NFL Running Back Rankings

Jake DeWitt

Tier 1

1. Le’Veon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers)
2016 marks Bell’s fourth year in the NFL, but he’s appeared in just 35 regular season games so far. He’s struggled with injuries and suspensions, but when he cleats up he’s as dynamic and dominant as any running back to ever play.

2. David Johnson (Arizona Cardinals)
The second-year pro out of Northern Iowa burst onto the NFL scene last season. He carried the Cardinals to the playoffs while Arizona’s running back situation was in flux. So far, Johnson has 15 touchdowns in 19 career regular season games. His ability to catch the ball in space separates him from each of the names below him on this list.

3. Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)
Even though he’ll miss several games for the second time in the past three seasons, AP is still one of the most dominant rushers in the NFL today, and in NFL history. The future Hall of Fame running back punishes defenses on handoffs, but isn’t on the field each down due to his deficiencies as a pass catcher. The only active running back with more career rushing yards: Frank Gore, who is two years a senior to AP, and has not undergone the same critical injuries as AP.

4. Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams)
Gurley missed plenty of time at the start of 2015 as he recovered from a significant knee injury suffered during his collegiate career as a Georgia Bulldog. In just 13 games he racked up 10 rushing touchdowns and over 1,100 yards. He’s still a prospect in the eyes of many experts, but there’s no public misconception regarding his talent and potential.Matt Forte (New York Jets)

5. Forte has been one of the league’s most consistent players over his nine-year career. In eight years with the Bears he missed just eight games, and averaged 3.9 yards per carry every season except 2009. In 2014 he broke the NFL record for most receptions by a running back, a mark previously held by Larry Centers, who caught 101 passes for the Cardinals in 1995.

Tier 2

6. LeSean McCoy (Buffalo Bills)
7. Lamar Miller (Houston Texans)
8. Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs)
9. DeAngelo Williams (Pittsburgh Steelers)
10. DeMarco Murray (Tennessee Titans)
11. Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints)
12. CJ Anderson (Denver Broncos)
13. Devonta Freeman (Atlanta Falcons)
14. Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers)
15. Ezekiel Elliot (Dallas Cowboys)

Tier 3

16. Dion Lewis (New England Patriots)
17. Spencer Ware (Kansas City Chiefs)
18. Melvin Gordon (San Diego Chargers)
19. Chris Johnson (Arizona Cardinals)
20. Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
21. LeGarrette Blount (New England Patriots)
22. Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans)
23. Tevin Coleman (Atlanta Falcons)
24. Arian Foster (Miamo Dolphins)
25. Frank Gore (Indianapolis Colts)
26. Latavius Murray (Oakland Raiders)
27. Jeremy Hill (Cincinnati Bengals)
28. Eddie Lacy (Green Bay Packers)

Tier 4

29. Danny Woodhead (San Diego Chargers)
30. Carlos Hyde (San Francisco 49ers)
31. Darren Sproles (Philadelphia Eagles)
32. Giovanni Bernard (Cincinnati Bengals)
33. TJ Yeldon (Jacksonville Jaguars)
34. Chris Ivory (Jacksonville Jaguars)
35. Rashad Jennings (New York Giants)
36. Thomas Rawls (Seattle Seahawks)
37. Justin Forsett (Baltimore Ravens)
38. Theo Riddick (Detroit Lions)
39. Ameer Abdullah (Detroit Lions)
40. Charcandrick West (Kansas City Chiefs)
41. Christine Michael (Seattle Seahawks)

Tier 5

42. Matt Jones (Washington Redskins)
43. Ryan Mathews (Philadelphia Eagles)
44. James White (New England Patriots)
45. Charles Sims (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
46. Jeremy Langford (Chicago Bears)
47. Alfred Morris (Dallas Cowboys)
48. Jay Ajayi (Miami Dolphins)
49. Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland Browns)
50. Duke Johnson Jr. (Cleveland Browns)

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Author: Thrive Nation

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