The season is over, but that’s barely half the evaluation
process. All-star games (and more importantly, all-star practice
weeks) and the combine/individual workouts will go a long way to
finalizing draft boards. At this point, here’s a look at where
the top RBs done with their eligibility, as well as underclassmen
who have declared early or are still likely to do so.
Key: Name (School - Class
as of 2005) Height Weight Estimated 40
Cream of the crop heading into the post-season. This group combines
both NFL measurables and significant collegiate success that have
them on the path to being the top RBs selected in the 2006 draft.
Reggie Bush (Southern California
- 3JR) 5’11” 200 4.45 - Career
2005 Honors: PAC-10 1st Team
All-Conference, AFCA 1st Team All-American, Walter Camp 1st Team
All-American, AP 1st Team All-American, Doak Walker Award winner,
Walter Camp Player of the Year, AP Player of the Year, Heisman
Strengths: One of the most
electrifying college players ever. Dynamic playmaker as a runner,
receiver, and returner. Outstanding agility and quickness gets
him through traffic, and then has the breakaway speed to take
any touch the length of the field. He reportedly ran sub-4.40
times for the USC staff in the spring. Probably an itchy trigger
finder, but no doubt he has elite speed. Tremendous receiver both
out of the backfield and lining up split to the outside running
conventional routes. Except for an ill-advised lateral attempt
in the Rose Bowl that will haunt him for years, he has never fumbled
on offense in his college career (one fumble on a punt return).
Weaknesses: He has been surrounded
by incredible talent his whole career on one of the greatest three-year
runs ever by a college team. In particular, the presence of 3JR
RB LenDale White precluded Bush from demonstrating he can find
the same success needing to run inside more and proving he can
handle carrying the load throughout a season. I have a feeling
his height, weight, and speed may come in less than advertised,
though it shouldn’t adversely impact his draft status at
Outlook: It’s hard to
find any angle to imagine him ending up a bust. He is both an
elite athlete and an elite football player. He will be the first
player selected on April 29th.
Laurence Maroney (Minnesota - 3JR)
5’11” 210 4.51 - Career
2005 Honors: Big Ten 1st Team All-Conference, Walter Camp 2nd
Team All-American, AP 3rd Team All-American
Strengths: Classic one-cut runner who plants and explodes through
the hole. Brings a very complete running game. Can work with good
power and lean between the tackles, but has the vision and body
control to bounce outside and hit the home run, despite apparently
lacking elite timed speed. Elusiveness and intuition allow him
to elude the big hits when tackled. Great ball security.
Weaknesses: Needs work in passing game, as a receiver and blocker.
He can take a screen or a dump pass and turn it up field, but
he is not fluid or crisp in running routes and catching the ball
in a pattern. Played in explosive offense behind quality offensive
line, which leads to concerns about production being a product
of the system.
Outlook: Declared underclassman. He has been a superstar since
his freshman season. In 2003 and 2004, he combined with former
teammate, Marion Barber III, to be the only duo in NCAA history
to run for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. The success of
Barber in the NFL should strengthen the perception of Maroney,
as Maroney was recognized as the superior back when the two played
together. Finally got a chance to be featured in 2005 and took
off strong. He bulked up prior to the season, but lost no quickness
or speed. A lingering ankle injury slowed him down at the end
of the season. While he is consistently ranked as a top five RB,
many draft pundits seem lukewarm on his potential, as far as being
a superstar. I believe it is tremendous. Maroney reminds me of
Shaun Alexander in how effortlessly he appears to run the ball
and in how he knows how to avoid the big hit, never seeming to
take a lot of punishment on most tackles.
LenDale White (Southern California
- 3JR) 6’2” 235 4.51 - Career
2005 Honors: PAC-10 2nd Team All-Conference, AP 3rd Team All-American
Strengths: Excellent physical tools with ideal measurables to
be a workhorse at the next level. Bruising back who runs over
people, you cannot arm-tackle him, but also has quick feet as
he moves through the line and a little shake to make defenders
miss in the open field. Very good speed for a big runner and decent
Weaknesses: Undeclared underclassmen as of yet. Lack of opportunity
to showcase himself in an all-star game (as he is an underclassman)
is an inconvenience for scouts and GM’s, especially considering
he has never had a feature opportunity due to the talent he has
Outlook: Undeclared underclassman. He is a hammer with speed,
a la Jamal Lewis. More popular players have overshadowed USC’s
all-time rushing touchdown leader during his collegiate career,
but NFL teams won’t under appreciate him. White outshined
Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart in the Rose Bowl, which gives him
visibility and momentum heading into the draft, making it more
likely he’ll declare. With impressive workouts, he should
emerge as a first round pick.
DeAngelo Williams (Memphis - 4SR)
5’9” 209 4.53 - Career
2005 Honors: C-USA 1st Team All-Conference, C-USA Offensive Player
of the Year, AFCA 1st Team All-American, Walter Camp 1st Team
All-American, AP 2nd Team All-American
Strengths: The most prolific yard-producer in NCAA history, he
finished with a record 7,568 all-purpose yards. Also fourth all-time
in rushing yards and had an NCAA-record 34 100-yard games. Compact
and well built, he can run with surprising power, but thrives
best as a slasher, using his quickness to be elusive in space.
Very good receiver and elite return skills. His intangibles are
outstanding. Raised in a poor and dangerous area, he spurned becoming
involved in gangs and made himself a blue chip prospect. As one
of the most highly regarded recruits in Memphis history, he handled
the burden of expectations with one record-breaking season after
another, and helping lead the Tigers program back to respectability,
without the benefit of an elite supporting cast.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal size, although he has a well-defined
body. Has not proved himself against much elite competition in
a mid-major with a usually weak preseason schedule and lower-tier
bowl games. This perception, as well as an overall question of
his toughness, was highlighted in his decision not to face Tennessee
this year due to a sore ankle. Durability a bit of a concern,
he has had some type of injury problem each year of his four years.
Outlook: Expected to declare as an underclassman last year, but
he fractured his right fibula in the GMAC Bowl. Returned to claim
more records and provide an outstanding encore that helped his
draft stock, as he carried the team through a challenging season
with the loss of the their top two quarterbacks in the first three
games. Despite his accomplishments and talent, his measurables
are a little less than desired. Still widely regarded by draft
pundits as the top senior RB prospect, but even with impressive
workouts, could fall as far as being the fourth RB drafted, depending
on the underclassmen that declare. Reminiscent of Brain Westbrook
in his measurables, skills, and multi-faceted game, as well as
not playing in a marquee program. However, his record-breaking
career has not left him overlooked.
This group has the potential to be Day One picks, but they have
concerns in one or more areas regarding measurables, durability,
or character. Their collegiate achievement and/or measurables
are not enough at this point to guarantee an early pick. They
will have to impress teams in their all-star weeks and/or at the
combine or in individual workouts to have their name called the
first day of the draft.
Maurice Drew (UCLA - 3JR) 5’8”
205 4.41 - Career
2005 Honors: PAC-10 2nd Team All-Conference (as RB, 1st Team
punt returner), Walter Camp 1st Team All-American (kick returner),
AP 1st Team All-American
Strengths: Outstanding multi-talented player whose tremendous
speed and quickness lead to big plays on offense and special teams,
where he is an elite return man. Although undersized, he is built
well, packing surprising power and bringing excellent leg drive.
Amazing quickness and elite breakaway speed.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal size. Durability became a bit of an issue
his final season, as he saw his heaviest workload.
Outlook: Declared underclassman. If it weren’t for Reggie
Bush, everyone would be talking about Drew being the most electrifying
player in the country. In addition to his skills running and receiving
at RB, he is a blur as a return man, the Dante Hall of college
the last three years. He returned 3 punts for TDs this season
(on just 15 attempts), setting a PAC-10 record, and had another
65-yard TD punt return against Washington called back on a penalty.
He hasn’t been returning kicks this year, but he has 2 kick
returns for a TD in his career, as well. Overall, UCLA’s
all-time leader in all-purpose yards has scored on a play of 40
yards or more 16 times in his career. Lesser recognition in the
media won’t effect how scouts view the dynamic player. He
is a bit short, but solidly built. He should be a Day One pick,
but how early could depend on where his measurables truly show
Michael Bush (Louisville - 3JR)
6’3” 250 4.56 - Career
2005 Honors: Big East 1st Team All-Conference
Strengths: Bruising runner who pounds the ball between the tackles
with good speed and great athleticism for a big back. Scoring
Weaknesses: While still an incredible athlete, the bulk he has
added the last few years has left him without elite quickness
and breakaway speed.
Outlook: Undeclared underclassman, as of yet. Outstanding all-around
football talent started out a “Slash”, as he came
in as a high school legend on both sides of the ball in Kentucky.
Found a permanent home at RB in 2004 in one of the most talented
backfields in the country, then had the feature role in 2005.
A sprained left foot cost him two games, breaking a string of
eight multi-TD games. He missed two games due to the foot, and
then had another 3-TD game before getting shut out by VaTech in
the Gator Bowl. The former stud prep QB is a super-sized back
in the Greg Jones and Brandon Jacobs mode, but with more athleticism
and very good hands. He’ll be a tremendously intriguing
prospect if he declares early.
Jerome Harrison (Washington State
- 4SR) 5’9” 199 4.50 - Career
2005 Honors: PAC-10 1st Team All-Conference, Walter Camp 2nd
Team All-American, AP 1st Team All-American
Strengths: Consistently productive in breakout senior campaign.
He was the only NCAA D-IA RB with 100 yards rushing in every game
this season, setting a PAC-10 record with 100-plus yards in 14
straight games (dating back to last season), on his way to a school-record
1,900 yards rushing. Home run hitter with nose for the end zone,
he had three TD runs over 50 yards and had a school-record 17
total touchdowns. Demonstrated he can carry the load as a feature
Weaknesses: Lacks size, bulk, and lower body strength. He needs
to do a better job of hanging on to the ball, as fumbling has
been a problem for him.
Outlook: Where his speed tests out will have a big impact on
his draft position, because he has breakaway speed on the field,
but all the information out there indicates he lacks elite speed
as far as 40 time. A comparison to J.J. Arrington, whose PAC-10
record of 100-plus yard games he broke, works well. Both are a
bit undersized and were overlooked before emerging as top senior
prospects after incredible seasons.
Weaknesses overshadow the strengths enough that these guys could
miss being the early picks they could be. Upside is limited by
one or more of measurables, accomplishments, durability, or character.
All-star games and workouts performances could help some move
into Day One, or fall to be undrafted free agents.
Joseph Addai (LSU - 5SR) 5’11”
210 4.44 - Career
2005 Honors: None
Strengths: Versatile all-purpose back with excellent speed. Outstanding
in the passing game, giving him tremendous potential to contribute
immediately at the next level. An excellent receiver and polished
blocker who can pick up the blitz. His hands and route running
are strong enough that he has worked at wide receiver, at times,
due to the crowded RB situation.
Weaknesses: Light resume. Primarily used as a third down back
most of his career, he has not demonstrated he can handle carrying
the load. Prone to untimely injuries. He has good vision, but
can be indecisive in hitting the hole, doing too much dancing
behind the line.
Outlook: Many draft prognosticators seem to be in love with him,
but I don’t see it at this point. He is a nice prospect,
but doesn’t seem the lock to have feature back potential
that a team is looking for at RB in the first two rounds. Both
times he has finally gotten a shot to be The Man, injuries have
been a problem. In 2003, a knee injury allowed Justin Vincent
to step in and take over. In 2005, Alley Broussard was set to
be the workhorse again, before a preseason injury gave Addai an
opportunity he gave away after just six games, due to a concussion
and lingering ankle injury. However, an invite to Senior Bowl
seems indicative NFL teams feel strongly about him. Finished well
with a huge game in the Peach Bowl, but I think he needs to blow
scouts and GMs away at Senior Bowl week and in workouts to be
a Day One pick.
Brian Calhoun (Wisconsin - 4JR)
5’9” 194 4.41 - Career
2005 Honors: Big Ten 1st Team All-Conference, AP 2nd Team All-American
Strengths: Strong burst at the snap and elite speed to hit the
home run when he gets to the second level. Surprising power for
his size keeps him in goal-line packages.
Weaknesses: Undersized to be a feature back at the next level,
better suited physically for change of pace role. Possible “product
of the system”, as Wisconsin has had other successful RBs
recently that failed to translate their success at the next level.
Outlook: Undeclared underclassman. Although Badgers running game
has been plug-and-produce under HC Barry Alvarez, the Colorado
transfer’s debut this year was still extremely impressive.
Despite the fact he plays for a coach who historically doesn’t
utilize his RBs in the passing game, Calhoun’s receiving
talents were too much to not force Alvarez to change his ways.
His talent as a receiver led to his former HC, Gary Barnett, asking
him to consider a position change to WR (which contributed to
his decision to leave Colorado). He was a collegiate Marshall
Faulk in 2005, an explosive playmaker and TD-machine on the ground
and through the air. Despite being undersized for a feature back
(which Faulk also is, by the way), he demonstrated some incredible
durability for as much as they used him. While Calhoun has not
made up his mind about leaving early, with his incredible year
and Barry Alvarez’s departure from coaching, it is easy
to see him declaring and shaking up the rankings quiet a bit.
He’ll need to overcome concerns about his size with strong
workouts, particularly in demonstrating elite speed, to be a Day
One pick, but I’m very high on his skills and potential.
Jerious Norwood (Mississippi State
- 4SR) 6’0” 204 4.41 - Career
2005 Honors: SEC 2nd Team All-Conference
Strengths: Speed is his biggest asset; he is a home run threat
and can run away from defenders when he gets through the line
of scrimmage. Extremely durable, never missed a college game.
Could add value as a returner.
Weaknesses: Needs to add some bulk, but has the frame to do it.
Outlook: Consistently productive on poor Bulldog teams that won
only four SEC games in his collegiate career. Demonstrated the
ability to be a workhorse back, but needs to add bulk and refine
his skills in the passing game to get the opportunity at the next
level. If his speed is timed out as expected, he’ll be a
fast-riser after the Combine.
DonTrell Moore (New Mexico - 5SR)
5’10” 212 4.53 - Career
2005 Honors: MWC 1st Team All-Conference, MWC Offensive Player
of the Year
Strengths: Technically a very sound runner, with good footwork,
pad level and forward lean. He has been the a workhorse back for
four years, becoming the most prolific runner in school and Mountain
West Conference history, as well as one of the most productive
in NCAA history (only the seventh player in D-IA to run for 1,000
yards in four consecutive seasons). Displayed tremendous work
ethic and resiliency in returning to form in 2005 from a major
knee injury at the end of the previous season. Became a reliable
and productive receiving option in 2005, after not demonstrating
much in that area previously.
Weaknesses: Less than ideal measurables. On the small side to
be the punishing feature back he was in college, and lacks top-end
speed to be a home run threat. In addition to his torn ACL, he
has a history of at least minor injuries every year of his career,
although he’s always battled through them to have productive
Outlook: Moore’s triumphant return from knee surgery in
February and return to form less than nine months later has not
only secured his place in record books, but completely salvaged
his draft value. However, he lacked elite speed even before the
injury, so despite being one of the top senior prospects, he’ll
have to impress in an all-star week and workouts to move up to
being a Day One pick.
Andre Hall (South Florida - 4SR)
5’9” 205 4.52 - Career
2005 Honors: Big East 1st Team All-Conference
Strengths: Very quick and agile back who hits the hole hard despite
his size. Good receiver out of the backfield and can add value
as a kick returner. Excellent durability as a workhorse runner.
Weaknesses: Undersized for a feature runner and lacks the elite
speed you’d like from a smaller back. Frequently struggled
against better competition.
Outlook: Two-time JUCO All-American provided consistently tremendous
production in his two years of D-IA ball. Lacks the speed to overcome
his size deficiency at the next level, but has nice set of skills
as a change of pace back and special teamer, making him a solid
Day Two pick.
Leon Washington (Florida State
- 4SR) 5’8” 210 4.50 - Career
2005 Honors: None
Strengths: Talented all-purpose back in a year with an abundance
of them. Role as a return man has decreased since his sophomore
year, as his workload in the offense increased, but he has shown
great talent in that area.
Weaknesses: Digressed significantly from prior season. Size is
a problem. It appears he tried to bulk up heading in to his final
season, but it stole some of his stamina and quickness. Durability
issues have been a recurring theme in his career. Shoulder problems
in the past and ankle problems this year, he hasn’t played
a full season since his freshman year.
Outlook: Undersized dynamo took a big step back after a breakout
2004 season. Continued to split carries with 3JR Lorenzo Booker,
but whereas Washington was more productive in 2004, Booker was
in 2005. HC Bobby Bowden has said Washington came into the 2005
season overweight and it is why he has struggled, and why Bowden
limited his touches. As he appeared to be getting into shape,
injury problems kicked in. The offense struggled at time under
a freshman QB and injuries problems began to mount on the offensive
line as the season wore on. Together, that all worked to ruined
what should have been a showcase season for a runner whose versatility,
speed, and quickness made him one of the top senior prospects
heading into the year. He will need a tremendous showing in the
Combine and workouts to regain his draft value.
Gerald Riggs Jr. (Tennessee - 4SR)
6’0” 218 4.55 - Career
2005 Honors: None
Strengths: Physical runner with prototypical size and build to
be a feature back at the next level. Good cutback ability for
a big back. Keeps his legs moving and has good lean to break tackles
and get the extra yard inside, as well as with a good stiff arm
in the open field.
Weaknesses: Light resume due to injury problems and RBBC prior
to his final season. Lacked elite speed prior to season-ending
leg injury, now will have to demonstrate he hasn’t lost
any of it, or his cutback ability, in the Combine and workouts.
Outlook: One of the nation’s top recruits in 2002, he had
a challenging career as a Vol. After waiting three years, during
which time he contemplated transferring, he finally got the sole
feature role as a senior in 2005. Then he seriously injured his
right leg and ankle in their sixth game. A fractured ankle and
ligament damage on 10/22/05 ended his collegiate career. Losing
out on a chance to showcase himself at an all-star game is a big
loss, but he’ll have had about four months to heal before
the Combine, where he will have a lot to prove in workouts. He
has the size and power to start in the NFL, but lacks breakaway
speed, making him a borderline Day One selection before the injury.
Mike Bell (Arizona - 5SR) 6’0”
215 4.56 - Career
2005 Honors: PAC-10 Honorable Mention All-Conference
Strengths: Consistent and durable workhorse in prototype NFL
RB body. Decent hands and understanding of passing game. Loyal,
flexible, and resilient intangibles through turbulent years in
the program. Rated seventh by NFS and tenth by Blesto among senior
RBs heading in to 2005 season.
Weaknesses: Unable to fully showcase talent in struggling offense
throughout his collegiate career. Fell just short of rushing for
over 1,000 yards the last three seasons, largely due to lack of
supporting cast. Lacks a second-gear in the open field, less than
average desired speed. Runs too upright, needs to lower pad level.
Outlook: Highly recruited out of high school, Bell has had the
misfortune of having his talents frequently wasted in a program
in transition. In a better program, there is no doubt he’d
have found more success and recognition, which would have helped
his draft value. As it stands, he needs to impress in the post-season
activities to find a chance on Day Two. He brings a nice all-around
package, nothing outstanding, but solid in all facets.
Cedric Humes (VaTech - 5SR) 6’1”
231 4.52 - Career
2005 Honors: None
Strengths: Outstanding size/speed combination, one of the more
appealing packages of measurables at RB in this draft class. Strong
and powerful north-south runner who can be a workhorse back.
Weaknesses: Production hasn’t come close to consistently
matching measurables and potential. Only missed one game in four
years, but untimely injuries have prevented him from breaking
out. Lacks agility and elusiveness, runs a bit upright. Has good
straight-line speed, but needs time to build up to it, can’t
explode off a cut.
Outlook: He looks the part of a feature back and should test
out like one, but he has never consistently demonstrated it. After
being stuck behind Kevin Jones, he looked like the heir apparent
to the recently strong RB tradition at VaTech, when a broken leg
in spring practice before the 2004 season began to derail his
potential. He didn’t miss a game, but he wasn’t right
until the end of the season, and 4SR Mike Imoh had integrated
himself into the picture by then. 2005 started with Humes and
Imoh splitting carries, then Humes suffered a broken arm on 10/8/05.
He had surgery to install a plate and six screws in the arm and
the original prognosis was he’d miss 4-6 weeks. The team
had a bye on 10/15 and Humes sat out at Maryland on 10/20, but
it was the only game he’d miss in his career. Less that
three weeks after breaking his arm, with a brace specially designed
by the VaTech School of Engineering, Humes demonstrated some remarkable
resiliency and returned on 10/27. With Imoh dinged up, Humes finished
the season splitting carries with 2FR Branden Ore and Humes had
a great performance in the Gator Bowl. I think Humes is a guy
who could have a big all-star game and then impress at the Combine
and in workouts, so he could be a late riser.
Taurean Henderson (Texas Tech -
5SR) 5’9” 205 4.55 - Career
2005 Honors: Big XII 1st Team All-Conference
Strengths: Versatility and durability. Outstanding receiver groomed
in pro-style offense and knows how to find holes in pass coverage
to bail his QB out.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal size without elite speed to compensate.
Outlook: Undersized dynamo is overlooked in the Red Raiders air-based
attack, but he has been extremely productive and is one of the
most versatile players in NCAA history. He is the only player
in NCAA history with over 2,000 yards rushing and receiving in
his career and set the NCAA record for receptions by a RB. Many,
including myself earlier this year, have under appreciated Henderson’s
production and accomplishments. While a bit undersized for a feature
back, he is a Mewelde Moore-type of player who simply gets the
job done running and catching. He won’t be a high draft
pick, but his productivity won’t be forgotten on Day Two.
Ideal third-down back that can be a special teams ace.
Wali Lundy (Virginia - 4SR) 5’10”
214 4.61 - Career
2005 Honors: None
Strengths: Multi-talented threat with a tremendous nose for the
end zone (ACC all-time career TD leader with 52). Very good short-yardage
runner with power for his size, vision to find the crease, and
explosion to get through to the second level.
Weaknesses: Durability and fumbling. His production as a receiver
has decreased each year, after an incredible 58-435-4 as a true
freshman. Lacks quickness to beat defenders to the corner and
straight-line speed to hit the home run if he gets in the open
Outlook: One of the biggest disappointments of the year, after
being one of the most productive runners in the nation his first
three seasons. Coming into 2005, Lundy was fifth in career rushing
yards among active D-IA players. He and DonTrell Moore were the
only two players in the country with three seasons of 800+ rushing
yards. His 10 100-yard games were the most by any active player
in the ACC. He had scored 22 TDs in his last 14 games and his
41 TDs were third among active college players. His problems actually
began mid-season in 2004, when inconsistency and fumbling landed
him in HC Al Groh’s doghouse, allowing Alvin Pearman to
break out and propel himself to being a fourth round pick. Lundy
will now be lucky to go that high. However, 2005 started off well,
as his problems with Groh appeared to be behind him. Groh complemented
the off-season Lundy had and named him a team captain. He looked
in great shape at the Spring Game, but left early after turning
his ankle, and then sprained his foot in the season opener. It
took him half the season to recover, and he was off the radar
by then. Lacking ideal size and speed, I don’t see the Combine
or workouts stopping his freefall. Looks like Walter Reyes all
Chris Barclay (Wake Forest - 4SR)
5’10” 180 4.50 - Career
2005 Honors: ACC 1st Team All-Conference, ACC Offensive Player
of the Year
Strengths: Slippery runner with breakaway speed. Extremely durable,
never missed a college game due to injury (missed one in four
years, due to a suspension in 2005). Intelligent player who can
add value as a kick returner and decent receiver out of the backfield.
Weaknesses: Undersized and doesn’t have a frame to carry
much more bulk. Overlooked from lack of publicity. Some discipline
issues almost cost him his job in 2005.
Outlook: One of the most underrated RBs in the country; he posted
three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons on his way to re-writing
the school’s rushing records. Barclay digressed a bit in
2004 after his breakout true sophomore campaign and started 2005
with a suspension and losing his starting job. However, he quickly
worked his way back and finished as the conference’s offensive
player of the year. An undersized slasher, he does have breakaway
speed, but will face discrimination in getting a chance to be
a feature back at the next level due to his size. His consistent
and significant production over his career hasn’t gotten
much recognition at a mediocre Wake Forest program, so he’ll
need to make a name for himself at an all-star game and in the
Combine and workouts. Very hard to project at this point, since
he is the type of player who could fall through cracks come April.
Names likely left to be considered late Day Two as fliers, needing
breakout all-star week and/or workouts to move up. Most are undrafted
free agents at this point.
Wendell Mathis (Fresno State - 5SR)
6’0” 211 4.58 - Career
2005 Honors: WAC 1st Team All-Conference
Strengths: Power runner inside, shifty through the hole and sheds
tackles to into the second level. Good in short-yardage and goal
Weaknesses: Lacks bulk to be power runner at next level. Lacks
Outlook: The UCLA transfer has been a very successful runner
between the tackles and took on a workhorse role in 2005, despite
carries being spread in a talented backfield. Primarily a north-south
runner, but will have to bulk up to play that way at the next
Prince “P.J.” Daniels Jr.
(Georgia Tech - 5SR) 5’10” 211 4.56 - Career
2005 Honors: ACC 2nd Team All-Conference
Strengths: Physical north-south runner with a well-built frame
who delivers the blow and moves the pile when he runs. Worked
to improve himself in passing game to the point you can say he
has decent hands and blocking skills.
Weaknesses: Lacks top speed and agility. Back-up 3SO Tashard
Choice was frequently more effective when given the chance.
Outlook: Former walk-on exploded in 2003, leading the ACC with
one of the best seasons rushing the football in school and conference
history. Struggled through injury-plagued 2004 (variety of leg
problems) and 2005 (shoulder and sternum), but still led the team
in rushing both years. He doesn’t possess tremendous physical
gifts, so he is unlikely to help himself at the Combine and in
workouts. However, he’s thrived on being a hard worker,
smart, and coachable. A team looking for “character”
guys will be the type to take a late round flyer on him.
Damien Rhodes (Syracuse - 4SR)
6’0” 211 4.55 - Career
2005 Honors: None
Strengths: Decent size with frame to add more bulk. Strong runner
with some elusiveness in open field.
Weaknesses: Still raw and underdeveloped as a runner. Lacks instincts
and vision to compliment his physical abilities.
Outlook: After living in Walter Reyes’ record-breaking
shadow for three years, he was unable to live to up the high upside
as the feature RB he had shown glimpses of as a back-up. He is
a good physical specimen, but hasn’t shown the skills or
instincts to be a good runner. A “better athlete than football
player” type. His special teams ability, beyond just as
a kick returner, will find him work on Sundays, but his upside
as a RB leaves him a late Day Two pick at best.
Terrence Whitehead (Oregon - 4SR)
5’10” 220 4.60 - Career
2005 Honors: PAC-10 Honorable Mention All-Conference
Strengths: Fundamentally sound power runner who breaks tackles.
Decent receiver out of the backfield.
Weaknesses: Lacks burst and a second gear. Durability has been
a bit of a problem.
Outlook: Largely overlooked due to some bigger names in the PAC-10,
but Whitehead put together another very good year and helped the
Ducks put together a surprisingly good season. He was impressive
enough to hold off blue chip 1FR Jonathan Stewart. If his speed
tests out better than expected, he will be a name to watch as
through the post-season festivities leading up to Draft Day.
Jerod Void (Purdue - 5SR) 6’1”
216 4.54 - Career
2005 Honors: None
Strengths: Ideal measurables for a feature back. Good top end
speed, can run away from defenders in second level. Excellent
receiver groomed in pro spread system. Outstanding all-around
special teams player, can return both punts and kicks, as well
as a good tackler and punt blocker.
Weaknesses: Lacks initial quickness and burst, needs time to
build up to top speed. Runs too upright and lacks elusiveness,
opening himself up to big hits. Needs to add thickness, but has
the frame that can handle it. Doesn’t run with enough power
for his size.
Outlook: After building his freshman and sophomore season as
an emerging all-purpose runner with an excellent nose for the
end zone, he digressed in 2004. He started 2005 out strong before
derailing his season with a dislocated shoulder in the fourth
game. 2FR Kory Sheets stepped up while he was out, flashing some
big play ability. Void wouldn’t carry the load again until
the last few games of the year, before Sheets outshined him again
in the season finale. Void is a good athlete and football player,
but lacks the instincts and fundamental of a running back. He
is a bit like a wide receiver rushing the ball. However, he has
nice potential and measurables, with hands and the ability to
contribute in a variety of ways on special teams that should give
him a chance to play on Sundays.
Quinton Ganther (Utah - 4SR) 5’10”
216 4.57 - Career
2005 Honors: MWC 2nd Team All-Conference
Strengths: Strong legs and upper body giving him explosive quickness
and cutting ability.
Weaknesses: Lacks second gear. Sparse resume.
Outlook: JUCO transfer moved into a feature role for the first
time at the D-IA level in 2005 and helped keep the Utes respectable
after losing HC Urban Meyer and 1st overall pick QB Alex Smith,
among others. An invite to the Combine shows Ganther is on the
NFL radar, and he definitely passes the eyeball test, but he has
a lot to prove. He should be impressive in strength testing and
run drills well, but his speed is not expected to be elite. An
undrafted free agent, unless he wows them at the Combine and in
An assortment of prospects with one or more intriguing facets,
but the negatives currently outweigh the positives enough that
right now, they will be undrafted free agents, at best, and many
will be in another line of work this fall.
J.R. Lemon (Stanford - 5SR) 6’1”
225 4.55 - Career
2005 Honors: None
Strengths: Ideal measurables and build for a feature RB, definitely
passes the eyeball test. Tremendous all-around athleticism and
an intelligent player.
Weaknesses: Durability, consistency, and experience. Lacks vision
Outlook: Tons of potential, but has never been able to put it
together. After appearing to emerge in 2004 and finishing as the
teams leading rusher, a hamstring injury kept him out of most
of training camp and the first three games. He also didn’t
seem to click with new HC Walt Harris, and he returned to finish
off his final season as the least effective part of a three-headed
RB monster. He has flashed some talent, but the times have been
too few and far between. It’s hard to tell if he just lacks
the “it” to be a quality feature runner, or injuries
and turbulent changes to the team in his collegiate career have
prevented him from being able to capitalize on his potential.
He could blow teams away in workouts, but currently does not have
a Combine invite, so he’ll have to do it in a lower-tier
all-star game or two and at Stanford’s Pro Day. At this
point, he’s too much of a question mark to be more than
an undrafted free agent.
Lonta Hobbs (TCU - 4SR) 5’10”
220 4.53 - Career
2005 Honors: None
Strengths: Very good measurables and build. Technically sound,
running with good pad level and lean. Very good in short-yardage
with a nose for the end zone.
Weaknesses: Durability a major concern. Unpolished in the passing
Outlook: After exploding on the scene and re-writing the school’s
record book as a true freshman, he has digressed every year since,
mostly due to injuries. A groin injury wiped out almost all of
2005 and he has fallen off the draft radar, but should get a chance
as an undrafted free agent.
Demetris Summers (3JR - formerly
South Carolina) 6’0” 210 4.55 - Career
2005 Honors: None
Strengths: Showed great potential at one time, a natural runner.
Decent speed and excellent size, definitely passes the eyeball
Weaknesses: Discipline, maturity, and experience. Off-field issues
ended his collegiate career before he was even old enough to enter
the draft. Did not play football in 2005.
Outlook: Not a sequel to the Maurice Clarett Story, but more
of a spin-off. One of the top RB recruits in the country in 2003,
he burst on the scene as a true freshman. He led the team in rushing
and was an SEC All-Freshman with what appeared to be a bright
future. Once again led the team in rushing in 2004, but failed
to improve through an injury-plagued season. Then he was kicked
off the team by new HC Steve Spurrier in March 2005, after a second
failed drug test. Poor grades made transferring options a problem.
So Summers hired a trainer and planned to work out all year to
prepare for the 2006 draft. I haven’t seen an update on
how he is progressing, but assume this is still his plan. While
Summers was impressive his freshman year, he was no Maurice Clarett,
and his play declined in 2004. He’ll be lucky to get a shot
as an undrafted free agent.
Germaine Race (Pittsburgh State
- 3JR) 5’11” 221 4.50 - Career
2005 Honors: Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
1st Team All-MIAA, MIAA Offensive Player of the Year, AFCA 1st
team All-American, AP 1st Team Little All-American
Strengths: Ideal measurables for a feature back, excellent combination
of size, speed, and strength. Dominated DII competition.
Weaknesses: Domination of competition was DII. Season ended on
sour note, as hamstring problems bothered him their last five
games, keeping him out of their quarterfinal playoff loss.
Outlook: Underclared underclassman, as of yet. After gaining
over 5,000 yards and scoring 75 TDs in 39 games, there is not
much left for Race to do in DII. Physically, he appears to be
ready to play at the next level, but a successful leap from DII
to the pros is rare, much less as an underclassman.
Ryan Gilbert (Houston - 5SR) 5’10”
230 4.60 - Career
2005 Honors: C-USA 1st Team All-Conference
Strengths: Thick legs provide power and explosiveness for this
bruising runner, who flashes a bit more speed than expected. Very
Weaknesses: Light resume, back-up who got his shot due to injury.
Outlook: The LSU transfer was a pleasant surprise in Conference
USA after emerging from a RBBC when 5SR Anthony Evans went down.
Build and powerful running style is reminiscent of another former
Cougar, Antowain Smith. Gilbert wasn’t on anyone’s
radar at the beginning of the season, but appears to have worked
an invitation to the Combine, so he has an opportunity to impress.
Upside as a short-yardage FB with good hands, which would help
him get drafted late Day Two, if a team felt he could handle the
Antoine Bagwell (California University
of Pennsylvania) 5’11” 185 4.54 - Career
2005 Honors: PSAC West 1st Team All-Star, PSAC West Offensive
Player of the Year, AFCA 1st team All-American, AP 2nd Team Little
Strengths: Tremendous acceleration through the hole, wastes no
time getting to top speed. Record-setting production in just two
Weaknesses: Achievement against lower level of competition. Needs
to get stronger and add more weight. Missed out on the type of
physical development you get in a year-around training program
in a D-IA program.
Outlook: Received a scholarship to Nebraska, but left after Frank
Solich was fired, also was currently playing DB and wanted to
be a RB again. So he went to JUCO and found an opportunity in
DII. Recognition of his consideration of a legitimate NFL prospect
is demonstrated in him being a rare DII player invited to play
in one of the predominantly Division I all-star games, the Hula
Bowl. His size and speed are not outstanding, but he was top prospect
out of high school and has been productive enough he could get
a chance as an undrafted free agent.
Kejuan Jones (Oklahoma - 5SR) 5’9”
190 4.55 - Career
Strengths: Thick legs give him excellent power for a smaller
back. Excellent in short-yardage and goal-line situations, hits
the hole hard and fast. Tough, intelligent, and unselfish team
Weaknesses: Lack of size. More quick than fast on the field,
although his timed speed should be decent. Lacks patience to let
Outlook: After being the featured back in 2003, he took a back
seat to the Adrian Peterson Experience. Demonstrated being a tremendous
team player in not complaining about being passed over. Accepted
his role and produced in it. As Peterson struggled with injuries
in his sophomore campaign, his value was shown again in 2005.
He’s been overlooked and is undersized, but I think he’d
make an outstanding third down back at the next level. His rare
combination of receiving ability and short-yardage power make
him ideal for the role, if he can develop as a pass blocker and
add value on special teams. No invites to all-star games or the
Combine will make it tough for him to get drafted, though.
Albert “A.J.” Harris
(Northern Illinois - 4SR) 6’1” 220 4.42 - Career
2005 Honors: None
Strengths: Physically and from a measurables standpoint, the
ideal prototype feature back. Breakaway speed for any size back.
Weaknesses: Light resume. Better athlete than football player.
Outlook: Despite tremendously impressive physical characteristics,
Harris was stuck behind Michael Turner, then passed by 4JR Garrett
Wolfe, and based on the production of each, it’s hard to
argue. He has been very productive when given the opportunity,
but those opportunities have been few and far between. He’ll
have to learn to play special teams to have a shot as an undrafted
free agent at the next level.
William Leroy “P.J.” Pope
Jr. (Bowling Green - 4SR) 5’9” 216 4.55 - Career
2005 Honors: None.
Strengths: Outstanding production prior to 2005. Thick frame
and strong for his size.
Weaknesses: Undersized, lacks speed, and was injured most of
2005. Ball security has been a problem. Production was helped
by being product of high-powered collegiate offense.
Outlook: Tremendously productive bowling ball rolled through
back-to-back All-MAC 1,000 yard rushing seasons for the first
time in school history in 2003 and 2004. However, he went down
in the season opener at Wisconsin with two sprained ankles and
wasn’t effective most of the season. Pope was surpassed
by 5SR B.J. Lane, his long-time back up and an equally uninspiring
NFL prospect. If he ever was on any draft board, he’s been
Patrick Cobbs (North Texas - 5SR)
5’8” 190 4.60 - Career
2005 Honors: Sun Belt 1st Team All-Conference
Strengths: 2003 NCAA D-IA rushing champion. Excellent quickness
and good power for his size. Adds value as a return man.
Weaknesses: Undersized and success was against primarily mid-major
competition. Missed 2004 with injury, during which a true freshman
was able to replicate his accomplishments, taking away some of
their significance as the system obviously contributed significantly
to the results. Struggled in a job-sharing role in 2005, which
hurts his perception as even a part-time player, since he doesn’t
have the measurables to be a feature runner at the next level.
Outlook: After leading D-IA in rushing in 2003, Cobbs looked
to again be one of the most productive RBs in the nation in 2004.
However, an early knee injury resulted in him missing the rest
of the season and taking a redshirt. His replacement, 2SO Jamario
Thomas, filled in more than adequately as a true freshman. In
an unexpected encore to Cobbs’ own out-of-nowhere emergence,
Thomas amazingly ended up leading the nation in rushing for 2004.
The much-anticipated combination of this dynamic duo in 2005 was
tremendously disappointing. Neither was able to get momentum going
in any game splitting carries and the team was knocked hard off
their perch above the Sun Belt Conference. It wasn’t until
Thomas was shut down with a hamstring injury, eight games into
the season, that Cobbs again flashed his 2003 form, ending the
season strong with four consecutive 100-yard games. Lacking ideal
measurables before the injury and subsequent disappointing start
to the 2005 season, Cobbs will likely be an undrafted free agent.
De’Arrius Howard (Arkansas
- 5SR) 6’0” 228 4.54 - Career
2005 Awards: None
Strengths: Pounding runner with ideal measurables. Effective
in short-yardage and goal-line situations.
Weaknesses: Blank resume. Consistently beaten out and pushed
to the background by superior talent on his own team.
Outlook: The Razorbacks’ top returning rusher from 2004
was once again unable to capitalize on his promising physical
potential. First he sat behind Fred Talley, then he failed to
overtake the inconsistent Cedric Cobbs, and last year was leap-frogged
by DeCori Birmingham. It looked like he would finally get his
chance last year, and he started out very well with back-to-back
100 yard games, the first two of his career. Then he struggled
at USC and was promptly replaced by true freshmen Felix Jones
and Darren McFadden, who went on to have breakout seasons. Howard
has some untapped potential that misfortune and probably some
lack of motivation on his part, has kept suppressed. He was on
the Doak Walker pre-season watch list prior to 2003, before Cobbs
took over, so his potential has been recognized. However, he’ll
need to find work at the next level as an undrafted free agent,
because all he has going for him is measurables and potential.
Cory Ross (Nebraska - 5SR) 5’6”
198 4.52 - Career
2005 Honors: Big XII Honorable Mention All-Conference
Strengths: Built very thick with incredible lower body strength
that provide excellent burst. Quick and elusive runner with surprising
power and good linear speed. Improved receiving skills shown in
almost doubling his output from previous season in catching the
Weaknesses: Extremely undersized. Dances in the backfield too
much at times instead of hitting the hole.
Outlook: After breakout 2004, this bowling ball started strong
and ended strong, but was ineffective as a RB during much of a
season in which he had a lot to prove to build his draft value.
He is not as talented as Quentin Griffin, who managed to get drafted
early Day Two, despite his diminutive stature. Ross lacks elite
speed and does not offer tremendous upside in other areas (i.e.
as a returner) to give enough reason to overlook his size.
Chris Taylor (Indiana - 4SR) 5’11”
216 4.46 - Career
2005 Honors: None
Weaknesses: Light resume as durability has been a problem over
the years and he has been beaten out by better backs.
Outlook: When 2004 leading rusher 3JR Benjarvus Green-Ellis transferred
prior to the 2005 season, it finally opened the door for Taylor
and 5SR Yamar Washington. After a strong spring, Taylor took the
lead of the RBBC and was more productive than Washington throughout
the season. Taylor was solid, but unspectacular, in his only season
with significant work. He has decent build and measurables, with
speed his biggest asset. He has taken to barnstorming all-star
games to increase his exposure, but remains an undrafted free
agent prospect at this point.
Shermar Bracey (Arkansas State
- 4SR) 6’1” 227 4.56 - Career
2005 Honors: None
Strengths: Powerful runner with ideal size and decent speed,
can surprise you with a long run. Very productive, when given
Weaknesses: Light resume due to always being a back-up. Flashes
of talent he showed, when given a chance, were against mid-major
competition. Runs too upright, not very technically sound overall.
Outlook: Antonio Warren’s back-up had some big games in
mop-up time or when Warren was injured, but never had an opportunity
to show what he could do as a feature runner. He has more impressive
measurables than Warren, which could get him a look as an undrafted
free agent, possibly as a FB.
Antonio Warren (Arkansas State
- 5SR) 5’10” 201 4.64 - Career
2005 Honors: Sun Belt 1st Team All-Conference
Strengths: Productive runner put together back-to-back 1,000
yard seasons and was sixth in the nation in rushing after four
games, before an ankle sprain derailed his season.
Weaknesses: Sub-par measurables. Impressive production against
mid-major competition. Durability an issue.
Outlook: The quiet star of the Sun Belt has been consistently
successful since emerging from a RBBC in 2004. However, he doesn’t
have the physical skills to succeed at the next level. Unlikely
to even make it as an undrafted free agent. His back-up, Shermar
Bracey, actually has a better shot because of superior size and
Derrick Ross (Tarleton State -
4SR) 5’10” 238 4.65 - Career
2005 Honors: Lone Star Conference 1st Team All-Conference, Lone
Star Conference South Division Offensive Back of the Year
Strengths: Powerful runner with great size who ran over and dominated
Weaknesses: Domination was of DII competition. Unpolished from
learning in a DII program and lacks even average speed for the
NFL, where he’ll no longer be able to run over people.
Outlook: Late rising small school prospect is too slow and unpolished
for a feature RB role. Could be looked at as a FB.
Chauncey Washington (USC - 3SO)
6’0” 210 4.55 - Career
2005 Honors: N/A
Weaknesses: Blank resume, hasn’t been on the field since
his true freshman year and didn’t even practice with the
team last year.
Outlook: After being academically ineligible the last two years,
Washington was recently declared ineligible again for at least
the spring. He could still be eligible in time for the fall, but
considering he took last year off to totally focus on academics,
there seems to be no reason to believe he’ll make it this
time. Prior to finding out he would be ineligible for the spring,
he said he’d consider declaring if he was ineligible again,
but has not made a decision. The smart move would be to transfer
to a lower division, but obviously smart is not his strong suit.
Apparently he has a problem with taking a step down after being
a heralded recruit with a scholarship to USC. If he declares,
he’ll almost certainly be nothing more than an undrafted
free agent. He played sparingly his freshman year and hasn’t
even been on a football field in almost a year.
Seymore Shaw (Central Oklahoma
- 5SR) 5’11” 220 4.59 - Career
Strengths: Punishing north-south runner with ideal size to be
a workhorse back.
Weaknesses: Legal and behavior problems. Played Division II his
Outlook: Once looked at as the heir to Tatum Bell’s starting
spot and next great Cowboy RB, an untimely injury cost him a shot
and he was passed by Vernand Morency, who went on to have a breakout
2004 and be drafted by the Houston Texans. With the path to starter
no longer blocked in 2005, off-field troubles also surfaced again
prior to the season. He came to OSU with baggage due to an arrest
in high school for striking a girl and was only a partial qualifier
due to academics. This time, another female acquaintance had a
protective order slapped on him in late May 2005 and he is still
facing a litany of charges from an incident involving her. This
led to an indefinite suspension in June, shortly after which Shaw
decided to transfer to Central Oklahoma (DII). Already in his
last year of eligibility, Shaw couldn’t transfer to another
D-IA program and play. After missing two games due to injury,
he has been passed by fellow 5SR Kevin McKenzie, a former Tulsa
transfer. Shaw rushed for 149-631-5 (4.2 ypc) in 8 games, while
McKenzie has 169-839-7 (5.0 ypc) in 10 games. Regardless of his
decent success this year, it’s at a much lower level and
he’s never shown he can carry the load at the D-IA level,
plus he comes with a lot of baggage. Unlikely to get a chance
as an undrafted free agent, much less get drafted.
B.J. Mitchell (Nevada - 4SR) 5’8”
208 4.65 - Career
2005 Honors: WAC 1st Team All-Conference, WAC Offensive Player
of the Year
Strengths: Strong and well-built, with surprising power for his
size. Great work ethic.
Weaknesses: Size and speed.
Outlook: After backing up Chance Kretschmer for three years,
Mitchell earned the feature role and had a breakout season, leading
the conference in rushing and helping the team to a share of the
WAC title for their first time since joining the conference. He
is a product of hard work and succeeded as a physical runner,
but he is to small to thrive that way at the next level and lacks
speed to offset his size deficiency. He won’t be drafted
and is unlikely to even get a shot as an undrafted free agent.
William “B.J.” Lane
(Bowling Green - 5SR) 5’10” 201 4.55 - Career
2005 Honors: None
Strengths: Quick with decent hands.
Weaknesses: Thick upper body, but thin legs. Light resume, career
back-up who did nothing special when given feature work in his
Outlook: Career back-up was a great compliment to 4SR P.J. Pope
and was decent, but unspectacular when given more of a workload
after Pope was hurt in the season opener. A change of pace back
without great measurables and experience, he shouldn’t even
get a look as an undrafted free agent.
Every year there are a few QB prospects with terrific athleticism
(read: running ability), but suspect upside as a passer. They
usually are considered for other positions, such as wide receiver
or defensive back, but despite their running skills and speed,
they never seem considered for RB. One day the wisdom of trying
this will catch up to NFL teams. In case it’s this year,
here are the top athletes at QB who are likely to be considered
at other positions. Vince Young won’t be asked to be anything
else, so I didn’t bother including him. McNeal probably
has the best chance of this group to remain looked at as a QB.
The versatile Robinson has played RB (along with every WR role).
Reggie McNeal (Texas A&M -
4SR) 6’2” 196 4.40 - Career
Brad Smith (Missouri - 4SR) 6’2”
210 4.52 - Career
Michael Robinson (Penn State -
5SR) 6’1” 220 4.56 - Career
Marcus Vick (Virginia Tech - 4JR)
6’0” 215 4.45 - Career
Here’s where you can catch the top senior RB prospects playing
in their last game before the draft. It was historically frowned
upon to invite underclassmen to these events, but the competition
to get talent to attract attendance and scouts is fierce, so we
are starting to see exceptions.
The Senior Bowl is the most prestigious and will have the most
NFL front office members and scouts in attendance. Many players
may accept invitations to other games earlier, but rescind if
invited to the Senior Bowl, as invitees to that game are finalized
last (the week before the game). Generally, the top senior prospects
will only participate in the Senior Bowl, if any. There will be
some overlooked or snubbed, especially if a particular position
is deep with senior talent.
Some players with little to no draft value will accept more than
one invite and barnstorm multiple games attempting to increase
their value through more exposure. However, as most of the games
also involve a few days to a week of practice, which is just as
important to their evaluation as the actual game. Because of this,
most prospects only participate in one game, even though you may
see them with multiple offers extended below. Injuries can also,
of course, change plans as well. Bottom line, the players attached
to the games in the lists below are very much subject to change
up to the game.
Saturday, 1/28/06 3pm EST on ESPN
Leon Washington, Florida State
Jerious Norwood, Mississippi State
Joseph Addai, LSU
Mike Bell, Arizona
DonTrell Moore, New Mexico*
DeAngelo Williams, Memphis
Lawrence Vickers, Colorado (FB)
Jerome Harrison, Washington State*
Cedric Humes, Virginia Tech*
Matt Bernstein, Wisconsin (FB)*
* Speculation, I’ve only seen the other six RBs officially
invited. The final rosters should have about ten.
East-West Shrine Game
Saturday, 1/21/06 4pm EST on ESPN
Leon Washington, FSU
De’Arrius Howard, Arkansas
Wali Lundy, Virginia
Nick Hartigan, Brown (FB)
Jerome Harrison Washington State
Taurean Henderson, Texas Tech
DonTrell Moore, New Mexico
Reggie McNeal, Texas A&M (QB)
Gilbert Harris, Arizona (FB)
Saturday, 1/21/06 7pm EST on ESPN
Cory Ross, Nebraska
Patrick Cobbs, North Texas
Brad Smith, Missouri (QB/WR)
Naufahu Tahi, BYU (FB)
Shawn Willis, Oklahoma State (FB)
Andre Hall, South Florida
Antoine Bagwell, California University of PA
P.J Pope, Bowling Green
P.J. Daniels, Georgia Tech
Las Vegas All-American Classic
Saturday, 1/14/06 4:30pm EST
Chris Taylor, Indiana
Shelton Sampson, Northwestern State
Chris Barclay, Wake Forest
James Coleman, FSU (FB)
Quadtrine Hill, Miami (FB)
Bryson Sumlin, Fresno State
Joe Rubin, Portland State
J.R. Lemon, Stanford
John David Washington, Morehouse
Naufahu Tahi, BYU (FB)
Cactus Bowl (DII)
1/6/06 7:35pm EST
Antoine Bagwell, California University of PA
Anthony Carfagno, East Stroudsburg (FB)
Martin Hicks, Winston-Salem State
Jamar Day, Nebraska-Omaha
Matt Birkel, Saint Cloud State
Rashon Myles, Abilene Christian
Magnolia Grid-Iron Classic (D-IA v. D-IAA)
12/24/05, 12pm EST
I-A (and other)
Chris Taylor, Indiana
Anthony Sherrell, Eastern Michigan
J.R. Lemon, Stanford
De De Dorsey, Lindenwood
Kasey Young , Western New Mexico (FB)
Keldrick Williams, Alabama State
Sean Treasure, Minnesota State
Terrence Freeney, Northern Iowa
Anthony Harris, Nicholls State (FB)
The following is the preliminary list of senior running backs
that are invited to the Combine. The list will be updated when
the deadline for underclassmen to declare has past and they have
been invited. It is rare a RB not invited to the Combine goes
on Day One. The Combine will be held 2/22/06 – 2/28/06 at
the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, IN.
Addai, Joseph (LSU)
Bell, Mike (Arizona)
Bernstein, Matt (Wisconsin) - FB
Daniels, P.J. (Georgia Tech)
Ganther, Quinton (Utah)
Gilbert, Ryan (Houston)
Hall, Andre (South Florida)
Harris, Gilbert (Arizona) - FB
Harrison, Jerome (Washington)
Henderson, Taurean (Texas Tech)
Humes, Cedric (Virginia Tech)
Kirtman, David (USC) - FB
Lundy, Wali (Virginia)
Mathis, Wendell (Fresno State)
McNeal, Reggie (Texas A&M) - QB
Moore, DonTrell (New Mexico)
Norwood, Jerious (Mississippi)
Riggs Jr., Gerald (Tennessee)
Robinson, Michael (Penn State) - QB
Ross, Cory (Nebraska)
Ross, Derrick (Tarleton State) - FB
Smith, Brad (Missouri) – QB/WR
Tahi, Naufahu (BYU) - FB
Vickers, Lawrence (Colorado) - FB
Washington, Leon (FSU)
Whitehead, Terrence (Oregon)
Williams, DeAngelo (Memphis)