Steelers 2013 Draft Analysis: Running Backs – Early Look At The Rankings


By Christopher DiMarino

This article continues along with my pre combine look at key positions for the Pittsburgh Steelers. For an explanation on how the rankings are calculated please reference the link below:

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2013/02/steelers-2013-draft-analysis-inside-linebacker-early-look-at-the-rankings/

The Steelers had one of the worst running attacks in recent memory last season. Whether or not the blame is on the offensive line or running backs, it\'s clear that both need work. The Steelers should figure to still have Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer in the mix, but adding another running back would be ideal. Neither Redman nor Dwyer have shown that they can be a full time back, so the Steelers may draft a 3rd down type back or a franchise back. With the needs in this draft and the fact that Dwyer is still so young, it might be wise to opt for a speedster for 3rd downs and pass this decision to next year.

Name School Class Height Weight Rank Round Position
Eddie Lacy Alabama rJr 5\'10 220 81 mid 2nd 43
Giovani Bernard North Carolina rSo 5\'10 205 85 mid 2nd 46
Montee Ball Wisconsin Sr 5\'11 215 76 early 3rd 77
Andre Ellington Clemson rSr 5\'10 197 76 mid 3rd 69
Jonathan Franklin UCLA rSr 5\'10 201 67 late 3rd 92
Stepfan Taylor Stanford Sr 5\'9 216 66 late 3rd 103
Jawan Jamison Rutgers rSo 5\'8 200 71 late 3rd 125
Marcus Lattimore South Carolina Jr 6\'0 220 65 4th 97
Joseph Randle Oklahoma State Jr 6\'0 200 73 4th 111
Kenjon Barner Oregon rSr 5\'9 188 69 4th 114
Mike Gillislee Florida Sr 5\'11 207 70 4th 115
Christine Michael Texas A&M Sr 5\'10 221 60 4th 116
Le\'Veon Bell Michigan State Jr 6\'2 244 74 4th 147
Ray Graham Pitt Sr 5\'9 192 62 5th 151
Cierre Wood Notre Dame rJr 6\'0 215 55 6th 191
Kerwynn Williams Utah State Sr 5\'8 196 48 6th 180
Theo Riddick Norte Dame Sr 5\'11 200 41 6th 213
Miguel Maysonet Stony Brook Sr 5\'9 205 50 7th 213
Zac Stacy Vanderbilt Sr 5\'8 215 54 7th 216
Dennis Johnson Arkansas rSr 5\'8 212 66 7th-FA 263
Knile Davis Arkansas rJr 6\'0 226 62 7th-FA 283
Rex Burkhead Nebraska Sr 5\'11 210 52 7th-FA 254
Stefphon Jefferson Nevada Jr 5\'11 210 45 7th-FA 282

The chart shown below is all of the data I tabulated for you to get more insight into what these sites think about each player. A * means that this ranking was in a different category than the rest.

Name NFL.com ESPN CBS DraftTek Walterfootball Draft Insider
Score Score Pos Rk Ovr Rk Pos Rk Ovr Rk Pos Rk Ovr Rk Pos Rk Ovr Rk
Eddie Lacy 82 79 1 36 2 49 2 1-2 2 1-2
Giovani Bernard 84 85 2 59 1 33 1 1-2 1 1-2
Montee Ball 75.6 77 3 74 3 80 8 2-4 4 2nd
Andre Ellington 79.7 72 4 78 1* 59 10 3-4 7 2-3
Jonathan Franklin 72.3 61 7 94 3* 90 9 3-4 11 3rd
Stepfan Taylor 75.6 57 9 122 4 83 5 2-3 3 2nd
Jawan Jamison 71 71 12 146 6 104 4 2-3 5 2nd
Marcus Lattimore 74.9 56 6 88 7 105 23 5-FA 17 5th
Joseph Randle 80.6 65 5 85 9 137 3 2-3 10 3rd
Kenjon Barner 69.3 68 13 151 2* 76 13 4-5 12 4th
Mike Gillislee 70.3 69 11 138 5 92 6 2-4 13 4th
Christine Michael 71.4 49 8 107 8 125 25 6-FA 6 2nd
Le\'Veon Bell 71.2 76 10 134 11 160 7 2-4 8 2nd
Ray Graham 70.9 53 15 184 4* 117 12 3-5 15 5th
Cierre Wood 61 48 17 199 13 182 14 4-5 N/A FA
Kerwynn Williams 56.7 40 18 212 5* 148 N/A FA 14 5th
Theo Riddick 51 30 14 174 19 252 22 5-7 9 3rd
Miguel Maysonet 59 41 19 234 14 191 N/A FA 20 6th
Zac Stacy 69 39 16 190 17 241 21 5-7 46 FA
Dennis Johnson 70 62 25 325 15 201 19 5-6 16 5th
Knile Davis 65.4 58 28 393 12 172 20 5-6 18 6th
Rex Burkhead 66.5 38 20 261 18 246 18 5-6 19 6th
Stefphon Jefferson 60 30 30 407 10 156 15 4-6 53 FA

* Denotes change of pace back candidate

With all of the information out there, at least a baseline is established for future conversation. I will try to break down this data before the combine, but if not, please give me an idea of who you like at RB by commenting below. Please try to keep the discussion about the RB position only for this post and I will continue thru the positions ASAP. Also, if you have any other sites that you think have thorough and insightful draft information, please post them below.

Sites:

www.nfl.com

www.espn.com

www.cbssports.com

www.drafttek.com

www.walterfootball.com

www.draftinsider.net

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  • Kusko_Ken

    I think RB will be one of those positions were they draft two guys relatively close together, like 2nd and 3rd, or 2nd and 4th, or 3rd and 4th (yeah i’m throwing darts). I could see them doing that at the safety position too. i like monte ball in the 3rd, then maybe lattimore in the 5th? that kid from wake forest is country-strong, maybe a FA signing? I’d like to see us get a wrecking-ball again, i miss the krieder days.

  • Cody Younkin

    I like Stephan Taylor or Monte Ball in the third for the best value. I like Ellington too, but hes just too small if he was 210 id take a longer look at him. Stephan Taylor is the best all around pick though, good blocker and great out of the back field, a true 3 down back.

  • RMSteeler

    No RB before Rd 4. Lots of comparables throughout but need to watch a lot of tape. Get the OL healthy and working together more than 3 games, and you can put in anyone we currently have. Just draft a quick guy that started every game for a couple of years in a big leauge conference that’s decisive on tape and low fumbles.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    For everydown backs:
    #1 Bernard UNC
    #2 Jamison Rutgers
    #3 Lattimore South Carolina
    #4 Tracy Vanderbilt

    I think Tracy would be a really good value being most have him late in the draft

  • zyzak

    S L O W for Taylor

  • zyzak

    Pretty poor year for backs, very slow with no explosiveness not a good fit for Steelers who desperately need one. Mendenhall anyone?

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I think montee ball provides the best value at RB in the third round, also wouldn’t mind taking a shot on m lattimore the guy is the most well rounded RB and has first round talent and we could get him in the 4-5th rounds

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I would take half of these backs over mendenhall

  • steeltown

    This is a tough year to project, but lets be honest there are a ton of productive guys in the 2nd-4th Rds, I wouldnt reach for a Lacy and while I like Bernard, they shouldnt reach for him either. I see them drafting someone in the 3rd or 4th Rds

  • Garrett Hunt

    If he is there in the 4-5 I think they take him in an instant, but don’t think he will make it that far.

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