2018 NFL Draft Running Back Rankings: From The College Perspective

2018 NFL Draft Running Back Rankings: From The College Perspective

2018 NFL Draft

2018 NFL Draft Running Back Rankings: From The College Perspective

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4. Ronald Jones, USC

5-11, 200: Slippery, productive, and more explosive than he tests and times, Jones was the ultra-productive, unsung star of a USC offense that mostly lived on Sam Darnold and the passing attack.

He’ll battle, he’ll bang, and he’ll do all the dirty work needed as the type of ultra-reliable back who hangs around an NFL rotation for a long, long time.

The problem? While he was an amazing college player, what’s he going to be in the NFL?

Is you think you’re getting a top five back who can carry a pro offense, nope.

If you’re trying to hit an Alvin Kamara home run and get a 12-touch guy who’ll make big things happen when he gets his chance in a rotation, yup.

He’s not built to take a pounding, but his style means a likely short shelf life. He has to use his 4.5ish speed to take over games in bursts.

Can he be the type of difference-maker who does things with limited work? Maybe, but he’s more of a full-time back.

Can he be the type of runner who can handle it 25 times for long stretches? Maybe, but he’s not going to be an NFL workhorse.

He’s simply a really, really good football player who will produce when needed and won’t get you beat. But do you really want to draft a likely role player in the top 40?

If you really think he’s Kamara …

Projected Round: Second
Real Value: Third Round

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