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NFL Draft 2015: Running back rankings

Running back Todd Gurley of the Georgia Bulldogs

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

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

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