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The RotoViz Staff 2017 Pre-Draft Rookie Running Back Rankings

The NFL combine and pro days are in the books. We’ve compiled scout-based rookie rankings. And we’ve created or updated predictive models for QB success, RB success, WR success, and TE success. Now it’s time for the RotoViz analysts to compile our pre-draft rookie running back rankings.

Pre-Draft Rookie Running Back Rankings

These ranks were compiled over the past week by our group of analysts. After rankings were submitted, those ranks were scored using the same methodology as the RotoViz Scouting Index.

Christian McCaffreyRB1
Leonard FournetteRB2
Dalvin CookRB3
Joe MixonRB4
D'Onta ForemanRB5
Jeremy McNicholsRB6
Brian HillRB7
Samaje PerineRB8
Kareem HuntRB9
Joe WilliamsRB10
Alvin KamaraRB11
Marlon MackRB12
Aaron JonesRB13
Wayne GallmanRB14
James ConnerRB15
Jamaal WilliamsRB16
Tarik CohenRB17
Donnel PumphreyRB18
Elijah McGuireRB19
T.J. LoganRB20
Corey ClementRB21
Matthew DayesRB22
Elijah HoodRB23
Tarean FolstonRB24
DeVeon SmithRB25
Dare OgunbowaleRB26

RB Tiers

Here’s how the top rookie RBs fared on the basis of their positional score.


Christian McCaffrey is our clear top back, followed by Leonard Fournette. Then Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, D’Onta Foreman, and Jeremy McNichols form the next tier.

RSI vs. RotoViz

This table compares each RBs rank in the RotoViz Scouting Index to our internal Rookie Rankings. You can sort by the “Difference” column to see which players we like more or less than the scouting community.

Christian McCaffrey312
Leonard Fournette12-1
Dalvin Cook23-1
Joe Mixon743
D'Onta Foreman550
Jeremy McNichols1266
Brian Hill1174
Samaje Perine880
Kareem Hunt990
Joe Williams231013
Alvin Kamara411-7
Marlon Mack1012-2
Aaron Jones21138
Wayne Gallman614-8
James Conner1315-2
Jamaal Williams1416-2
Tarik Cohen26179
Donnel Pumphrey1618-2
Elijah McGuire1819-1
T.J. Logan1920-1
Corey Clement1521-6
Matthew Dayes1722-5
Elijah Hood2023-3
Tarean Folston24240
DeVeon Smith2225-3
Dare Ogunbowale2526-1

We’ll have more analysis in the days to come. For now, click the “2017 NFL  Draft” tag below this article to see all our pre-draft work to date.

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