The 2017 NFL Draft continues Saturday, April 29 with the last four rounds, and there are still some interesting running backs available. LSU’s Leonard Fournette (No. 4 to the Jaguars) and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey (No. 8 Panthers) went in the first round, then Joe Mixon, Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara and others went on Friday.
Below, find the ranking of the best available running backs for Friday’s second and third rounds.
2017 NFL Draft: Best available running backs
1. Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
Perine burst onto the national scene as a freshman, when he rushed for an NCAA record 427 yards in a single game against Kansas. Though he never became an All-American caliber superstar, he racked up 4,122 yards in three seasons, despite sharing carries with Mixon for the latter two. At 233 pounds, Perine has loads of power without top-level burst.
2. Marlon Mack, South Florida
Mack made the most of his time at South Florida, however, piling up 3,609 yards and 32 touchdowns in three seasons, while finishing in the top five in the American Athletic Conference in rushing yards each year. He’s a big-play threat and a solid pass-catcher, but he needs to improve between the tackles.
3. Wayne Gallman, Clemson
Gallman got plenty of national attention as the starting running back on the 2016 national champions, leading Clemson in rushing for the second straight year. He’s got an NFL-ready body and just needs to smooth out some edges to be a contributor at the next level. Gallman picked up at least 1,100 yards in each of the past two seasons. As a junior, Gallman rushed for 1,133 yards and 17 touchdowns.
4. Jeremy McNichols, Boise State
The talented running back had a busy 2016 season, rushing for 1,709 yards and 23 touchdowns. The previous season, McNichols picked up 1,337 yards and 20 touchdowns. In his college career, the Californian rushed for more than 3,200 yards. In one 2016 start, he ran for 208 yards against Oregon State in a 38-24 win.
5. Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State
The all-time leading rusher in Division I FBS history, Pumphrey rushed for 2,018 yards in 2016. He also topped 1,600 yards the previous two years. In the biggest game of his 2016 season, the running back dominated California by rushing for 281 yards on only 29 attempts with 3 touchdowns. He rushed for at least 100 yards in all but two games this past season.
6. Brian Hill, Wyoming
Hill is a bigger guy at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds and projects as more of an early-down back. He’s never shown much as a pass catcher but could be a useful piece for an offense looking for a downhill, physical runner. He ran for 3,491 yards over the last two seasons, averaging more than 5.5 yards per carry.
7. De’Veon Smith, Michigan
Smith split time with a whole stable of running backs last season at Michigan, so he didn’t put him monster numbers (846 yards, 4.7 per carry, 10 touchdowns). But he’s a capable receiver and a strong blocker, which should make him attractive to a team late in the draft on Saturday.
8. Joe Yearby, Miami
Yearby was Mark Walton’s backup at Miami, but entered the draft anyway. At 5-foot-9 he’s slightly undersized but could offer some upside as a pass catcher. He caught 23 balls in 2015.
9. Jamaal Williams, BYU
Williams had a productive college career when he was healthy. He topped 1,000 yards in both his freshman and junior seasons, but injuries cut short his other two years. He did run a 4.59 40-yard dash at the combine yet shows good lateral quickness and agility.
10. De’Angelo Henderson, Coastal Carolina
At just 5-foot-7, Henderson has a knack for the end zone. He scored touchdowns in 35 consecutive games for Coastal, an NCAA record, and had at least 16 in each of his last three seasons. He also caught 40 passes as a junior in 2015.