The 2015 NFL Draft is fast approaching and the rumors keep swirling around. Here is a look at the top five running backs and where they are projected to end up for the upcoming season.
Many analysts wonder whether any running backs will go in the first round for the first time since 2012. There were three of them that year: Trent Richardson, Doug Martin and David Wilson, none of which have had great careers. Tood Gurley and Melvin Gordon are the top two running backs in this class, but may not be drafted on the first day.
1. Todd Gurley, Georgia, San Diego Chargers Round 1
Gurley played in the first five games of the season last year before serving a four-game suspension and then he tore his ACL in his return. In those first five games he ran for 773 yards and had eight touchdowns. The Chargers were second-worst in the NFL when running on first down with 3.2 yards per attempt. If healthy, Gurley would greatly improve the Chargers offense with the 17th pick.
2. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, Dallas Cowboys Round 1
The Cowboys have the 27th pick in the first round and that offensive line can give Gordon lots of room to run. With the departure of DeMarco Murray, Gordon would be a perfect fit to replace the leading rusher. Darren McFadden signed with the Cowboys in the offseason, but Gordon brings a lot more to the table.
3. Jay Ajayi, Boise State, Jacksonville Jaguars, Round 2
The Jaguars struggled out of the gates in 2014 with Denard Robinson and Toby Gerhart. Although Robinson looked promising, the Jaguars could help out Blake Bortles with a skilled running back like Ajayi with the 36th pick.
4. T.J. Yeldon, Alabama, New York Jets, Round 2
The Jets lost Chris Johnson to free agency and they need to give Chris Ivory some competition and some help, and Yeldon would be a great fit with the 37th pick.
5. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska, New England Patriots, Round 2
The Patriots lost Shane Vereen after winning the Super Bowl, and if Abdullah is still available in the 64th pick, it would be a great fit for both Abdullah and the Patriots.
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