By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer
The running back position isn’t the Jets top priority, but is definitely a need come draft time. These guys are the cream of the crop and could be on the radar, especially if they fall into day two or three.
1. Joseph Randle OKLAHOMA ST
Weaknesses: Lacks bulk on a frame with a high center of gravity, not a sharp stop and start type. Often ran through gaping holes in the Cowboys spread attack.
Strengths: Randle is so smooth in changing directions that he seems to glide. He has the burst to exploit even small openings and shows terrific vision. He’s not an overpowering back, but will surprise defenders with his aggressiveness. With his receiving skills and ability to block makes him a complete back and an ideal third down option.
The Take Home: A comprehensive skill-set with very little flaws. He loses no speed changing directions, can stick a block and burn you catching it out of the backfield.
2. Andre Ellington CLEMSON
Weaknesses: He won’t run over anybody and his light frame brings his long term durability into question.
Strengths: He’s very explosive, with elite speed and acceleration as well as impressive overall athleticism. Much improved inside running increases the number of carries he can give you and an expanded, more complete role.
The Take Home: In years past he would be behind more complete and powerful backs, but in today’s league his speed and explosive potential is even more valued.
3. Eddie Lacy ALABAMA
Weaknesses: Lacks the big play potential of quicker backs and is an average receiving threat.
Strengths: Lacy is an extremely powerful downhill runner with tremendous leg drive and forward momentum. He breaks tackles with his strength and physicality with solid overall athleticism.
The Take Home: Lacy is a grinder with exceptional short yardage value and his running style takes a toll on the defense.