Deep Running Back Pool in 2017 NFL Draft

Deep Running Back Pool in 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Draft, NFL Draft Prospects
The 2016 NCAA season will re-focus on running backs as not only potential Heisman Trophy candidates, but top candidates to be selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. Next year’s NFL Draft could see a number of running backs earn first-round grades. Experts say the running back position no longer presents high first-round value due to the trend of spread offenses and greater emphasis on passing. What must a modern running back do to achieve a first-round grade? Pass protect. In order to become an every-down-back, runners today must be able to protect the quarterback first and foremost. Any ‘back who can't pick up a blitz will find himself second or third on the depth chart. Immediate acceleration fits in with draws and screens. Today’s passing schemes require backs to gain…
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