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NFL Combine 2015 Quick Takes: Running Back

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Taking a look at the performance of running backs at the 2015 NFL Combine.

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With only Devonta Freeman and (likely to be cut) Steven Jackson as the only two Falcon running backs under contract for 2015, it seems like a foregone conclusion that the Falcons will take another running back for the second draft in a row. Thankfully, 2015 looks like it's going to be another draft with a deep pool of running back talent. Here's a look at some of the top prospects for the year, as well as some surprises.

Top RB Prospects*

Player 40-time Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3-Cone
Melvin Gordon 4.52 19 reps 35.0 inches 126.0 inches 7.04
Ameer Abdullah 4.60 24 reps 42.5 inches 130.0 inches 6.79
Duke Johnson 4.54 N/A 33.5 inches 121.0 inches N/A
Tevin Coleman N/A 22 reps N/A N/A N/A

* Note: Todd Gurley was left off the list due to not participating in most events


Running Back Surprises

Jeremy Langford, Michigan St.

At 6 feet tall, and 208lbs, Langford has the size teams want. At the combine, he showed he has the additional measurables. Langford posted a 4.42 40-time, along with a 34.5 inch vertical and 118.0 inch broad jump. His 3-cone time of 7.22 seconds was good enough for his size. Langford may not be a true 3-down back, but his impressive speed likely increased his draft stock.

Javorius (Buck) Allen, USC

Like Langford, the 6 foot tall, 221lb frame of Allen is ideal and his combine numbers indicate he could be a good sleeper pick. He put up a 4.53 40-time, 35.5 inch vertical, 121.0 inch broad jump and a 6.96s 3-cone time. He demonstrated good movement skills and is a name to watch over the next few months. He could be a day-3 prospect worth investing in.

What running back are you most interested in?