NFL 2018 Top 5 Position Predictions: RunningBack

  1. Le’Veon BellBell

2017 Stats– GP: 15 , TOT Yards: 1,946 , TOT TD: 11

I think this one is safe to assume considering Le’Veon is one of the best RBs in the league year in and year out. According to his agent this will be his last season with the Steelers and that will be a huge loss for Pittsburgh. After years of contract disputes it was only a matter of time before the two parties went their separate ways. Bell is (to me) the best RB in the NFL and I expect him to have another great year and prove that he is the best in the league.

2. Todd GurleyGurley

2017 Stats– GP: 15 , TOT Yards: 2,093 , TOT TD: 19

Last year Gurley absolutely dominated the league. He picked up Offensive Player of The Year and put on a show every time the Rams took the field. He put together a hell of a highlight reel and I believe he should have won MVP. 2016 he had sort of a sophomore slump, so it must’ve felt great for him to bounce back in such a huge way. I expect Gurley to keep this high level of play up next season.

3. David Johnsonjohnson

2017 Stats– GP: 1 , TOT Yards: 90 , TOT TD: 0

Last year was very disappointing for Johnson as he suffered a wrist injury week 1. Coming off his breakout 2016 season (2,118 total yards and 20 TD) I’m sure Johnson and the Cardinals fans were extremely disappointed he had to be sidelined the entire season. Assuming Johnson stays healthy next season, I expect him to return to the player he was in 2016, which is one of the best RBs in football.

4. Ezekiel Elliotelliot21

2017 Stats– GP: 10 , TOT Yards: 1,252 , TOT TD: 9

Last season Zeke served a 6 game suspension, and the Cowboys definitely missed him. When he returned he played pretty great. Zeke and the Cowboys OL is a match made in heaven considering they are both in the top tier for their positions. Some people say Elliot is only so good because of the OL but I disagree, he is extremely talented, skillful and physically gifted. I don’t see any reason why Zeke won’t continue to dominate next season.

5. Saquon Barkleybarkley

2017 Stats (Penn State University)– GP: 13 , TOT Yards: 1,903 , TOT TD: 21

2018 NFL Combine Results– 40 Yard Dash: 4.4 Seconds , Bench Press: 29 Reps , Vertical Jump: 41.0 Inches , 20 Yard Shuffle: 4.24 Seconds

Saquon Barkley is quite possibly the greatest RB prospect of all time, yes he’s that good. He is amazingly athletic, strong, fast, shifty and a great pass catcher. He can make something out of nothing and he is a big play waiting to happen. Last year he completely dominated College Football which led to him being drafted #2 to the New York Giants. My only concern for him is that the Giants OL is not that good. Even with that being said, I expect him translate just fine to the NFL.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Alvin Kamara
  • Leonard Fournette
  • Devonta Freeman
  • Kareem Hunt

 

Vince LoBiondo

Temple University

@VincentLoBiondo

(Featured Pic via: uproxx.com)

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