4.) Alvin Kamara, Tennessee (5’10, 215) – His shifty style and versatility has drawn comparisons to Jamal Charles. Kamara is a smooth receiver out of the backfield with good enough skills to line up in the slot at the next level.
He’s not a big back, but runs hard and with the grit to break tackles and balance to gain yards after contact. Kamara is a well-rounded back who is adept at blocking in pass pro, can run effectively inside or out, already has 56 catches in just 21 games, and can return kicks or punts.
Kamara might not have the bulk to hold up with a heavy NFL workload, but will be a dangerous weapon who can line up in the slot on early downs and move into the backfield in passing situations.
5.) Curtis Samuel, Ohio St (5’11, 200) – One of the most explosive players in college football. The junior back is averaging eight yards per carry and 13.2 yards per catch. Samuel is versatile enough to use all over the field and the Buckeyes have taken advantage of it, lining him up in the backfield, split out wide, in the slot, and occasionally taking direct snaps as the QB.
He has breakaway speed (4.37), an extra gear in the open field, and is already an accomplished receiver (90 career catches) with soft hands and sharp route running ability. Samuel may not be sturdy enough to be an every-down back, but can be a versatile weapon from day 1. He’s really a RB/WR hybrid and would be an ideal complement to a power back like Jordan Howard.