First look at 2012 RB prospects
When evaluating running backs and fullbacks, it is important to consider all aspects of their games -- competitiveness, vision/patience, agility/acceleration, power/balance and their skills in the passing game.Here's how we rank the top running backs on Scouts Inc.'s initial 2012 draft board in each of the above skill sets (draft-eligible underclassmen denoted with an asterisk), as well as a look at all draftable running backs, market trends at the position and 2011 Day 1 running backs.
No fullbacks appear in our skill-set rankings or listing of draftable backs because at this point we do not grade any players at the position as worthy of a pick in the 2012 draft.[+] EnlargeAl Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesTrent Richardson does not shy away from tacklers and excels picking up yards after contact.
There is a lot more to running ability than size, strength and speed. It starts with an insatiable will to gain as many yards on a given play as humanly possible. Also included in this skill set is ball security.
To see which seniors and underclassmen are tops in each skill area, as well as Scouts Inc.'s ranking of all eligible running back prospects with a draftable grade, become an ESPN Insider.
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