Welcome to the series of the positional big boards that will go on a weekly basis. Today we will be taking a look at the running back class that continues to churn out talent despite the annual drain that occurs at the college level.
1. Saquon Barkley 5’11 223 Penn State Junior
– I don’t think he’s the “generational” talent some people make him out to be but he’s really good. A quintessential workhorse back that did everything for PSU, including returning kicks. Agility is something special. He can stop and go on a dime. Got into hurdling defenders in 2017 for some reason (go check out the hurdle against Iowa). Character and work ethic are major pluses. Solidly built frame. He’s an amazing talent. Still dominated the most recent Fiesta Bowl when he was actively on a snap count. Watch the Rose Bowl from a couple years ago against USC. He good.
In this series, we’re going to go through all the needs the Cowboys currently have and find the candidates in the 2018 NFL Draft that fit the bill. We took a peek at the defensive tackles in our last piece. Today, let’s look at the edge rushers which is still somewhat of a need on this roster.
The Cowboys have a lot of players with “position flex” but they could look to add a speed rusher to the rotation. Dallas could look for a prototypical right defensive end at some point and even as early as the first round if the draft falls that way.
Here are five prospects that fit what they like at defensive end and where the Cowboys would have to spend the capital to get them:
Marcus Davenport, 6’6, 259 lbs, UTSA (Brugler: 21st, 2nd DE)
He’s the case of a small-school prospect that dominated his competition that will need to prove it at the next level.
Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough may be one of the more intriguing running backs in this class. Many will compare him to former Alabama running back Derrick Henry due to their similar running styles. Scarbrough is a big-bodied, physical running back who stands at 6-foot-1 and 232 pounds.
He is a punishing runner, who will be a perfect short-yardage and goal line running back. His production in college is rather interesting. During the 2016 season, he posted 812 yards and 11 touchdowns. However, during the 2017 season, he only posted 596 yards and eight touchdowns.
His production declining isn’t entirely due to Alabama’s rather crowded backfield. It is worth noting, he only had one less carry in 2017 than he did in 2016. Scarbrough only had 125 carries in 2016, while he had 124 carries during the 2017 season.
Our review of the 2017 Detroit Lions season continues. Today, let’s talk about backup quarterback Jake Rudock. It may surprise you that 2016 draft pick is not signed through the 2018 season. Let’s weigh the Lions’ options for the former Wolverine.
Expectations before 2017
When the Lions decided to permanently move on from veteran backup Dan Orlovsky, it was clear the backup quarterback role behind Matthew Stafford was Rudock’s to lose.
Though the Lions drafted Brad Kaaya in the sixth round of the 2017 draft, it was clear Rudock had a step on him. After a very shaky 2016 training camp, Rudock looked much better last year. He had a comfortable lead over Kaaya all through preseason, and so he was expected to serve as an adequate, albeit inexperienced, backup.