After letting the numbers decide who the top 48 quarterbacks in the NFL were, let’s take a similar approach with running backs- we’ll look at the top 68 running backs in the NFL. We’ve already harped in the past that this is easily the least important position, but it’s still fun to rank them by taking them outside of their scheme and surrounding cast. To do so, we’ll rely on four key statistics, and let the numbers decide who the top running backs have been based on past performance, rather than projecting for the future.
For this article, the four statistics that were used are:
- Pro Football Focus Rushing Grade: Lets us see how effective of a runner they are regardless of their surrounding cast.
- Pro Football Focus Receiving Grade: What a running back provides as a receiver is more valuable than what they provide as a rusher.
- Rush Attempts: There’s something to be said for running backs who can carry a large workload, as their efficiency will naturally be lower.
- Elusive Rating: One way to evaluate running back performance is to see how many missed tackles they can force per attempt.
Next, each of these running backs was assigned a percentile based on how they fared in these statistics over the past two seasons, with 2019 getting a slightly extra boost. In the end, this is the official formula:
Meanwhile, with their overall grades in mind, these running backs have also been ranked in seven tiers. However, unlike with quarterbacks, it’s such a replaceable position, that there aren’t any specific classification for each tier.
The following players either don’t have a large enough sample size, have dealt with consistent injuries, or just don’t project to have any sort of role in 2020. (NOTE: Intriguing Rookies and Second-Year Players were Included on Final List):
Derrius Guice, Washington Redskins
Trey Edmunds, Pittsburgh Steelers
Reggie Bonnfon, Carolina Panthers
Qadree Ollison, Atlanta Falcons
Paul Perkins, Free Agent
Jordan Scarlett, Carolina Panthers
Mike Boone, Minnesota Vikings
Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs
Spencer Ware, Free Agent
Darwin Thompson, Kansas City Chiefs
Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins
Ryquell Armstead, Jacksonville Jaguars
Mark Walton, Free Agent
John Kelly, Los Angeles Rams
Theo Riddick, Free Agent
Jonathan Williams, Indianapolis Colts
Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots
Jalen Richard, Las Vegas Raiders
Ito Smith, Atlanta Falcons
Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots
Ty Montgomery, Free Agent
Devontae Booker, Free Agent
Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams
Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals
Brian Hall, Atlanta Falcons
Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers
Patrick Laird, Miami Dolphins
Chris Thompson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jordan Wilkins, Indianapolis Colts
Ameer Abdullah, Minnesota Vikings
Elijhaa Penny, New York Giants
Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers
Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh Steelers
Dare Ogunbowale, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dontrell Hilliard, Cleveland Browns
Travis Homer, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch, Free Agent
Wendell Smallwood, Free Agent
TJ Yeldon, Buffalo Bills
Kalen Ballage, Miami Dolphins
Giovani Bernard, Cincinatti Bengals
Bilal Powell, Free Agent
CJ Anderson, Free Agent
Josh Adams, New York Jets
Ty Johnson, Detroit Lions
Justice Hill, Baltimore Ravens
Jay Ajayi, Free Agent
Wayne Gallman, New York Giants
Kerrith Whyte Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers
Jerrick McKinnon, San Francisco 49ers
CJ Prosise, Free Agent
Eno Benjamin, Arizona Cardinals
Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Raymond Calais, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Darrynton Evans, Tennessee Titans
AJ Dillon, Green Bay Packers
Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers
DeeJay Dallas, Seattle Seahawks
Lamical Perine, New York Jets
Bryce Love, Washington Redskins
Now, without further adieu, let’s rank the top 68 running backs in the NFL!
#1: Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers (Overall Grade: 85.75)
Christian McCaffrey may not be the best pure rusher or the most elusive, but he’s easily the top running back in the NFL. Per Pro Football Focus, he’s ranked #1 in wins above replacement, and that’s due to his receiving skills- he ranks in the 100th percentile in receiving grade. Now, he still isn’t worth the $16 million per year he’ll be getting from the Panthers, but compared to the other players at the position, he’s in a tier of his own.
#2: Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (Overall Grade: 80.75)
Austin Ekeler is essentially a clone of McCaffrey, but slightly less effective and hasn’t been asked to carry as large of a workload. However, he also ranks in the 100th percentile in receiving grade, and is also surprisingly elusive. The fact that the Chargers signed him as an undrafted free agent demonstrates why you shouldn’t invest heavily in the running back position.
#3: Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers (Overall Grade: 80.75)
Packers head coach Matt LeFleur brought in a new zone-blocking offensive scheme last season, which led to the emergence of Aaron Jones. He’s a very dynamic roster meant to be an outside runner, and as Green Bay continues to rely on the rushing attack, he is a prime target in the first round for fantasy owners.
#4: Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns (Overall Grade: 80.25)
Not taking into account his off-field troubles, Kareem Hunt is an extremely talented running back. His elusiveness is off-the-charts, and, as he demonstrated during his time with the Chiefs, he’s also an elite receiving weapon. He’s an underrated weapon for the Browns this season.
#5: Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (Overall Grade: 79)
Barkley dealt with injuries last season, but he’s been as productive as he was supposed to be coming out of Penn State. The Giants were foolish to spend the second overall pick on him, but he’s a very balanced player who is quick, elusive, explosive, and a reliable receiving option.
#6: Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (Overall Grade: 78.25)
Similarly to Barkley, Alvin Kamara’s 2019 production was hurt by injuries last season. However, at his best, he may be the hardest player in the NFL to tackle, and is a consistent big-play threat. Additionally, his receiving skills have been utilized nicely by head coach Sean Payton in New Orleans.
#7: Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (Overall Grade: 76.75)
Carson isn’t an elite receiver, but that’s not utilized much in the Seahawks’ offense anyways. Yet, his rushing production despite being behind such a poor offensive line is impressive. He’s a very powerful and elusive downhill runner, and has made the most of a very poor situation.
#8: Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens (Overall Grade: 76.5)
Whether it’s been in Baltimore or New Orleans, Mark Ingram has been a part of some dynamic offenses. That’s not to discount his abilities, though, as he’s a powerful runner who also is very underrated as a receiver.
#9: James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers (Overall Grade: 75)
He’s dealt with injuries in each of his two seasons as the Steelers’ starting running back, but I can’t help but feel like James Conner is very underrated. He lacks explosiveness, but he’s a power runner, and even better, ranks in the 90th percentile in receiving grade. Many wanted the Steelers to draft a running back in the second round, but that would’ve been foolish with Conner currently on the roster.
#10: Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets (Overall Grade: 73)
Le’Veon Bell is the prime example of why running back performance is dictated on their surrounding cast. In Pittsburgh, he was able to dominate behind an elite offensive line and with a dynamic passing attack. With Jets, however, he’s rushing behind on of the worst offensive lines in the NFL and has to deal with heavy box counts. Still, he’s a patient runner with excellent vision, while he’s also a well-regard receiving option.
#11: Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings (Overall Grade: 72.5)
Currently, Dalvin Cook is looking for a major extension. However, last season was his only season with proven production, and that came in an offensive scheme that was completely tailored to his strengths. He’s certainly an explosive runner who is tough to tackle, though he’s merely above-average as a receiver,
#12: D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions (Overall Grade: 70)
The rookie learning curve for a running back is non-existent, so D’Andre Swift should come in and immediately produce for the Lions. I’m a little worried about his lack of dominant production in college, but there wasn’t a more complete running back in the 2020 draft than him.
#13: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs (Overall Grade: 70)
The value of taking Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round was terrible, but there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll feast in Kansas City’s offense. He’s not a straight-line runner, but he’s very shifty, and looks like he’s gliding on water when the ball is in his hands. With his receiving ability, he’ll have a seamless transition from LSU’s opened up attack to Andy Reid’s scheme.
#14: Duke Johnson Jr., Houston Texas (Overall Grade: 69.75)
Duke Johnson Jr. has never been able to be a feature running back for a team, and that’ll continue to be the case this season with the Texans. Still, he’s been an efficient runner, a reliable receiving weapon, and is quietly one of the more elusive players in the NFL.
#15: Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (Overall Grade: 68.5)
After a tough season behind arguably the worst offensive line in the NFL, Joe Mixon understandably wants to be rewarded with an extension. Obviously, paying him would be the wrong move, but he does rank in the 80th percentile in rushing grade.
#16: Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders (Overall Grade: 65.3)
Based on talent alone, Josh Jacobs could rank much higher. His ability to break tackles, as well as what he did running the football last season, was absurd. However, I expected much more out of him as a receiver, since he seemed to have that ability when he was playing at the University of Alabama.
#17: Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns (Overall Grade: 65)
As a pure runner, Nick Chubb is the best running back in the NFL. He ranks in the 100th percentile in rushing grade, as well as the 95th percentile in elusive rating. Unfortunately, he’s been a non-factor as a receiver, which means he wouldn’t be able to fit in every offense.
#18: Matt Breida, Miami Dolphins (Overall Grade: 64)
In Kyle Shanahan’s offense in San Francisco, Matt Breida was clearly their best running back, as his explosiveness is unprecedented. He’ll now have to make it work in a rough situation with the Dolphins, where it’s his receiving ability that’ll really help that offense.
#19: Damien Williams, Kansas City Chiefs (Overall Grade: 60.5)
Another reason why the Edwards-Helaire pick made no sense is that the Chiefs already had a very capable running back on the roster. By no means is he a standout player, but Damien Williams is a big-play threat who is well-rounded, and remains a perfect fit in Andy Reid’s offense.
#20: Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas Cowboys (Overall Grade: 60)
One of the most overrated players in the NFL, Ezekiel Elliot simply isn’t a standout running back at all. He’s been lucky to be in the most friendly environment in the NFL for him to produce, as he doesn’t create much beyond his offensive line in terms of elusiveness, while he ranks in just the 30th percentile as a receiver,
#21: Latavius Murray, New Orleans Saints (Overall Grade: 59.75)
The Saints offense didn’t miss a beat when Alvin Kamara dealt with an injury last season, as Latavius Murray filled in for him admirably. He’s more of a downhill runner than a do-it-all running back, but he ranks above average in each of the four statistics.
#22: Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (Overall Grade: 59.5)
It’s close between him and Elliot, but Derrick Henry has to be the most overrated player in the NFL. The narrative is that he carried the Titans to the AFC Championship game, when, in reality, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. He ranks in the 90th percentile or better in rushing grade, elusive rating, and workload. However, this is a passing league, and you’ve gotta be better than a 10th percentile receiver to be useful in the modern NFL.
#23: JK Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens (Overall Grade: 59.25)
Looking to continue to bolster their rushing attack, the Ravens questionably selected JK Dobbins in the second round. However, this is another player who gets to go to the perfect scheme, as he’s a downhill rusher who projects to produce like Nick Chubb and Josh Jacobs. I’m guessing he splits carries with Mark Ingram, but if he’s their feature back, then he could do damage in that offense.
#24: Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts (Overall Grade: 58.8)
The Colts should’ve used their offensive line as a strength, but instead, they still felt the need to draft Jonathan Taylor in the second round. With his explosiveness and downhill rushing ability, Taylor will feast for Indianapolis- I’m targeting him in all my fantasy leagues. Yet, his lack of receiving ability limits his value.
#25: Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars (Overall Grade: 58.75)
Once the fourth overall pick in the draft, Leonard Fournette has certainly not lived up to expectations. Ironically, it’s his rushing ability that’s been his worst trait, as he’s been better than anticipated as a receiver.
#26: Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers (Overall Grade: 58.5)
Jamaal Williams isn’t very elusive or an effective runner, which makes him a poor fit in Green Bay’s zone-blocking offense. Still, he’s a quality receiver, which means he can slot into a number of offenses.
#27: Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals (Overall Grade: 58)
Kenyan Drake’s abilities were wasted in Miami, but his career was revitalized in Arizona, as Kliff Kingsbury’s offensive scheme spreads out the defensive line. He’s an explosive runner with solid receiving skills, but I can’t help but think he’s a product of the offensive scheme he’s in.
#28: Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys (Overall Grade: 57.5*)
He wasn’t very productive in college, but that didn’t stop Tony Pollard from shining in his limited sample size this season. His elusiveness and dynamic rushing ability actually make me think he may be better than his teammate Ezekiel Elliot.
#29: Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers (Overall Grade: 57.4*)
Before accounting for the fact he hasn’t played quite enough, Justin Jackson actually ranked near the top of this list in all of the metrics. Even though the Chargers drafted Joshua Kelley in the fourth round, Jackson should be the complementary back to Austin Ekeler based on how he’s produced over the past two seasons.
#30: Antonio Gibson, Washington Redskins (Overall Grade: 57.3)
My player comparison for Antonio Gibson coming out of Memphis was actually Pollard, his former teammate. He’s a converted receiver, but is as shifty, elusive, and explosive as you can be, and is surprisingly powerful for someone just transitioning to the position. The Redskins needed to address more valuable areas of their roster, but at least he gives them an element to their offense that they missed last year.
#31: DeAndre Washington, Kansas City Chiefs (Overall Grade: 57)
All of a sudden, the Chiefs are loaded with talented running backs. When he was relied upon by the Raiders, DeAndre Washington was able to showcase his abilities as a receiver, which will work well in Kansas City.
#32: Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers (Overall Grade: 56.25)
With his elusiveness and downright unreal speed, Raheem Mostert is perfect for Kyle Shanahan’s offense in San Francisco. In other offenses, however, his inability to produce as a receiver may come back to bite him.
#33: Anthony McFarland, Pittsburgh Steelers (Overall Grade: 56)
Anthony McFarland didn’t really produce in college, but I’m not overly concerned about that. He’s a young player with exceptional explosiveness, and he’ll complement James Conner tremendously as a speed back for an offense that needed more dynamic weapons.
#34: JD McKissic, Washington Redskins (Overall Grade: 55)
He hasn’t played much, but JD McKissic’s abilities as a receiver a very underrated. On a very cheap contract, I really liked the move by the Redskins to bring him in.
#35: Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins (Overall Grade: 54.75)
Between Peterson, McKissic, Gibson, Derrius Guice, and Bryce Love, the Redskins clearly have too many running backs on the roster. It could be Peterson who ends up getting cut loose, but he’s still a useful power runner with the ability to still break tackles at a high rate.
#36: Melvin Gordon III, Denver Broncos (Overall Grade: 53.75)
Gordon III held out last season, but with two much better running backs on the roster already, the Chargers rightfully didn’t budge. He’s produced as a pure runner, but is a non-factor in the passing game, and actually seemed to hurt Los Angeles’ offense when he came back last season.
#37: Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (Overall Grade: 53)
If the Vikings play their cards right, they’ll let Dalvin Cook leave, and turn over the keys to Alexander Mattison. While he’s not as dynamic as Cook, he’s an above-average runner with solid elusiveness, and I’d like to see what he could do in a larger role.
#38: David Montgomery, Chicago Bears (Overall Grade: 52.75)
The Bears traded up for Montgomery last season, which didn’t make any sense, and he proved to not be their savior. Strangely, though, he didn’t showcase the ability to break tackles like he was supposed to, and Chicago has to hope he’ll perform better this season.
#39: Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles (Overall Grade: 52.25)
He made a difference for them down the stretch, especially as a receiver, but Miles Sanders actually wasn’t very good for the Eagles last season. He was just a 10th percentile rusher, and must perform better in that area as their feature back this season.
#40: Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions (Overall Grade: 52)
It appears the Lions have had enough of Kerryon Johnson, and there’s more to that than his injury issues. He’s not a standout player in any particular area, and Detroit did at least upgrade going from him to D’Andre Swift.
#41: Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos (Overall Grade: 51.5)
They shouldn’t have settled with Melvin Gordon III, but the Broncos didn’t exactly have a quality running back on their roster last season. Phillip Lindsay is a nice story as a former undrafted free agent, but he doesn’t break many tackles and doesn’t provide much as a receiver.
#42: Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (Overall Grade: 51.5)
With Dobbins now on board, Gus Edwards may not actually be a Raven when the season starts. That’d be a shame, as his downhill rushing ability is tailor-made for their gap/power scheme.
#43: Benny Snell Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers (Overall Grade: 50.25)
If the Steelers let Conner leave, which they’re expected to do, they have his replacement already potentially on the roster. Benny Snell Jr. can’t replicate his production as a receiver, but he’s an elusive, powerful rusher.
#44: James White, New England Patriots (Overall Grade: 50)
James White has been Tom Brady’s check down target in New England for a long time, and now, he’ll be that for Jarrett Stidham. He simply provides zero value whatsoever as a rusher, but on passing downs, he’s one of the top receiving backs in the NFL.
#45: Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles (Overall Grade: 50)
An unsung hero of their postseason push last season, Boston Scott’s a very small player who isn’t an effective runner, but he’s almost a carbon copy of White. He’s an effective receiver, and is the perfect backup for Miles Sanders in Philadelphia.
#46: David Johnson, Houston Texans (Overall Grade: 49.75)
Not only did the Texans trade D’Andre Hopkins for just a second-round pick, but they took on David Johnson’s big contract to do so. He once was a productive running back, but as all players at the position do, he regressed over time, and clearly just wasn’t a capable player for Arizona last season.
#47: Todd Gurley II, Atlanta Falcons (Overall Grade: 49.75)
Arthritis in his knee or not, Todd Gurley is not an impactful running back. He benefitted greatly from Los Angeles’ offensive line, but couldn’t create for himself when the talent around him disappeared, and is a liability in the passing game.
#48: Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills (Overall Grade: 49.7)
I was lower on him than some, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Zack Moss produced at an elite level for the Bills next season. He was arguably the top running back in college football last season at Utah, as he’s super elusive and provides some value as a receiver.
#49: Rashard Penny, Seattle Seahawks (Overall Grade: 48)
Penny was a first-round pick, but has ironically lost snaps to a seventh-round pick in Carson with the Seahawks. He can break tackles and is a competent all-around back, but doesn’t stand out in any particular area.
#50: Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills (Overall Grade: 46.25)
Singletary, like Moss, was drafted by the Bills in the third round, and the two Bills running backs are a very strange duo. They’re essentially the same player as very elusive rushers with no straight-line speed, but Moss is the slightly better player.
#51: Frank Gore, New York Jets (Overall Grade: 46)
Gore just signed with the Jets, where he’ll reunited with head coach Adam Gase. He’s obviously not what he once was, but at least provides value in short-yardage situations.
#52: Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts (Overall Grade: 42.25)
Hines was expected to be a dynamic receiving back with the Colts, and that’s mostly happened. However, he’s been too ineffective as a rusher to get meaningful playing time.
#53: Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears (Overall Grade: 42)
The idea of Cohen is fantastic, but the actual player was a big disappointment last year. He ranks in the 20th percentile in elusive rating and the 10th percentile in rushing grade, and lacks ideal vision.
#54: Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers (Overall Grade: 41.5)
Kyle Shanahan has an affinity for Tevin Coleman, as he coached him in Atlanta, and now, in San Francisco. He was clearly a worse option than Mostert and Breida, yet was mostly their feature back. Despite being labeled as a quality receiver, his production doesn’t match that, and he simply doesn’t break tackles.
#55: Sony Michel, New England Patriots (Overall Grade: 37.75)
One of Bill Belichick’s worst-ever first-round picks, Sony Michel is an okay rusher, but when you’re as ineffective of a receiver as he is, and also aren’t elusive at all, what value do you bring? I just don’t know what Belichick saw in him.
#56: Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams (Overall Grade: 37.7)
Akers was a surprise second-round pick by the Rams in the draft, and was often compared to Mark Ingram. He has experience playing behind a poor offensive line at Florida State, but let’s see how he does behind an even worse offensive line in the NFL.
#57: Dion Lewis, New York Giants (Overall Grade: 35.75)
The Titans paid big money for Dion Lewis, hoping he’d be the receiving back he was in New England. Instead, he’s provided zero value in that department, though he’s still elusive and could bounce back with the Giants.
#58: Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts (Overall Grade: 35.25)
Mack was able to produce last season thanks to an exceptional Colts offensive line, but it’s clearly he’s not on the same level as Jonathan Taylor, who’ll likely replace him this season. This is not a typo; Mack ranks in the 0th percentile in receiving grade, and if that’s the case, you just don’t fit in today’s NFL.
#59: Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams (Overall Grade: 35.15)
One of the strange parts about the Rams taking Cam Akers in the second round is that they just traded up to select Darrell Henderson in the third round last year. The Memphis product wasn’t a great receiver in college, but his combination of elusiveness and explosiveness is terrific, and made him a great fit in that offense. However, it’s unclear if he’ll actually get the chance to produce with Akers on the roster.
#60: Jordan Howard, Miami Dolphins (Overall Grade: 35)
Matt Breida is a very underrated back, but he needs a power back to sub in for him in short-yardage situations. Jordan Howard, whom Miami signed on a two-year deal, will be that for them. He’s a below-average running back in all facets, but at least adds some power to their backfield.
#61: Carlos Hyde, Free Agent (Overall Grade: 35)
If you want Carlos Hyde to catch passes for you out of the backfield, you’re going to be disappointed, as he ranks in just the 5th percentile in receiving grade. Yet, he can be an effective runner in between the tackles. It’s not a surprise that he remains a free agent, as he’s not a great fit in today’s game, but I expect some team to bring him in at some point.
#62: Peyton Barber, Washington Redskins (Overall Grade: 34.5)
Peyton Barber carried the load for the Buccaneers over the past two seasons, but he ranks the 30th percentile as a runner and receiver. He should probably be the odd man out in the Redskins’ backfield.
#63: Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos (Overall Grade: 33.5)
When he was selected in the third round out of Oregon, Royce Freeman was supposed to be the Broncos’ lead rusher, but he was quickly supplanted by undrafted free agent Phillip Lindsay, and is now the third running back on the roster. He’s a decent power runner, but isn’t explosive nor adequate as a receiver.
#64: Bo Scarbrough, Detroit Lions (Overall Grade: 30.25)
Coming out of Alabama, Bo Scarbrough surprisingly fell to the seventh round in the 2019 draft, and finally found his place with the Lions this past season. He was actually a pretty effective runner, though the early returns on his receiving ability and elusiveness are not pretty.
#65: LeSean McCoy, Free Agent (Overall Grade: 30)
He could one day be in the Hall of Fame, but LeSean McCoy appears to be at the end of the road with his career. He fell in Kansas City’s depth chart last season, and wasn’t even active for the Super Bowl.
#66: Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Overall Grade: 26)
Drafted in the second round in the 2018 draft, expectations were high for Ronald Jones in Tampa Bay. Since then, he’s been a major disappointment as both a runner and receiver, but it’s the latter inefficiency that could cause him to lose playing time quickly now that Tom Brady is the Bucs’ quarterback.
#67: Devonta Freeman, Free Agent (Overall Grade: 24)
Devonta Freeman has had a traditional career for a running back. He produced with a great surrounding cast, signed a new contract extension, dealt with injuries and regression, and was cut loose by the Falcons this offseason. I’m a little surprised that he hasn’t been signed, but he’s been a poor player all-around, so perhaps I shouldn’t be.
#68: Damien Harris, New England Patriots (Overall Grade: 20)
With Michel proving to not be a very effective player, one can hope that Damien Harris gets more chances this season. He wasn’t productive or elusive in college, but New England did take him in the third round, so I expect him to have a larger role this season.