and John Kelly are two that have always really stood out to me with this combination of skillset and attitude. It matters.
     
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    Guice reminds me of E. Smith. As a pure runner, I think he's the clear-cut #1. Totally agree. He bucks like a bull, and he gets north/south consistently, squeezing out every possible yard. I do think Barkley leaves yards on the field, but he makes up for it with explosive runs and versatility. Guice's physicality also shows up as a blocker.

    I still haven't seen the Tennessee game or focused on Kelly, but I love everyone else you mentioned, so I'm guessing I'll at least like him.
     
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    Especially when he steps out of bounds for no apparent reason running down the sideline. Did it against Akron last Saturday.

    Turned what would've been an 87 yard TD run into a 1st and goal at the 7.
     
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    It's strange. On many levels, he's a dream talent, but for such a high-level player, he makes more bad plays than you'd expect. This is a perfect example. That should never happen, but it seriously shouldn't happen to a 220+lb RB, who runs in the 4.4's. Too often, I'll see 4-5 yards if he just gets north/south, with more on the table if he makes someone miss, but he'll want to a juke a defender to win the edge and take it outside. He's very quick, and winning the edge leads to big runs, but I'd rather see him make this adjustment at Penn St. than in the NFL. His age makes me feel better about it, and it's really my only gripe with Barkley as a prospect.

    If Guice can repeat 2016 over the course of the 2017 season, and Barkley stays where he is, I'll probably roll with Guice 1A to Barkley's 1B, but heading into the year, I agree that it's Barkley 1 and Guice 2. Both could be top-10 picks.
     

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