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On Tuesday, we showed you our positional rankings for the quarterbacks in the draft, which is somehow less than two weeks away! Now, let’s take a look at the running backs, led by Alabama’s Mark Ingram.
One thing to note is our “Patriots Interest Scale.” Using our best judgment we have placed a ranking, 0-10, on whether or not the Patriots appear to have interest in the prospect.
The player that has his name bolded is the prospect we have highlighted under the rankings. The player with an asterisk is seen in the image.
|2.||Ryan Williams||Virginia Tech||5-9||212||3|
|6.||Kendall Hunter||Oklahoma State||5-7||199||1|
|7.||Taiwan Jones||Eastern Washington||5-11||194||1|
|9.||Daniel Thomas||Kansas State||6-0||230||3|
Ryan Williams has an interesting story. During his redshirt freshman season, Williams rushed for 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns as he was one of the most effective running backs in all of college football. 2010 was a different story. Williams missed four games due to a lingering knee and hamstring injury, and rushed for only 477 yards.
It was a complete 180 for Williams and it’s uncertain what Ryan Williams will show up in the NFL. Williams draws a lot of comparison to Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Like Drew, Williams is low to ground, but has the ability to knock over any defender. The two can also catch the ball out of the backfield very well.
Williams’ draft status will vary. Some teams may grade Williams as a first or second prospect, while others might have him on the ‘do not draft list.’ Inevitably, time will tell with Williams. We could be looking at another Maurice Jones-Drew or a Chris Henry (Arizona RB drafted by the Titans).
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