An Early Look at Potentially Historic RB Class in 2017 NFL Draft

May 26, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The 2017 NFL draft is still a long way from commencing, but evaluators and fans don’t need all that time to recognize how unique and special the talent could be. In terms of depth, running back is the most intriguing positional group since the 2014 wide receiver class. By the time the nation’s best running backs are eligible for the 2017 NFL draft, this could be a historic class once they start producing as professionals.
Even as early as last November, there were discussions over whether teams should pass on drafting a running back in 2016 because of the deep crop next year. That doesn’t happen unless the talent is that overwhelming. And at this point in time, there are at least 10 draft-eligible backs who will be in the running for the first or second round.
Some of the big names may drop off in favor of sleepers throughout this season. Let’s dive into the eight studs—plus four more names—to watch this fall in advance of the 2017 draft.<...

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