FiveThirtyEight.com has ranked the top 100 running backs in the NFL this season.
This is the first of three separate pieces on the topic.
Here are the top running backs from this year’s draft.1.
Ezekiel Elliott (1st round, 72 overall): Elliott’s first year with the Cowboys was a bust.
He played in just five games and had two touchdowns.
He was not even a top-10 draft pick.
Elliott is an athletic freak and has the size and speed to be an every-down back.
The Cowboys will hope Elliott has better things to come.2.
Devonta Freeman (1:24:23): Freeman has been on fire since his rookie season with the Falcons.
He’s been one of the league’s top backs the past few seasons, and the Packers should be thrilled to get him.
He could be a great option if you’re looking for a back in the second round, but he’ll have to earn it.3.
Leonard Fournette (2nd round, 123 overall): The third-overall pick in the draft in 2016, Fournettes was a solid, productive back last year.
He rushed for 2,521 yards, 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
He has the ability to be a game-breaker if he plays well in a limited role.4.
Lamar Miller (2:04:50): Miller had an impressive first season as a starting running back for the Browns.
He led the league with 1,895 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
His athleticism is going to be something to watch this year.5.
Dalvin Cook (1.5:24): Cook was a surprise first-round pick in 2017 and led the NFL in rushing with 1.6 yards per carry.
The Vikings will hope he can keep up his pace this year and stay healthy.6.
Ezekiel Elliot (1,095): Elliott will have a lot of pressure on him in the Vikings backfield this year, and he will have to be ready to carry the load.
He ran for 1,065 yards and nine touchdowns last year, but it was with a heavy workload.7.
Kareem Hunt (1): Hunt has been very inconsistent as a rookie and struggled with his blocking.
He is a solid pass-catcher, but his lack of speed could be his downfall if he struggles.8.
Ezekiel Ansah (2): Ansah is a talented player with some upside, but the Vikings should be happy to get a second-round selection in 2018.
He will be an absolute terror in the backfield and will make defenses look silly in the run game.9.
Corey Clement (1.): The former Kansas State star struggled as a freshman, but has become one of this year-and-a-half’s most dynamic players.
He caught 70 passes for 1.9 yards per catch last year and is the kind of versatile back who can line up all over the formation.10.
Eddie Lacy (1.:24:14): The Packers were able to use their sixth-round draft pick to take Lacy with the sixth overall pick, and they were able do so because he was a dynamic back in his first two seasons.
Lacy averaged 7.3 yards per attempt last season and has been an absolute stud.11.
Ezekiel White (2.): The Vikings took White with the second overall pick and he has quickly become one the NFL’s best receivers.
He broke out last year in a big way with 1 for 20 catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns.12.
Kareems (1 :24:44): The Vikings have been a lot more patient with their running backs this year than they were with their wide receivers.
They’ve been patient with Lacy, White and C.J. Prosise.
But if they feel like they’re going to need to trade up or grab a receiver or a running back in 2018, then this could be an excellent choice.13.
Derrick Henry (2 :03:35): Henry had a career year last year with 549 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions.
But he has struggled with drops, especially in the past two years.14.
Isaiah Crowell (1s:45): Crowell is one of those players that is very good at what he does and not great at what the media wants him to do.
He does everything very well, but if he’s not getting his touches, then he will be a bust in the long run.15.
Dwayne Washington (2s:46): Washington was a big-time candidate for the top spot at the end of last season.
But the Bengals didn’t feel comfortable with him as their No. 1 running back.
Washington is the type of player who can be a very productive back for a team, but not for a long time.16.
Devyn Marble (1.): Marble is a tough, physical runner who is going for more than 1,000 yards this season and is likely to break