Varied skills make for deep running back class 

December, 8, 2009
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With the regular season and conference championship games having come and gone there is now a little time for scouts to breathe and take a second look at some NFL prospects. For me that means another glance at the top four running backs on Scouts Inc.'s board.

Clemson's C.J. Spiller, California's Jahvid Best, Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer and Fresno State's Ryan Mathews all figure to be off the board by the early portion of the second round, but because of their unique skill sets they can be easily separated.

Spiller and Best are at the head of the class because of their explosiveness and abilities in space while Dwyer and Mathews are at their best pounding the ball inside. That's not to say all four can't do both, but their strengths are obvious.