2009 NFL Draft Rankings: RB

9/11/08 1st Rankings

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1) Chris Wells- Ohio State, Jr- (6-1 237lbs) Wells’ value was proven when Ohio State struggled to beat Ohio University Saturday afternoon with Wells out of the lineup. Although he is injured, it isn’t serious enough (at least at this point) to hurt his stock. The #1 running back spot is definitely his to lose.
2) Knowshon Moreno- Georgia, Eligible Soph- (5-11 207lbs) Moreno is another red shirted player who is eligible as a sophomore. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him return for his junior season though.
3) C.J. Spiller- Clemson, Junior- (5-11 190lbs) Spiller is very similar to Chris Johnson out of ECU last season. He has breakneck speed which will cause someone to jump on him in the mid to late first round if he chooses to leave with one more year of eligibility remaining.
4) P.J. Hill- Wisconsin, Junior- (5-11- 236lbs) Hill has been the most impressive runner thus far this season. If he keeps this up he could jump into the top 15 of this year’s draft.

5) LeSean McCoy- Pittsburgh, Eligible Soph- (5-11 210lbs) McCoy wasn’t red shirted but he is still eligible for this year’s draft. In my original rankings I had McCoy ahead of Hill but with Hill’s performance thus far and McCoy’s lack of performance, he has dropped to #5. If McCoy underachieves this year I expect him to stay for his junior year.
6) Keiland Williams- LSU, Jr- (5-11 223lbs) A good amount of people have Williams ranked higher than this but keep in mind that he is at this spot solely on potential. If he lives up to his potential then the sky is the limit, but he is so unproven that I just couldn’t put him any higher than this.
7) James Davis- Clemson, Sr- (5-11 210lbs) Good mix of size and speed but Spiller’s presence and carries limit Davis’ draft value.
8) Arian Foster- Tennessee, Sr- (6-1 215lbs) Foster is a lot like Davis, but he has to carry more of the load in Tennessee which will either vault him over Davis or keep him behind. We’ll see how he does this season before making a final judgment.
9) Javon Ringer- Michigan State, Sr- (5-9 202lbs) Ringer has a nice combination of speed and size but neither is overwhelming. If he can bulk up this year and run a sub 4.4 40, then he could jump into the high second round range.
10) Ian Johnson- Boise State, Sr- (6-1 198lbs) Johnson is going to need to bulk up if he wants to keep his first day draft status
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