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?