NFL Combine Update: Running Backs

The NFL Combine ends today and the last of the bunch will be performing their drills. Running backs have already went and there is a general consensus that the Cardinals will draft one of them. But who will the Cardinals take?

Knowshon Moreno: Georgia, 5'11 - 207 lbs.  

Images_mediumHe is a realistic option for the Cardinals and his stock may have slipped in the draft. Moreno isn't know for having elite speed, and that may have showed at the combine as he only ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. In two seasons at Georgia, he gained 2,734 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also caught 53 passes for 704 yards and 2 TDs. Moreno is still set to be a first round pick and it wouldn't be bad if he fell to the Cardinals. He is a play maker and can improve the running game for any team immediately.  

Combine Results: 

Knowshon Moreno

40-Yard Dash

Bench Press

Vertical Jump

3-Cone Drill

20-Yard Shuttle

40-Yard Shuttle 

Running Back

4.60

25

35.5

6.84

4.27

11.63

LeSean McCoy: Pittsburgh, 5'10 - 198 lbs.

Medium_mccoy_mediumMost mock drafts have the Cardinals taking running back LeSean McCoy out of Pittsburgh. McCoy was unable to perform any drills at the combine due to the flu virus, and actually lost 10 pounds as a result. McCoy spent two seasons at Pittsburgh and ran for 2,816 yards with 35 touchdowns. He was also on the end of several catches as he received 65 of them for 549 yards. McCoy doesn't have one specific quality but he is versatile because of his overall speed and strength. He wouldn't be the first McCoy drafted by the Cardinals because his older brother LeRon McCoy, was drafted by them a few years back.

2008 Stats: 


Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg TD

2008 - LeSean McCoy

13

308

1488

114.5

4.8

21

32

305

23.5

9.5

0


 
Beanie Wells: Ohio State, 6'1 - 235 lbs.

Fasd_mediumAnother top running back prospect, Beanie Wells, was falling to the Cardinals in a lot of earlier mock drafts, before they had the 31st pick. At this point, he may be out of reach for the Cardinals as he probably won't fall that far in the first round. Like Moreno, he didn't perform his best during the combine. Wells possesses many elements of being a great back, but doesn't necessarily excel at a certain one. He has tremendous size but with quality speed. Wells only started 1 whole season at Ohio State but when he did, he gained 1,609 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Combine Results:

 Beanie Wells

40-Yard Dash

Bench Press

Vertical Jump

Broad Jump

Running Back

4.59

25

33.5

10'8

 

Here are some other running backs to keep an eye out for when the draft starts in April. They may not be first round material but could be late round steals.

Player 

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 Ian Johnson - Boise St.   

5'10 - 199 lbs.

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Cedric Peerman - Virginia

5'10 - 216 lbs.

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Donald Brown - Connecticut

5'10 - 210 lbs.

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Rashad Jennings - Liberty

6'1 - 232 lbs.

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Gartrell Johnson - Colorado St.

5'10 - 219 lbs.

 Analysis

Most remembered for proposing to his cheerleader girlfriend after a Fiesta Bowl win in '07. Johnson plays with a lot of heart, who is a speed runner that has nice hands.

 Peerman didn't have great numbers in college but was a threat on kick return. He had an impressive combine leading all RBs at the 40, and being near the top at the vertical jump and bench press.

Brown is a dependable back that is capable threat of running up the middle or taking it to the outside. Brown is simply a workhorse and can carry the load for any team.

Jennings is a big downhill back. He is another workhorse that won't hesitate to run up the middle. He's fast for his size, and is very tough to bring down.

 Johnson is a mammoth runner and is built like a truck. Even though Johnson will probably end up as a late round draft pick, he will be an effective running back in the NFL.

40-Yard Dash

4.46

4.45

4.51

4.64

4.71

Bench Press

26

27

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29

20

Vertical

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40.0

41.5

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3-Cone Drill

6.93

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6.93

6.86

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20-Yard Shuttle

4.18

4.29

4.10

4.20

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60-Yard Shuttle

11.63

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11.30

11.46

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Broad Jump

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10'5

10'0

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