Contents

FEATURES

Current Highlights

Rumors & Innuendo

Depth Chart

Roster

Player Evaluations

2020 DRAFT ISSUE

Draft Summary Page

OTHER TOPICS

History of the Cardinals

About the Big Red Sheet

Welcome From the Editor

About the Editor

Memory of a True Card Fan

Order Cardinal Tickets

Links to  Cardinal Related Sites

 

Running Back DataBase

Rnk Name Po Rnk School   Ht Wt Rd
37 D'Andre Swift 1 Georgia   5085 212 1

Combine Forty: 4.48...BP:
VJ: 35.5..BJ: 121.0...3C: NA...20S: NA...60S: NA...

Hand: ...Wing: ...Fantasy Pros - One of the top three running backs on the draft boards for most NFL teams. Blends a compact frame with the type of power and speed that makes pro scouts salivate. Soft hands and strong in pass protection, - two aspects that could make him a day one starter. Recorded 32 receptions in 2018, took a step back in 2019 with Jake Fromm struggling...Running behind a relatively strong offensive line Swift racked up 1,063 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns at 6.4 yards per carry in 2018 and followed that up with 1,218 rushing yards and seven touchdowns at 6.21 yards per carry in 2019. A joy to watch with the ball in his hands / utilizes an array of violent cuts which he couples with great vision and contact balance to be one of the most electric running backs in this draft class.

PFF -" Swift is pretty clearly the top receiving threat in the class. He’s split wide in Georgia’s offense and won legitimate wide receiver routes. That’s a great skill for a modern back."

McShay - "...I just love Swift's explosiveness..dynamic playmaker...Plus, you can't discount Swift's pass-catching ability -- he could be a great three-down back..."

Lindy's - Prototypical build for the posiition with a low COG...can run with power and break tackles...moves extremely well for size...experienced as a receiver and adequate as a blocker...not quite exceptional as a physical talent and his speed is just a little bit shy of elite...Comp: Tiki Barber..."

35
Jonathon Taylor
2 Wisconsin   5110 219 1

Combine Forty: 4.39...BP: 17
VJ: 36.0..BJ: 123.0. 3C: 7.01...20S: 4.24...60S: NA
4.39 forty ties him with 7 other players. Had 2nd highest pSPARK score (137.2) among all RB's. *pSPARK combines various workout scores into one single number that can be used to compare prospects.

Fantasy Pros - One of the consensus top running backs in a talented draft class...Taylor is a true power back with good speed and elite contact balance. Incredible leg churn which allows him to move the pile five or more yards with regularity. From a stats perspective, Taylor has been sensational since his freshman season. ..He has bullied his way to 6,194 combined rushing yards in three seasons of action. He is in the mix to be the first running back off the board.

PFF - "Taylor’s explosiveness and vision are superb. He’s got track speed at 220 pounds. He’s yet another back, though, that has had no exposure in Wisconsin’s passing game with only 16 catches and four drops."

Lindy's - If you want production, you won't find better than Taylor...It's hard not to love Taylor as a runner...shows terrific power bullying defenders and showing excellent balance...great power as a pass protector...improved as a receiver...Already has 968 touches on his odometer, and most teams won't expect him to retain value through his second contract in the NFL...Route running needs polishing...Must improve his ball security...Comp: Leonarad Fournette..."

USA Today - Jersey guy who offers the combination of breakaway speed, size and (605 lbs-squat) power.

26 J K Dobbins 3 Ohio State   5095 209 2

Combine Forty: NA...BP: 23
VJ: NA...BJ: NA...3C: NA...20S: NA...60S: .NA..

Fantasy Pros - A powerful back with good short area quicks, and good speed. A big play threat that had 16.94 percent of his carries go for more than 10 yards, and 6.64 percent of his carries go for more than 20 yards (the highest rate of any back on this list). Combines great cutting ability with great vision which make him a tough tackle once he hits the open field. He was surprisingly quiet during Dwayne Haskins final season, but was one of the best freshman in the country in 2017 when he posted 1,403 rushing yards, seven touchdowns and 7.2 yards per carry. Had a terrific junior season as he exploded for 2000 rushing yards in 2019. Dobbins remains in the mix to be the first running back off the board, and could solidify top spot on some team’s draft boards if he has as good of a combine as some expect. He has an every down skill-set, and depth chart permitting, will be a day one starter.

G Price - Dobbins has gone from a solid prospect in the 2020 class to elite back. I currently have him firmly as a top 3 back and he is easily going to be drafted in the top 2 rounds come April.

McShay - "...Dobbins is tough to bring down and quick when he hits the hole, breaking 2,000 rushing yards this past season and scoring 21 times on the ground. .."

Lindy's - "Compact like a Sherman tank...A little shorter than some would prefer but otherwise sports an ideal frame for the position...Boasts one of the elite iump-cuts in the country...Terrific vision and anticipation for cutback lanes..Blocks bigger than his size...May not run as fast for the stopwatch as he plays...Comp: Alvin Kamara....

79 Cam Akers 5 Florida St   5015 217 3

Combine Forty: 4.47...BP: 20
VJ: 35.5...BJ: 122.0...3C: NA...20S: 4.42...60S: NA...

Fantasy Pros - May very well be the most talented running back in this draft class. Unfortunately, he ran behind such a poor offensive line that it is hard to truly judge. His game film shows a surprisingly shifty running back with good power, speed, and vision. Akers may be the back most well suited to have immediate NFL success as he has spent years learning how to contend with poor blocking, and will not have to land on the ‘right’ team to hit the ground running. Despite the poor offensive line, Akers was still able to rip off 35 chunk plays (carries of 10 yards or more) during the 2019 season. His numbers do not scream instant workhorse, but the film does not lie. Akers’s best season from a raw stat perspective came this past season...Akers is undoubtedly a top two or three back on the draft boards of at least a handful of teams and should hear his name called by the end of the second round.

Lindy's - Short squatty back with a package of elusiveness, burst and power...May not have elite breakaway speed...Soft, reliable hands out of the backfield...Lacks a bell cow frame....can fall in love with his own moves...Comp: Austin Ekeler..."

99 Clyde Edwards Helaire 8   5075 211

Combine Forty: 4.60...BP: 15
VJ: 39.5...BJ: 123.0...3C:NA ...20S: NA: ...60S: NA...

Fantasy Pros - Exploded in 2019. He was arguably the top running back in the country from an eye-test perspective and propelled himself from a day-three prospect to the top running back on some draft boards. CEH shined in a pro-style offense in which he ran for 1,414 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on 6.6 yards per carry. He added an elite level 55 receptions for 453 receiving yards and a touchdown. An elusive, athletic back with great hands. He shined against a team stockpiled with NFL talent by posting four touchdowns and 77 receiving yards against Alabama. Has good contact balance and cutting ability,with more power than one would expect from his frame. Has likely vaulted himself into the top three consideration on some NFL teams’ draft boards, and could even top the board of teams looking for a running back with 80 reception upside. Was always likely to be gone by the end of day two, but may now be an early second-round pick with all of the talented junior backs that decided to go back to school.

Lindy's - "Wasn't on many scouts' radar entering 2019...While not big,, Edwards-Helaire is stout for his height and runs with an energetic punishing style...also an accomplished receiver showing excellent route running chops...Is he just a one-yeaar wonder?...More quick than fast...mixed bag in pass pro...Comp: Ray Rice..."

94 KeShawn Vaughn 7 Vanderbilt   5097 214

Combine Forty: 4.51...BP: NA
VJ: 32.0..BJ: 117.0...3C: NA...20S: NA...60S: NA...

Fantasy Pros - Redshirt senior who transferred from Illinois to Vanderbilt. Age hurts his draft stock, but his production and tape will make him an interesting prospect for teams looking for a potential starter in the third round or later. ...On tape, Vaughn is a talented, physical runner who consistently fights for extra yards, a running style that will instantly endear him to his future coaching staff. He is explosive once he finds a crease, but vision issues will likely keep him out of the top half of day two.

PFF - "Vaughn runs with great pacing and patience. He’s the definition of a one-cut runner who can cut on a dime and get up to full speed quickly."

72 Zack Moss 4 Utah   5094 223

Combine Forty: 4.45...BP: 19.0
VJ: 33.0...BJ: NA...3C: NA...20S: 4.37...60S: NA...

Fantasy Pros - An exciting bowling ball of a runner with a fan-favorite type of running style. Loves to punish would-be defenders and can shine behind a strong run-blocking offensive line. Moss has elite contact balance and displays good cutting ability and patience. He can break tackles with ease and averaged 3.54 yards after contact in 2019. He had the type of senior season that he was hoping for as he recorded 1,416 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on 6.0 yards per carry with 28 receptions, 388 receiving yards and two scores through the air. Moss has the tape and skill-set to be drafted to be an immediate starter, but will likely need to have a good combine to avoid being put in a position where he has to compete for a committee role. That said, he will be one of the more talented running backs in the league and should be able to quickly ascend most NFL depth charts. He should hear his name called by the end of day two.

PFF - "Moss has the perfect blend of size (5-foot-10, 220 pounds), athleticism and elusiveness (53 broken tackles on 179 carries). He also showed he can be a value add to the receiving game with his work back in 2017."

Lindy's - Compactly built with quick feet...has some human joy stick to him...good stop-start quickness...plenty of experience flexed out as a receiver...Alert and competitive in pass pro...tough to bring down but not the bulldozer his frame suggests....knee surgery in 2018...Comp: Derrius Guice..."

USA Today - Violent running style raises durability concerns...Miniscus injury in 2018 requires close inspection...More straight ahead speed and explosiveness out of his cuts could help his cause at the Combine...

108 Eno Benjamin 10+ ASU  

No Combine measurement info

Combine Forty: 4.57...BP: 12
VJ: 39.0..BJ: 122.0...3C: 6.97...20S: 4.25...60S: .NA.. .

Fantasy Pros - Talented running back that profiles as the potential lead back in a committee. Has the upside of a workhorse, but his Senior Bowl measurements of 5’9 and 195 lbs may force teams to pair him with another back until he proves he can make it through a full high-touch season. Has day two talent but may need to put together a strong combine to solidify that status. Strong runner with good vision and contact balance who can shine in a talented offense. ...Could prove to be one of the top draft day values if he lasts to the end of the third or the early fourth round.

Lindy's - Bowling ball of a RB...Agility and burst also stand out as a receiver out of the backfield...Lacks the frame to handle the bell cow duties he did at ASU....lacks the breakawy element many teams expect,,,...Comp: Kenjon Barner..

103 AJ Dillon 9 Boston U   600 247  

Combine Forty: 4.53...BP: 23
VJ: 41.0...BJ: 131.0....3C: 7.19...20S: NA...60S: NA...
Ran a 4.53 at 247 lbs. Scored position bests in in the vertical and broad jumps. Earned highest pSPARK* score (141.1) of any offensive player at the Combine. * pSPARK combines various workout scores into one single number that can be used to compare prospects.

Gollin - Big fella.

Fantasy Pros - Massive running back who may be seen as more valuable to NFL teams after Derrick Henry’s historic run stretch to end the season. Has great size at 245 lbs, and has enough game speed to be a 300 carry runner. Flashes great contact balance and runs with good pad level, but will need to learn how to utilize his obvious power more effectively to truly reach his potential. An intriguing blend of size, power, and burst, and should hear his name called by the end of day two unless he bombs the combine like Elijah Holyfield did last season.

Lindy's - Boasts an imposing broad shouldered, thick trunked frame...Impressive balance for back his size...Tough to tackle one on one...Limited to being a human sledgehammer...not an 'angry' runner like many backs his size...not a dominator as a pass blocker resorting to half-hearted shoves to often...Comp: Bo Scarborough..."

USA Today - Big fella (around 250 lb)...Needs to at least look lighter at the Combine...3 Cone and Shuttle quicks could help his cause as could pass-catching work which might address concerns over 21 career catches.

180 Lamical Perine 10+ Florida    

No Combine size measurement info

Combine Forty: 4.62...BP: 22
VJ: 35.0..BJ: 118...3C: 7.13...20S: 4.31...60S: NA...

Fantasy Pros - Michael Warren of Cincinnati is better suited for a workhorse role, while DeeJay Dallas shows unique acceleration. However, Perine may be the highest bell cow on most draft boards ...Moves like scatback but was measured with feature back size at the Senior Bowl. A bit concerning that he never assumed a true lead runner role with Jordan Scarlett in the NFL, but he was able to improve his draft stock by displaying soft hands and the instant burst to be a difference-maker in the passing game. Is likely headed to a committee role in the NFL but could be a lead back if he lands on the right depth chart. Took a step back as a runner in 2019, but that can be attributed to starting offensive tackles Jawaan Taylor and Martez Ivey both leaving for the NFL.

Lindy's - "Compact powerfully-built back who runs with a purpose...was flexed out wide (and targeted) showing attention to detail in his route running...fearless blocker...(but) one-speed runner who lacks a second gear...Comp: Peyton Barber..."

205 Antonio Gibson RB/WR 6 Memphis   6003 228  

Combine Forty: 4.39...BP: 16
VJ: 35.0...BJ: 118.0... .3C: NA...20S: NA...60S: NA...

USA Today - Averaged 19 YPC and 11.2 yds per carry (What does that tell you)? But there are some who'll suggest "untapped potential." Gotta like his size.

Lindy's - Good production with runner-receiver-returner skills..

149 Anthony McFarland 6 Maryland   5090 198  

 

215+ LeVante Bellamy 11 Western Michigan   5090 190  

Combine Forty: 4.50...BP: 16
VJ: 39.5...BJ: 125.0...3C: NA...20S: NA...60S: .NA..

USA Today - Small breakaway back...School says he ran a 4.28 forty last year...5-9 190 not very big...Becoming more comfortable catching the ball.

Lindy's - "Former wide receivwer with pitter patter quickness..Undersized but stronger than he looks...stiff breeze is all it seemingly takes to knock him down...leg injuries in 2016 and 2017...Comp: Taiwan Jones...."

The Big Red Sheet web site is not the official web site nor do we represent the official views of the Arizona Cardinals Football Club or National Football League. We are a forum for various input and opinions from a broad variety of sources, and our content will most likely will be a combination of fact, opinion and hearsay. While we will take reasonable precautions to avoid inaccuracies or misstatements and will issue corrections or retractions if warranted, we will not assume responsibility for the type of minor unintentional inaccuracies that are a natural part of web site publishing.

Click here with questions or comments about the Cardinals or this web site.

Copyright 1996 Gollin & Associates. Last modified: 04/06/2013