Sports NFL Draft 2015: Running back rankings Running back Todd Gurley of the Georgia Bulldogs runs for a first-half touchdown during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Sanford Stadium on Oct. 4, 2014 in Athens, Ga. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mike Zarrilli By NICK KLOPSIS firstname.lastname@example.org @nickklopsis Updated March 25, 2015 9:00 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email These are the top ranked running backs as of now heading into the 2015 NFL Draft April 30-May 2 in Chicago. (All measurements are from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis Feb. 17-23.) 1. TODD GURLEY Class: Jr. School: Georgia Ht: 6-0 5/8 Wt: 222 Arms: 32 1/2 in Hands: 10 in Bench: 17 reps 40-yard dash: DNP Vert: DNP Broad: DNP Cone: DNP Shuttle: DNP Pros: Great mix of power and speed; can return kicks Cons: Tore ACL near end of 2014 season 2. MELVIN GORDON Class: Junior School: Wisconsin Ht: 6-0 5/8 Wt: 215 Arms: 32 3/8 in Hands: 9 3/4 in Bench: 19 reps 40-yard dash: 4.52 sec Vert: 35 in Broad: 10-6 Cone: 7.04 sec Shuttle: 4.07 sec Pros: Great speed and burst, but strong enough to shed tacklers Cons: Sometimes chooses wrong running lane; often benefitted from big holes opened up by offensive line 3. DUKE JOHNSON Class: Junior School: Miami (Fla.) Ht: 5-9 1/8 Wt: 207 Arms: 30 3/8 in Hands: 9 1/4 in Bench: DNP 40-yard dash: 4.54 sec Vert: 33 1/2 in Broad: 10-1 Cone: DNP Shuttle: DNP Pros: Shifty, explosive runner with good vision Cons: Ball security (six fumbles in last two seasons) 4. JAY AJAYI Class: Junior School: Boise St. Ht: 5-11 3/4 Wt: 221 Arms: 32 in Hands: 10 in Bench: 19 reps 40-yard dash: 4.57 sec Vert: 39 in Broad: 10-1 Cone: 7.10 sec Shuttle: 4.10 sec Pros: Versatile runner can grind out yards and catch passes Cons: Not as powerful as other running backs in this class 5. DAVID COBB Class: Senior School: Minnesota Ht: 5-11 Wt: 229 Arms: 31 5/8 in Hands: 9 3/8 in Bench: 17 reps 40-yard dash: 4.81 sec Vert: 38.5 in Broad: 10-1 Cone: DNP Shuttle: DNP Pros: Very well-rounded, downhill back who can do it all Cons: More efficient than explosive 6. AMEER ABDULLAH Class: Senior School: Nebraska Ht: 5-9 Wt: 205 Arms: 30 in Hands: 8 5/8 in Bench: 24 reps 40-yard dash: 4.60 sec Vert: 42 1/2 in Broad: 10-10 Cone: 6.79 sec Shuttle: 3.95 sec Pros: Balanced running back with good hands; playmaker Cons: Small size may lead to durability questions; fumbled 24 times in four years 7. TEVIN COLEMAN Class: Junior School: Indiana Ht: 5-11 Wt: 206 Arms: 32 in Hands: 8 5/8 in Bench: 22 reps 40-yard dash: DNP Vert: DNP Broad: DNP Cone: DNP Shuttle: DNP Pros: Speedy home-run threat with great burst Cons: Did not work out at Combine due to foot injury 8. T.J. YELDON Class: Junior School: Alabama Ht: 6-1 1/4 Wt: 226 Arms: 31 5/8 in Hands: 9 in Bench: 22 reps 40-yard dash: 4.61 sec Vert: 36 in Broad: 9-9 Cone: 7.19 sec Shuttle: 4.22 sec Pros: Strong between-the-tackles runner with good burst Cons: Battled injuries in 2014; runs upright, which increases the chance for fumbles 9. MIKE DAVIS Class: Junior School: South Carolina Ht: 5-9 Wt: 217 Arms: 30 1/4 in Hands: 9 3/8 in Bench: 17 reps 40-yard dash: 4.61 sec Vert: 34 in Broad: 9-8 Cone: 7.00 sec Shuttle: 4.18 sec Pros: Powerful downhill runner has low center of gravity Cons: Doesn't have great top-end speed, can get caught from behind By NICK KLOPSIS email@example.com @nickklopsis Nick Klopsis is Newsday.com's sports editor. He often can be found studying NFL and college football film for his latest draft breakdown. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.