2017 Rookies: Running Backs

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Ok, it’s time to break down the 2017 Rookie Wide Receivers coming out of this 2017 NFL Draft Class! The running backs, quarterbacks and tight ends will soon follow, and note the Dynasty and Redraft Rankings have these players already slotted in! So check those out as well!

The Elite

1. Leonard Fournette RB | LSU
2. Dalvin Cook RB | Florida State
The Rest: RBs 3-11


  1. Smitty on February 4, 2017 at 4:49 am


  2. CoolHand on February 4, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Here we go… the official start to the off-season with Smitty’s write up!! Let the rookie hype build! Nice work Smitty!

    • Smitty on February 4, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Yep, thanks! These RBs Are awesome!

  3. Swampies on February 4, 2017 at 9:11 am

    There were a lot of bad coverage against him but I did see that he runs with his feet underneath him at all times which makes him stronger at the point of attack. I like his speed and focus in getting to point A to point B too.

    • Smitty on February 4, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Which runner are you taking about?

      • Swampies on February 4, 2017 at 2:44 pm


        • Swampies on February 4, 2017 at 2:46 pm

          Sorry I was talking in code, wasn’t sure if names were allowed lol.

          • Smitty on February 5, 2017 at 12:31 am

            No worries. But, it’s fine, list names! I love both, so you aren’t going to have me disagreeing on talking up Cook ūüôā

  4. Swampies on February 4, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I think #2 is even more valuable as a RB because of his catching abilties on the run and especially how he is very patient on allowing the block to develop too. The way he can change direction on a dime reminds me a little of Barry Sanders in how he makes guys unbalanced in a split second.

    • Smitty on February 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      He is near as good and situation could make him the back to own!

  5. Sean Connors on February 4, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I like both backs and can see the upside with cook especially if your picking late in a large draft
    Many big names will be gone by then I think.

    • Smitty on February 5, 2017 at 12:32 am

      Sean, you mean draft Cook later in a redraft draft? I think he and Fournette will be top 25 picks this year in redraft, and in dynasty much, much higher. In rookie drafts, they will both be 1.01 and 1.02. Most likely.

      • Sean Connors on February 7, 2017 at 9:36 am

        Early boards show fortunate at six already and cook about 20 so that’s quite good with the right draft pick both have great value

        • Smitty on February 9, 2017 at 1:50 am

          Yep. I expect landing spots to shuffle anything we see now all over. The Draft will determine a lot, but it sure is fun to rank them now.

  6. Sean Connors on February 4, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Small thing it says wr on the header !! Just a typo

    • Smitty on February 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      In the third expandable according thong? Fixed!!

  7. Sean Reiss on March 8, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    When can we expect more write ups now that the combine is over? Love some more inside depth Smitty!!

  8. mike harrington on May 27, 2017 at 1:00 am

    So with the draft long gone do any of these rankings change based on their landing spots?

    • Smitty on May 27, 2017 at 1:19 am

      They sure do, checkout the rookie rankings. They are updated daily. I also have a few rookie write ups in recent articles!

  9. Hawk12 on July 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    any more write ups coming? would love to hear you in depth thoughts on each RB in this class since they have landing spots and we’ve had some time to digest…

    • Smitty on July 19, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Sure thing, boss. I have recent rookie write ups all over, in the ADPs, the mock draft article, but i’ll create a fresh rookie write up only.

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