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16) Ray Graham (5-9/199)
Graham is another undersized back with big play ability. This kid can be explosive, elusive and has a great burst or suddenness when he sees an opening. He can start and stop on a dime and is tough to corral in space because of the way he can move laterally. He also has a nice jump cut reminiscent of former Panther star Shady McCoy. Graham is not going to be a back that runs with a ton of power but he can certainly make a lot of things happen. He did tear his ACL in 2011.
17) Zac Stacy (5-8/216)
Vandy hasn’t had a running back selected in the NFL Draft’ first seven rounds since 1981. Stacy will more than likely break that streak for the Commodores. He was a good running back playing in the toughest league and best defenses in the country. He rushed for 2,300 yards and 24 touchdowns during his final two seasons in Nashville. This is a compact running back that puts up a fight. He gets a lot of yards after contact. Stacy has good vision and balance.
18) George Winn (5-11/218)
Winn is an underrated and a hard-nosed running back who waited his time behind Isaiah Pead. This past year he made the most of his opportunity, rushing for 1,334 yards and 13 touchdowns. This is a back that does a lot of things well. Winn has good size, speed and power.
19) Cierre Wood (5-11/213)
This is the player everyone wanted out of high school and Wood picked the Fighting Irish. While he played well at times he never lived up to all the accolades. Still, he will hear his name called at some point in the draft. He has a little more elusiveness to his game than power. Wood has pretty quick feet and vision and is tough once he gets to the second level. He rushed for over 3,000 yards during his career.
20) Spencer Ware (5-10/228)
Ware is a big and powerful north-south running back from Baton Rouge. He’s strong and tough and a downhill runner all the way. Ware is also effective as a receiver in the passing game. He lacks elite speed. Ware didn’t put up big time numbers while at LSU because the Tigers run with a stable of backs.
21) Kerwynn Williams (5-8/195)
Williams is another small, compact and versatile running back in this draft. He can run on the inside, has the speed to take the perimeter and can be very involved in the passing game. Williams made his share of big plays as a runner and receiver. This past season he rushed for over 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns. Williams is also a very good kick returner. He’s the running back from Utah State to be drafted over the past few years (Robert Turbin, Michael Smith).
22) D.J. Harper (5-9/211)
Harper has been with Boise State since 2007. He battled injuries early (tore left ACL twice) in his career and then was Doug Martin’s backup. Harper’s a fast back that recently ran in the 4.4s at his pro day. He’s quick and can accelerate very quickly to top end speed. This past season he rushed for over 1,100 yards and 15 scores.
23) Robbie Rouse (5-6/190)
Rouse has been a productive player over the past two seasons at Fresno State putting up some nice numbers. He rushed for 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns over the last two years on 600-plus carries. Rouse is a very small back height wise. But don’t let his size fool you. Rouse is so quick and elusive. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. While small this is a kid that can find a role in the right offense. Some scouts have compared him to Darren Sproles.
24) Rex Burkhead (5-10/214)
Burkhead had a breakout junior campaign in Lincoln, earning All-Big 10 honors after rushing for 1,357 yards and 15 touchdowns. This past season he was hampered with injuries and only played in eight games. This is a rugged football player that will likely be a good compliment to a running back unit on Sundays. He’s versatile and a team player. Burkhead has good feet, surprising quickness and can be a real workhorse.
25) Matthew Tucker (6-0/221)
Tucker does a nice job of running behind his pads. Probably his biggest strength is his power. He has good speed and tested well at his pro day, running sub-4.5 [forty]. Tucker really didn’t have any breakthrough seasons, averaging 650 per year running the football.
26) Stefphon Jefferson (5-11/213)
Johnson is a patient runner with good vision and decent power. He hits the hole pretty quickly but doesn’t have top end speed or run with great authority. Jefferson had a big season in 2012, rushing for over 1,800 yards and 24 touchdowns.
27) Michael Ford (5-9/210)
Another big time high school running back that shared the spotlight at LSU. His best season was in 2011, when he rushed for 756 yards. This is a player with good speed who is always trying to get wide and take the perimeter. Ford can run with some power. At this point in his career is too one dimensional. In addition he needs to work on being a better receiving and blocker when picking up the blitz.
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