NFL Draft Report: Tailback grades

NFL scout Dave-Te' Thomas ranks the 96 tailbacks in the draft, a group that includes only one sure first-rounder: Alabama's Trent Richardson. Boise State's Doug Martin and Virginia Tech's Davis Wilson could sneak into the first round, as well.

Here are the top 96 tailbacks in the draft, as rated by NFL Draft Report's Dave-Te Thomas. "Round" is Thomas' prediction. "Grade" is based on pro potential.

Thomas awarded Richardson a perfect 9.0 grade.

"Not since the days of Emmitt Smith have I had the pleasure of seeing the most complete running back to enter the draft," Thomas said. "Not since Bo Jackson have I ever given a player a 'perfect' grade. That is, not until today"

Here are the top 96 tailbacks in the draft, as rated by NFL Draft Report's Dave-Te Thomas. "Round" is Thomas' prediction. "Grade" is based on pro potential.


RICHARDSON, Trent (Jr.)

Alabama

Height: 5:092 Weight: 228 40-yard time: 4.49

Round: 1 Grade: 8.8


MARTIN, Doug

Boise State

Height: 5:092 Weight: 223 40-yard time: 4.46

Round: 1-2 Grade: 7.0


WILSON, David (Jr.)

Virginia Tech

Height: 5:095 Weight: 206 40-yard time: 4.38

Round: 1-2 Grade: 6.9


TURBIN, Robert

Utah State

Height: 5:100 Weight: 222 40-yard time: 4.42

Round: 3-4 Grade: 6.7


MILLER, Lamar (Jr.)

Miami

Height: 5:106 Weight: 212 40-yard time: 4.46

Round: 2 Grade: 6.6


JAMES, LaMichael (Jr.)

Oregon

Height: 5:080 Weight: 194 40-yard time: 4.35

Round: 2-3 Grade: 6.4


POLK, Chris

Washington

Height: 5:104 Weight: 215 40-yard time: 4.52

Round: 2-3 Grade: 6.2


PEAD, Isaiah

Cincinnati

Height: 5:101 Weight: 197 40-yard time: 4.39

Round: 3 Grade: 6.0


GRAY, Cyrus

Texas A&M

Height: 5:103 Weight: 206 40-yard time: 4.40

Round: 3-4 Grade: 5.8


BAKER, Edwin (Jr.)

Michigan State

Height: 5:080 Weight: 204 40-yard time: 4.44

Round: 4 Grade: 5.7


PIERCE, Bernard (Jr.)

Temple

Height: 6:002 Weight: 218 40-yard time: 4.45

Round: 3 Grade; 5.6


HILLMAN, Ronnie (Jr.)

San Diego State

Height: 5:086 Weight: 200 40-yard time: 4.42

Round: 4 Grade: 5.6


BALLARD, Vick

Mississippi State

Height: 5:102 Weight: 219 40-yard time: 4.59

Round: 4-5 Grade: 5.5


RAINEY, Chris

Florida

Height: 5:083 Weight: 180 40-yard time: 4.36

Round: 4-5 Grade: 5.5


POOLE, Tauren

Tennessee

Height: 5:100 Weight: 205 40-yard time: 4.48

Round: 5-6 Grade: 5.4


GANAWAY, Terrance

Baylor

Height: 5:114 Weight: 239 40-yard time: 4.61

Round: 5-6 Grade: 5.4


SMITH, Michael

Utah State

Height: 5:085 Weight: 207 40-yard time: 4.32

Round: 6 Grade: 5.3


HERRON, Dan

Ohio State

Height: 5:096 Weight: 213 40-yard time: 4.57

Round: 6 Grade: 5.3


BOLDEN, Brandon

Mississippi

Height: 5:107 Weight: 222 40-yard time: 4.55

Round: 6-7 Grade: 5.2


RAINEY, Bobby

Western Kentucky

Height: 5:073 Weight: 205 40-yard time: 4.53

Round: 7/FA Grade: 5.1


THOMAS, Adonis

Toledo

Height: 5:086 Weight: 185 40-yard time: 4.46

Round: 7 Grade: 5.1


MEGGETT, Davin

Maryland

Height: 5:082 Weight: 211 40-yard time: 4.50

Round: 6-7 Grade: 5.0


HAMPTON, Jewel (Jr.)

Southern Illinois

Height: 5:085 Weight: 218 40-yard time: 4.56

Round: 7/FA Grade: 5.0


SCOTT, Darrell (Jr.)

South Florida

Height: 6:001 Weight: 231 40-yard time: 4.68

Round: 7/FA Grade: 4.9


MORRIS, Alfred

Florida Atlantic

Height: 5:097 Weight: 219 40-yard time: 4.63

Round: 7 Grade: 4.9


RICHARDSON, Daryl

Abilene Christian

Height: 5:104 Weight: 196 40-yard time: 4.47

Round: 7/FA Grade: 4.9


ALEXANDER, Alvester (Jr.)

Wyoming

Height: 5:103 Weight: 206 40-yard time: 4.45

Round: 7/FA Grade: 4.8


CARTER, Raymond

Colorado State

Height: 5:114 Weight: 217 40-yard time: 4.46

Round: 7/FA Grade: 4.8


RICHARDSON, Daryl

Abilene Christian

Height: 5:104 Weight: 196 40-yard time: 4.47

Round: PFA Grade: 4.8


DEMPS, Jeff

Florida

Height: 5:08.1 Weight: 184 40-yard time: 4.29

Round: PFA Grade: 2.0 (Olympics)


BROWN, Bryce (Jr.)

Kansas State

Height: 5:114 Weight: 223 40-yard time: 4.48

Round: PFA Grade: 4.8


ALEXANDER, Alvester (Jr.)

Wyoming

Height: 5:103 Weight: 206 40-yard time: 4.45

Round: PFA Grade: 4.8


CARTER, Raymond

Colorado State

Height: 5:114 Weight: 217 40-yard time: 4.46

Round: PFA Grade: 4.8


GRAY, Jonas

Notre Dame

Height: 5:096 Weight: 223 40-yard time: 4.58

Round: 7/FA Grade: 2.5


CREER, Lennon

Louisiana Tech

Height: 5:113 Weight: 219 40-yard time: 4.67

Round: PFA Grade: 4.8


DUNBAR, Lance

North Texas

Height: 5:083 Weight: 203 40-yard time: 4.52

Round: PFA Grade: 4.7


GRIMES, Jonathan

William & Mary

Height: 5:100 Weight: 207 40-yard time: 4.56

Round: PFA Grade: 4.7


TYLER, Marc

Southern California

Height: 5:105 Weight: 219 40-yard time: 4.70

Round: FA Grade: 4.7


BALL, Mike (Jr.)

Nevada

Height: 5:084 Weight: 206 40-yard time: 4.54

Round: PFA Grade: 4.7


BAILEY, Antwon

Syracuse

Height: 5:063 Weight: 194 40-yard time: 4.56

Round: FA Grade: 4.7


BEALL, Bryce

Houston

Height: 5:105 Weight: 224 40-yard time: 4.63

Round: PFA Grade: 4.7


WHITTAKER, Foswhitt

Texas

Height: 5:090 Weight: 193 40-yard time: 4.49

Round: FA Grade: 2.5


ANTOLIN, Keola

Arizona

Height: 5:072 Weight: 196 40-yard time: 4.61

Round: FA Grade: 4.7


CADET, Travaris

Appalachian State

Height: 5:116 Weight: 209 40-yard time: 4.66

Round: FA Grade: 4.7


HARRIS, Mike

Murray State

Height: 5:087 Weight: 193 40-yard time: 4.68

Round: FA Grade: 4.7


EACHUS, Nate

Colgate

Height: 5:100 Weight: 214 40-yard time: 4.58

Round: FA Grade: 4.7


GREEN, Stephfon

Penn State

Height: 5:086 Weight: 204 40-yard time: 4.46

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


STEWART, Rodney

Colorado

Height: 5:066 Weight: 179 40-yard time: 4.56

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


THOMAS, Jermaine

Florida State

Height: 5:107 Weight: 196 40-yard time: 4.56

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


SHAW, Michael

Michigan

Height: 6:001 Weight: 195 40-yard time: 4.50

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


PURVIS, Deante'

Nevada-Las Vegas

Height: 5:095 Weight: 198 40-yard time: 4.37

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


COTTON, Paris

Central Michigan

Height: 5:066 Weight: 190 40-yard time: 4.48

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


MINEFEE, Austin

Southern Utah

Height: 5:083 Weight: 204 40-yard time: 4.47

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


ANDERSON, Victor

Louisville

Height: 5:077 Weight: 185 40-yard time: 4.67

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


FORD, Jason

Illinois

Height: 5:103 Weight: 251 40-yard time: 4.69

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


WHITING, Darryl

Fordham

Height: 6:024 Weight: 226 40-yard time: 4.63

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


TURNER, Kenny

New Mexico State

Height: 5:100 Weight: 192 40-yard time: 4.52

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


DAVIS, Enrique

Mississippi

Height: 5:110 Weight: 220 40-yard time: 4.65

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


McNORTON, D.J.

North Dakota State

Height: 5:097 Weight: 218 40-yard time: 4.80

Round: FA Grade: 4.5


JONES, Roddy

Georgia Tech

Height: 5:084 Weight: 201 40-yard time: 4.60

Round: FA Grade: 4.5


BENNETT, Duane

Minnesota

Height: 5:087 Weight: 213 40-yard time: 4.63

Round: FA Grade: 4.5


WEAVER, Ronnie

Central Florida

Height: 5:103 Weight: 202 40-yard time: 4.74

Round: FA Grade: 4.5


JONES, Ty

Florida State

Height: 5:102 Weight: 205 40-yard time: 4.76

Round: FA Grade: 4.5


BANYARD, Joe

Texas-El Paso

Height: 5:106 Weight: 206 40-yard time: 4.59

Round: FA Grade: 4.5


McCANTS, Ryan

Oregon State

Height: 6:017 Weight: 234 40-yard time: 4.50

Round: FA Grade: 4.5


ELLIOTT, Robert

Mississippi State

Height: 6:005 Weight: 210 40-yard time: 4.56

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


PEEPLES, Embry

Georgia Tech

Height: 5:084 Weight: 194 40-yard time: 4.49

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


MCCARTY, Princeton

Idaho

Height: 5:077 Weight: 192 40-yard time: 4.43

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


RODGERS, Mark

Cal Poly

Height: 5:073 Weight: 171 40-yard time: 4.52

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


DI LUIGI, J.J.

Brigham Young

Height: 5:080 Weight: 190 40-yard time: 4.67

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


HERNANDEZ, Jonathan

Massachusetts

Height: 5:080 Weight: 194 40-yard time: 4.61

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


RANDOLPH, Jonas

Mars Hill

Height: 5:075 Weight: 188 40-yard time: 4.64

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


WILLIAMS, Isaac

Baylor

Height: 6:003 Weight: 203 40-yard time: 4.41

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


LAWSON, Derek

Arkansas State

Height: 5:103 Weight: 210 40-yard time: 4.60

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


DOUGLAS, Chris

Missouri State

Height: 5:087 Weight: 212 40-yard time: 4.56

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


GILLEYLEN, Curenski

Nebraska

Height: 5:112 Weight: 213 40-yard time: 4.47

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


LEGGETT, Ashton

Illinois State

Height: 5:101 Weight: 230 40-yard time: 4.65

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


PERRY, Darriet

Florida International

Height: 5:084 Weight: 212 40-yard time: 4.70

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


PENDERGRASS, Brandon

Wake Forest

Height: 5:086 Weight: 200 40-yard time: 4.52

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


MITZ, Logwone

Washington State

Height: 6:000 Weight: 233 40-yard time: 4.72

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


KYLES, D.D.

Middle Tennessee

Height: 6:006 Weight: 201 40-yard time: 4.54

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


WILLIAMS, Morgan

Toledo

Height: 5:095 Weight: 198 40-yard time: 4.67

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


BROWN, Zach

Pittsburgh

Height: 5:085 Weight: 212 40-yard time: 4.77

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


DRING, Rustin

Nebraska-Kearney

Height: 6:001 Weight: 200 40-yard time: 4.54

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


HOLLINGSWORTH, Jay

Duke

Height: 5:097 Weight: 208 40-yard time: 4.67

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


McNEIL, Daronte

Elizabeth City State

Height: 6:005 Weight: 210 40-yard time: 4.58

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


MOORE, De'Vion

Missouri

Height: 5:074 Weight: 204 40-yard time: 4.68

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


COPPAGE, Levell

Wisconsin-Whitewater

Height: 5:067 Weight: 186 40-yard time: 4.65

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


ANDERSON, Andre

McNeese State

Height: 5:065 Weight: 188 40-yard time: 4.60

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


HARRIS, A.J.

Elon

Height: 6:005 Weight: 212 40-yard time: 4.64

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


CLARK, Asher

Air Force

Height: 5:076 Weight: 192 40-yard time: 4.52

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


TERRY, Jacquise

Kent State

Height: 5:106 Weight: 198 40-yard time: 4.59

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


PALMER, C.J.

Montana State

Height: 6:001 Weight: 233 40-yard time: 4.73

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


GORDON, Cliffton

Illinois State

Height: 5:101 Weight: 220 40-yard time: 4.74

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


HARDEN, Donte

Ohio University

Height: 5:095 Weight: 175 40-yard time: 4.75

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


WILSON, Charlie

Morehouse

Height: 5:102 Weight: 184 40-yard time: 4.54

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


Dave-Te' Thomas has more than 40 years of experience scouting for the NFL. With the NFL Draft Report, Thomas handles a staff that evaluates and tests college players before the draft and prepares the NFL's official Draft Packet, which is distributed to all 32 teams prior to the draft. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.

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