The 2022 NFL Draft features a very talented group that is led by talented quarterbacks, elite players in the secondary, but there is one position that’s very polarizing: running back. The RB group in the 2020 draft will be quality prospects, but there’s slim highlights of the short 2020 season to display. Nonetheless, I believe the mystery adds intrigue and little negativity on the core group.
* The 2022 RB class appears to be more impressive than the 2021 group
Breece Hall – RB – North Carolina
Breece Hall, the starting running back for the Iowa State Cyclones, unraveled 1,572 rushing yards last season, which led the nation. The 19 year old glamorized tailback possesses a unique gift of power. Hall has been timed at a 4.43 40 yard dash and he carries all of his 220 pound frame. In comparison to Saquon Barkley’s base metrics, he stacks up quite well. Barkley clocked a 4.41 40 time & is listed at 6’0, 240 pounds.
Other key points about Hall:
- 1,572 yards was third in Iowa State history
- Hall was a Heisman candidate (sixth) in 2020
- Also had 23 receptions for 180 yards
Isaiah Spiller – RB – Texas A & M
Isaiah Spiller, who has no relation to CJ Spiller, is tabbed as SEC’s best returning player. The Texas A and M RB Spiller registered 1,036 rushing yards in 2020, while producing 19 touchdowns in the last two years combined. Spiller is a very efficient load at 6’1 225 and capable of receiving short yardage carries at the next level. Spiller won’t be a home runner at the RB position (his season long was 36 in 2020 and 45 in 2019), but he can run off tackle well consistently.
Other highlights of Spiller:
- Spiller is the second leading rusher to return in the SEC
- Spiller is clocked with a 4.5 40 yard time
- The Texas A and M RB transformed as a three down back sophomore season
Brian Robinson – RB – Alabama
Brian Robinson, who chose to return to Alabama, will fill in the shoes for 2020 first round pick Najee Harris. Robinson will have quite the bar of expectations, following Mark Ingram, Derrick Henry, Najee Harris, Josh Jacobs etc in the line of steam trains under Nick Saban. Robinson ran hard for roughly 500 yards and six rushing touchdowns as a 1b to Derrick Henry in 2020. Robinson said he is glade he chose to return, as he is now pegged as the lead horse at Bama. The 6’1 230 freight train will be a first round favorite as the 2021 CFB season goes on.
Major stats of Robinson:
- Robinson is taking advantage of the NCAA “eligibility waiver” to return to Alabama
- Robinson had 11 combined touchdowns in last two seasons