Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; UNLV Runnin Rebels running back Timothy Cornett runs drills during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Group 6: Running Backs
Dri Archer, Kent State: Archer is a less well known prospect at the combine, but I’ve been following him for some time. He’s crazy fast and proved it earlier by knocking out an absurd 4.26 in the 40 yard dash. Archer is undersized at 5’8″ 173 lbs., but is an exceptional return man and I think he could develop into a Randall Cobb/Dexter McCluster type playmaker on offense.
Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona: There had been some talk that Carey might be the first running back off the board this May, but I doubt that is the case now. He could only manage a 4.70 in the 40 and looked sluggish in the drills.
Tre Mason, Auburn: Mason was a focal point of the Tigers’ offense this year and was a dynamic playmaker. Today, he ran a solid set of drills to back it up. He ran a very respectable 4.50 in the 40 and looked impressively smooth in the drills for such a stout back.
Bishop Sankey, Washington: His 4.49 in the 40 was faster than I expected. he also looked good in all the drills and made a real case for himself to be the first running back drafted this May.
Lache Seastrunk, Baylor: Seastrunk had a solid day and did about as well as I expected. I think the battle to be the first running back drafted will come down to Seastrunk, Mason, or Sankey. His 40 time was 4.51.
De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon: For all the talk of him running sub 4.3, I was surprised when all he could muster was a 4.50 in the 40. I don’t expect it to affect his draft status much, since there is so much tape of him being a dynamic playmaker and people know he’s fast.
Anybody on this list you’d like to see in orange and navy? Anybody you think I missed? Let me know in the comment section!