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Shawn
01-07-2013, 09:57 PM
I see him being mocked at the end if the second by Walters. He remind me of Ray Rice, would love to pick him up in the second. Thoughts?

Oviedo
01-07-2013, 09:59 PM
I see him being mocked at the end if the second by Walters. He remind me of Ray Rice, would love to pick him up in the second. Thoughts?

If there in Round 2 for us he would be an excellent pick. He could run behind his colege team mate Chance Warmack who we get in Round 1

Shawn
01-07-2013, 10:07 PM
If there in Round 2 for us he would be an excellent pick. He could run behind his colege team mate Chance Warmack who we get in Round 1

Not sure I'm feeling Warmack. I think Foster is more than adequate.

steelz09
01-07-2013, 10:08 PM
I'm down with that. I'm tired of the tap dancing Spindenhall.

steelz09
01-07-2013, 10:11 PM
I have nothing against Warmack but I don't think it's wise investing all these high picks on the o-line. What happens when all these guys want new contracts? You won't be able to keep them. You need to spread out the 1st round and 2nd round picks a bit. Last year was o-line.

This year = defense.

Shawn
01-07-2013, 10:14 PM
I agree, we need D picks this year. I think we can afford a running back, and a late WR. The rest needs to be D.

Oviedo
01-07-2013, 10:50 PM
I agree, we need D picks this year. I think we can afford a running back, and a late WR. The rest needs to be D.

Why? Don't we already have the #1 defense in the NFL? Aren't we already paying the majority of our cap to the defense? Hasn't most blamed the offense for the down season we had and so we want to make the rich richer on defense. Somewhat illogical don't you think?

pfelix73
01-07-2013, 10:57 PM
Here we go. Well, let's see... Many on the defensive side of the ball are up there in age and we're gonna need replacements. The OL is relatively pretty young.

Harrison, Foote, Keisel, Hampton, Polamalu.... No, it's not illogical. It's not realistic to keep using 1st round draft picks on OLmen.

Mister Pittsburgh
01-07-2013, 10:58 PM
I have nothing against Warmack but I don't think it's wise investing all these high picks on the o-line. What happens when all these guys want new contracts? You won't be able to keep them. You need to spread out the 1st round and 2nd round picks a bit. Last year was o-line.

This year = defense.

By then you coach someone up that you get in the mid rounds.

SteelBucks
01-07-2013, 11:01 PM
I see him being mocked at the end if the second by Walters. He remind me of Ray Rice, would love to pick him up in the second. Thoughts?

Based on tonight, he would be a steal in the 2nd. I wonder if he's declaring for the draft...I believe he's a Junior.

hawaiiansteel
01-07-2013, 11:02 PM
I'm gonna put Eddie Lacy in my mock draft as the Steelers' 2nd round choice.

supersteeler
01-07-2013, 11:12 PM
T'eo who?

Warmack is a beast and a half, Lacy would be a nice pick, he looks to have great potential for the next level. ND is getting dominated in every phase of the game, the offensive line of Bama is like playing Men against boys.

Chadman
01-07-2013, 11:19 PM
Not sure if investing in a 2nd Round RB makes much sense if they are just going with a RB rotation. Redman & Dwyer will contribute 2/3rds of the touches, so any drafed RB is only getting limited involvement. Would like a nifty, pass catching RB...


Someone like Fresno St's Robbie Rouse might fit nicely as a late round guy that can contribute.

Chadman
01-07-2013, 11:21 PM
Or Arizona's Dennis Johnson as a move-the-chains type RB.

supersteeler
01-07-2013, 11:22 PM
Not sure if investing in a 2nd Round RB makes much sense if they are just going with a RB rotation. Redman & Dwyer will contribute 2/3rds of the touches, so any drafed RB is only getting limited involvement. Would like a nifty, pass catching RB...


Someone like Fresno St's Robbie Rouse might fit nicely as a late round guy that can contribute.

With Warmack on our line, Chadman could get 5 a clip. :)

Chadman
01-07-2013, 11:25 PM
With Warmack on our line, Chadman could get 5 a clip. :)

And the added benefit of Chadman gaining 5 yards a tote is that each run would take close to 5 minutes off the clock due to Chadman laying down injured (read : out of breath) after every run. 15 yards, 1 quarter. Talk about clock management...

hawaiiansteel
01-07-2013, 11:32 PM
Not sure if investing in a 2nd Round RB makes much sense if they are just going with a RB rotation. Redman & Dwyer will contribute 2/3rds of the touches, so any drafed RB is only getting limited involvement.

enough with the RB rotation already and Redman and Dwyer proved this year that they don't deserve a lot of touches.

draft Eddie Lacy in the 2nd round and Dwyer, Redman and Rainey can do what they do best...be backups.

papillon
01-08-2013, 12:14 AM
I'd take Lacy in the first at 1.17 and never look back, that guy is a tank, thick lower body, good balance, makes quick decisions and finishes runs, all day with Lacy.

Pappy

steelz09
01-08-2013, 12:19 AM
And the added benefit of Chadman gaining 5 yards a tote is that each run would take close to 5 minutes off the clock due to Chadman laying down injured (read : out of breath) after every run. 15 yards, 1 quarter. Talk about clock management...

Out of breath... you mean like Dwyer?

steelz09
01-08-2013, 12:21 AM
I'd take Lacy in the first at 1.17 and never look back, that guy is a tank, thick lower body, good balance, makes quick decisions and finishes runs, all day with Lacy.

Pappy

He's like a clone of Trent Richardson. The guy is a beast.

supersteeler
01-08-2013, 12:32 AM
I like Lacy but, I don't see the Steelers taking a back in round one. Where is lacy going to run:HeadBanger with no blocks? The line has to pave the way for any back even Adrian Peterson.

Jooser
01-08-2013, 12:42 AM
I'd take Lacy in the first at 1.17 and never look back, that guy is a tank, thick lower body, good balance, makes quick decisions and finishes runs, all day with Lacy.

Pappy


YES! This guy was unbelievable, he ran with authority and dished out the hits. He could bring something back to the offense that has been missing, a tough physical presence with a little bit of meanness.

papillon
01-08-2013, 12:52 AM
He's like a clone of Trent Richardson. The guy is a beast.

That's what I was thinking. If Art II wants to run the ball with attitude and power this is the guy for the job. I'd love to know how many times in his career at Alabama he was actually tackled and didn't get forward lean for at least one more yard. It seems like every run is downhill.

Pappy

Chadman
01-08-2013, 01:27 AM
Out of breath... you mean like Dwyer?

Dwyer would probably have Chadman covered.... that said- the Steelers would be well advised to invest in more oxygen tanks.

Chadman
01-08-2013, 01:31 AM
YES! This guy was unbelievable, he ran with authority and dished out the hits. He could bring something back to the offense that has been missing, a tough physical presence with a little bit of meanness.

While Lacy is a superior talent, both Redman & Dwyer resemble the type of RB you mention. Given that the Steelers are losing their biggest strike weapon in Wallace, and their biggest 'big play' RB in Mendenhall, wouldn't the Steelers be better off adding some strike power as opposed to another 'grinder'?

Keyplay1
01-08-2013, 05:32 AM
I agree, we need D picks this year. I think we can afford a running back, and a late WR. The rest needs to be D.

Fine! Really don't want to use a 2 or 3 pick on a RB this year but it may be an absolute necessity. Mendenhall has not had any luck here. Between the injuries and other lapses it just seems he does not fit here. A change of scenery might be good for both him and the Steelers.

I have been yapping for a couple or three years now. When are they going to replace Farrior and Hampton for starters on the D? Now as several have pointed out a number of other key players are in the final phase of their careers. Methinks TS better also get live in the FA market again this year. This off season just does not have the look of a put a band aid on it and all is well.

QUESTION? What position does a team have the best chance of picking up a solid FA? RB? LB[I or O]? DB?or WR?

I really worried big time when Bal picked up that Boldin guy. I feared it would tip the scales in their favor. I really hate it when TS get out FO'd. Oh well, they have to go to Denver now. I suppose a couple or 3 deep Interference calls will destroy some of that mo they got built up now. :-D

Chadman
01-08-2013, 06:31 AM
Fine! Really don't want to use a 2 or 3 pick on a RB this year but it may be an absolute necessity. Mendenhall has not had any luck here. Between the injuries and other lapses it just seems he does not fit here. A change of scenery might be good for both him and the Steelers.

I have been yapping for a couple or three years now. When are they going to replace Farrior and Hampton for starters on the D? Now as several have pointed out a number of other key players are in the final phase of their careers. Methinks TS better also get live in the FA market again this year. This off season just does not have the look of a put a band aid on it and all is well.

QUESTION? What position does a team have the best chance of picking up a solid FA? RB? LB[I or O]? DB?or WR?

I really worried big time when Bal picked up that Boldin guy. I feared it would tip the scales in their favor. I really hate it when TS get out FO'd. Oh well, they have to go to Denver now. I suppose a couple or 3 deep Interference calls will destroy some of that mo they got built up now. :-D

The one position that the Steelers can look to solidify through FA this year is one that isn't getting mentioned much- TE. Miller might be out for a significant amount of time, and picking up a vet FA might be a smart move. Chris Cooley, anyone?

Oviedo
01-08-2013, 09:07 AM
I'd take Lacy in the first at 1.17 and never look back, that guy is a tank, thick lower body, good balance, makes quick decisions and finishes runs, all day with Lacy.

Pappy

Completely agree and then take Barrett Jones in Round 2.

ikestops85
01-08-2013, 05:30 PM
I think we need to go with the pass rusher in the first round this year. I don't care if he is just a part time player but I'd love to get a guy who just goes after the QB. In the second I'd love to get a TE like Urtz but based on what other have said I don't know if he would last that long. I think he could give us that Gronk/Graham type of guy to bookend Heeeeeeeeath.

papillon
01-08-2013, 05:38 PM
What if teams became so enamored with the offensive linemen and running backs from Bama that Dee Millner falls to 1.17 (I've seen him mocked at around 1.13 - 1.15)? For whatever ridiculous reason last night ND kept attacking Millner until he finally deflected one that Clinton-Dix intercepted. I'm not sure what ND thought they saw on film that lead them to believe that Millner was the weak link in the secondary, but they must have seen something, because they kept challenging him (unsuccessfully).

Pappy

lloydroid
01-08-2013, 05:49 PM
Why? Don't we already have the #1 defense in the NFL? Aren't we already paying the majority of our cap to the defense? Hasn't most blamed the offense for the down season we had and so we want to make the rich richer on defense. Somewhat illogical don't you think?

True points, but we also have to address the fact that Troy and Clark are nearing retirement. And so is Harrison and Woodley just sucks. We have to address some D in the draft. And we could probably use a CB pick too. We really need a good draft this year, badly.

lloydroid
01-08-2013, 05:50 PM
YES! This guy was unbelievable, he ran with authority and dished out the hits. He could bring something back to the offense that has been missing, a tough physical presence with a little bit of meanness.

I have liked Lacy all year. But, I am not sure 1.17 isn't a tad early. If we got him in the 2nd by ALL MEANS grab him.

Shawn
01-08-2013, 07:17 PM
Why? Don't we already have the #1 defense in the NFL? Aren't we already paying the majority of our cap to the defense? Hasn't most blamed the offense for the down season we had and so we want to make the rich richer on defense. Somewhat illogical don't you think?

Well probably because Hampton, Foote, Troy, and James are about done.

Steel Curtain MI Delegate
01-09-2013, 12:05 AM
Truth of the matter is, the good ol black and gold don't move much in a draft, unless it's down. Especially not in the first round. I was dying last year waiting for them to trade up to get DeCastro, I swear to god I saw the Lions take him. But they didn't and the front office proved to be once again, supurb. I was thinking along the same lines as ya'll last night going "we should get Lacy, even Todd Haley would have a hard time holding him back from a long run!" We ought to trade down in the first round to around 27 and pick up Lacy there with some extra picks to stock the god-awful secondary. Lewis will probably be gone and any time we can pick up a franchise back and restock the D in one draft we should take it. The O-line is young and ascending. Not only will Lacy provide a needed spark in the run game, but he will prolong Roethlisberger's career by taking the load off a bit. Ben has been dinged up way too much for his own good and I believe that even the first year with Lacy and the quickly developing O-line will be a huge load off Ben's shoulder. GET ME SOME LACY!!!!!!

Mister Pittsburgh
01-09-2013, 12:24 AM
Did we trade up for Holmes or Troy or someone? Can't recall. Maybe they will pull a bold move and trade our 2nd round pick for a RB like we did with the Bus.

fordfixer
01-09-2013, 12:56 AM
Truth of the matter is, the good ol black and gold don't move much in a draft, unless it's down. Especially not in the first round. I was dying last year waiting for them to trade up to get DeCastro, I swear to god I saw the Lions take him. But they didn't and the front office proved to be once again, supurb. I was thinking along the same lines as ya'll last night going "we should get Lacy, even Todd Haley would have a hard time holding him back from a long run!" We ought to trade down in the first round to around 27 and pick up Lacy there with some extra picks to stock the god-awful secondary. Lewis will probably be gone and any time we can pick up a franchise back and restock the D in one draft we should take it. The O-line is young and ascending. Not only will Lacy provide a needed spark in the run game, but he will prolong Roethlisberger's career by taking the load off a bit. Ben has been dinged up way too much for his own good and I believe that even the first year with Lacy and the quickly developing O-line will be a huge load off Ben's shoulder. GET ME SOME LACY!!!!!!
Welcome to the Planet:tt1

Shawn
01-09-2013, 01:29 AM
Did we trade up for Holmes or Troy or someone? Can't recall. Maybe they will pull a bold move and trade our 2nd round pick for a RB like we did with the Bus.

Both.......

NW Steeler
01-09-2013, 03:48 PM
I honestly do not remember the last time the Steelers traded down. We have moved up a few times. Every year there is a lot of talk about trading down, but we seem to sit tight and take the BPA. I thought we got lucky as hell last year with DeCastro dropping. We should have plenty of options this year. Love the way Lacy runs, but I dont see us taking him at pick 17. Too many other glaring needs to be filled. Then again who is to say the Steelers wont consider him to be the BPA at #17?

Slapstick
01-09-2013, 03:52 PM
IIRC, the Steelers traded down in 2001 three spots and selected Casey Hampton...

Then, they turned around and traded up in the 2nd to select Kendrell Bell...

Steel Curtain MI Delegate
01-09-2013, 04:33 PM
Might be throwing caution to the wind here but what do ya'll think about Tyrann Mathieu? He'll be a mid-late round pick depending on his combine. Pros: We need secondary skills, and we can get a possibly elite corner who fits as a poor man's Troy Polamalu in style of play. Cons: He has the weed issues, though he appears to be closing down on that. Key word APPEARS to be. However, if any team is a good fit for Tyrann scheme wise it's Pittsburgh. Also note that if there is any team who can handle Tyrann's problems it's Pittsburgh. I would love to take a shot on him because the upside is extremely positive and the downside is not bad.

NW Steeler
01-09-2013, 05:18 PM
Im sure some of you heard it, but in the ESPN post game coverage of the NC, Herbstriet ( I think it was) said that Lacy should be running for the Steelers. I thought that was kinda funny.

Shoe
01-10-2013, 02:52 AM
While Lacy is a superior talent, both Redman & Dwyer resemble the type of RB you mention. Given that the Steelers are losing their biggest strike weapon in Wallace, and their biggest 'big play' RB in Mendenhall, wouldn't the Steelers be better off adding some strike power as opposed to another 'grinder'?

Exactly right.

Just so everyone knows, Dwyer would've had 200 yards in that game too. Dwyer is a superior talent himself... he's just a pu$s. I don't know much about this Lacy other than he had a good game this Monday. It's silly to even consider taking him. Or Warmack for that matter!

We need DEFENSE. Don't give me no crap about #1 defense and all that. Over the past two years, I would guess we are 32nd (or marginally better) in getting takeaways. That is a function of nobody flying around (i.e. too old). We need young, spry, crazy young kids on defense.

Slapstick
01-10-2013, 07:08 AM
We need DEFENSE. Don't give me no crap about #1 defense and all that. Over the past two years, I would guess we are 32nd (or marginally better) in getting takeaways. That is a function of nobody flying around (i.e. too old). We need young, spry, crazy young kids on defense.

What we need is the offense to focus on not giving the ball away...

grotonsteel
01-10-2013, 07:27 AM
Are there any good playmakers at1-17 in this draft?? I don't want Steelers to draft Defense for the sake of it.

I think there is more value at 1-17 on Offensive side. I would not mind taking OT-Jake Matthews at 1-17 if he is still there.

Also what about Eric Reid from LSU?? Where is he expected to go?

papillon
01-10-2013, 09:44 AM
Exactly right.

Just so everyone knows, Dwyer would've had 200 yards in that game too. Dwyer is a superior talent himself... he's just a pu$s. I don't know much about this Lacy other than he had a good game this Monday. It's silly to even consider taking him. Or Warmack for that matter!

We need DEFENSE. Don't give me no crap about #1 defense and all that. Over the past two years, I would guess we are 32nd (or marginally better) in getting takeaways. That is a function of nobody flying around (i.e. too old). We need young, spry, crazy young kids on defense.

If Dwyer is a pu$$ then he isn't a superior talent. It appears Lacy runs with attitude and that's what the Steelers need, IMO. I'd like to see this guy in black and gold. Dwyer, Redmon, Rainey and Batch didn't seem to want the job. Mendenhall has probably wore out his welcome, he's the best back the Steelers have.

Pappy

Slapstick
01-10-2013, 09:48 AM
If Dwyer is a pu$$ then he isn't a superior talent. It appears Lacy runs with attitude and that's what the Steelers need, IMO. I'd like to see this guy in black and gold. Dwyer, Redmon, Rainey and Batch didn't seem to want the job. Mendenhall has probably wore out his welcome, he's the best back the Steelers have.

Pappy

...and Mendehall didn't seem to want the job either...

Chadman
01-10-2013, 09:53 AM
Dwyer takes himself out of the game too often- agreed.... but his running style does not go hand-in-hand with people questioning how hard he plays. He runs hard, he keeps his legs pumping.

Same with Redman.

The problem isn't desire to run hard- it's not being able to turn 3 yards into 6, 10... more.

There is no 'take it to the house' threat at RB, particularly now that Tweety Mendenhall & his evil mind is on his way out of town.

feltdizz
01-10-2013, 10:07 AM
I saw good things from Dwyer... but the bad was REALLY bad. I think he will always be "almost there" like our offense in general.

bowldog
01-10-2013, 11:21 AM
WE NEED SPEED!!!!!!! On D we need to be able to pressure the qb more consistantly, that would solve the problem with lack of turnovers. On O we need to attack the seams with WR, similar to how the Saints do it.

Oviedo
01-10-2013, 11:44 AM
WE NEED SPEED!!!!!!! On D we need to be able to pressure the qb more consistantly, that would solve the problem with lack of turnovers. On O we need to attack the seams with WR, similar to how the Saints do it.

...and wait two years for that "speed" to be allowed to actually play in games on defense.

Mister Pittsburgh
01-10-2013, 12:43 PM
Maybe we need to focus a little more on running to the outside vs. lining our entire offense up in between the hash marks, thus drawing all defenders into the box, and then running directly into that box. You know...do stuff that makes sense.

hawaiiansteel
01-12-2013, 06:39 PM
2013 NFL Draft: Steelers prospects at running back

By seton hall and steelers on Jan 11

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The Steelers will have to replace unrestricted free agent Rashard Mendenhall and recently waived rookie kick returner Chris Rainey. Fortunately for the Steelers, this is a very good running back class that has a ton of depth. They likely won't have to invest a high pick on a running back, but should they choose to, their will be a couple great backs available in round one as well.

First Round Prospects

Giovani Bernard, North Carolina - Besides being the best available running back in the draft, Bernard was also one of college footballs most electric punt returners this past season, averaging 16.4 yards per return and returning two for touchdowns. He has all the tools to be a dominant NFL running back and although he is not currently being talked about as an option to the Steelers, I certainly think he is one.

Eddie Lacy, Alabama - Lacy is built like a truck at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds and he absolutely ran over, around, and through the vaunted Notre Dame defense. He has an incredible spin move, great vision, and great technique. He is more of a late first round pick but the Steelers could trade down and try and pick him up.

Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State - Randle was an unbelievable running back for the past two years, doing everything that was asked of him. He is a great receiving back, has great vision and power, and is very elusive. He, like Lacy, is a late first round option but the Steelers could work a trade back for him.

Second Round Prospects

Jawan Jamison, Rutgers - Jamison was enjoying a phenomenal junior season before an ankle injury slowed him down for his last four games. He has unbelievable quickness, great vision, and has an uncanny ability for making people miss in the open field. He also has blistering speed and runs with a decent amount of power.

Stepfan Taylor, Stanford - Taylor has had an incredible career, rushing for over 1100 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of the last three years. He has also caught at least 25 balls in each of the past three seasons. The question is, with all the wear and tear he has had on his body, how many years does he have left on his body.

Sleepers/Kick Returners

Rex Burkhead, Nebraska - Burkhead had an injury filled senior season but he is still a great running back. He runs with great power, has a low center of gravity, and possesses good cutting ability. He does not have blazing speed but he can do just about everything needed. He is projected as a third to fourth round pick and might be an intriguing option for a team needing a number one back.

Kenjon Barner, Oregon - Barner has had an incredible career, but he really exploded in his senior season, rushing for over 1700 yards and 20 touchdowns. Despite having great speed and explosiveness, he is not a kick returner. However, he does have all the tools to replace Mendenhall. Barner is projected as a third to fourth round pick.

Robbie Rouse, Fresno State - Rouse, at just 5-foot-7, 180 pounds, is very small in frame but unbelievable talented. In his senior season, he had over 1800 yards and 14 touchdowns combined in terms of rushing and receiving. While he did not return kicks in college, he does seem to have the ability to do that if a team wants him to. He is projected as a fourth to sixth round pick and is a very intriguing option.

Kerwynn Williams, Utah State - Williams is very similar to Rouse, at just 5-foot-8, 190 pounds. In his senior season, he ran for over 1500 yards and had over 650 receiving yards with 20 combined touchdowns. Like Rouse, he did not return kicks in college due to his importance to his team but he does seem to have the ability to do so at the next level. He is projected as a fifth to seventh round pick and I would love if the Steelers took a chance on him.

Denard Robinson, Michigan - Robinson is one of the most electric college quarterbacks of all time, but at the next level he is a receiver or a running back. The last four games of the season, he really showed a lot playing running back and he also has the elusiveness and craftiness to be a great NFL kick returner. He is projected as a fourth to sixth round pick and might be the best punt returner in the draft, despite never returning a kick in college.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2013/1/11/3863872/2013-nfl-draft-prospects-steelers-running-backs

NJ-STEELER
01-12-2013, 07:31 PM
dont see the ray rice comparisons, but if he's there in the 2nd its a no brainer.

1st round get a WR and the 21st ranked offense gets a major infusion of big powerful talent

Shawn
01-12-2013, 07:37 PM
dont see the ray rice comparisons, but if he's there in the 2nd its a no brainer.

1st round get a WR and the 21st ranked offense gets a major infusion of big powerful talent

runs low, hard with terrific vision...sounds like Rice to me.

NJ-STEELER
01-12-2013, 07:41 PM
yes runs low, hard and with vision

but is a monster compared to 'mighty mouse'

he's a bulldozer

hawaiiansteel
01-12-2013, 10:09 PM
2013 NFL Draft: Running Back Rankings

The top 2013 running back prospects available for the 2013 NFL Draft in the order in which I believe they will be drafted.

This page was last updated Jan. 12, 2013..
By Charlie Campbell.

Giovani Bernard**, RB, North Carolina

Height: 5-10. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
Projected Round (2013): 1-2.
1/12/13: Bernard was an electric play-maker for North Carolina this year. He dominated conference play including a massive day (23-267) against Virginia Tech. Bernard found the end zone in every game he played in 2012.

Bernard ran for 1,228 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, while averaging 6.7 yards per carry. He also hauled in 47 passes for 490 yards and five touchdowns. Bernard averaged 16 yards per punt return as well, and even scored on two of them. One was the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter against N.C. State. He missed two games with an undisclosed injury.

Eddie Lacy*, RB, Alabama

Height: 6-0. Weight: 220.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
Projected Round (2013): 1-2.
1/12/13: Lacy totaled 1,322 yards (6.4 average) and 17 touchdowns this season on only 204 carries. He was a power runner for Alabama and lost touches to standout freshman T.J. Yeldon. Lacy caught 22 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns, too. He had massive performances against Georgia (20-181) in the SEC Championship and Notre Dame (20-140) in the National Championship.

Joseph Randle*, RB, Oklahoma State

Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2013): 2-3.
1/12/13: Randle averaged 5.2 yards per carry in 2012 on his way to 1,417 yards and 14 touchdowns. He picked up 28 receptions for 224 yards as well. Randle ran for 199 yards on 25 carries against Texas including a long run for a score. He had big games against TCU, Oklahoma, Baylor and Iowa State.

Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers

Height: 5-8. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
Projected Round (2013): 2-3.
1/12/13: Jamison carried the Rutgers offense this season, running for 1,075 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 4.2 yards per carry. Jamison totaled 897 yards (3.9 average) and nine touchdowns in 2011. The compactly built back has a nice mix of power and speed. Many compare him to former Scarlet Knights running back Ray Rice.

Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford

Height: 5-11. Weight: 208.
Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
Projected Round (2013): 2-3.
1/12/13: Taylor was phenomenal for Stanford in 2012 and was the workhorse for the Cardinal's offense. He carried Stanford to an upset win over USC with over 200 combined yards and two touchdowns. The senior followed that up with other big games against the likes of Oregon and UCLA.

Taylor averaged 4.8 yards per carry this year, having collected 1,530 yards and 13 touchdowns. He totaled 41 receptions for 287 yards with two scores through the air, too. Taylor showed three-down ability with his blocking and receiving. Nationally, he is a sleeper prospect who could be a draft-day steal.

Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida

Height: 5-11. Weight: 209.
Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
Projected Round (2013): 2-4.
1/12/13: Gillislee had a superb senior season for the Gators. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry while amassing 1,1152 yards and 10 touchdowns. Gillislee played hurt, yet helped push Florida to a tough road win against Teas A&M. He had impressive games against Tennessee, Bowling Green and LSU, too. He closed out the regular season by destroying Florida State to the tune of 140 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.

The senior has speed and deceptive power. Gillislee is very impressive as a blocker in blitz protection. He has really helped his draft stock this year.

Le'Veon Bell*, RB, Michigan State

Height: 6-2. Weight: 238.
Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
Projected Round (2013): 2-4.
1/12/13: Bell carried Michigan State's offense in 2012. He averaged 29 carries (382 total) per game as the Spartans struggled to move the ball aside from handing it off to him.

Bell averaged 4.7 yards per carry despite all the action and ran for 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. He also had 32 receptions for 167 yards. Bell went over 200 yards against Boise State, Eastern Michigan and Minnesota.

Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

Height: 5-11. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2013): 2-4.
1/12/13: Ball started his senior season slowly, but heated up in conference play. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry this year on his way to 1,830 yards and 22 touchdowns. Ball had huge games against Purdue, Minnesota, Indiana and Nebraska. He had a costly fumble against Ohio State on the goal line in the fourth quarter.

Ball also had a fumble late in the fourth quarter to end the Badgers hopes of tying Nebraska. The slow start to the season wasn't Ball's fault completely as the Badgers' new quarterback and offensive line were a big drop off from last year. Ball should've entered the 2012 NFL Draft.

Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA

Height: 5-10. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
Projected Round (2013): 3-4.
1/12/13: Franklin was awesome as a senior and really helped his draft stock. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry while churning his way to 1,734 yards and 13 touchdowns. Franklin also caught 33 balls for 323 yards and two touchdowns. He has real quickness as a runner and is shifty, but is more physical and tough than one would think.

Fraklin had a huge performance against USC with 171 yards and two scores. He went over 200 yards against Rise and Nebraska. Franklin showed some real power and toughness in the Pac-12 Championship by running for 194 yards on 19 carries against Stanford and its physical defense. It was a very impressive performance.

Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson

Height: 5-10. Weight: 190.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2013): 3-4.
1/12/13: Ellington had a solid senior year. His added weight allowed him to be a more effective runner between the tackles and pick up more yards after contact. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry with 1,081 yards and eight touchdowns. Ellington also caught 14 passes for 232 yards and a score. The senior has improved his draft stock.

Ray Graham, RB, Pittsburgh

Height: 5-9. Weight: 195.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
Projected Round (2013): 3-5.
1/12/13: Graham averaged 4.7 yards per carry while running for 1,042 yards and 11 touchdowns. He looked more and more like his old self as the season progressed in terms of speed and explosiveness. The Pittsburgh staff had estimated that Grahma was playing at about 90 percent in the early portion of 2012. He ran for 172 on Notre Dame and 113 on Rutgers, two good defenses.

Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon

Height: 5-11. Weight: 195.
Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
Projected Round (2013): 4-5.
1/12/13: Barner ripped off big yardage for Oregon all year as its feature back. He had 1,767 yards and 21 touchdowns and averaged 6.4 yards per carry. Barner also snagged 20 receptions for 256 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for 321 yards and five touchdowns against USC, but had some struggles against California and Stanford. The speed back is a threat to score on any carry, but he doesn't compile yards after contact.
Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska

Height: 5-11. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
Projected Round (2013): 5-6.
1/12/13: Burkhead mildly sprained a ligament in his left knee against Southern Mississippi and that caused him to miss three games. He then missed four more games in the second half of the season. As a result, Burkhead never was able to get in a real rhythm this year. He averaged 6.9 yards per carry over 98 rushes that he turned into 675 yards and five touchdowns. Burkhead finished the 2012 well with 140 yards on 24 carries against Georgia.

Dennis Johnson, RB, Arkansas

Height: 5-9. Weight: 213.
Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
Projected Round (2013): 5-6.
1/12/13: Johnson had 757 yards on 137 carries (5.5 average) and eight touchdowns in 2012. He caught 25 passes for 160 yards and two scores as well. Johnson gradually earned more playing time over Knile Davis.

Knile Davis*, RB, Arkansas

Height: 6-1. Weight: 226.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
Projected Round (2013): 5-6.
1/12/13: Davis was rusty in his return this season and didn't have the same power or explosiveness. He averaged 3.4 yards per carry on his way to just 377 total yards and two touchdowns. Davis also had 11 receptions for 157 yards and one touchdown. He had three fumbles against Texas A&M.

The junior flashed his old ability at times, but he was generally running tentatively and indecisively. Davis should've returned for his senior season to be a workhorse for Brett Bielema, but he entered the 2013 NFL Draft.

Marcus Lattimore*, RB, South Carolina

Height: 6-0. Weight: 218.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2013): 5-FA.
1/12/13: Lattimore's season came to a tragic end after suffering a gruesome knee injury against Tennessee. His knee was dislocated and there was ligament damage as well. There is some doubt about him playing in 2013, but Lattimore has decided to make his comeback to football in the NFL. It might be a good idea for him to spend his first season on injured reserve.

Lattimore was having a good season prior to the injury. He was gradually regaining his speed and explosiveness. Lattimore averaged 4.6 yards per carry with 662 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had 26 receptions for 173 yards as well.

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Shoe
01-12-2013, 10:43 PM
Rex Burkhead, Nebraska - Burkhead had an injury filled senior season but he is still a great running back. He runs with great power, has a low center of gravity, and possesses good cutting ability. He does not have blazing speed but he can do just about everything needed. He is projected as a third to fourth round pick and might be an intriguing option for a team needing a number one back.

I like a guy like Burkhead, who will be pushed down the draft board due to a subpar last season (due to injuries). He's no "#1 RB", but you don't need one. Overdrafting to me, is taking a guy who will certainly ride high into the draft period because of a strong last impression (e.g. Lacy). You don't want Lacy, because there will be no value in selecting him.

feltdizz
01-13-2013, 10:42 AM
No value with Lacy because he had strong finish? That doesn't make any sense. He s injured earlier this year and had some strong games vs good run defenses. Im not sure if he is worth it at 17 but we can't complain about not having a feature back if we keep drafting them late.

We need #1 in this Haley offense that prefers runs inside the tackle.