#1 Anthony McFarland Jr.
No way, he’s way too small to be a 3 down work horse running back……wrong. McFarland stands at 5’8″ and weighs 208 pounds. Some comparable running backs are JK Dobbins and CEH. Dobbins standing at 5’9″ and weighs 209 pounds and CEH is 5’7″ weighing 207 pounds. Not a soul said Dobbins and CEH are undersized running backs and can’t be a work horse type. McFarland isn’t an undersized back and would have no problem taking on a full work load. McFarland has elite explosiveness. He is extremely elusive, with great vision and straight line speed. McFarland has a career yards per carry of 6.7 at Maryland. 23% of his carries went for 10 plus yards and in 19 games in college, he had 9 20 plus yard runs. I watched this kid two years ago as a freshman at Maryland and was extremely impressed! Impressed enough to secure him in my dynasty league at pick 2.8. He starts off my top 3 because this kid is pure speed and elusiveness. Pro Football Focus ranked McFarland #8 in running backs based on their opportunity with their new team. If Conner can’t stay healthy then look out for Anthony McFarland!
#2 DeeJay Dallas
Love me some DeeJay Dallas. Mainly because Chris Carson is in the last year of his contact and I don’t see Seattle paying him. Rashaad Penny is also coming off ACL surgery and may not be ready for week 1. Enter DeeJay Dallas, who will not “Wow” you with his metrics. At the combine Dallas ran a 4.58 (53rd percentile) 40 yard dash, a 98.6 (58th percentile) speed score, a 116.5 (38th percentile) burst score and a 11.5 (37th percentile) agility score. Nothing really stands out when it comes to his metrics, but his game tape does! He has a history of playing quarterback, wide receiver and running back so he is a natural athlete. He is a very similar runner to Carson with the receiving ability of Penny. With Dallas it seems like Seattle will get the best of both worlds! All camp long coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russel Wilson have sung praises when talking about Dallas! Overall he’s a good hard runner between the tackles, which Pete Carroll loves, runs great routes and has sure hands!
#3 James Robinson
Rounding out my top 3 is no other than the pride of Illinois! James Robinson holds the rushing record for the state of Illinois at the High School level with 9,045 yards while attending Lutheran High. He is second in career rushing yards at Illinois State with 4,444 yards, while having 129 less touches than Illinois State’s leading career rusher. Robinson was a UDFA but has a chance in Jacksonville to shine! Leonard Fournette is on the trading block and set to be a UFA in 2021. If Jacksonville lets Fournette walk, I don’t see Ryquell Armstead being the guy. Robinson stands at 5’9″, weighs 219 pounds with a 130.5 (92nd percentile) burst score and a 11.22 (69th percentile) agility score. He doesn’t have the straight line speed you would want in a running back, running a 4.64 40 yard dash but makes up for it with his vision and ability to make defenders miss. He has great feet and burst which shows in his game tape. All he needs is a chance and I feel Robinson can eventually be the lead back in Jacksonville!