Chris Johnson, Tennessee – This Tasmanian devil ran for more than 2,000 yards last year and caught the ball out of the backfield better than anyone. It’s hard to defend him because he can sneak through the smallest holes and break away from the best defenders with his 4.24 speed. He has absolutely no competition for touches and will carry the rock just as much as he did last year. Expect the Tennessee Titans to run him into the ground and watch him pick up a handful of touchdowns this fall. Feel safe drafting him No. 1 overall.
– Peterson, although plagued with fumble problems last year, is arguably the most athletic player the league. Last year was a wake up call, and expect him to not lose the pigskin much this year.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville – The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t done or said anything this offseason that have pointed to helping Jones-Drew run the ball this year. He is an unbelievable athlete and will continue to run like Hercules over the next few years. He also catches the ball like nobody else in the league. Expect consistent, solid numbers this year. A guy you can count on week in and week out. Draft him between picks three and six.
Michael Turner, Atlanta– Turner was overlooked last year because of his late season ankle issues. He was running with the best until a fluke ankle tweek ended his burner status. In that game he had already run for 120 yards on 13 carries in the first half. People started to doubt him this year but I don’t see what the fuss is all about. He is a beast, a bruiser, and he plays on a team who shares the ball enough to keep defenses honest. Expect a big rebound this year.
Ray Rice, Baltimore – You may ask why this guy is ranked seventh when on most sites he is sitting pretty at fourth. Well I’m just not completely sold on this runner. He is still giving up carries to Willis McGahee, and his offense will begin to throw the ball more this year with the acquisition of Pro Bowl wide receiver Anquan Boldin. He will still run well and catch well, but not enough to break the bank like he did last year. Expect much less production than last year, but enough to keep him a solid option.
Ryan Mathews, San Diego– Oh, daddy! Here we go again: rookie stud running backs! This guy has it all to be great on the