DEEP FRIED DRAFT
2019 Senior Bowl: Ranking the RBs
The 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl is upon us. Beginning January 22nd, 110 senior football prospects will interview with and practice in front of hundreds of NFL coaches and scouts. Tuesday morning, the players will weigh-in and then both teams will lightly practice in the afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday are the two biggest practice days when both squads practice in full pads. This culminates in the game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Saturday at 1:30 pm. The game can also be seen live on NFL Network.
Deep Fried Draft will have it covered all week. Look for daily write-ups about the practices each day.
Below I rank the running backs playing in this year's game. I go from best to worst in this year's game.
**Please note that these rankings are based on what I have seen up to this point. What I see upon further tape study, Senior Bowl performance, and the rest of the draft process will likely change these rankings.**
***This also reflects the roster that was announced in early January***
1 Myles Gaskin Washington Sr 5'9 193
Gaskin is a four-time 1000-yard rusher. He has been one of the most productive and durable backs in the nation. Gaskin is shifty and speedy. Can he catch the football? After a decent year in 2017, Gaskin only averaged 3.7 yards on 21 receptions in 2018. I want to see his receiving ability in Mobile.
2 L.J. Scott Michigan State Sr 6'0 238
It is fair to call Scott and underachiever. Early returns made it look like he was a star in the making. Scott even lost his starting job at one point. He was injured most of 2018. Scott has a big frame but lacks breakaway speed. He also needs to show skills in the passing game.
3 Karan Higdon Michigan Sr 5'9 190
Higdon is a compact runner with some breakaway skills. Higdon has rushed for over 2000 yards in two years as the Michigan starter. In what is becoming a trend, we must ask the question, can he catch?
4 Dexter Williams Notre Dame Sr 5'11 216
Williams was a one-year starter for the Irish. He missed a handful of games this season. Williams 1128 yards from scrimmage. Despite playing for Notre Dame, Williams has flown under the radar.
5 Ryquell Armstead Temple Sr 5'11 205
I thought Armstead had a shot at an NFL a couple of years ago. He is a bell cow back. Armstead averaged 21 carries per game in 2018. Is their tread left on the tire?
IC Bruce Anderson North Dakota State Sr 5'11 209
I mark this one down as incomplete. I have not studied Anderson enough to know what he is or isn’t. I do know that Anderson averaged 7.5 yards per carry this season.
IC Jalin Moore Appalachian State Sr 5'10 207
Another no ranking is for Jalin Moore. Moore is injured and I doubt he practices or plays. Moore dislocated his ankle in mid-October. Moore was one of the more productive backs in the nation before his injury. Pre-injury, Moore was likely a 4th-5th round pick. He may still get there.
1 Trevon Wesco West Virginia Sr 6'3 274
Wesco isn’t a true fullback. He is too short to play tight end, however. Wesco is likely to be an h-back but he will get fullback work in Mobile. He had 366 receiving yards in 2018.
2 Alec Ingold Wisconsin Sr 6'2 246
Ingold is a true fullback in every sense of the word. Unfortunately, myself and most of the NFL don’t value that position anymore. Ingold has a little over 500 scrimmage yards in four years. But if you are looking for someone to do the dirty work, Ingold is your man.