The 2018 NFL Draft second round gets underway on Friday, so it’s time to rank some of the top running backs.
Find the rankings for running backs and the best players available in the 2018 NFL Draft below. Saquon Barkley went No. 2 to the Giants and Sony Michel went No. 31 to the Patriots, but everyone listed below is still available.
2018 NFL Draft: Running backs rankings, best available players
1. Royce Freeman, Oregon
Freeman is one of the bulkier backs in the 2018 NFL Draft class at 5-foot-11, 234 pounds. The former Oregon RB also has stats that pop out. He totaled 1,475 yards on the ground last season for the Ducks and hit the 150-yard mark in four games.
2. Kalen Ballage, Arizona State
Ballage never had huge numbers in his college career (except during his junior season when he accounted for 8 total touchdowns vs. Texas Tech). But the 6-foot-1, 227-pound running back could be a great asset to an NFL team. Ballage is one of the more versatile backs in the group and a proficient pass catcher. He also ran a 4.46-second 40-yard dash at the combine.
3. Nyheim Hines, North Carolina State
An undersized and quick running back, Hines was NC State’s primary back for the first time during the 2017 season. He posted 1,112 rushing yards last season, but the 5-foot-8 back could also help an NFL team in the return game. Hines, who ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the combine, returned kicks all three seasons with the Wolfpack and took back punts in 2017.