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Latavius Murray, the Can’t-Go-Wrong Running Back Prospect

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Latavius Murray is a Can’t-Go-Wrong prospect because he only has upside.  CBS’ NFL Draft Scout has him as a 7th rounder.  The value of a 7th round pick is only marginally more than an undrafted free agent, which means that Murray is close to being in Don’t Cost Nothin’ territory.  And yet Murray is a player that I will have my eye on during draft weekend on the outside chance that he ends up on a team where he might contribute in the near future.

Below I have a group of Murray comparables and I’ve actually added a column for draft round to illustrate the potential value he might have.  Murray is similar to a number of running backs that went much higher in the draft.

If you were going to try to define a type of running back that Murray fits, it would be the oversized/fast running back that was productive in college, including as a receiver.

Draft Round PLAYER TM WT 40 Time SEAS G Att/G YPG TDPG YPC RECYPG Career G Career YDS Career YPC
?? Latavius Murray Central Florida 223 4.38 2012 11.00 18.00 100.55 1.36 5.59 21.00 41.00 2,424.00 5.35
Draft Round PLAYER TM WT 40 Time SEAS G Att/G YPG TDPG YPC RECYPG Career G Career YDS Career YPC
1 Rashard Mendenhall Illinois 225 4.41 2007 13.00 20.15 129.31 1.31 6.42 24.46 34.00 2,539.00 6.54
Robert Turbin Utah State 222 4.5 2011 13.00 19.15 116.69 1.46 6.09 13.15 38.00 3,315.00 5.87
1 Doug Martin Boise State 223 4.55 2011 12.00 21.92 108.25 1.33 4.94 21.25 47.00 3,435.00 5.58
1 Carnell Williams Auburn 217 4.43 2003 13.00 18.54 100.54 1.31 5.42 1.54 42.00 3,831.00 5.17
2 Montario Hardesty Tennessee 225 4.49 2009 13.00 21.69 103.46 1.00 4.77 23.23 48.00 2,391.00 4.27
Cedric Peerman Virginia 216 4.34 2007 6.00 18.83 97.50 0.83 5.18 16.50 32.00 1,749.00 4.58
1 Kevin Jones Virginia Tech 227 4.38 2003 13.00 21.62 126.69 1.62 5.86 12.38 37.00 3,475.00 5.64
1 Knowshon Moreno Georgia 217 4.5 2008 13.00 19.23 107.69 1.23 5.60 30.15 26.00 2,734.00 5.49
Jalen Parmele Toledo 224 4.47 2007 12.00 23.00 125.92 1.17 5.47 13.08 42.00 3,119.00 5.30
1 Ronnie Brown Auburn 233 4.43 2002 12.00 14.58 84.00 1.08 5.76 13.83 46.00 2,707.00 5.28
2 Toby Gerhart Stanford 231 4.5 2008 12.00 17.50 94.67 1.25 5.41 9.50 38.00 3,522.00 5.25
Ian Johnson Boise State 212 4.41 2007 11.00 18.82 94.64 1.45 5.03 28.36 49.00 4,184.00 5.56

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